by Karen Kingsbury
Published by Tyndale House Publishers (2007)
Mary Madison is a powerful lobbying voice in Washington D.C. She is highly educated and greatly revered by politicians on both sides of the aisle. She has been open about her horrific childhood and teen years for which she has engendered much respect.
By using a series of flashbacks, the reader is given a close-up look into Mary Madison’s upbringing. She was a victim of terrible circumstances which ultimately led her into a life battling modern day demons of fear, addictions and promiscuity, to name a few.
There is only one way out of the life she was thrown into – through believing in the divine power of Jesus love for her – that Jesus could love even her. When she learns to accept Jesus’ love, her life is transformed. God begins to work through her, using the story of her past to help others in abusive situations. We see the power of God’s redeeming love as Mary uses the story of her past to help others while working at a woman’s shelter and by being a voice of persuasion in front of Congress to help battered and abused woman.
In typical Karen Kingsbury fashion, the author weaves an emotional story which keeps the reader captivated until the final sentence. I wouldn’t consider this novel her best work, but it is still a worth while read.