David C. Cook, Sep 1 2011, $14.99
In Los Angeles, recent college graduates of LA Bible College and newlyweds Amelia and Marcus Sheffield look forward to the future. She dreams of being a pianist while he wants to become the pastor of a megachurch. They work at odd jobs bringing in income while searching for their respective break.
Amelia feels upbeat when she obtains a resident pianist position with a new theater group in the city. However, Marcus hits her with a gut blow when he informs her he has been offered the position of senior pastor at the small New Hope Church in Wheatridge, Nebraska. He tells her if she doesn’t want to go, he will decline; but soon after informs her he accepted the position. Marcus goes to Nebraska while Amelia stays in California. As they live separate lives, Amelia becomes dangerously depressed over the separation and the unwanted touching of a business associate; while Marcus struggles with what his role means for his flock and misses his Ams though he hides behind God’s plan.
This is a great Christian family drama that looks deeply at faith and mental illness through mostly the lead couple. They are still in love but seem way apart with no hope for the future. Whereas she feels he uses the God card with righteous impunity, he believes she lost her faith in the Lord, him and herself. Alison Strobel provides a refreshing contemporary character study.