Friday, December 11, 2009

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Familiar Stranger

Moody Publishers (September 1, 2009)


Christina Berry


Single mother and foster parent, Christina Berry carves time to write from her busy schedule because she must tell the stories that haunt her every waking moment. (Such is the overly dramatic description of an author's life!) She holds a BA in Literature, yet loves a good Calculus problem, as well. All that confusion must have influenced her decision to be team captain of a winning team on Family Feud.

Her debut novel, The Familiar Stranger, released from Moody in September and deals with lies, secrets, and themes of forgiveness in a troubled marriage. A moving speaker and dynamic teacher, Christina strives to Live Transparently--Forgive Extravagantly!

Her work has also appeared in The Secret Place, The Oregonian, and Daily Devotions for Writers.


Craig Littleton's decision to end his marriage would shock his wife, Denise . . . if she knew what he was up to. When an accident lands Craig in the ICU, with fuzzy memories of his own life and plans, Denise rushes to his side, ready to care for him.

They embark on a quest to help Craig remember who he is and, in the process, they discover dark secrets. An affair? An emptied bank account? A hidden identity? An illegitimate child?

But what will she do when she realizes he's not the man she thought he was? Is this trauma a blessing in disguise, a chance for a fresh start? Or will his secrets destroy the life they built together?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Familiar Stranger, go HERE

My Thoughts: I got this book the end of last week and just started it last night. I haven't gotten very far in the book, but I got a strange and familiar feeling just by reading it. I see red flags that point to very familiar territory for me. I hope I'm wrong . . . we'll see.


Each day as I do my job and see the different "marital" help books that are reviewed on different blogs I can't help but shake my head and say OH NO, NOT ANOTHER ONE! Each year the divorce rate rises and those books don't do anything but maybe put a bandaid on a gaping wound. After 24 yrs of marriage, countless seminars, marriage retreats, and now a divorce. I can tell you that as Christians we've been sold a bag of goods. We've been told that we're suppose to love our mate unconditionally, to forgive & forget, that women are to continue to give and not take from their spouse. Let me tell you that is not at all Biblical nor is it what God intended. Yes! He loves us unconditionally yet, He puts conditions on us! John 3:16 says For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son and who so ever BELIEVES in Him shall have eternal life. There is a condition - did you catch it - BELIEVES - We have conditions to all kinds of things in life. We apply for a mortgage loan and get the loan, yet to finalize it we have to sign the papers, and it even goes further than that . . . to keep the loan we have to make the payments.
You may ask where I'm getting all of this from. You have to hear this guy he's great, and I highly recommend him to every soon to be married, all married couples, and those separated or divorced. Mark Gungor. He is a pastor/counselor who has Laugh Your Way To A Better Marriage.

Just watch this video of Men's brains vs. Women's brains.

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