Besides showcasing Callaham's innate story-telling finesse, Truth Runs Deep ties together current controversial topics in society and the Church - both how to love gay Christians (particularly our kids) and how Protestants and Catholics can accept each other into the ecumenical fold. Callaham threads her tale with real, complex characters, stitching past mistakes as a Church body, as a family, and as individuals into a quilt of love.
With heartfelt, poignant moments, Truth Runs Deep draws out thoughtful reflections on the reader's own experience, memories, and values by focusing on bridging the gap of understanding, acceptance, and healing real people and families who are affected throughout America and the world by religious and sexual intolerance.
While a few readers may find that it starts a bit slow and that some of the characters' inner dialogues are similar to each other, the overriding mystery and deep, relevant issues in the Church today pull the reader into the main story, turning page after page to discover the truth behind Father Mario, Sergeant Walker, and the intriguing broken mirror of "society at large" in Hampton, Virginia. This enchanting first novel by Sheila Callaham weaves together an excellent mystery with a thorough understanding of the reality of church politics alongside honest faith and doubt.
This would be a very pertinent and interesting book club or Bible study selection. And, with the author's life coach/facilitator/mediator skills, I think this would be a fascinating and healing study for an evening or day-long author discussion or seminar.
Truth Runs Deep by Sheila Callaham - A truly thought-provoking, soul-searching look at present day issues in the body of Christ and the world.