Jan Love teeters on the edge of a lofty precipice overlooking the Rio Grande, contemplating how her life might improve if she threw herself into the roiling waters. Or she could just go back to the hotel in the Big Bend and drink herself to death. Either way, she would bring an end to her miserable existence as wife to a high profile Dallas preacher who specializes in hypocrisy and deception.
When a mysterious stranger approaches her, Jan is terrified, more so as he invites her to accept an invitation from Juan Diego to meet Our Lady of Guadalupe, locally known as the Mother of God. She reacts with belligerence and a panicky sense that she might be hallucinating. Again.
The threat of a sinister and lethal plot by high government officials, who have seduced her husband with an offer of national glory, puts Jan’s life in danger, and she must somehow overcome her fears and accept the invitation to journey to “The Thin Place.”
How hard can it be to believe you are loved unconditionally? To discover your authentic self? To take the first step?
Journey to “The Thin Place” with Jan as she learns the truth.
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Bob Lively is a native Texan, raised and educated in the Dallas public schools. He is a graduate of Austin College and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The Presbyterian Church ordained him in 1973, and for the past four decades he has served the church as a pastor, community activist, teacher, certified pastoral counselor, campus minister, and recovery center chaplain. He is the author of 9 books of non-fiction and is an award-winning short story writer. For 23 years he wrote a regular column in the Austin American-Statesman. The Thin Place is his first novel. Today he is retired and lives with his wife, Mary Lynn, a retired university associate dean, on an acre in the Hill Country west of Austin. He has been named a distinguished alumnus of both Austin College and the Austin seminary.