Wednesday, November 7, 2012

New Book Wednesdays: Unexpected Joy



Dear Students and Friends,

For this week's offering, I found a new Orthodox novel for you. I don't usually feature novels, but this one sounded intriguing and is so often the case, we can often find great truth in a story.

The name of the novel is Unexpected Joy by Cheryl Tuggle.

"A journey often begins without foreknowledge and leads to places unimagined.  It is the fall of 1999, and poised at the edge of the new millenium stands and introverted girl, one who might have found an earlier century a better fit.  College junior Annie Healey is bright, opinionated and decidedly old-fashioned in all ways but one: religion.  An avowed atheist, Annie thinks religious faith is obsolete.

"As part of an assignment for her Comparative Religion class, Annie attends services at a local Orthodox Church. There she meets Anna, an elderly Russian woman, and is mysteriously compelled to seek her company.  From their very first encounter Annie suspects that there is something extraordinary about Anna and is determined to discover what it is.  Led backward into the history of Anna’s life, and pushed forward by pressing conflicts in her own, Annie is propelled along the path of discovery and transformation, in part by a revealing icon of the Mother of God.  In the process of finding out the moving truth about the old woman, Annie surprisingly discovers the truth about herself."

You can receive 2 credits for reading this book. Simply read, fill out the General Worksheet for Books (available from the Lessons tab, above) and email it back to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com to receive your credits.

Purchase the book at Anaphora Press or Amazon.

Unexpected Joy by Cheryl Tuggle, ISBN 978-0980124132, 158 pages, Anaphora Press: 2011.

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