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About the Book:
Christian college dean Drew McKinley mourns his dead wife and still wears his wedding ring.
He stumbles on a desperate journey to understand God’s motives for her tragic death. Crossing his perilous path is Allison, a graduate student and new employee in the dean’s office. Even as she deals with financial hardships, she recognizes Drew’s unresolved grief from her own loss. Putting up a roadblock is Chris Whitney, the handsome but egotistical student senate president. He carries the secret burden of a dysfunctional family and a below-the-surface temper. The road Drew must navigate is fraught with career upheaval, a reawakening heart, substance and domestic abuse, a violent assault, and the struggle for forgiveness and restoration. Will Drew finish his journey to embrace the hope God offers, the love Allison shares, and the guidance Chris needs, or will he turn his back on all three with catastrophic consequences?
About the Author:
Janell Butler Wojtowicz, born and raised on an Iowa farm, was one of those kids who loved to write the dreaded “What I did on summer vacation” essay. It’s no surprise that she has spent her entire 30-year career in writing, including journalism, Christian higher education public relations, and local government public information. She is a freelance writer/editor, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Janell and her husband, Frank, live in New Brighton, Minnesota. She has two step-sons and three step-granddaughters.
The Faithful Review by Renee:
A remarkable story of discovering hope in the midst of pain, grief, and despair. To forgive and let God renew the heart when every fiber of the human mind and body says "absolutely not."
Embracing Hope explores the aspects of loss with clarity in a gentle and enlightening manner. Janell Wojtowicz pens the tale with a firm hand and takes her readers down the road of heartache, not for pain's but for hope's sake.
The path experienced in the wake of loss is paved along multiple valleys. It's littered with potholes and takes the grieving into many a dark, impenetrable cavern. But does the tortuous journey actually end on a hopeful glistening mountaintop...at least someday?
If you don't know anything about grief, take this chance to learn. If you're hurting, discover why you should embrace hope even as you feel there is none.
***** I give Embracing Hope five stars.
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