Healing Waters (Sullivan Crisp Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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When life seems to conspire against you, how do you find the courage to dive into Healing Waters?

When Lucia Coffey looks at her reflection, she sees fat and failure. When she looks at her sister Sonia, she sees svelte and success. When she looks at God, she sees that divine love can't possibly be doled out equally. All her life, Lucia has coped by throwing herself into taking care of those who seem more worthy of God's goods, and feeding the ...

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Healing Waters (Sullivan Crisp Series #2)

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Overview

When life seems to conspire against you, how do you find the courage to dive into Healing Waters?

When Lucia Coffey looks at her reflection, she sees fat and failure. When she looks at her sister Sonia, she sees svelte and success. When she looks at God, she sees that divine love can't possibly be doled out equally. All her life, Lucia has coped by throwing herself into taking care of those who seem more worthy of God's goods, and feeding the dreams she has buried alive.

But when tragedy strikes Lucia's family, she meets Sullivan Crisp--a decidedly offbeat psychologist who is trying to cope with his own shattered past. They form an alliance to try to hold her family together and, in the process, both tentatively dip their toes into the waters of healing. Step by faltering step they wade in, forging an unlikely community and digging deep for the courage to face a lurking danger that could pull them under . . . or remind them what it's like to dance on the waves.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Evangelical Christian writing duo Rue and Arterburn collaborate again in this follow-up to Healing Stones, the first of many (one hopes) Sullivan Crisp novels. Therapist Crisp re-emerges in this second outing after a stint of therapy he himself undergoes as he grapples with his faith following his wife's suicide and their baby girl's death. Enter the less-than-doted-on obstetrics nurse Lucia Coffey, who is battling her weight, her drug abuser husband and her famous televangelist, miracle-healing sister, Sophia. When Sophia's private plane bursts into flames and her face is burned beyond recognition, Lucia, with all her acumen and saucy wit, takes on the task of tending to her injured sister. What happens during the healing process is both tender and tragic, and psychologist Crisp is dead center in the middle of all the action. This well-written tale will move and engage readers in its volatile mix of questionable religious healing claims and the real deal-inner restoration of the soul. (Dec.)

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Lucia Coffey lacks self-esteem because she is overweight. To make matters worse, her sister Sophia has a successful ministry and is beloved by everyone. Lucia thinks she is hopeless until she meets a quirky psychologist named Sullivan Crisp (introduced in Healing Stones) whose unconventional approach helps Lucia to see the beauty in herself and the hope she can have in life. The authors use a mix of humor and grace to tell a meaningful story that many readers will be able to relate to in their own struggles with size and image. Tackling the issues of body image and self-worth from a biblical perspective, this is recommended for CF and women's fiction collections and for those readers who appreciate humor along with a dose of spirituality and social relevance. Rue is author of the "Christian Heritage" and "Lily" series, while Arterburn is host of the New Life Live! national radio program.


—Tamara Butler
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418573935
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/9/2008
  • Series: Sullivan Crisp Series , #2
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 345,465
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Nancy Rue is the best-selling author ofmore than 100 books for teens, tweens,and adults,two of which have won Christy Awards.Nancy is also a popular speaker and radio guest due toher expertise in tween, teen, and young women'sissues. She and her husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now share theirTennessee lake home with two yellow labs. Website: www.nancyrue.com Twitter: @NNRue Facebook: nnrue

Steve Arterburn is host of New Life Live!, a radio and television program distributed across the country. He is a best-selling author with more than eight million books in print. He is also founder of Women of Faith®, a conference attended by more than four million women since its inception. Steve also serves as the teaching pastor of Heartland Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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  • Posted June 17, 2009

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    Picked this up because I am a Christian preschool teacher. I fell in love with the characters, the plot and the suspense. I read this book quickly because it was very real and i wanted to see things get done and folks get punished for their wrongs. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves to read. There is a Christian thread but not too much. I wanted a bit more romance but I was okay without it.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

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    Do you really Practice what you Preach?

    Like the first book in the Sullivan Crisp series, reading this book was not like reading your normal Christian fiction book. If you're expecting safe, happy endings, everyone gets along in your fiction, keep moving. From the get go, this book has unhappy people who are frustrated with life and question their faith in God. Lucia is a character that you instantly feel sympathetic towards. As the story progresses and she tells her past to Sullivan, the reader will react the same way he does. It was heartbreaking to read about what type of a life she had to live due to her sister. Thus, there were times throughout the book when I felt like Sophia got what she deserved. I did not like her character at all. The way that she treated people was just uncalled for. Her faith did seem very fair-weathered and it was interesting to see her finally being tested to practice what she preached.<BR/><BR/>That whole storyline is something you don't normally see in Christian fiction. It's edgy because you wouldn't think to see Christians question the faith of those who believe in the power of healing. We also learn more about Sullivan's family throughout the story, as to what really happened to his wife. I will admit that sometimes these parts were a little show and interrupted the flow of the main story. However I am interested to know if he will ever confront the psychiatrist who gave his wife the faulty advice. That should make for a very interesting meeting. His insight throughout the whole story was a great way to see the plot from a different point of view. Like the first book, there is also a mystery storyline that runs throughout the book. It is very well played out and adds to the complexity of the story.<BR/><BR/>Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is not everyday that a Christian book questions the faith of a Christian in such a frank matter. I totally loved it and I am eagerly waiting the release of the next book in the series.

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