Sometimes a person has to leave home, even if that home is the most marvelous place she’s ever lived, even if her mother will be diagnosed with terminal cancer, and her beloved farmer, a man she’s loved for years asks her to marry him.
Janice Westfahl feels called to publicize Godspeed Books, a small evangelical publisher outside Chicago, a good thousand miles away from upstate New York. The job fits her, a woman who loves God and books. But Janice finds herself working with Jeremiah Sackfield, a radical right-wing activist, who toys with revolution. Even though she is a brilliant publicist, Janice feels like she is betraying herself by promoting a cause she doesn’t believe in.
Like the elder brother in the Prodigal Son story, her brother has stayed home, furious his sister has dodged the painful months of his mother’s dying, while earning their father’s favor. When her father dies, they must settle the estate with this jealousy flickering between them.
Frank Schaeffer, author of Why I am Atheist Who Believes in God says, “This book has a piecing insight at it’s heart as humane as it is damning of religion gone off the rails.”
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Shann Ray says, “Katie Andraski’s prose in “The River Caught Sunlight” is full of drive and important discernments about the complexity of people. She is very adept with dialogue and staging scenes in such a way that it draws the reader in. There is a quickness too her touch, and a depth of layering that is satisfying. Well done work! Highly recommended.”
C. Mothkovich says, “The River Caught Sunlight” by Katie Andraski is a beautifully-written tale about a young woman who leaves her family and her beloved childhood home to serve God by publicizing evangelical books. Using rich prose and striking imagery, the author explores the problems arising from family loyalties and rivalries, unrequited love, and conflicts of conscience. The young heroine finds that what she thought she wanted most – home, career, love – may not be what God has planned for her – but that He does indeed have a loving plan for her life. And despite being pulled in different directions by her parents, brother, job responsibilities, and her longtime love, she finds her own voice.
Shari Potmesil says,”It’s been a while since I sat down and immursed myself in a really good book. This book is beautifully written, heartfelt and filled with truth applicable to many real life situations . I hope many come to find this gem of a story, it’s has reminded me what a vacation from the everyday stress one can find in a really good story written by a grand storyteller can be. Can’t wait for you next one Katie.”
Jennifer Rankin says, “I typically steer clear of faith related narratives. It just doesn’t resonate to me anymore. However, I found Janice’s story not only compelling, but that her story was mine and anyone else’s who has struggled to find their voice, to face terrible loss and yet found unexpected healing, and ultimately speak her truth in the face of power. Read this book, it’s beautifully written and it’s brave.”
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I worked for several years as a publicist in Christian publishing where I convinced editors at Newsweek, The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Moody, and Christianity Today to publicize my former company and authors. I have an MFA from the University of Arkansas. My collection of poetry, “When the Plow Cuts”, was published in 1988 by Thorntree Press.
I recently retired from teaching composition at Northern Illinois University and live on a farm with my husband Bruce, a dog, two horses, a flock of chickens and one not so feral cat. I blog regularly at my website Katieandraski.com. Every three weeks I offer my perspective on something for Northern Public Radio. Recently I was invited to audition for Let Your Mother Speak in Chicago. I’m also working on a sequel.