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Still Life

Title:  Still Life
Author:  Christa Parrish
Pages:  352
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Christa Parrish’s novels are unique and very thought-provoking and heart tugging too.  The story kind of starts out in a way that made it hard for me to follow at first so I read the back cover before proceeding further.  Once I got the jest of the tale, I was able to go back inside the pages and really enjoy the progression of the characters, plot and climax.
The basic thrust is that the story is written depicting the point of view four different people have to a tragic event.  Like ripples left after a rock is thrown into water, so readers will begin to see how people are affected by one incident.  However, there is a beautiful love story involved and in time readers will enjoy discovering too how one life can touch so many and how a wife married for a short time sets out to understand the man she was married to and lost all too quickly.
Reading about the questions people have been asking of God for decades is but one theme and discovering afresh just how big God is beyond our understanding is another.  The author paints with words how, like her characters, we may not know the reason “why”, but if we take one step at a time and listen for His voice, we would find He is closer than we ever realized.
I loved that Christa didn’t have her characters lives all wrapped up in a neat, clean ending but leaves them living in pages right are.  Unlike TV or some movies that bring the story to a conclusion before time is up, the tale helps us glimpse lives for a moment and then move on.  It felt as though there was a moment to intersect with the characters or themes, but not a place to dwell.  I came away thinking that while as humans we go from one story to the next or one event in our lives to whatever happens, God knows every single moment of our lives.  We intersect and interact with God all day long and with Him we dwell, which can bring such peace in the various seasons of life.
My rating is 4 stars.
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