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Until Forever (Women of Prayer) Perfect Paperback – January 25, 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars 321 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Women of Prayer Series

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About the Author

Darlene Shortridge lives in Northeast Wisconsin with her husband, two children and the family dog, Leia.  Her writing endeavors range from poetry to Bible school curriculum and a CD of all original songs written and performed by Ms. Shortridge.  She is a worship leader and enjoys public speaking.
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Product Details

  • Series: Women of Prayer
  • Perfect Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617392448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617392443
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,195,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

-Darlene Shortridge is the bestselling author of the contemporary Christian novels: Until Forever, Forever Blessed, Forever Loved, The Letter and The Perfect Gift.
-She is a sought after speaker for women's ministries, retreats, schools, writer's groups and can often be found mentoring other authors online as well as through her consulting business.
-Darlene loves to share knowledge (sometimes a little too much) and takes joy from seeing others succeed, whether professionally or personally.
-She is the co-author and co-owner with her husband of 40 Day Publishing and selfpub101.com (an online self-publishing school).
-Darlene enjoys scrapbooking, volunteering at her church, and traveling. She loves to cook for her husband (who loves to eat) and entertaining friends and family.
-Vist her at DarleneShortridge.com as well as your favorite social media site.

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As a writer and reader of non-fiction, I found myself totally engaged and surprised by the emotions evoked as I read Darlene Shortridge's Until Forever (Women of Prayer). Darlene has masterfully written a very moving story about a family torn apart by alcoholism and its effects. Not only does this book deal with the family dynamics surrounding the tragic results of substance abuse, but Until Forever also demonstrates the healing and restorative power of fervent prayer.
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Until Forever by Darlene Shortridge is a deeply emotional story about second chances and learning to forgive. From the outset, Jessi and Mark Jensen's marriage is rocky at best. Jessi comes across as an over anxious control freak, while her husband Mark is selfish, immature and has a drinking problem. With that kind of foundation, is it any wonder that Jessi coddles their only child and treats Mark like an adolescent rather than an equal member of the relationship? Then devastation strikes. Mark and their son Ethan are involved in a car accident. Mark, who had been drinking, goes to jail and Ethan falls into an unresponsive coma.

Several years pass and Jessi decides to pull the plug and let Ethan die. She has become even more bitter than before, and even her Aunt Merry, a woman of deep faith, cannot convince her to surrender her problems to God. Meanwhile, Mark has been undergoing some changes of his own while in prison. Befriended by the prison Chaplin, he becomes a Christian and embarks on a brand new life as a believer. The biggest surprise that takes place during this time is that Jessi has had another child - a girl named Olivia, who is also Mark's daughter. Apparently she was pregnant when the accident happened and no one knew. I had to wonder where the infant was while she was spending every waking moment at her son's bedside before he died. That aside, the story moves forward when Mark gets released from prison. For me, this is where the story really begins.

The tables have turned as far as the reader's sympathies go. Mark is a genuinely changed man, where as Jessi has become, quite understandably, even more anxious and unforgiving. Little by little, however, through the prayers of Aunt Merry, Mark and others, Jessi begins to soften.
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Until Forever is a powerfully written, inspiring work by a wonderful storyteller! Ms. Shortridge created realistic characters that are completely relateable to. Even if you've never known the devastation of what addiction can do to a family, Ms. Shortridge brings it home to the reader. This is a story of love, understanding and most importantly, a faith in God and His power.
A compelling story. Be ready to laugh and cry...and be moved. Highly recommended...
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The overall story held my interest but was very predictable. But what 's with the aunt's constant prayers for the salvation of her niece and her ex but never a mention of any compassion or interest for the niece's mother or father? One of them must have been her brother or sister but they were just thrown in the story as careless, thoughtless almost worthless people who certainly didn't deserve any prayer or consideration that they also were not saved. It just kept implying they were beyond caring about. In sort of ruined the impression of the aunt being so caring for me. The author needed to have made the niece an orphan for the story to have worked. Just to leave the parents out like they never mattered after caring so much for the drunk nephew-in-law didn't make in sense in light of Christian love.
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Until Forever is a story of a young family that is torn apart by the devastating effects of alcoholism. Can healing take place in a relationship when an unforgivable act is committed? Will Jessi's pain and Mark's guilt keep them apart forever, or will unforeseen circumstances bind them together?

I don't read a lot of Christian fiction, but this was a quick and enjoyable read. I truly believe God can help us through the most difficult times in our lives and that prayers are answered. I admired Jessi for her ability to forgive-- I know that's what we're supposed to do, but I'm not sure I would be able to forgive something like this. There were a few Inconsistencies in the story that I noticed. For example, Olivia's eyes are described as being dark blue and then later are referred to as green. Chapter 31 starts off stating the Christmas Eve pageant went off without a hitch and the next sentence says one of the angels fell on the stairs and landed on his noggin and everyone laughed. I also wondered about Aunt Merry and her prayer group. The way they met and then retreated to their own personal prayer closet just seemed a little odd to me, but maybe that's how some people do it.
I did like the message of forgiveness, the love God has for us, and His ability to help people change. Great messages for all of us.
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"I will love you until forever." Jessi Jensen spoke those words to her son Ethan every day, yet when tragedy strikes, her entire world is torn apart. Darlene Shortridge brings to life the story of Jessi in Until Forever. Even though life must go on, Jessi is stuck trying to hold on to the past and make sense of what has happened. When Jessi's husband is the cause of the accident, how can she possibly find a way to move forward?

What does it truly mean to love another person? How can we forgive what seems unforgiveable? What are our relationships built upon? These are the core questions that Darlene addresses in this book. Throughout the story, Jessi's aunt demonstrates the power of prayer and faith as she not only prays for healing, but acts out the kind of love and forgiveness that she talks about. The story is compelling, emotional, and captivating. The Christian message is clearly shared in an everyday language. I enjoyed learning what it means to truly love someone Until Forever.

Kristi Burchfiel, author of Without Regrets and The Daily Devotional Series
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