Tessa: From Fear to Faith

Tessa: From Fear to Faith

by Melissa Wiltrout

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Is there no way out?

Tessa loathes being forced to work in her father's illegal drug business. Yet her ill-fated attempts at running away only deepen the abuse. Guilt and shame press in, pushing away her real friends and reinforcing her own criminal tendencies.

Tessa yearns for freedom – and something else. Then a neighbor introduces her to God and salvation through Christ. But will faith be enough? Can she overcome the forces that bind her before it's too late?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158659713
Publisher: Life Sentence Publishing
Publication date: 11/24/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 292
Sales rank: 20,423
File size: 584 KB

About the Author

Melissa Wiltrout lives in west-central Wisconsin with her two dogs, an energetic terrier named Daisy and a Sheltie named Chester. During the summer months she keeps busy at the family nursery and landscaping business. Writing is her favorite activity, but she also enjoys relaxing with a good book, playing guitar, breeding goldfish, and gardening.

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Tessa: From Fear to Faith 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book . Reality based with a clear Christian message. Highly recommended .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tessa is as close to the hitting bottom of her teenaged life. She is in trouble and has choices to make. Luckily she has Someone looking out for her. She takes the hand extended to her and her life changes for good.
TheIndigoQuill More than 1 year ago
See full review @ The Indigo Quill . blogspot . com I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.         Tessa is a runaway. She is a runaway who is desperately searching for refuge from her dark and dysfunctional home. Her father is abusive and forces her to help him with his underground drug business, while her mother stands by choosing to overlook the severity of the situation. When everything seems hopeless and uncertain, she discovers a light at the end of the tunnel. However, she doesn't recognize where that light is coming from at first. I became hooked to this story from the first page. It was like Francine Rivers' Redeemed meets Karen Kingsbury, two of my all-time favorite Christian Fiction projects. Melissa Wiltrout gives us a raw look into the turmoil of a dysfunctional and abusive home. The characters were well-developed and believable. Tessa was a good example of a young teen struggling through some serious life issues. I felt her fear and pain and the bit of PTSD she experienced from being beaten by her father. I was terrified right along with her! And her mother, whom I could understand just tried to survive, even if it wasn't done well. The characters were realistic and very well done. The "faith factor" was also well done. Wiltrout did a beautiful job writing faith into this story in a way that wasn't "preachy" but also pragmatical. I've seen extreme changes like this happen in people's lives, so I know without a doubt that it can happen. I'd also like to note that her sisters live in Springfield, MO...which is where I live! That made me happy. :) This is a great book! It is very well done and has a lot of depth to the storyline and characters. If you enjoy the likes of Karen Kingsbury and Francine Rivers' Redeemed, then you will most definitely enjoy Tessa.
J4Life5 More than 1 year ago
Tessa is a young girl stuck in a bad situation at home. Her father not only makes and sells drugs, but forces Tessa to assist him under threat of physical abuse. Her mother does not help the situation and minimizes the problems in their home. Tessa has run away several times, has gotten arrested for shoplifting, and has gotten caught stealing from her mother. Her life seems hopeless and she is unable to change her circumstances. When some neighbors become aware of her situation and Tessa starts learning about God, she becomes a Christian. Even though there is a change in Tessa, is it big enough to change her life? This book was a little slow at the beginning, but by the end I couldn't put it down. I think it is a realistic look into a situation that many young people experience every day. The plot is very well-thought out and realistic. The characters are also believable and identifiable. The emotions and actions the characters displayed were realistic. I think this book would be a great book for teens. Not only teens who are in difficult situations, but any teen. It would be nice to think that they could view some of their peers differently and maybe reach out to them like Heather reached out to Tessa in the book. This is book is also enjoyable for adults. It is inspiring to read how the influence of Tom and his sharing of truth impacted Tessa's life in a positive way. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I think a lot of readers would like this book as well. I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookCrash in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.