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"An angry teenager, a depressed firefighter, an anguished mother—these are only of few of the characters brought vividly to life through Pam Turlow's extraordinary skills as a narrator. An audiobook with so many characters and plot lines could be a challenge to the listener, but Turlow’s distinct character voices make the story easy to follow. When college professor Demi Costanas is caught in an adulterous affair, it almost destroys her career, her family, and even her own sense of self. Although the novel is filled with dramatic incidents, the truly compelling parts of this story are Demi's sessions with Christian psychologist Sullivan Crisp, during which he helps her accept her own brokenness and the healing power of God's grace." 
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About the Author

Nancy Rue has written over 100 books for girls, is the editor of the Faithgirlz Bible, and is a popular speaker and radio guest with her expertise in tween and teen issues. She and husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now live in Tennessee.



Steve Arterburn is a bestselling author, radio host, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and chairman of New Life Ministries, the largest faith-based broadcast counseling and treatment ministry. He is also the host of “New Life Live!”―a nationally syndicated daily radio program―and founder of Women of Faith conferences. He is the author of many bestselling books, such as the Every Man’s Battle series and The God of Second Chances. Arterburn lives in Indianapolis with his family.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 391 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849918901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849918902
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nancy Rue is the author of 122 books, including 11 novels for adults, 17 for teens, and 61 for tween readers, as well as 2 parenting books, 33 non-fiction books for tweens and teens, and the features for the FaithGirlz Bible. Her Lily Series, published by Zondervan, has sold well over one million copies. Her ability to relate to a wide audience has made her a popular radio and television guest and an in-demand speaker and teacher for writer's conferences across the country. She has been a regular keynoter for The Young Writer's Institute, Virtuous Reality Ministries, and Zondervan's Beauty of Believing Tour for FaithGirlz. Nancy is the cofounder of the Writers Workshops held annually at Glen Eyrie, Colorado and also offers a one-one-one Writing Mentorship program and two-day intensives for small groups of writers. Her latest titles include the Christy Award winning Reluctant Prophet trilogy for adult readers (David C. Cook) The Whole Guy Thing (Zondervan) for teens, and the Mean Girl Makeover trilogy for tweens (Tommy Nelson, as well as the first of three novels written with Rebecca St. James for the New Adult audience. The Merciful Scar. A student of the Academy for Spiritual Formation, sponsored by the Upper Room, Nancy continues her own spiritual journey even as she writes and speaks for mothers, daughters, and would-be writers about theirs. For more information, visit her website at www.nancyrue.com. Nancy's biggest passion is for anti-bullying, and is the co-founder with Thomas Nelson of the movement SO Not Okay.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on February 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
Healing Stones by Nancy Rue and Stephen Arterburn is the story of Demitria Costanas who gets caught on film committing adultery and has to try to put her family back together. She turns to Sullivan Crisp, a Christian therapist who is struggling with his own demons. Demi's story parallels that from John 8:3-11 of the adulterous woman. After conducting a months long affair with a fellow professor from a Christian college, Demi is caught on camera and forced to resign her position at the school. Her husband also mysteriously receives a set of the photos and kicks her out of the house and the lives of their two children. The authors tackle a difficult conundrum: how to make an adulterous woman sympathetic without soft pedaling her sin. Demi goes through several stages in her grief at the loss of her lover, job, and family. At first, she hates herself so much that she allows everyone, including her teenaged son, to abuse her. But as Demi comes to understand why she cheated on her husband, she realizes that she wants her family back and is willing to fight to do so. There are subplots involving liberalism on the college campus, as well as Sullivan's past. Sullivan is an intriguing character who uses game shows to help his patients make breakthroughs in their therapy. The authors deal with tough issues about sin and forgiveness and what it really means to be a Christian. The story is powerful, and Demi's husband's last words to her brought tears to my eyes.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By wideyed on February 20, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I became aware of Nancy Rue as a writer through her Kindle freebies. Even though I'm outside the targeted age of them, I've loved every one of them. When I discovered she had an adult series, I knew I had to read it. I checked it out of the library first, but I fully expected to be buying it after reading it for future rereads. I'm glad I ignored my impulse to buy immediately. I won't be rereading this book.

The book handles a difficult subject matter--adultery. And the main character isn't the victim of it--she's the one who committed it. Nancy Rue and her co-writer took on a hard issue. I was very excited at the idea.

It starts out wonderfully. You can feel Demitria Costanas suffering. Her husband hasn't been there for her in years, and she's been pulling the load in that relationship by herself for way too long. But she knows she's made mistakes and is trying to solve them. Sullivan Crisp is interesting, and they leave you wanting to know more about him. Then . . .

***SPOILERS*** (including the ending)

Instead of having her be a good person who made a horrible mistake, they make her a victim. Instead of her and a nice guy giving into temptation, she was lead into it by a crazy psycho. Instead of her son being angry at her, he goes into a rage and interferes with her relationships with his sister and father. The "Conservative" people of the school where she was teaching are horrible people who is trying to get rid of a (we are told) great guy. In fact, they are so horrible they come across as cartoon characters. I didn't realize questioning the role of America in today's world was such a large part of religious teachings. Sadly, I thought God's word would be more at the center of debate.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By d burns on January 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
Healing Stones is a new series that looks very promising. The book tells a story of adultry and the consequences, but it tells the story by going back and forth between the adultress woman and her counselor, Sullivan Crisp. It's a very honest look at infidelity and the painful aftermath.
An excellent novel, I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kay W. Harrisonburg, VA VINE VOICE on January 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
OK, so I'm a Christian who teaches psychology. But even if I wasn't, I would love this book! The story line is great...intriguing, mysterious, sad and yet, reflects true life.

Sullivan Crisp is a psychologist of the best kind. He is wise yet struggles with his own mistakes. His wit is an adorable bonus.

I won't tell the story line as the blurb above explains it well. If you like contemporary Christian fiction, go for this... you will be glad you did!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D.AUER on January 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading Healing Stones, the first of what is going to be a wonderful series. It grabs you on page #1 and holds on until the end. It's a wonderful story of how life's trials, temptations and weaknsses can cause us to be separated from God. And, at the same time, reminds us of God's forgiveness, compassion and healing, available to all who seek it. Healing Stones will cause you to examine your own heart and question your attitude of forgiveness. I would recommend it to everyone, and I am purchasing several more for my friends - what a gift Healing Stones is, to believers and to seekers! Thank you Nancy & Stephen!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimfurd on February 1, 2008
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There are some books that, after you have read them, you know without a doubt you will never, ever be the same again. Healing Stones is one such book. This book speaks to the very heart of what grace and mercy are all about. There is nothing hidden. The ugliness of sin is depicted in such raw wretchedness you want to turn away from it. The pain of remorse is so poignant and real that your own nerves are left feeling raw. The price of sin embraced and unrepented is shown in gory detail.

And yet...the gentle touch of God's forgiveness and the loveliness of His still, small voice will whisper His promises to you as the characters discover what it means to forgive and be forgiven. When you read the final pages of this book, you will weep with joy over all that Christ has done for His children, for you will feel His touch in your very marrow. And you will never read the parable of the woman caught in adultery the same...

A dramatic description of a book? Perhaps. But for me...for where this message finds me in my own walk of faith and in the midst of my own trials...this book will never, ever be forgotten. For it is written in Christ's precious blood upon the pages of my heart.
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