Monday, January 6, 2014

Review: Tessa:From Fear to Faith by:Melissa Wiltrout

 Tessa: From Fear to Faith
About the Book:
"Is there no way out?"
Tessa loathes being forced to work in her father's illegal drug business. Yet her ill-fated attempts at running away only deepen the abuse. Guilt and shame press in, pushing away her real friends and reinforcing her own criminal tendencies.
Tessa yearns for freedom - and something else. Then a neighbor introduces her to God and salvation through Christ. But will faith be enough? Can she overcome the forces that bind her before it's too late?

About the Author:
Melissa Wiltrout lives in west-central Wisconsin with her two dogs, an energetic terrier named Daisy and a Sheltie named Chester. During the summer months she keeps busy at the family nursery and landscaping business. Writing is her favorite activity, but she also enjoys relaxing with a good book, playing guitar, breeding goldfish, and gardening. 

My Review:
 A young runaway not too far from home begins this story of loss, forgiveness, and family. Tessa, is a young teenage girl involved in her fathers illegal drug business and to be honest her life has been put into jeopardy several times. Growing up with Walter as her father was probably the hardest life to live. Besides putting her life in danger on a regular basis, he would also beat and abuse Tessa and her mother frequently. So she is always contemplating a way out of the madness no matter what it takes.

 But soon God intervenes and the lives of Tessa, her mother---Julie, and her father---Walter suddenly morph into something quite unexpected. Walter finds God and gets put away for his crimes and then finally Tessa and her mother are able to breathe without the threat of abuse. They are finally free to accept the love and grace that God offers and possibly take Him up on it. This family soon moves on to healing their pain and healing their family.

 The story of this young girl and all she had to endure was just plain awful. The author has done a terrific job of making characters come alive. It wasn't long before I was already choosing sides.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.