Composing Amelia

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Composing Amelia, is a journey through the introduction of mental illness into a young marriage and the resulting havoc that can be wreaked by the disease. A young Los Angeles marriage is put to the test and two careers are threatened when Amelia's husband Marcus is hired as a pastor at a remote Nebraska church. The move results in resentment and sparks the onset of mental illness in Amelia. Can Amelia's faith stand up to the oppression in her mind and the dysfunction in her relationship with her workaholic ...

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Overview

Composing Amelia, is a journey through the introduction of mental illness into a young marriage and the resulting havoc that can be wreaked by the disease. A young Los Angeles marriage is put to the test and two careers are threatened when Amelia's husband Marcus is hired as a pastor at a remote Nebraska church. The move results in resentment and sparks the onset of mental illness in Amelia. Can Amelia's faith stand up to the oppression in her mind and the dysfunction in her relationship with her workaholic pastor husband? Will Marcus recognize the mistakes he's made in time to make things right—or will the darkness in Amelia's head push her off the edge before Marcus can be the husband he's meant to be? And how can God use such broken people to turn around the lives of the small flock of believers to whom He's led them?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434767738
  • Publisher: Cook, David C.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Strobel, whose father, award-winning author Lee Strobel, instilled her with a love of stories at a young age, has written four novels, including Reinventing Rachel. She has also written the children’s books That’s Where God Is and That’s When I talk to God with her husband Dan Morrow. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two daughters.

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  • Posted April 8, 2012

    A book that goes to a depressing place quick and the reader is s

    A book that goes to a depressing place quick and the reader is stuck there for most of the book. With mental illness, lost career goals and a move away from home, this book is chocked full of hard issues that are confronted head on.

    Amelia is new to the Christian faith and married to Marcus who has his dreams wrapped around following in his father's footsteps to be a pastor of a church. They both come from backgrounds that didn't have the best role models to learn how adulthood should be. It made it interesting to see how each reacted to becoming an adult and overcoming the obstacles that come with responsibility. A Christian fiction work that wasn't all rainbows and perfection, with real life problems that couldn't just be prayed away - I liked that there was realism in Christian fiction.

    This book isn't for the faint of heart. I would only recommend it to readers who are ok to go to a sad place and don't mind a read that is heartbreaking and devastating.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

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    This is a great Christian family drama

    In Los Angeles, recent college graduates of LA Bible College and newlyweds Amelia and Marcus Sheffield look forward to the future. She dreams of being a pianist while he wants to become the pastor of a megachurch. They work at odd jobs bringing in income while searching for their respective break.

    Amelia feels upbeat when she obtains a resident pianist position with a new theater group in the city. However, Marcus hits her with a gut blow when he informs her he has been offered the position of senior pastor at the small New Hope Church in Wheatridge, Nebraska. He tells her if she doesn't want to go, he will decline; but soon after informs her he accepted the position. Marcus goes to Nebraska while Amelia stays in California. As they live separate lives, Amelia becomes dangerously depressed over the separation and the unwanted touching of a business associate; while Marcus struggles with what his role means for his flock and misses his Ams though he hides behind God's plan.

    This is a great Christian family drama that looks deeply at faith and mental illness through mostly the lead couple. They are still in love but seem way apart with no hope for the future. Whereas she feels he uses the God card with righteous impunity, he believes she lost her faith in the Lord, him and herself. Alison Strobel provides a refreshing contemporary character study.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    Composing Amelia

    Great read for summer time. What happens when two young "just married" people are not truthful or respectful to each other? What happens when selfishness comes before Godfulness? Wow!

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  • Posted November 3, 2011

    Excellent book!

    I saw a lot of myself in this book. Amelia and her husband grow tremendously throughout the book and Marcus never loses his focus on God. A must read.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

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    A must read - on of the year's best!

    Alison Strobel keeps getting better and better. Composing Amelia is a novel I consider to be a lasting work of fiction. Within its pages, Strobel plumbs the depths of emotion in a subject fraught with prejudice and misinformation within the church. With characters your heart will embrace, it is a story of pride and depression without being depressive. From the first page until the last, I was caught up in Marcus and Amelia's world, unwilling to stop reading. A beautiful love story, you'll see God's grace through unconditional love. Alison Strobel is quickly proving she has what it takes to be a bestselling author, book after book. Novel Rocket and I give it our highest recommendation. It is a 5-star must read. Bravo, Alison!

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