Jumping in Sunset

Jumping in Sunset

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by Dawn Ringling
     
 

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Divorce is not just a fact in Christian circles, it's a common occurrence. Yet most Christian fiction dealing with marital struggles insists that reconciliation is always possible. Jumping in Sunset shows how God's abundant love works through situations where the neat, accepted answers don't. Meet Pamela Thornton, who has a comfortable faith, a twenty-year marriage

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Divorce is not just a fact in Christian circles, it's a common occurrence. Yet most Christian fiction dealing with marital struggles insists that reconciliation is always possible. Jumping in Sunset shows how God's abundant love works through situations where the neat, accepted answers don't. Meet Pamela Thornton, who has a comfortable faith, a twenty-year marriage, and a solid relationship with her college-bound daughter - when her husband announces he's leaving her to marry another woman. Slowly, Pamela learns to understand and experience God within the impossible truth that her marriage has come to an end.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Readers of evangelical Christian fiction should welcome this novel for its acknowledgment that sometimes marriages between two believers fail, and resolution isn't possible. Pamela Thornton and her husband, Paul, are everyone's ideal Christian couple: successful, outwardly moral and almost finished raising their only child, Angie. Then Paul drops a bombshell-he's leaving Pamela to marry Dana, a woman he volunteers with at church. Paul wallows in self-justification as he convinces himself he was naive and hurried when he met Pamela and has finally found the one woman he was meant to love. As Paul sees it, "Wasn't the smoothness of this transition out of his marriage a sign... that God smiled upon his and Dana's love?" Pamela's story is believable and poignant, as Ringling chronicles her depression, denial, anger and pain. Readers will cheer as Pamela finds hard-won independence and self-esteem through her photography and recognizes the value of her northern Minnesota roots. Although Angie's narratives are a necessary component of the novel, they are unfortunately told through CBA fiction's well-worn device of italicized journal entries, which lessen their impact. There are a few other missteps-Pamela finds support in her best friend, Starla, who speaks in an unconvincing vernacular ("Ya have no work"), and there is an unnecessary subplot involving Paul's childhood. However, the characters are multifaceted, and their emotions, even when disturbing, are believable. This novel deserves a place in CBA bookstores for its genuine portrayal of imperfect Christian people. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Pamela Thornton noticed that Paul, her husband of 20 years, was not acting like himself at his birthday dinner, but nothing prepared her for his news on the drive home-the church leader and devoted family man is leaving her for another woman and never coming back. In this frank and honest debut novel, Ringling not only details Pamela's painstaking recovery but also brings the reader into the mind and life of Dana Taylor, the "other woman." Both Pam and Dana have to confront their mistakes and find forgiveness and healing. No fairy-tale endings here, but this is essential reading for women in similar circumstances. Highly recommended for all collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590522271
Publisher:
The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/03/2003
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.24(h) x 1.12(d)

Meet the Author

Dawn Ringling graduated from Biola University in 1985 with a degree in communications/creative writing. She was born a writer, in fact, she barely knew her ABCs when she scribbled her first stories and poems on the back of church bulletins, grocery lists, grocery lists, and any other scratch paper she could find!
Until 1990, she was manager of publications for Biola, where she helped to develop a fledging advertising department into an award-winning producer of college promotional and alumni materials. A mother of three and full-time writer, Dawn lives in Minnesota where, in her free time, she and her family spend summers at their lake cabin and winters skiing and skating and truly embracing the beauty of the Midwest.

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Jumping in Sunset 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Paula_Evans More than 1 year ago
Every so often we get to read a book that has us excited each time we find a little hunk of time to read it. This is that book. Yes, it was full of surprises and twists. Yes, it was entertaining and intriguing. But mostly it was just plain comforting to read a story from a Christian point of view about something that affects so many of us, Christian or not Christian. Dawn Ringing took me on a journey through divorce, and brought me out on the other side feeling such a sense of satisfaction and hope. I feel like I came to know this woman named Pam, her daughter, Angie, and her husband, Paul. I identified with each one of them, and understood them. This story might be fiction, but it is quite authentic, and painful, and real to so many. Thank you, Dawn, for telling your story and making it available to readers who have been there. I am full of anticipation waiting to read your next treasure!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved, loved, loved this book! I bought the local bookstore out and gave it to all my friends and relatives for Christmas last year and still have people thanking me for the impact it made on them. What I liked best was that it showed both sides of divorce. Even the 'adulteress' was human because of issues in her life-- issues that God CAN forgive. But at the same time, sin is not breezed over, but dealt with firmly. How about a sequel on the character of Dana?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really found the book to be great reading. This is a well written book about how difficult divorce is and yet something that with God's help can be worked through.Would definitely recommend this book to people going through a divorce. The scenes were so well written I felt like I was right there! Great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up because the cover stood out-- and read it cover to cover in one long, overnight reading. The writing is wonderful for a Christian book which often times is not top quality (sadly) and the plot catches you from the get-go. What I liked best, however, is that it was real. I feel like I know the characters. Will there be a sequel?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jumping in Sunset is a very good read: well-written storyline, characters that are real & interesting, and an ending that is not pat 'Christian-ese'. Not necessarily spouting answers, this author ably explores the pain and real issues of infidelity & divorce. A must read for those who like a good story and for those who like to grow & be challenged thorugh their reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very skeptical to read Miss Ringlings book. But, curiosity got the best of me. I found it to be a very emotional plot. Every womans nightmare. The surprising thing is the underlying feeling that we (the woman) have strong thoughts to take back a husband after an affair. I found myself getting angry at the main character. Let him go, your better than all this!!! I recommend reading this book. Good job Dawn.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I finished this 450 page book in one sitting. Ringling is writer gifted with wisdom and sensitivity to both sides. Non-Christians will find this book equally enjoyable and challenging. When will we hear more from this author?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read a pre-released copy of this book and predict Ringling will be a phenom on the Christian market. For anyone who's been divorced (on either side) or knows a Christian going through divorce (that's a good many of of) this book is fair and insightfully developed. Well written, with a strong plot and wonderful character development. Loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After they celebrate his birthday at a restaurant, on their way back to their Minneapolis home, Paul Thornton drops a bombshell on his wife of two decades Pamela. Without any warning or sign he tells her he's divorcing her and intends to marry Dana, the woman he is running a church program with. Paul also says that he and his intended are moving to California where he has a new job waiting for him.

At first Pamela can't function, rejecting the well-meaning kindness of her friends and church until Starla offers the use of a summer cabin at Sunset Lake. Pamela finds peace there and reconnects with an old school friend who is a famous composer of Christian music. Pamela hopes that Paul will return to her, but as time goes by she realizes that she has to get on with her life. She takes her photograph career in a new direction, buys a winterized cabin, and slowly starts to let go of the past to the point where one day she hopes to forgive Paul and Dana.

The heroine is a strong, tough and independent woman even though she is unaware of these qualities that make her a survivor. Paul is made too easy to dislike because he has carried on for years with Dana and he is emotionally cruel to his wife by telling her he never loved her. Readers hearts will go out to the woman scorned and hope she can let go of her anger to take a second chance at love. This is a warm and poignant tale that will leave readers emotionally gratified.

Harriet Klausner