Book: Once Beyond a Time by Ann Tatlockcategories: Book, Historical, Fiction, Womens, American History, War, Christian, Inspirational, Forgiveness, Faith, Paranormal
Ann Tatlockabout this book: The house you're about to enter in this story may look like it's haunted, but I don't believe in ghosts and I have no real desire to write about them. There is, however, definitely something different-- and very strange--about this place. It's an isolated house situated high on the side of a mountain in a little town called Black Mountain, NC. The family that has just moved in can see and speak with people who have lived there in the past, and with those who will live there in the future.
Since God is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, and the one who knows the end from the beginning, I began to wonder what it might be like to see time as God sees it, or perhaps to step outside of time and to see all of history at once. What if there really was a place of Eternal Now?
The Cranes have unwittingly found it. It's 1968, and Sheldon and Meg Crane have just moved their family from suburban Philadelphia to Black Mountain. Sheldon has resigned in disgrace from the ministry after an affair. He will now sell used cars for his brother-in-law's auto dealership. Sheldon is burdened by his wife's unwillingness to forgive and his daughter's anger over the move. The oldest son is in Vietnam. The only happy member of the family is his eight-year-old son, Digger. But then, Digger suddenly disappears. Has he been kidnapped or has he wandered off into the mountains? How does the "house beyond time" show one family the healing power of forgiveness and the loving sovereignty of God?
It's my hope that this story will pique my readers' imaginations and cause them to think in new ways about God's omnipresence--that is, his presence that is unbound by both place and time--as he works out his plan for the world and for each individual life.
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