The Space Between Words by Michèle Phoenix

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While Jessica visits a friend in Paris, they are caught in the 2015 terrorist attack on the Bataclan theater. Reeling from her trauma and hoping to find some peace, she eventually continues her travels to the French countryside.

There, as she reckons with what has happened, she finds an antique sewing box that holds a journal of sorts written by a Huguenot woman named Adeline. Adeline and her family were suffering persecution for their faith in the late 1600s. The notes end as Adeline is about to escape, and Jessica desperately wants to know what happened.

In the quest to find out what happened to Adeline and her family, Jessica and her friends face questions about suffering and why God allows it. Jessica considers the parallels between the unjustified punishment doled out for the Huguenots’ religious faithfulness and the undeserved suffering of the victims of a terrorist attack.

A unique read for the inspirational fiction fan. (Thomas Nelson)

About the Author

Kristy Quist is Tuned In editor for The Banner and a member of Neland Ave. CRC in Grand Rapids, Mich.