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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764205552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764205552
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #942,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

After losing everything, teenager Molly Fisk has chosen never to leave the museum she lives in with her mom, the only place she feels safe. Years of blaming herself and fearing for her and her mother’s safety have left Molly anxious, fearful, and unable to embrace life. Claire Rodriguez, despite her best efforts, has a difficult time moving past the tragedy that changed the landscape of her life. When she meets a young girl, however, she is compelled to reach out, a gesture that begins her healing process. Years later, Claire has lost touch with the girl, and Molly is beginning to feel restless within her small world. Parrish (Watch over Me, 2009) blends Molly’s and Claire’s stories to create a fast-moving, suspenseful, enrapturing novel about what it means to lose everything and how crucial it is to let others in and learn to depend on God. Fans of Christian fiction with kick and psychological depth will be engaged and touched by Parrish’s exciting third novel. --Carolyn Richard

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From the author of
Home Another Way, Finalist for the 2009 ECPA Christian Book Award for Fiction and
Watch Over Me, Winner of the 2010 ECPA Christian Book Award for Fiction

Molly Fisk Needs the Courage to Face Her Fears.
What She Finds Instead is a Most Unexpected Friendship.

Seventeen-year-old Molly Fisk does not go outside. For so long she has run away from a moment long in the past, but she's not running anymore, she's hiding. Ruled by anxiety, she can only stare out the window of the tiny tourist-town museum she and her mother call home, longing to go outside--to maybe take a walk with the cute boy who works in the pizza place across the street.

Then the chance arrival of a woman Molly knew years ago changes everything.

Back then, Claire Rodriguez was an empty shell. Only in the unique friendship she struck up with a little girl--a silent girl who'd only talk to Claire--did she see the possibility of healing. But one day the girl and her mother vanished, their house left abandoned.

What happened that drove them away? And how can Claire now offer Molly the same chance at finding life anew?

"A fast-moving, suspenseful, enrapturing novel... Fans of Christian fiction with kick and psychological depth will be engaged and touched by Parrish's exciting third novel." --Booklist

"The Air We Breathe is a compelling and emotional novel about identity, redemption, and faith. Expect it to be poplar among women of all ages." --CBA Retailers & Resources

Customer Reviews

The characters and development are so organic that I lost myself in the story.
Dulce
The story contained a mystery that I wanted to see solved, but it was the implied hope of redemption, healing, love and acceptance that stayed with me afterwards.
Amazon Customer
For me a great book is one that I do not want to put down, and one that I do not want to end.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Tidwell-The World As I See It on December 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
I don't even know where to start with this review. I fell in love with the characters and the writing in this book from the moment I started reading the book. I love how the author set up the book and how you are walked through what happened to the little girl and also what happened to Claire. I spent the whole book hoping that things would work out for the both of them and that they both could find the healing that they needed. The author does a great job of describing what is going on and also she does a even better job with her characters. I was sad to see this book end because I really enjoyed the characters and watching they develop as the story went along.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gringa93 on December 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Air We Breathe by Christa Parrish

Molly is a young girl who never ventures out of the safety of her home and place of work. Her home is attached to the wax museum where she works. Molly's mom is extremely protective of Molly. One day a woman from Molly's past comes into the museum with her family. They tour the museum and this sets off a series of events that no one seems to be prepared for.

This book is rather confusing. The chapters jump in time and the characters while they are introduced by name there isn't a good description to help the reader understand how these characters fit into the story. About half way through the book, the pieces start to fall into place and the fog starts to lift for the reader. The book comes to an abrupt end. I was just starting to enjoy these characters and there was no more writing.

While there were parts of this book that I enjoyed, the disjointed feeling I had while reading the story made it easy for me to delete this book from my collection.

My thanks go to Bethany books for providing me with this free e-book to read and review.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl H. on January 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
The Air We Breathe started a little slow, but as the story unfolded, it gained a steady pace.

One of the opening scenes, in which a young girl enters a bank with her father, is captured forever in my mind. The author used such vivid imagery, I felt I was there. I love a story that pulls me in like that.

Molly is a well developed character, and I was able to relate to her fears and inner turmoil.

I don't want to risk revealing too much about the plot, so I'll just share that The Air We Breathe is a smart and engaging story with memorable characters, and leaves a lasting impression. It isn't (in my opinion) a can't-put-it-down book, but I enjoyed it and its steady pace. Christa Parrish delivered this story in a clever and engaging way.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
When I got this book, and began reading it, I couldn't stop. I kept taking my kids to activities that I could sit and read while they played.

Christa's ability to hook a reader from the beginning, and keep the reader engaged was apparent in this novel. Her characters are written realistically and lovingly...no cardboard, two-dimensional people here!

The story contained a mystery that I wanted to see solved, but it was the implied hope of redemption, healing, love and acceptance that stayed with me afterwards. And the book did not disappoint: the ending was full of hope and healing.

I read a lot, and can be difficult to impress; and I'm not an emotional person at all. But I did shed a tear or two during the reading of this book, and that is a good thing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa LePlatt on November 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
"The Air We Breathe" is a touching reminder of how God inserts persons into our lives at the right times, just when we need them. Molly is a young woman who experienced a childhood trauma. Shortly after, she meets Claire, who is just the right person at just the right time. In a twist of fate, she loses contact abruptly with Claire. Fast forward years, and a chance meeting reestablishes contact between the two women. The renewed relationship helps Molly overcome her fears and she is able to begin to live her life. Ms. Parrish tells the stories of both women separately, yet intertwines them seamlessly. Characters are well developed and lovable. The book's conclusion left me wanting to read more of the progression of their relationship and how their lives turn out. Well written and highly enjoyable.

I received a free copy of the book from Bethany House for review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Once again, Christa Parrish draws in her readers by the first paragraph. A wonderful story full of heartache and redemption. The characters feel like family, and the descriptive settings make you feel like you're living it with them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather Micaela on November 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
If my schedule would have allowed it, I would have sat down and read this book in one sitting. And that, for me, is the first sign that a book is worth reading. Since I could not do that, I found myself longing to read it whenever I was not and trying to prop it open and read it as I did my chores.

I appreciated the way the story wove together the past and the present and the characters involved. And I found myself identifying with the main characters, though I had never experienced the circumstances they went through. The heart issues are true for most of us in some way or another.

One thing I appreciate about the author is that she is faithful to her beliefs without being preachy. She is real and not afraid to deal with touchy issues. She is even able to show that healing can occur even if you do not get all your questions answered. Because everything does not always fit into a nice theoretical box in real life, it is nice to read about characters who are facing that same reality.

I was a bit sorry to say goodbye to the characters at the end of the book, but I was satisfied with the story as I reluctantly set down the book. I highly reccomend taking a journey with them.
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