by Karen Kingsbury
“Dear Lauren, I don’t think people are supposed to feel this way in eighth grade. All our friends are doing stupid stuff, having their friends ask a girl out for them. You know, that kind of thing. But I feel like I could marry you tomorrow. I’m not even kidding. I didn’t know if I wanna graduate because that means going to high school. And high school means more people to deal with. All the senior guys will fall over each other to know you. Anyway, that’s all right, ‘cause I’m never going to leave you. Not ever. Love you, Lauren. Yours, Shane.”
is Lauren Gibbs - Thirty-six years of age, single, and unattached. Lauren is
Time Magazine’s International war correspondent. She is based in
Also meet Emily Anderson, a journalism student, raised by her grandparents. She is desperate to find her birth mother. In the process, she discovers so much more. Could this note from Shane to Lauren, be the clue to finding her mother and possibly her father also?
Anderson’s search to find her mother has been aided by a precious find given to
her by her grandfather - one box holding the remaining items owned by her
mother. Included were framed photographs of her parents, year books, photo
albums, folded hand written letters and a stuffed teddy bear. But the most
exciting find of all was a collection of eight journals and dozens of note
books. Is this enough to find her parents? Do these journals tell her where her
mother may be? What about her father? Where is he? Why did they leave her with
her grandparents, Bill and Angela? Why don’t they know more about the
disappearance of her mother?
and Angela Anderson along with Samuel and Sheila Galanter are loving and
devoted parents to Lauren and Shane. But they made one serious mistake, a
mistake that they have regretted for the past eighteen years.
have to remember that God has placed our parents in authority over us. We, are
to ‘submit ourselves with due obedience … and have patience with their
weaknesses and shortcomings’ (Lord’s Day 39).
they do make mistakes, like Bill, Angela, Samuel and Sheila did, regardless of
how they have wronged us, we are to forgive them as Colossians 3:13 exhorts us
- ‘…even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do’.
must remember that they have promised to raise their children in the fear of
the Lord, and must lead their children in His ways, regardless of the situation.
What about the Andersons and Galanters? Did these parents forget this?
heart wrenching tale of love, lies and losses is told in Even Now written by Karen Kingsbury (said to be
Because of its adult themes, Even Now is best suited to the adult and mature reader. It is available through Pro Ecclesia and retails for approximately $15.