Embracing Hope ... by Janell Butler Wojtowicz
Christian college dean Drew McKinley mourns his dead wife and still wears his wedding ring.
He stumbles on a desperate journey to understand God’s motives for her tragic death. Crossing his perilous path is Allison, a graduate student and new employee in the dean’s office. Even as she deals with financial hardships, she recognizes Drew’s unresolved grief from her own loss. Putting up a roadblock is Chris Whitney, the handsome but egotistical student senate president. He carries the secret burden of a dysfunctional family and a below-the-surface temper. The road Drew must navigate is fraught with career upheaval, a reawakening heart, substance and domestic abuse, a violent assault, and the struggle for forgiveness and restoration. Will Drew finish his journey to embrace the hope God offers, the love Allison shares, and the guidance Chris needs, or will he turn his back on all three with catastrophic consequences?
I was so glad to read that all Christians are not perfect, we don't live in a perfect world, and that anger and frustration can be a real part of our lives in the romantic Christian novel Embracing Hope by Janell Butler Wojtowicz.
The introduction of characters and their personalities in the first chapter sets up the tone of the story. The banter of dean Drew McKinley and the direct opinions of new student staff hire Allison play nicely off each other, but throw in handsome and self centered Chris, things really charge up.
Tragedies happen, faith is being tested and the weakness of the characters come alive as it so happens in real life. Many types of Christian issues are brought up and sorted out but can every problem be resolved? Wojtowicy uses this story to enhance the forgiveness of God, but the question remains ... can we accept forgiveness and forgive others?
A great read for those who are still looking to fill the emptiness in their lives as well as an amazing read for Christians who struggle with God's grace.