Abby was young, only a junior in high school. Her entire life waited before her, with big plans to go to college. Her parents were strict, stricter than most parents, and sex before marriage was not tolerated in her church. Jimmy was a high-school senior with a basketball scholarship to an ivy-league college. When they meet at a party, one that Abby snuck out of the house to attend, their lives head down completely different paths when she ends up pregnant. Jimmy is determined to stand by Abby, but when her overbearing parents, and their extremist church find out about the pregnancy, the young couple is torn apart, with devastating consequence. Pastor David Owens answers Abby’s call for help when she appears at his church. She is on the brink of suicide, threatening to take her infant daughter with her. David had been grumbling about his new position, questioning why God had sent him to this small coastal town, now he thinks he knows exactly why; he’s meant to save this girl’s life. ***Twisted Faith is the second book in the Faith series featuring Pastor David Owens***
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About the Author
Victoria Schwimley was born in Jamestown, New York, but grew up in Southern California. She now resides in Elk Grove, California, with her husband, children, and grandchildren. Writing is as natural to her as living. She is in as much anticipation about the ending of a story as she hopes her readers are.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite Pastor David Owens has struggled in his attempts to increase interest in the New Hope Christian Church. Between the challenges of a new ministry, the early days of his marriage, and the impending birth of his third child, David often succumbs to the pressures of his godly calling. And just like anyone in his position, doubt crowds into his mind from time to time. So, when he gets a desperate call from a young, unwed mother, Abby, he looks deep within himself for the words and the faith to keep her alive. The daughter of over the top fundamentalists, Abby spills her story over the phone to Pastor David and an increasing church audience while he patiently listens from his office. Abby’s teenage mistake reveals a life of abuse at the hands of her unyielding parents. All she wants to do is the “right” thing for her and her child. So far, her only option is to end her suffering and protect baby Grace from a life of cruelty. With the hope in David’s life changing dialogue, will Abby find the courage to stand up for herself and a new life of salvation? Twisted Faith by Victoria Schwimley, with Jessica Morrison, publicizes the potential horrors encountered by many of our youth today. Minus a heavy-handed sermon, Schwimley presents an uplifting lesson on the consequences of that one life-altering mistake that changes the complexion of a young life. Twisted Faith is a must-read for adolescents and adults alike. I sincerely enjoyed the perspective in which the story unfolds. A thoroughly engaging YA story.
Twisted Faith is a must read - for all ages, and religions! Schwimley shows both the darker side of "radical Christianity" (control, condemnation, and humiliation) and what true Christianity should be (love, kindness, and acceptance) in a beautifully thoughtful story about a young girl trapped between the two. This book takes you on an emotional rollercoaster from the first page to the last. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be angry and you'll be ecstatic! You won't want to set Twisted Faith down once you start! I cannot recommend this highly enough. Do yourself a favor and purchase Twisted Faith today!
If you enjoy reading books about Christianity, you will love this story! It is a beautiful portrayal of the pitfalls and rewards of religion. It speaks of the unfortunate circumstance of religion used to shame and disgrace but also of the beautiful circumstance of religion used to love and edify. This is a well thought out story with a carefully crafted plot. The reader will learn much about love and redemption from this book. I highly recommend Twisted Faith! To all adult audiences! It is heartfelt and knowledgeable regarding the ways of the wayward souls and of the loving souls which are found in humanity. This book is a tear jerker as it explores the profundities of what really matter in life. For anyone who enjoys pondering upon the human condition, this book is a must read! -Diamante Lavendar, author of Breaking The Silence
This is the continuation of Captured Faith; however, it’s a great book to read as a stand-alone. Pastor David has since moved on from his position as the youth pastor to become Pastor at New Hope Christian Church, a church in dire need of an upgrade of both its building and congregation. Shortly after accepting the position Pastor Dave received a call from a young mother in distress. As the conversation progressed, readers hear more of Abby’s horrific story. The characters are introduced excellently as readers are brought into the story. I felt as though I met each character and went through this emotional night with them. I appreciated how the congregation came together to help Abby and gained a renewed sense of faith for themselves. I was hooked when I read the first chapter. I found it extremely hard to stop, and I recommend this to all readers. I should also let you know my 12 year old listened with me and couldn’t wait to get back to it until we were finished. I listened to the audiobook and felt Kelly and Conner did an excellent job; even better than I could have done. Both voices were perfect for their character. I loved this book and rated it with five stars.