How the Light Gets in
"How the Light Gets In is infused with hope and threaded with love, a story that asks the big questions: what makes us whole, and how do we find our worth? With the provocative biblical story of Ruth as...
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"How the Light Gets In is infused with hope and threaded with love, a story that asks the big questions: what makes us whole, and how do we find our worth? With the provocative biblical story of Ruth as inspiration, Petersheim brings alive modern-day characters struggling with both marriage and motherhood. Sometimes we use the words forgiveness, redemption, and love without understanding their depths, but Petersheim digs deep to portray the cost and worth of these values. A novel both penetrating and surprising - don't miss it!"
Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop at Water's End
"I love how Jolina Petersheim translates timeless truths into can't-put-down fiction. This story's heart-wrenching conflict had me glued to the page."
Francine Rivers, New York Times bestselling author of The Masterpiece
"Compellingly woven by Jolina Petersheim's capable pen, How the Light Gets In follows a trail of grief toward healing, leading to an impossible choice - what is best when every path will hurt someone? A mother's love and a mother's duty war with a woman's need to feel loved and whole in a story that will stay with you long after you close the final page and leave you pondering: Which path would I take?"
Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours
"Jolina Petersheim writes so vividly that you taste the morning coffee and smell the peat from the cranberry bog. More than this, you will feel the ache deep inside Ruth as she wrestles with the desire for something just out of her grasp. With surprising twists and powerful themes, this story will sink into your soul and give you hope."
Chris Fabry, bestselling author of Under a Cloudless Sky
"Jolina Petersheim's How the Light Gets In chronicles one woman's experience with motherhood, a fractured marriage, piercing grief, and glimpses of new hope. The setting - a cranberry farm in a Wisconsin Mennonite community - was a new one for me, and I was pulled into its stark and rugged beauty. Petersheim's gentle retelling of the story of Ruth will both stir and settle the hearts of her readers."
Lauren K. Denton, bestselling author of The Hideaway
"An insightful and poignant modern-day retelling of the book of Ruth, How the Light Gets In will work its way into readers' minds and stay there long after the last page. Jolina Petersheim draws the story of widowhood, finding family, and rewriting one's own life story with great grace and gentle tenderness, once again proving herself to be a standout voice in Christian fiction."
Kristy Woodson Harvey, bestselling author of Slightly South of Simple
"Jolina Petersheim's Ruth Neufeld is a heroine I'll never forget. For her courage and love and forgiveness. Faced with an impossible choice, Ruth's decision makes me believe in what it means to live out our highest selves."
Bren McClain, award-winning author of the Okra Pick One Good Mama Bone
"As Jolina Petersheim explored the heartache of loss, the covenant of marriage, and the hope of new beginnings, I was challenged to consider whether I could have been obedient to the Lord in the same difficult circumstances. The journey to the final page was both impactful and thought-provoking. Expertly written, unpredictable, and powerful!"
Becky Wade, award-winning author of Falling For You
"Petersheim delivers another intriguing story of love and healing. Add How the Light Gets In to your must-read list."
Rachel Hauck, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress
"With skillful plotting and vibrant characters, Petersheim reveals the pain of loss and the healing that comes from mercy and forgiveness" --- Publishers Weekly
"I've loved all of her books, but this one is in a category of its own. This will be one of my highest recommendations of the year!" --- Write-Read-Life
"Simply Stunning. Those are the first words that come to mind when thinking of How the Light Gets In. Those words are quickly followed by 'maddening', 'heartbreaking' and 'impossibly difficult'. --- Becky, author of Christian Chicks Thoughts
:From the highly acclaimed author of The Outcast and The Alliance, which New York Times bestselling author Lisa Wingate called "a book that begs to be savored," comes an engrossing novel about marriage and motherhood, loss and moving on.
When Ruth Neufeld's husband and father-in-law are killed working for a relief organization overseas, she travels to Wisconsin with her young daughters and mother-in-law Mabel to bury her husband. She hopes the Mennonite community will be a quiet place to grieve and piece together next steps.
Ruth and her family are welcomed by Elam, her husband's cousin, who invites them to stay at his cranberry farm through the harvest. Sifting through fields of berries and memories of a marriage that was broken long before her husband died, Ruth finds solace in the beauty of the land and healing through hard work and budding friendship. She also encounters the possibility of new love with Elam, whose gentle encouragement awakens hopes and dreams she thought she'd lost forever.
But an unexpected twist threatens to unseat the happy ending Ruth is about to write for herself. On the precipice of a fresh start and a new marriage, Ruth must make an impossible decision: which path to choose if her husband isn't dead after all.