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“I couldn’t put this book down.” (Stormie Omartian, author of The Power of a Praying Woman)

"One Sunday touched my heart in a deep way that many of us who have looked for love in the wrong places can relate to. This refreshing tale, told with honesty and humor, gives a transparent view of a hurting woman in search of love, healing, and clear direction to her true God-given destiny. It is a wonderful translation of the human condition...the created looking for the Creator." (Rebecca Nichols Alonzo, speaker and Author of The Devil in Pew Number Seven)

"Carrie's story is very real and compelling .The incredible impact of Christ upon her life that is felt in these pages is not fiction, but an authentic testimony of amazing grace. This book is a great gift of hope to anyone who doubts that God cares about their pain." (Dr. Rice Broocks, Co-founder of Every Nation Church's and Ministries, Bishop of Bethel World)

“One Sunday is a novel that takes hold of you. Carrie Gerlach Cecil gives a vivid depiction of the life of Alice Ferguson. This humorous journey paved with rocky roads takes you from dark to darker. Yet, in a realistic way, a beacon of light shines through, which leads to a brighter day. In short, it a story of hope, inspite of hopeless situations. “ (Debbie Winans- Lowe, Gospel Music Artist)

“The message of this Christian novel: Jesus loves everyone, and no one is beyond forgiveness” (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author

Carrie Gerlach Cecil, an inspirational and entertaining speaker and author, creates literary, television, film, online, and live content to impact and counter both pop and religious culture. A founding partner of Unfiltered Faith, her last novel, One Sunday, received critical praise and the national media spotlight. For more information, visit CarrieGerlachCecil.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451664761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451664768
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,658,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carrie Gerlach Cecil's One Sunday is a compelling journey of faith, hope and forgiveness. Alice Ferguson's unexpected pregnancy takes her from glitzy L.A. to Nashville. She gains much more than a family when she becomes good friends with her neighbors, Evangelical minister Tim Jackson and his wife LaChelle.

An expert at running away from her problems and self-medicating with booze and drugs, Alice Ferguson has been living a faithless and self-destructive life since she was a teenager. Alice's once normal and happy childhood came to an abrupt end when her mother died from cancer. Soon after, Alice's life becomes a nightmare of abuse and neglect as her father turns to alcohol in the wake of his wife's death. Following her high school graduation, Alice reinvents herself and finds success as a journalist then as a tabloid reporter.

Alice's one night stand with successful doctor Burton Banister soon becomes her salvation. Her new life in the suburbs is a world away from the shallow world of tabloid journalism and her new friendship with the Jacksons takes her into the bosom of a loving family whose faith in God is absolute. Tim challenges Alice's long held beliefs and in turn, Alice demands answers for some very difficult questions about God, forgiveness and faith.

Most of One Sunday is told in first person from Alice's point of view. Current events in Alice's life spark memories of her past and through flashbacks, Alice reflects on key events of her rather sordid life. With Tim and LaChelle's gentle guidance, Alice learns the answer to her most important question: is there any sin that God will not forgive? She also discovers that asking God for forgiveness is much easier than forgiving herself for her past mistakes.
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One Sunday is not a book I planned on reviewing. I'd heard about it in passing. It sounded interesting, but I already had many books on my list to review. I borrowed it from the local library because I wanted something other than review books to read. But our plans don't often match His. So here I am, sharing this novel with you. This is a book I read in less than 24 hours and one that left me with tears in my eyes at the end.

I'll be blunt. One Sunday is not a pretty little Christian romance. It is raw, it is gritty, and sometimes the pain is masked with humor. It talks of things that many of us wish didn't exist, such as drugs, casual sex and abortion. But it is real and that's one of the reasons I fell in love with this book. It is the story of a woman who made her way from being a lonely, drug-addicted adolescent to being a loving wife and mother, via a superficial existence as a trashy tabloid editor with few morals. And yes, some might consider it "preachy," but half of the book is set during the church service Alice attends and includes the sermon she hears.

One Sunday is semi-autobiographical. Carrie Gerlach Cecil stated that she "wouldn't classify this book as either fiction or non-fiction," and described Alice as "a grittier, more morally bankrupt version" of herself. I believe there are elements of Alice in most of us. I think we've all done things we're not proud of but that have shaped us into who we are today. But One Sunday is a story of hope and a reminder that there's one who loves us no matter what we've done.
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Ambitious thirty-something Alice Ferguson felt she was on top of the world as with her gay business partner Amos, she edits a trashy tabloid and runs the Trashville Hollywood gossip website that consistently has her flying cross country. She recently met in Bel Air and soon married Dr. Burton Bannister II, the father of the child she carries.

However, her pregnancy proves difficult with health problems threatening her and her unborn. Alice gives up her stressful career and leaves Southern California for the Nashville area. There she feels like a fish on dry land living in suburban jail amidst the idle housewives. Adding to her frustration is realizing that Amos is doing a great job running Trashville without her. Retired NFL lineman Pastor Tim Jackson, his wife LaChelle and their two daughters are her only friends as Alice feels more like a squatter than a neighbor. However, Tim and LaChelle gently persuade the mocking doubter to show up One Sunday at their church.

Alice is a fascinating protagonist as she gives up the fast lane and what she believes is her identity to live as an outsider in the Deep South Bible Belt. Initially the coastal heathen makes no efforts to belong. Her long journey of redemption and forgiveness (of one's self) make for a warm, at times amusing (especially Alice's wry commentary) inspirational Christian tale.

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Even though this book is a quick read, the writer takes one through the pain of Alice's life, and shows the reader how the love of Jesus Christ transforms the heart, mind, and life. I will read this again to savor the joy that comes from Alice's final acknowledgement.
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Analyzing and ferreting out the meaning...are you in this mode when you pick up and book and read it? I am wired this way, which at times can be advantageous and other times not so much. The "thinking" part of me starts the minute I open some novels; other novels I travel alongside the story. Perhaps because this novel is unique I was more torn between analyzing and traveling. One Sunday is a novel that is written to show a path that the central character named, Alice, takes on her journey in life, coming to a place where her seeking is resolved.
Alice is on top of her world professionally. While she has all she ever wanted, the emptiness remains. Her past is littered with trauma, death, abuse, and broken relationships. All Alice knows to do well is run. Tim is a retired NFL player, married with wonderful children and a wife, who spend time pouring their hearts into Alice. Burton, Alice's husband, loves with a love she just cannot seem to believe or grasp. Part of the problem is the way their relationship started, and being transplanted from California to Tennessee. Talk about culture shock! Yet, the way Alice's neighbors, Tim and his family, live stirs something deep within her heart. With honest, blunt questions Alice constantly seeks to leave her past behind in order to become a new woman. Yet everything she tries never seems to bring about the desired results.
Alice is but a mirror of a real woman who is seeking something and trying to fill a void in her life and heart in many ways. As I was reading I was gripped by the novel's transparency in how people can respond to questions being asked, love being shown, and friendships being born.
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