Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hi, My Name Is ... And I Committed Adultery...


It’s a truth universally unacknowledged that sin will hunt you down and advertise its presence the moment you try to hide it. 

 Emily Byrne sits in her daughter’s classroom listening to the deepest wishes of twenty kindergarteners as she sketches them. But when little Joey Cordell breaks down, weeping and insisting the only thing he wants to find is his father, she isn’t sure where her Christmas project will take her. Davia Cordell came to Rockland for one purpose–find her son’s father before she dies. An ex-prostitute, she’s well aware that the news will cause waves, but what’s a mother to do? As these women join forces to search for Joey’s father–a Rockland area pastor, no less– Emily learns compassion for a woman who just wants the best for her son and can’t quite imagine that Jesus wants anything to do with her. Each day, Davia weakens until Emily isn’t confident she’ll find the boy’s father in
time–if at all. Doubts form. Should she look? Is it right to risk destroying a family like this–an entire church? The weight of that responsibility crushes her as Davia wastes away before her eyes. A mother’s love. A boy’s confidence. A family’s faith. A preacher’s failure. Is redemption even possible anymore? Christmas Embers: a story of love, failure, and redemption.

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About the Author:

Author of the Amazon bestselling Aggie and Past Forward Series, Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert. With dozens of books to her name, Chautona spends most of her time writing, but when she takes the rare break, she can be found reading, sewing, paper crafting, or sleeping and dreaming of finishing the dozens of books swirling in her overly-active imagination at any given moment.

My Take:

Hi, my name is .... and I am an adulteress... Have you ever been to Adulterers Anonymous? Well, neither have I, and I am not even sure one exists, although in this book it kind of feels like it. 

This book was so emotionally challenging for me to read. Maybe because adultery is not that foreign of a topic. I would say its a bit like a cancer - you either know someone who's done it, you're doing it, or you've done it in the past. It's like a disease that's easy to catch if our guard is not constantly up. The subtility of the enemy in drawing us in, the wickedness of our own hearts, which we likely don't even know, or understand. It's so easy to point the finger at others, while we could easily be tempted with equal or other sins. Ouch!

The characters in this story are well depicted. I loved little Joey, and my heart went out to Davia. It's easy to become a little self-righteous, or justify our sin, even hide it, because God has forgiven us, or because we think if we bring it to light it will be even more painful,  like another character in the book. The story was a tough read, well told, but didn't really seem like a Christmas story. Although if Christmas is about Jesus, forgiveness, and second chances, then yes, it totally qualifies. Just not your typical one. 

Would I recommend this, YES! But with caution, because it could easily open old wounds, convict, and cause a bit of emotional turmoil. So be prepared... prayer? Kleenex? This is heavy stuff!! But likely you will also fall in love with the characters in the book, because most of us have compassion and can totally relate to the fact that we are all sinners in need of a Savior.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit. I was not asked or required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.


Guest Post from Chautona Havig

Infidelity to the Tune of Adeste Fideles

“I think my husband is having an affair.” An explanation followed. Look, I tend to be one who assumes the best of others—to a fault even. I read the “evidence” and frankly could see it going either way. It’s hard to tell across thousands of miles. While others on the message board saw red flag after red flag—and frankly, I did, too—I also saw perfectly innocent explanations for things. It’s a curse sometimes—that ability to see both sides of an issue. I cautioned against assumptions no one would want other people to make of themselves. And I prayed she was wrong. She wasn’t. It wasn’t the first time I’d come face to face with infidelity. As a child, there was an extended family member. As a newlywed, one of my wedding party—then another. Then another. The excuses, the justifications. Friends and I went to confront a sister in Christ on her affair with her husband’s best friend. We foolishly asked “what happened?” regarding her marriage. Her words: “We drifted apart.” I wanted to scream the words that battered my brain and heart. “Then row back together!” But over the years, it just grew worse. One by one, wives and husbands tossed aside vows made to a brother or sister in Christ—vows made before the Lord—in favor of what sometimes were serial affairs. Abuse. Horror. I’ve prayed women I love through court cases, medical visits, and disclosures from children no mother should ever have to hear. I’ve prayed for men I didn’t even like because of the pain their wives inflicted each time she left them alone with the kids. He knew. He always knew. Adultery is real. It’s ugly. And there’s absolutely a cure for it. Jesus. 100% surrender to Jesus. But as long as we rely on those little loops on the back of our boots instead of the saving, healing, strengthening power of Jesus, we’re just as vulnerable as the next person. And that’s why I wrote Christmas Embers. I took every heartbreaking story I’d observed over the years and put in each character for a reason. Every scene, every plot point, every twist—I put them exactly how and where they are for a reason. They’re there as a warning. This isn’t your lighthearted Christmas novel. Some have suggested I shouldn’t have set it at Christmastime. But you know what? Over half the disclosures I’ve ever heard of happened between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. I couldn’t get the idea of Joey’s story out of my head. And to write his story, it had to be at Christmas. Let me say it again. While Christmas may not seem like the optimal time for a hard-hitting book like this, I had to do it. Adultery is reaching epidemic proportions in the church. There’s a solution. His name is Jesus.

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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for taking the time to read and review. I agree that it's a hard book... tough to write, but I also agree that adultery is insidious and worms its way into most lives in some way or another.

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    1. You are so right! It was just hard for me, because it hits too close to home!! But you wrote a good book! :-)

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