Contingency

Contingency

by Paula Wiseman

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Overview

Where was God?

Bobbi Molinsky's comfortable life is shattered when a forwarded email from her husband's account lands in her inbox. The email teases, "My whole evening is free again." After an angry confrontation with Chuck, she is left with the broken remains of an eighteen year marriage.

Where is God?

Bobbi agrees forgiving Chuck is the right thing, the God-honoring thing to do, but it leaves her empty and isolated. Teaching her second-graders is a burden. Taking care of her boys saps all her energy. It seems God Himself has walked away, leaving her to struggle alone.

Is God faithful?

Bobbi can't deny the transformation in Chuck, but genuine forgiveness requires trust, and trust is a risk she's not willing to take. Can she let go of her deepest, most primal fears and save her marriage?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780981964829
Publisher: Mindstir Media
Publication date: 12/03/2010
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 0.76(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

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Contingency 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Cynthia_in_Kentucky More than 1 year ago
Contingency is a very well written thought provoking book on the topic of adultery. It shows how the actions of one can affect the entire family and how each family member deals with the pain and healing process. It is a testament to the fact that even in today's fast paced world where divorce is almost considered the norm, the Bible and one's faith in God can help heal the pain caused by adultery. The first time I read this book I read it in one day because I didn't want to put it down. I was so wrapped up in the characters and their feelings that I wanted to see how it all turned out. I really enjoyed reading this book and am looking forward to the release of the second and third book in this trilogy
Hopefuldreams59 More than 1 year ago
For anyone who has "been there"...this book touches the heart and warms the soul all at once. Divorce, infidelity and doing the best you can in difficult circumstances are all touched on with gentleness,a dash of humor and a sense of humanity....this book will open your heart and provoke thoughts that you were not sure you had before. An inspiring read with depth and warmth.
MadMooseMama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Contingency: A Novel is book one in the Covenant of Trust series.Bobbi Molinsky, a grade school teacher, leads a wonderful and comfortable life. She has a husband she adores, two wonderful sons, a beautiful home, wonderful friends and family. Bobbi is living the dream, until the day she receives an email that had somehow bounced from her husbands email account. Opening that email brings her world shattering down around her. Her husband of eighteen years has cheated on her.Chuck Molinsky is an up and coming junior lawyer who believes he needs all the pomp and show that goes with being a successful lawyer and that includes a certain image, he buys himself a BMW, he wears designer clothing and he is sexually attracted to his new under associate. Chuck walks right into Tracey Ravenna's black widow trap and he succumbs to her machinations and becomes obsessed with having her. She has become a drug to him and he believes he can have his cake and eat it to. Until the day he receives the call from Bobbi, and he realizes the choices he has made thus far, have been all wrong and he has strayed from the path he once wanted for himself and his family.Tracey Ravenna is the gorgeous thirty year old redhead who practices law, and is quite impressive and most career orientated. Seeking the same in a man, especially one as prestigious as Chuck, she works her primal sexual nature to weave a web that he is sure to be caught up in. Phil Shannon is the minister who keeps Chuck and Bobbi on the correct path to redemption and salvation. Through the grace of God, the two search themselves and each other to come to the right choice for everyone involved. Bobbi has severe trust issues and it doesn't look like Chuck is going to get a second chance. Will Phil find the right words to make their marriage work or will divorce be the only outcome??I liked Bobbi, even in her weakest moments, she never gave in and held on to her beliefs. To accept someone who has dishonoured your trust in them, takes a lot of soul searching and reflections. Trust is the easiest thing to break and the hardest to build upon. I am glad that Bobbi was strong enough for herself even when it seemed everyone around her felt she should give Chuck a break. I liked the intrigue concerning Tracey and wondering what her game is/was. I also enjoyed how the bible and God were used in the healing process, and we are reminded that God has a plan for each of us and sometimes we don't always understand the goals or the reasons, we have to accept, through faith in God, that it will all work out in the end.I didn't like that the book needed to use expletives, even though they were very few in number, I felt they didn't even need a place in the book and truly disappointed and surprized me when I read them. There weren't expected and took a shine off the story for me.I thought the author did a very good job of Bobbi's growth and I would've liked to have seen more of Chuck's growth, it was touched upon several times but for the most part the reader is left guessing how Chuck is coming along. All in all though, the book was a very enjoyable read, with enough to keep you turning the pages. Paula Wiseman is a very good character writer, and her back stories are placed in the book at just the right intervals. I am quite looking forward to the next book in the series, it was an easy and enjoyable read, with strong characters and good plot flow.
Bookworm_Lisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book deals with an issue that affects many families. The tragedy of infidelity.Bobby discovers that her husband of 18 years, Chuck, has had an affair. She undergoes the painful process of coming to terms with his infidelity as well as learning to trust and forgive.Chuck learns how to love God, his wife, and himself after loosing himself in sin.I enjoyed the way that Paula Wiseman dealt with a very sensitive issue. She took us into the hearts and home of Bobbi and Chuck Molinsky as they come to terms with adultery. I found many levels of emotion within the pages of this novel. I was able to connect with the family and feel their pain as they tried to understand the issues behind the act. I felt that the way they explored their emotions and their relationship with God resonates with anything, that we as people do, that weakens our relationship with our Creator and with those that we love.If you can't tell this is a very Christian themed book. This book will do well with anyone who is a Christian or who is interested in the Christian Faith.There are flashbacks showing the way that the family was failing and the way that thoughts and acts led to the act of adultery. This book does not have explicit content, but the theme is more of an adult read.I received a copy to review by participation with the "Pump Up Your Books" blog tour.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book! Very honest emotionally. Even if you've never had to directly deal with adultery, we've all been betrayed in some way by family or friends. Excellent way to show the world how God can lead you through the hard times.
Lucy_PR More than 1 year ago
Love it...This book show us how can we deal with adultery...and accept Gods plans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
Bobbi Molinsky¿s life as she knew it plummeted when a forwarded email from her husband (Chuck¿s) account, hinting at a secret rendezvous, lands in her inbox while he is out of town. Upon confronting Chuck with the email, he doesn¿t deny anything, claims it would have been better not to have come home, turns around, and leaves, after eighteen years of marriage! Paula Wiseman, in Contingency, doesn¿t hold back on any of the emotions that occur from the fallout due to marital infidelity. It¿s raw, emotional, heart-breaking, destructive, brutal, and honest. Bobbi¿s emotional roller coaster tears at your heart. The destruction of the family is heart breaking. The repercussions reverberate at work, with friends, church, and family. Trust has been violated and crushed. Forgiveness and trust are paramount to the possibility of reconciliation, but the turmoil of the broken relationship seems never-ending. Reminders pop up unexpectedly. Bobbi knows forgiveness is what God requires, but can she let down her guard, trusting that Chuck will not re-offend? The counsel that both Chuck and Bobbi receive is Godly and full of wisdom. Paula¿s book will validate the feelings of the party that was betrayed, yet doesn¿t let him/her sit there in a pity party. It is Godly tough-love advice, the kind necessary to beat the enemy of our souls, who is trying to destroy marriages. It¿s a great book for counselors to share with clients. In fact, this is a book that every couple, including engaged couples, should read just for the wise marital advice and warning signals that could lead to adultery. Contingency is not an easy read, but a vital one. The situations are real, emotional, devastating, and encouraging. It¿s about forgiveness. Is forgiveness easy? No, but it¿s what God requires, just as He did on our behalf. Forgive and you shall be forgiven; forgive not and you will not be forgiven. But this kind of forgiveness comes only through the Holy Spirit¿s power. Although scary, it¿s letting go and trusting God to bring you through to the other side, trusting once again. This book opened my eyes to the numerous repercussions of adultery, the devastating emotional upheaval, and the hard work it takes to bring reconciliation. But it¿s worth it all. Paula did an excellent job of portraying the character¿s feelings and issues. This book was provided by the author, Paula Wiseman, in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Bobbi was shocked when she discovered her husband Chuck was having an affair. When he returned from his business trip she confronted him and asked him to leave. She still loved him and wanted their marriage to work. Chuck realized how foolish he'd been. He didn't want a divorce. He was a self confident, self assured and self centered person. He found it difficult to be humble. Bobbi and Chuck turn to their pastor for guidance. Pastor Phil counsels them separately and later together. He explains the need to confess sin, seek forgiveness and offer forgiveness. Adultery is a terrible sin. It hurts spouse, children, parents, friends and coworkers. In Contingency the author cleverly demonstrates the damage and the process of healing. The sons Brad and Joel each reacted in a different way. Brad wanted justice while Joel was ready to offer forgiveness. Chuck was brought to his knees before he could truly repent of his sins. Bobbi was so deeply hurt that it took time for her to heal. Bobbi's sister Rita was filled with anger. She never liked Chuck and was determined to force Bobbi to divorce him. Pastor Phil was wise in his counsel. He was patient with the whole family. Contingency is beautifully written. I was held captive from the first page to the last. I was cheering for Bobbi and Chuck to reconcile. The characters are well developed. I had tears dripping as I read this book. Perhaps the plot hit too close to home. Marriage is never easy, it takes work. It takes a strong relationship with Christ. I cherish the message in this book.
-Megan- More than 1 year ago
'Contingency' is a fantastic novel! The pages just flew by and before I knew it I had reached the end. The story is about Chuck's infidelity, how his wife, Bobbi, found out about it and how they are trying to mend their family. I thought the book dealt with the issue of adultery very well. It showed the anguish that the person who was cheated on went through and all the other issues that this one sin caused. It showed how it wasn't just Bobbi and Chuck that were affected by the infidelity, but their children, extended family, coworkers and their church family too. I thought that Rita, Bobbi's sister, was a person that voiced what I think almost everyone in that situation would be feeling, and I think that by her voicing her opinion of Chuck, it forced Bobbi to defend him, even though she didn't feel like it. It helped her to remember all the good things about him, but that isn't enough to mend a relationship. Bobbi lays out a list of things that she wants Chuck to do, some of them she is sure he won't do, one of them being to go to counseling by himself and then that they go together when their pastor, who is also the counselor, says it's time for that. Chuck began to do almost everthing on her list, but Bobbi still wasn't sure that she could trust Chuck again. The rift was large and trust once given so easily is hard to get back - if it is ever possible to trust someone again after a hurt like that. 'Contingecy' was a very moving story and is a book that I plan to read again. I can't wait to start the next book, which from the preview at the end of this book sounds just as good, if not better, than this book. I highly recommend 'Contingency'! I especially think that this book should be required reading for anyone thinking about divorce. ***I received a complimentary copy of this book through LibraryThing. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Chuck, I'm meeting Chad and Michelle for drinks at Baker Street Pub at 6. Can you join us? My whole evening is free again. "wink" --Tracy Bobbi Molinsky stared at the email. Yes, it was addressed to her husband. Yes, it was automatically forwarded from his account at the law firm since he was out of town again. But it didn't make any sense. Her fingers hovered over the mouse as she grasped for the "logical explanation". Chuck never mentioned a Tracy. Who was this woman, and why was she inviting Chuck to a pub, when he didn't drink? Why would Tracy say 'again'? Unless... (pg 1). Bobbi can't believe what she has found after being married for the last twenty years. Worse yet, she begins to question all the events in her and Chuck's life for the last few months to see if there was a sign at all to point to where this was leading. She believes there is a reasonable explanation for this and yet the fear inside is making her sick. In confronting her husband, Chuck, she learns that he has been having an affair for the last few weeks with a co-worker at the law firm. Being a Christian, she knows for certain she doesn't want a divorce, but how can she be sure her husband still wants to be married to her? How will this affect their two sons? What will this do their relationships with friends and family once they find out? How could God allow this to happen? In the Book One of the Covenant of Trust Series, Contingency by Paula Wiseman, takes us on the most difficult battle in marriages, an affair of the heart. Not knowing if her marriage will survive, Bobbi calls her pastor to ask for advice. What Phil and his wife offer Donna is a workable plan for the next month to see if the marriage can be healed. This is the story of challenge that not only Bobbi and Chuck face, but also their children, their employers, friends and family who will not only ally themselves with the couple but in some cases turn away from them as well. This book showcases just how an affair affects everyone besides just the husband and wife. This book provides hope that despite this problem, God can heal a broken marriage! This book is about as real as it gets in dealing with the loss of trust, betrayal, anger, hurt and sadness that threatens marriages today. This book teaches us the warning signs that are often overlooked and just how often we ourselves fail to safe guard our own marriages from falling victim. I would highly recommend this book to any Christian couple either dealing with issues in their marriage or even as a tool to guard against the probability to dealing with these issues at some point. This book rates a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to re-read this over again. It now has a permanent place in my personal library! I received this book compliments of Pump Up Your Book for my honest review and would highly recommend this one! I look forward to future books in this series by Paula Wiseman! This book is available in paperback and eReader formats.
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Heavensent1 More than 1 year ago
Contingency: A Novel is book one in the Covenant of Trust series. Bobbi Molinsky, a grade school teacher, leads a wonderful and comfortable life. She has a husband she adores, two wonderful sons, a beautiful home, wonderful friends and family. Bobbi is living the dream, until the day she receives an email that had somehow bounced from her husbands email account. Opening that email brings her world shattering down around her. Her husband of eighteen years has cheated on her. Chuck Molinsky is an up and coming junior lawyer who believes he needs all the pomp and show that goes with being a successful lawyer and that includes a certain image, he buys himself a BMW, he wears designer clothing and he is sexually attracted to his new under associate. Chuck walks right into Tracey Ravenna's black widow trap and he succumbs to her machinations and becomes obsessed with having her. She has become a drug to him and he believes he can have his cake and eat it to. Until the day he receives the call from Bobbi, and he realizes the choices he has made thus far, have been all wrong and he has strayed from the path he once wanted for himself and his family. Tracey Ravenna is the gorgeous thirty year old redhead who practices law, and is quite impressive and most career orientated. Seeking the same in a man, especially one as prestigious as Chuck, she works her primal sexual nature to weave a web that he is sure to be caught up in. Phil Shannon is the minister who keeps Chuck and Bobbi on the correct path to redemption and salvation. Through the grace of God, the two search themselves and each other to come to the right choice for everyone involved. Bobbi has severe trust issues and it doesn't look like Chuck is going to get a second chance. Will Phil find the right words to make their marriage work or will divorce be the only outcome?? I liked Bobbi, even in her weakest moments, she never gave in and held on to her beliefs. To accept someone who has dishonoured your trust in them, takes a lot of soul searching and reflections. Trust is the easiest thing to break and the hardest to build upon. I am glad that Bobbi was strong enough for herself even when it seemed everyone around her felt she should give Chuck a break. I liked the intrigue concerning Tracey and wondering what her game is/was. I also enjoyed how the bible and God were used in the healing process, and we are reminded that God has a plan for each of us and sometimes we don't always understand the goals or the reasons, we have to accept, through faith in God, that it will all work out in the end. I didn't like that the book needed to use expletives, even though they were very few in number, I felt they didn't even need a place in the book and truly disappointed and surprized me when I read them. There weren't expected and took a shine off the story for me. I thought the author did a very good job of Bobbi's growth and I would've liked to have seen more of Chuck's growth, it was touched upon several times but for the most part the reader is left guessing how Chuck is coming along. All in all though, the book was a very enjoyable read, with enough to keep you turning the pages. Paula Wiseman is a very good character writer, and her back stories are placed in the book at just the right intervals. I am quite looking forward to the next book in the series, it was an easy and enjoyable read, with strong characters and good plot flow.