Christa Parrish breathes life into a story of fear, hope, and faith in such a way that the characters immediately capture your heart and you find it difficult to lay the book aside, even for a few moments. While I’ve read a few other books in which the plot switched back and forth between different time periods and characters, this is the first one that has held my interest so intently, as I searched for clues of the connection.
Sometimes, difficulties we face in life may seem surreal at the time; however, God is always in control. There is a reason for everything in God’s plan, as Christa so aptly reveals in a contemporary and realistic way.
Meet the main characters:
Molly Fisk – is seventeen years old and terrified to go outside of the wax museum where she and her mother live and work. So much so that she home schools and watches church services on television.
Louise Fisk – Molly’s mother runs the wax museum on a tiny island tourist town. Although she is “there” for Molly, her connection with her daughter seems quite aloof. And she avoids conversations with her daughter about God and about events of the past.
Tobias – The cute boy from the pizza parlor across the street from the museum finds whatever excuse he can to pop in and visit Molly. He is the one person her age with whom Molly has any conversation, but Tobias senses there’s something awry, and he wants to discover what it is.
Hannah Suller – This young girl is not speaking. At all. To anyone. Until she meets a kindred spirit on the playground. What is it about this woman that connects the two and inspires Hannah to talk?
Claire Rodriguez – Learning to live without her two beloved children, Claire fills her time writing and completing crossword puzzles. Then a chance meeting awakens something inside of her and gives her a new purpose.
About the Author:
Christa Parrish is an award-winning author of three novels. Her debut, Home Another Way (Bethany House, 2008) was a finalist for the ECPA Fiction Book of the Year. Her second novel, Watch Over Me, won the ECPA Fiction Book of the Year and the ForeWord Reviews bronze medal for religious fiction. Her long-awaited third novel, The Air We Breathe (Bethany House, 2012) has already been named a finalist for the 2013 Christianity Today Book Award.
When not writing, Christa is creative director of the modern contemporary worship service at her church and co-director of the youth group. She also produces a weekly radio show, helps facilitate DivorceCare and DC4K, chauffeurs her Grand Champion blue belt to and from Taekwondo clases, and chases a toddler. She and her husband, author and pastor Chris Coppernoll, have three children in their blended family: Gray (18), Jacob (11), and Claire (2).
I had a chance to ask Christa about her writing journey. Here’s what she said:
“I’m not sure there was a time I didn’t believe I’d write – I remember walking through the bookstore as a teenager, touching all the book covers and thinking, “I’ll be here one day.” But I never viewed it as something I would do as a career and, honestly, still don’t. For me, writing is just one way I express myself creatively. I once heard Kate DiCamillo (The Tale of Despereaux) speak, and a child in the audience asked her, “Do you like to write?” Her response? “I like having written.” That’s how I feel. I don’t wake each morning with a burning desire to sit at a computer and type stories onto the screen. In many ways, I’m an author as an act of obedience; God has called me to it, whether for a season or a lifetime, so I write.
“My novels all deal with the same overarching theme: God using people – in all their brokenness – to bring His purposes to pass. I hope my readers will come away with that message, and never feel as if they are too damaged or hopeless, or in some way “not enough” to be a instrument of God’s love to others.”
Christa’s books are available at Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, Christianbook.com, and through your favorite bookstore. You may read more about Christa and her books at http://www.christaparrish.com