Contemporary Christian Fiction: Honor Thy Father, Episodes One and Two
Honor Thy Father is a two-part story of a family which is separated from each other through a series of tragic circumstances. The prologue takes place in 1989, the current time, and introduces the five main characters. Adam Wallace, the father of three children, Charlotte, Dana, and Scott, is suffering from a rare form of leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant to save his life. The prologue reveals that Adam has been separated from his daughters for twenty-five years and has not had any contact with them. But now he needs their help. Why should Adam’s daughters honor him now when he needs a life-saving bone marrow transplant? Why should his son, who was kicked out of the house, honor his father? Is there any hope of reconciliation when twenty-five years of anger, bitterness, and divergent pathways have led family members down different roads of life?
How does a family survive after being torn apart? Adam Wallace copes with the heartbreaking loss of his first wife and daughters by immersing himself in his work. His daughter, Charlotte, withdraws from everyone and everything around her. Daughter, Dana, living a life of privilege, does not even realize her loss. Second wife, Katrina, copes by trying to make everyone else happy. Son, Scott, copes by rebellion. Ultimately, they all come to realize God can work through every situation to make beauty out of ashes.
Honor Thy Father is a compelling story of loss and redemption and how God can turn tragedy into triumph.
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The book’s review:
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is what family is all about, loving and supporting one another. I love the way the author, Ellen Fannon, was able to weave all the lives together. One of the best books I’ve read. An amazing story of love and redemption.
~ Kim Benjamin
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Award winning author, Ellen Fannon, is a newly retired veterinarian, former missionary, and church pianist/organist. She and her retired Air Force pilot-turned-pastor husband have fostered more than forty children, and have two adopted sons. She has published five novels: Other People’s Children, a humorous account of her experience as a foster mother, Save the Date (3rd place winner of the 2022 Christian Indie Award), a humorous story of a woman considering returning home for her class reunion, Don’t Bite the Doctor, the humorous story of a young woman veterinarian in the early ‘80’s, and Honor Thy Father, Episodes One and Two, a drama of a family torn apart by unfortunate circumstances and how God can turn tragedy into triumph. Ellen’s stories have appeared in One Christian Voice, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Divine Moments, and Guideposts; and her devotions have appeared in Open Windows, Guideposts-All God’s Creatures, and The Secret Place.
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