Contingency by Paula Wiseman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Description from GoodReads: Where was God?
Bobbi Molinsky's comfortable life is shattered when a forwarded email from her husband's account lands in her inbox. The email teases, "My whole evening is free again." After an angry confrontation with Chuck, she is left with the broken remains of an eighteen year marriage.
Where is God?
Bobbi agrees forgiving Chuck is the right thing, the God-honoring thing to do, but it leaves her empty and isolated. Teaching her second-graders is a burden. Taking care of her boys saps all her energy. It seems God Himself has walked away, leaving her to struggle alone.
Is God faithful?
Bobbi can't deny the transformation in Chuck, but genuine forgiveness requires trust, and trust is a risk she's not willing to take. Can she let go of her deepest, most primal fears and save her marriage?
My thoughts:This book deals with an issue that affects many families. The tragedy of infidelity.
Bobby discovers that her husband of 18 years, Chuck, has had an affair. She undergoes the painful process of coming to terms with his infidelity as well as learning to trust and forgive.
Chuck learns how to love God, his wife, and himself after loosing himself in sin.
I enjoyed the way that Paula Wiseman dealt with a very sensitive issue. She took us into the hearts and home of Bobbi and Chuck Molinsky as they come to terms with adultery. I found many levels of emotion within the pages of this novel. I was able to connect with the family and feel their pain as they tried to understand the issues behind the act. I felt that the way they explored their emotions and their relationship with God resonates with anything, that we as people do, that weakens our relationship with our Creator and with those that we love.
If you can't tell this is a very Christian themed book. This book will do well with anyone who is a Christian or who is interested in the Christian Faith.
There are flashbacks showing the way that the family was failing and the way that thoughts and acts led to the act of adultery. This book does not have explicit content, but the theme is more of an adult read.
I received a copy to review by participation with the "Pump Up Your Books" blog tour.
About Paula Wiseman:
After working several years as research chemist, Paula Wiseman was blessed with the opportunity to stay home with her children and follow the writer’s path. She has been published in several Cup of Comfort devotional books and in Life Savors for Women. Contingency: Book One: Covenant of Trust Series, her debut novel, spent time on the Amazon.com Christian Fiction bestsellers list, and was also the #1 Hot New Release in Christian Fiction. Indemnity is her second novel. Paula blogs on matters of life and faith at www.paulawiseman.com.