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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Breath of Heaven by Alana Terry
About the Book
Title: Breath of Heaven
Author: Alana Terry
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction
Release Date: December 9, 2017
She hasn’t fallen out of love with her husband. She just can’t stand his church.
Nobody told Katrina being a pastor’s wife would be easy. But she never imagined that the stress she and her husband would face from his new job could so easily destroy their marriage.
In spite of her mother’s disapproval, Katrina marries a pastor whose job immediately plucks her away from her music, her symphony, and the city life she loves and plants her in the small town of Orchard Grove, Washington.
If she knew going into her new life that she’d be sacrificing her music career for a congregation full of gossips and backbiters and that the pressure of her husband’s new job would turn him into someone she hardly recognizes anymore, she might have reconsidered marrying him in the first place.
Unfortunately, it’s too late to do anything about that now.
This is the third book in a series, and it also stands alone. I couldn't resist this book because of the title, even if it makes me sing a Christmas song everytime I read it. Now, I'm a PK, who has a parent who was a PK. (Preacher's kid.) I know *exactly* how Katrina feels. I adore the fact that Katrina plays the violin. That was yet another connection I felt with her. Then there's the "child" issue, and you just have to read about that. I can't write that up, not just so that it isn't a spoiler, but because it's that personal.
Katrina's husband Gregg, did typical guy things that drove me bonkers. He wasn't putting his wife first as an example of Christ to her. As we know, that is the start of all kinds of horrible issues.
Then there's the "church politics" as we have long called them. The constant battering of issue after issue. This is the reason to pray over your pastors. This book did a super job of showing what life is like in this position.
Strong themes of forgiveness, openness and honesty run through this book, as well as a focus on our Saviour. I will be looking for the next book that comes out from this author.
About the Author
Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.
Guest Post from Alana Terry
I used to think being a pastor’s wife would be glamorous. Now I know better!
Although I’ve loved the different churches where my husband has been called to serve, being a couple in full-time ministry can definitely take its toll on a marriage.
Breath of Heaven is a novel in my Orchard Grove Christian women’s fiction series, which deals with real-life couples facing real-life issues. In Breath of Heaven, two newlyweds are thrown into the world of church politics, and the honeymoon period is quickly over.
I wrote this novel to give an inside peek at what it’s like if you’ve never been a pastor’s wife as well as to offer some hope and encouragement to women who know the stress of being married to someone in full-time ministry.