Grace in the Flames
Michelle Massaro, author
A prodigal, a sinner, and a saint... Three people. One God of grace. John Douglas thought he knew the future God had for him--raise a family and grow old with his bride, Hannah. But then a deadly house fire incinerates his faith, destroying the man he'd been. Worship leader Jenni Dupont conquered her demons years ago and has the scars to prove it. But temptation strikes when her world is shattered, and this time she's not sure if God can carry her through. Bar waitress April Johanson lives with the secret trauma of an abusive past. Desperate to stay off the streets of Vegas, she'll do whatever is necessary to pay the rent. When their lives intersect, God will ask them to do the impossible. To love Him even if... About Grace in the Flames: This inspirational Christian novel explores tough themes like grief, alcoholism, self-harm, and unwanted pregnancy. It wrestles with faith-breaking circumstances that redefine the meaning of family and true friendship, and still delivers a heady, toe-curling love story.
After losing his wife and baby in a house fire, John Douglas drowns his sorrows by drinking, running from his responsibilities, and eventually succumbing to the temptations of a one-night stand before surrendering himself to God. As he begins to find himself and grow in his newfound faith, he meets Jenni, herself a strong believer. Their friendship quickly evolves into romance with long-term potential—until April, the other half of his earlier one-night stand, shows up pregnant. The journey of the three characters during the coming months is a roller-coaster of pain, grief, anger, fear, forgiveness, mercy, and grace. With delicacy and nuance, Massaro loads the story with heavy issues: tragic death, survivor’s guilt, alcoholism, domestic violence, self-harm, abortion, and cancer. However, at times the narrative becomes scattered, and readers might sense that focusing on just a few of these difficult topics would have allowed for more depth of emotion and strengthened the story. But despite the barrage of weighty issues, the message of God’s grace and the hope available to those who love him will connect with readers of faith. (BookLife)