Above the Fog

Photo by Patricia Tiffany Morris

Photo by Patricia Tiffany Morris

Above the Fog

by Karen Lynn Nolan

We all wrestle with the effects of sin, of certain individuals in our family tree who embarrass or shock us, who have hurt us in ways we struggle to write about or talk about. Perhaps the message will help you talk about your pain. Reading the acknowledgement & dedication pages, I cried. I read the first two pages. I cried again. I had to read more. Karen writes what we all must feel when facing sorrow of lost innocence, & devastation of broken dreams, the feeling of living under the fog of hidden secrets. The bruises a young girl faces from physical abuse, or the emotional rage following a lifetime of unspoken memories & questions, or anxiety haunting those who’ve suffered abuse, or know those who have. The author’s transparency and vulnerability compel us to open the curtain into her story. Even in the dedication, the soul of her writing exposes tenderness through heartbreaking tragedies we all face on some level. She writes, “On days when my life fell apart, fear overwhelmed me, and I thought I could never write again, you inspired me and urged me on. You took my hand when I was scared and wanted to give up. You loved me unconditionally and guided me through the dense fog, up the mist-covered mountains, and into the sunshine above. Because of you I know that above the fog, the sun still shines.” Printed on the cover of this remarkable poignant novel are the words, “Can Corina and her mother survive the sins and lies that linger after death?” I wanted to know thirteen-year-old Corina and her mom, Sarah. I met Corina’s grandmother who risked her life attempting to protect her daughter. I met the people who hurt them and the people who loved them. I adored the menagerie of those who surrounded this family with genuine Christian compassion. And I experienced a tragedy of lost hope, regained through unexpected situations, as well as expected kindness and forgiveness in the church. Powerful. Corina: “She hardly remembered her old life. Maybe her dreams had whispers of hope after all. And just maybe there’s a God, too.” Let God whisper His hope through your story today, above the fog of life’s tragedies.

by Patricia Tiffany Morris

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Above the Fog by Karen Lynn Nolan  Photograph by Patricia Tiffany Morris

Above the Fog by Karen Lynn Nolan

Photograph by Patricia Tiffany Morris