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The Air We Breathe



Title:  The Air We Breathe
Author:  Christa Parrish
Pages:  352
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Bethany
This book is part mystery, part suspense, but there’s more to this story than meets the eye.  At the beginning of The Air We Breathe, I couldn’t get into the rhythm of the story mainly because I wanted to know where the author was leading.  Basically, I wanted to know the ending of the novel then go back and read the beginning as well as middle sections.  Have you ever actually done that?
In this unique novel, Christa Parrish paints the picture of two families whose lives have been shattered by death.  The deaths weren’t due to illness, age, or other causes.  These families were literally blindsided when pain broke through what was expected to be routine days.  One family’s loss is magnified by the pain that follows, living every day without those precious people in their lives.  The second family has members running around making choices here and there with one leaving wondering, after the fact, if she was responsible for the two deaths that day.  Each family wonders what their new normal is, and if they have the strength or faith to honestly face the pain.
                Time has passed after the incidents, yet God in His Sovereignty brings these two families together, but not for the reasons they think.  It is really quite challenging to live each day where one girl wishes she can forget and the other wants not to.  There is one young girl brought back home after weeks of being through hell, but she won’t say a word.  Her mother longs to hear one word, and when Hannah begins to speak, it isn’t to her mother.  Now Claire is involved in Hannah’s life.  She never sought that out or asked for it; if anything, she wanted to run away.
                While this story is purely fictional in content, I couldn’t help but be struck by the thought that some fiction may be reality for those who have recently been blindsided with massive pain.  The book brings home the truth that God brings people together to help each other through dark times.  He also reveals His heart through others too in actions and words even if we are totally unaware of it.  This is a well-written tale that is in many ways reflective of our reality, and one I hope many read.  It doesn’t matter where you are or what you have been through.  Read it for enjoyment, for encouragement and then maybe pass it on so someone else might have their heart touched too.
                My rating is 4 ½ 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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