A Powerful Drama of a Mother's Unfailing Love
Alisa Stewart feels like she's lost two sons: her youngest to a terrible tragedy and her eldest, Kurt, to a life ruined by addiction. But now Kurt has checked himself into rehab and found a healing faith that seems real. It's like he's been raised from the dead. But then a detective arrives at Alisa's door asking questions about a murder--the death of a drug dealer before Kurt entered rehab. Alisa fears losing her son again, and when she finds evidence linking him to the killing, she destroys it. Her boy is different now. He's changed and deserves a second chance. But when another man is charged with the crime, Alisa finds herself facing an impossible choice: be silent and keep her son or give up everything for the truth.
I had read somewhere in the cyber world that Kathryn Cushman's writing style was similar to Karen Kingsbury, and I love Karen Kingsbury... so when I was given the opportunity by BethanyHouse Publishing to read and review Leaving Yesterday by Kathryn Cushman I jumped on it quick.
I was not disappointed!
Though I it took about 10 chapters (the book is forty-three chapters) to get 'captured' to where I had to keep, I enjoyed it and would place her right up there with Karen Kingsbury.
This story will tear at every mother's heart. I have five kids and though they are all young now, I did lie in bed questioning how far, as a Christian woman, I would go to protect my kids.
Even though this is a "Christian Fiction" any mother would easily relate. Kathryn does an awesome job of capturing a mothers heart and the true struggle that a mother, Christian or not, would have if her son was accused of a hideous crime.
In the deep Christian aspect, Kathryn touches on another soul-stirring topic of our real personal relationship with Christ. No relationship is perfect and no relationship is trial-free, but how are we when a trial really does come our way. Deep inside do we doubt, yet act all strong to those around us, those who look up to us? When the waves rage against us, do we hide in our strength or do we fall into the arms of Jesus? Where are we really putting our trust? Do we really know Christ, personally?
Through Leaving Yesterday, Kathryn helped remind me that my walk needs to be a daily walk. If I am saying that my trust is in Christ, then it needs to really be there! If I say that I am a Christian -a follower of Christ- then it needs to be in the open and behind closed doors.
Though it had a slow start, Leaving Yesterday was a great read with a great reminder. You won't be disappointed!
*This book was a gift from the publisher for me to review. The fact that I was gifted the book has not affect on my opinion of this book.