Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bridge To A Distant Star by Carolyn Williford - REVIEWED

About the Book: (from the publisher)

As a storm rages in the night, unwary drivers venture onto Tampa Bay's most renowned bridge. No one sees the jagged gap hidden by the darkness and rain. Yet when the bridge collapses, vehicles careen, one-by-one, into the churning waters below.

In that one catastrophic moment, three powerful stories converge: a family ravaged by their child's heartbreaking news, a marriage threatened by its own facade, and a college student burdened by self doubt. As each story unfolds, the characters move steadily closer to that fateful moment on the bridge. And while each character searches for grace, the storms in their lives loom as large as the storm that awaits them above the bay.

When these characters intersect in Carolyn Williford's gripping and moving story, they also collide with the transforming truth of Christ: Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me.

My Thoughts:

“The star seems to disappear when you look straight at it, but if you avert your vision – when you look to one side or the other – then you’re able to see the star again. The anomaly happens because the faint light of the star reaches a more sensitive part of the retina, allowing you to detect it.” (p. 82)

Many times Christians don’t recognize God’s hand in their circumstances because they are looking directly at it. Perspective only comes when we allow God to adjust our “vision” and look at our circumstances from a different angle, so to speak, and it is then and only then that our hearts can receive His blessing and understanding. Bridge To A Distant Star is a beautiful picture of how God can and does work through every moment of our lives to bring our vision into clearer focus. Sometimes tragedy is the method exercised in our lives for just this purpose. Carolyn Williford used a real life incident, combined with a favorite piece of literature as a springboard for this amazing novel. You don’t want to miss it!!

Three families, many lives, all changing daily through both unexpected and typical occurrences – each of them appointed to be part of a tragic event that could be neither predicted or prevented. As the reader comes to know each set of characters, your heart alternately aches and rejoices with each change in circumstance. By the time everything culminates on the fateful night that the Sunshine Skyway collapses, every emotion is fully engaged and longing for resolution. When it comes, it is both miraculous, and fraught with a myriad of emotions. Truly, this is one novel that will linger in your heart long after the final page.

I think it should be a movie! Seriously!! But right now…I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it as a beautifully written novel! Don’t miss this miracle of a book!!

About the Author:

Carolyn Williford has authored seven books, including Jordan's Bend, Devotions for Families That Can't Sit Still, and Faith Tango, as well as numerous articles. She and her husband, Craig, live in Deerfield, Illinois, where he serves as president of Trinity International University. They have two children and four grandchildren.

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