Esther Crowder's Baby Boy
Throughout her difficult pregnancy, Clarice Tripp's youngest daughter, twenty-three-year-old Esther Crowder, has had a disquieting inner sense that she would not survive the birth of her fifth child. Should her worst fears be realized, her oldest sister, Mary Margaret, has agreed to take the baby and rear the child as her own.
Having been widowed for nearly two decades, Clarice now faces the very real possibility of losing yet another beloved family member. Heartbroken at the thought of losing Esther, Clarice finds solace in the promises of God to never leave her nor forsake her even when the strong winds of adversity blow in upon her with gale-force strength. She has found her Savior to be a bulwark in the darkest hours of her sixty-plus years of living, and her faith has been made stronger from the trials and tests He has allowed to touch her life.
With a deep, abiding trust in the God Whom she loves and desires to obey, Mary Margaret struggles with anger and antipathy toward her brother-in-law, Raylin Crowder, regarding his treatment of Esther and the couple's children. Faced with one of the most difficult and challenging directives from the Holy Spirit she has ever encountered, the thirty-year-old must forge a pathway through uncertainty and resentment toward forgiveness and service to those whom she feels are the least deserving.
Although the relationship between Clarice and Mary Margaret always had deep roots, mother and daughter forge an even closer bond as the two of them exhibit their love and emotional and spiritual support for one another.
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About the Author
Born in Hickory, NC, I am blessed and proud to continue to call NC home. I hold a BS degree in Education and a MA in Higher Education. Having taught in both public and private schools, I retired as an instructor with the NC community college system in 2015. My husband, Lynn, and I have three children and six grandchildren. Being a longtime beach lover, I enjoy walking along and relaxing beside a sandy shore. Besides spending time with my family, some of my favorite things to do include playing the piano, reading, writing, and cooking. Esther Crowder’s Baby Boy is my first published literary work.