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Contingency: Book One: Covenant of Trust Series Paperback – December 3, 2010
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From the Author
There are five important messages in Contingency.
I took my characters and dropped them in, perhaps, the most difficult situation a couple could face - adultery - and even in that dark circumstance, hope is there.
Forgiveness is possible.
We sometimes get the wrong idea that to forgive is to ignore the offense or minimize the pain caused. Forgiveness is letting go of our right to retribution. From a Christian perspective, it means, putting the situation in the hands of a holy God and trusting His justice. That is far from easy, and the story doesn't sugarcoat the challenges at all.
Marriage takes diligence.
By all indications, Chuck and Bobbi had a good marriage. There were no glaring issues, but over time, emotional drift entered the relationship. They each had vulnerabilities though, and they never considered how those factored into their marriage.
God calls us to go way beyond our comfort zone.
I write from a Christian perspective, so I see the things that come into our lives as refining opportunities, chances to see if we really believe what we hear on Sunday mornings that we claim to believe and live by. Even if that's not how others approach life, all of us can agree that we are often called to stretch, to step out or even experience some growing pains by the things life throws at us.
Answers are out there.
Again I believe the answers are rooted in Biblical truth, and others are free to disagree. The solutions don't drop out of the sky wrapped in a nice bow, though. It takes some work, some digging, and usually some wise counseling from others but they can be found.
The story doesn't end with Contingency, though. In real life, there are often long-term consequences and so Chuck and Bobbi have to deal with fallout from Chuck's infidelity. Indemnity, picks up six years later when the other woman shows up in town again with a little boy who is the spitting image of Chuck. Then Precedent jumps another twelve years ahead and looks at the impact on this little boy, now a college student and the daughter born to Chuck and Bobbi after they reconciled. Finally, the series wraps up in Sanction. Through the ups and downs, though there is a strong thread of forgiveness and redemption.
About the Author
After working several years as research chemist, Paula Wiseman was blessed the opportunity to stay home with her children and follow the writer's path. She has been published in several Cup of Comfort devotional books and in Life Savors for Women. She blogs on matters of life and faith at paulawiseman.com. Contingency is her first novel. She enjoys small town life in Illinois with her husband, Jon, and three children.
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Bobbi and Chuck Molinsky are a typical Christian family, married for eighteen years, with two sons. But their world comes crashing down when Bobbi discovers Chuck's affair with his co-worker.
They never saw adultery coming, but now they are forced to face it head on. Will they choose to seek God's will in their broken marriage even when the pain is beyond anything they've ever experienced?
Paula Wiseman has written an epic story of forgiveness, love, heartache, and trusting God even when the world is breaking apart all around. Though I had never personally experienced the full brunt of what Bobbi and Chuck went through, there were smaller aspects that related to sin in general that I think everyone can relate to on a deep level.
I was sucked into the story from the very first page, and I found it nearly impossible to put down, yet at times I found it necessary to stop, and really ponder certain topics that the book dug up. One thing Contingency hit on that never ceases to to amaze me, is how God can use sin--no He doesn't cause the sin--but God can use things that are devastating for good, even though we can't see it at the time.
Contingency is a tale woven true, with real Biblical answers to tough questions. This book focuses on a God-centered life and marriage, something that is so hard to find in even Christian books. I loved how the characters came across as real people, who reacted in a very real and raw way. They weren't perfect, but each of them was uniquely real and even though coming into the book I thought I wouldn't like Chuck, I did by the end. Why? Because the characters had raw depth, they were 3-demensional and it was almost impossible to believe that they weren't real people.
Overall, this book was fantastic! Deep both emotionally and spiritually, with true Biblical basis. Though it deals with a tough sin, rarely touched upon in Christian fiction, Ms. Wiseman never went into more detail than was appropriate. I would highly recommend this to someone who wants to read a book that will make them think, and wants a book where characters deal with tough problems Biblically. Contingency surpassed all my expectations! Definitely a book I will remember!
Final Rating: 5.1 out of 5
I received this book from the author who graciously provided me with a copy in return for an honest review.
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