Friday, February 15, 2013

One Sunday



Title:  One Sunday
Author:  Carrie Gerlach Cecil
Pages:  288
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Howard
                Analyzing and ferreting out the meaning…are you in this mode when you pick up and book and read it?  I am wired this way, which at times can be advantageous and other times not so much.  The “thinking” part of me starts the minute I open some novels; other novels I travel alongside the story.  Perhaps because this novel is unique I was more torn between analyzing and traveling.  One Sunday is a novel that is written to show a path that the central character named, Alice, takes on her journey in life, coming to a place where her seeking is resolved.
                Alice is on top of her world professionally.  While she has all she ever wanted, the emptiness remains.  Her past is littered with trauma, death, abuse, and broken relationships.  All Alice knows to do well is run.  Tim is a retired NFL player, married with wonderful children and a wife, who spend time pouring their hearts into Alice.  Burton, Alice’s husband, loves with a love she just cannot seem to believe or grasp.  Part of the problem is the way their relationship started, and being transplanted from California to Tennessee.  Talk about culture shock!  Yet, the way Alice’s neighbors, Tim and his family, live stirs something deep within her heart.  With honest, blunt questions Alice constantly seeks to leave her past behind in order to become a new woman.  Yet everything she tries never seems to bring about the desired results.
                Alice is but a mirror of a real woman who is seeking something and trying to fill a void in her life and heart in many ways.  As I was reading I was gripped by the novel’s transparency in how people can respond to questions being asked, love being shown, and friendships being born.  Watching how Alice learns that all her “reinventing” of herself is unsuccessful, but wary of the Truth from God’s Word, is so much like reality in today’s world.
                One main truth shared in the novel is the high cost that God’s Son paid for our sins, and if He didn’t, what hopeless state we would be living in right now.  Some of the choices Alice makes you may or may not be able to identify with, but that really is beside the point.  The point being we all need Jesus as well as true friendships that help us walk with the Lord no matter our season or station of life.  Please read the novel; it is worth the time you take to do so.
                My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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