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Reviewed by Anne Boiling for Readers' Favorite
Bobbi was shocked when she discovered her husband Chuck was having an affair. When he returned from his business trip she confronted him and asked him to leave. She still loved him and wanted their marriage to work. Chuck realized how foolish he'd been. He didn't want a divorce. He was a self confident, self assured and self centered person. He found it difficult to be humble. Bobbi and Chuck turn to their pastor for guidance. Pastor Phil counsels them separately and later together. He explains the need to confess sin, seek forgiveness and offer forgiveness.
Adultery is a terrible sin. It hurts spouse, children, parents, friends and coworkers. In Contingency the author cleverly demonstrates the damage and the process of healing. The sons Brad and Joel each reacted in a different way. Brad wanted justice while Joel was ready to offer forgiveness. Chuck was brought to his knees before he could truly repent of his sins. Bobbi was so deeply hurt that it took time for her to heal. Bobbi's sister Rita was filled with anger. She never liked Chuck and was determined to force Bobbi to divorce him. Pastor Phil was wise in his counsel. He was patient with the whole family.
Contingency is beautifully written. I was held captive from the first page to the last. I was cheering for Bobbi and Chuck to reconcile. The characters are well developed. I had tears dripping as I read this book. Perhaps the plot hit too close to home. Marriage is never easy, it takes work. It takes a strong relationship with Christ. I cherish the message in this book.