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In this tense, well-paced novel about belief, Kiernan explores what happens when faith and love test the limits of family fealty. In southwest Florida, college student Marshall Tobias is in search of something to believe in. He thinks he's found God and the woman he's always dreamed of when he falls in love with fundamentalist believer Ada Sparks. But Ada's against medical intervention for illness, and tragedy results when she sets out to help Marshall's 12-year-old sister, Meghan, overcome her life-threatening allergies. Switching points-of-view between Marshall and his mother, Chloe, Kiernan (Catching Genius) movingly portrays a 20-year-old marriage gone flat and torn apart by crisis, a troubled son, a daughter hovering between life and death, and the hard-to-discern boundaries between true faith and unhealthy fanaticism. She handles her difficult material respectfully. Most interesting is her portrayal of the well-meaning traps parents fall into when encouraging open-ended exploration of faith without context, or choosing to remain silent. The thoughtful themes, interesting characters and page-turning drama of this novel will likely make it a book club favorite. (Aug.) ""
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Kiernan’s stunning second novel explores how one family reacts to a devastating tragedy. Cal and Chloe Tobias have two children: 18-year-old Marshall, who witnessed the death of his best friend in childhood and has been exploring religion ever since, and his younger sister, Meghan, who suffers from severe food allergies. Marshall comes home from college for spring break with his girlfriend, Ada, a religious zealot who doesn’t believe in medical treatment, in tow. Ada immediately expresses doubts about Meghan’s allergies, and when she and Marshall try to “cure” Meghan by exposing her to the very thing she’s most allergic to, the results are disastrous. As Meghan lies in a coma in the hospital, Cal’s rage at his son boils over, and the district attorney decides to charge both Marshall and Ada with child abuse. Marshall and Ada choose to flee to Cal’s estranged mother, leaving Cal and Chloe to face the rift growing between them over Marshall’s actions. Unforgettable and moving, Kiernan’s novel is an achingly real portrait of a family in crisis, one readers will react to passionately. --Kristine HuntleySee all Editorial Reviews
Matters of Faith was definitely worth the time spent reading it. The characters were believable. The plot was intriguing. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by Speed Read
I came across this book looking for a quick enjoyable read and I certainly was not disappointed. I wanted to sit and read it cover to cover, and I must confess I spent hours at a... Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by Denise
Kristy Kiernan has many gifts as a writer (and as for her gifts as a person, well, there's not enough room to write about them on only one Internet). Read morePublished on December 5, 2011 by J.D. Rhoades
I loved "Catching Genius" and therefore thought I would give "Matters of Faith" a shoot. I was a little bit hesitant since most of the praise on the cover related to "Catching... Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by frostydahlia
Kristy's new book grabbed me from the first page. Her writing stirs up so many emotions - you can feel the characters pain. Read it in a day. Read morePublished on December 4, 2010 by Sharon S. ~ NC
This novel beautifully ties together the themes of family, faith, deadly allergies, and allowing your children to gain their independence while struggling with a mature, yet... Read morePublished on May 1, 2010 by Lisa2011
I found "Matters of Faith" much more interesting and believable than a prior Kiernan novel, "Catching Genius. Read morePublished on November 25, 2009 by Free2Read
Thanks Kristy Kiernan for writing this book!
I am the mother of a 3 year old with life threatening food allergies to dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts. Read more
I ordered this book, thinking it was the book everybody was talking about (The Shack). It obviously wasn't, but I enjoyed it WAY more than I enjoyed The Shack. Read morePublished on March 14, 2009 by Lynn G. Davidson