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Hairdresser Joel Carpenter thought he had it made when he won Kari's heart and she agreed to marry him, but married life doesn't turn out exactly as he planned. When a tragedy hits and the pressures of life seem to turn the couple into different people, Joel finds his home life spinning out of control. The only bright spot is their son, Colton. Smith writes in the first-person voice of a young male protagonist with a rawness that reminds one of W. Dale Cramer's Bad Ground. Joel is alienated from the church and God when he needs them most because of the way his gay father was treated by churchgoers. He has several Christian friends who try to show him God's unconditional love. They help him understand how God can let terrible things happen to people and still bring them through life's storms. This is an essential read for anyone who has experienced great loss and struggled to believe that God is still there. Highly recommended. Smith, a registered nurse, lives in Texas.
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