Item description for The Breaking Point by Karen Ball...
Overview Gabe and Renee Roman find their troubled marriage further tested by an Oregon mountain blizzard that places their lives in danger, a situation that forces them to experience new levels of suffering and sacrifice. Original.
Publishers Description Caught in a blizzard, they expected to fight for their lives. What they didn’t expect was a miracle…
Renee and Gabe Roman are on the edge—relationally and spiritually. Both believe they are followers of Christ who know God. So why is their marriage so difficult? After years of struggle, they wonder if it’s all been for nothing.
Then, on an anniversary trip to a remote resort, their truck hurtles down the side of a mountain. Suddenly, they find themselves at the mercy of the rugged Oregon wilderness, forced to fight for survival by relying on each other. But both must surrender their last defenses if they are to come home at last—to God and to each other.
Can the Romans overcome their greatest obstacle—themselves—in time?
A full-time freelance editor and author, Karen Ball has worked in the Christian publishing industry for more than twenty years. She is the author of Reunion (a Doubleday Book Club Alternate Selection) and Wilderness. Her latest novella was published in Three Weddings and a Giggle. Karen lives in southern Oregon with her husband, Don, and their "boy," Bodhan -- a mischievous Siberian husky.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.24" Width: 5.21" Height: 1.11" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date May 7, 2003
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1590520335 ISBN13 9781590520338
Availability 0 units.
More About Karen Ball
Karen Ball is the bestselling author of five novels and four novellas. She is also the editor behind several of today s bestselling Christian novels. Her powerful style blends humor, poignancy, and honesty with God s truth. Karen lives in Southern Oregon with her husband, Don, and their kid, Bodhan, a mischief-making Siberian husky."
Karen Ball currently resides in Aurora, in the state of Illinois. Karen Ball was born in 1957.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Breaking Point?
Hoped for a better ending... Aug 16, 2008
If I could give this another half star, I would; it's a solid 3.5.
The author was sooo authentic with the feelings of despair, rage, emptiness that a marriage on the rocks experiences. I know, I've felt those emotions myself.
But after taking us through the depths of their despair, I was hoping the author would let us soar through the clouds a little with the couple by the end of the story. There was so much time spent on their problems, I was just hoping to be able to see them living together happily for a little while. I know the novel ended with a feeling of hope, but I wanted to see more of that in action.
I also found the flashbacks a little distracting. Some of them were good, but I skipped several.
Powerful...a must read for the bewildered and hurting Jun 16, 2005
The Breaking Point is an excellent, honest way of dealing with issues of love and intense pain in a marriage, and the trials that come with. This novel shows a couple's way of working through their issues over a period of years until they find peace with God and each other. It illustrates how there are no quick fixes. I love how the author delves into the hero and heroine's pasts and shows how their childhood influenced the way they viewed the world and themselves even after salvation and how they had to be willing to allow God to heal them individually before they could love each other as they wanted and needed as a couple. It also gave a great accounting of the consequences of sin and the ramification of that one mistake over the years of their marriage. A friend of mine is going through the exact same thing right now. She isn't a Christian, but is open to the Lord. She just lost her baby and was almost six months pregnant and she is struggling to cope. She wants to read The Breaking Point because I told her about the similarities. I hope and pray that full understanding of who God is, and His power to heal, will result from her reading this book.
A very moving and compelling story Mar 17, 2005
This book is such a powerful piece of writing. I know for me it hit home. I went through many years of a difficult marriage and have seen God do some amazing things so when I read this it was very meaningful. It would make a wonderful gift for struggling couples or even those newly married. The message is timely for all of us. Karen has done an excellent job in bringing the reality of us as humans and how God can take something broken and make it new. I can't say enough good about this book. It is very emotional and I recommend a box of kleenex beside you when you read it. It's a keeper.
A Book of Grace, Beautifully Written Aug 13, 2003
This has to be one of the most grace-filled books to be published in the Christian marketplace. Karen Ball doesn't evade or diminish the pain of the characters' story, but instead writes a riveting novel about what God can do with the patience and perseverance--and trust--of his hurting children.
The author has written an honest, realistic novel about real people and a real God. Powerful writing, wonderful characters, and a memorable story about a marriage worth fighting for.
This is Hallmark movie material--and a great read!
delightful inspirational romantic suspense Jun 11, 2003
Gabe and Renee Roman were driving almost blind from the blizzard wracking the Oregon Mountains because he wanted to get home to put an end to this miserable trip. Renee and even their Husky Bo are frightened with this storm that leaves visibility at zero. However, Renee is also worried that she and Gabe are finished as a couple as they can no longer communicate and when they do the receiver misinterprets the sender. As Renee ponders the future, suddenly Gabe warns her as their vehicle plunges off the mountainside.
Perhaps it was the deep snow or more likely an act of God, but the three travelers survive the crash though Gabe is unconscious. Somehow they must survive the weather, their feelings towards one another, and a cougar with the most dangerous being their animosity, for to survive, they must work as a team and find their lost beliefs in God because they will need a miracle.
Inspirational romantic suspense readers will appreciate this delightful cliffhanger. Flashbacks provide depth to the lead couple, but also slows down the action caused by the current peril. The "re-finding" of God is brilliantly incorporated into the plot in a no atheist in the foxhole manner yet Karen Ball makes the growing hope and belief seem genuine, as readers will believe in miracles. Fans will reassess what is truly their personal THE BREAKING POINT while enjoying a powerful contemporary tale.