When You Believe
With the emotional intensity of Nicholas Sparks and the inspirational storytelling of Francine Rivers, award-winning writer Deborah Bedford portrays a woman's discovery of a devastating secret that can Â– if it's true Â– shatter lives and hearts. . . ...
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With the emotional intensity of Nicholas Sparks and the inspirational storytelling of Francine Rivers, award-winning writer Deborah Bedford portrays a woman's discovery of a devastating secret that can Â– if it's true Â– shatter lives and hearts. . .
WHEN YOU BELIEVE
Lydia "Lyddie" Porter has waited a long time to be happy. She loves everything about being a school counsellor at Shadrach High School, and she loves everything about teacher Charlie Stains. Lydia truly believes that God answered her prayers when big-hearted Charlie came into her life. And though she hasn't told a soul, Charlie has given her an engagement ring. That's what makes one pretty sophomore's story so unimaginable. . . and so devastating.
The distraught girl says an adult has sexually abused her, that she is terrified of what he'll do if she tells Â– and that "he" is Charlie Stains. Now Lydia must, by law, report the teenager's charges. What happens next will test her love, her resolve to uncover the truth, and her belief in the power of faith to comfort, redeem, and heal.
"WHEN YOU BELIEVE gently explores the hearts of two women-one younger, one older Â– and the desperate secrets they keep hidden inside. . . Deborah Bedford takes us on a journey inside those hurting hearts, plumbing their depths, seeking answers to questions we've all asked: 'Does God listen to our prayers? If He listens, does He care? If He cares, why doesn't He answer?'...This touching story demonstrates how carefully He listens, how much He cares, and how grace-filled are His answers." Â– Liz Curtis Higgs, author of Thorn in My Heart
"Compelling. . . With realistic characters and problems, this finely woven tale reminds us to put our trust in the One with the real answers." Â– Melody Carlson, author of Looking for Cassandra Jane
"Deborah Bedford spins another stirring tale, drawing the reader into the story with her trademark charm. But don't be fooled by the charm Â– WHEN YOU BELIEVE's innocent setting quickly becomes the cauldron for a compelling story full of pain, deceit, and ultimate redemption-a story you can't put down from start to finish. Give this one to any person who has lived in silence with secret pain." Â– Patricia Hickman, author of Fallen Angels and Sandpebbles
"Faith and love gleam like twin jewels in WHEN YOU BELIEVE. A heartrending story of redemption and hope." Â– Angela Hunt, author of The Shadow Women
"With words that wrap themselves around a reader's heart, Bedford pens a tale of the healing wrought when truth prevails. You won't soon forget WHEN YOU BELIEVE." Â– Robin Lee Hatcher, bestselling author of Speak to Me of Love
"This is a well-told tale that should appeal to readers of faith who enjoy an inspirational love story wrapped around deeper issues." Â– Publishers Weekly
- Deborah Bedford is a USA TODAY bestselling author whose books have sold over 1.5 million copies in combined print, including A Morning Like This (Warner, 10/02), A Rose By the Door (Warner, 11/01), and Harvest Dance (HarperCollins, 1997), among others. She is also a contributor to the 1997 HarperCollins anthology Homecoming.- Deborah Bedford's novels have been published in 20 countries and translated into 11 languages.- The author was a finalist for the Holt Medallion and a winner of the Colorado Romance Writers' Award of Excellence and the Wyoming Writers' Milestone Award.
Lydia Porter loves everything about her job as a teacher at Shadrach High School. But recently she's become concerned about one of her students, Shelby Tatum, who seems troubled. Convinced that Shelby's problems go beyond common teenage angst, she confronts her-only to have Shelby accuse Charlie Staines, the popular history teacher, of sexually abusing her. Suddenly Lydia is faced with the hardest decision of her life, for Charlie Staines is not only her colleague, he's her fiance, and the man she believes God sent as the answer to her lonely prayers. But can she stand beside her man in the wake of such suspicion, or must she unflinchingly support the confused and grieving girl whose life will forever be altered by her decision?
"The joy of this contemporary novel of faith lies in Bedford 's calm, competent voice as she spins a turbulent tale of love, sexual misconduct and divided loyalties. . . . [Bedford] shows her veteran writing experience throughout the book by laying false trails, creating multifaceted characters and keeping her descriptions vivid but succinct. . . . [T]his is a well-told tale that should appeal to readers of faith who enjoy an inspirational love story wrapped around deeper issues."
Deborah Bedford lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.