Book Review: When Through Deep Waters: A Novel, by Rachelle Dekker
Is it possible to break free of the crippling power of guilt? Especially when that guilt is starting to drive you insane? These questions lie at the heart of Rachelle Dekker’s powerful new novel, When Through Deep Waters.
The book tells the story of Alicen McCaffrey, a woman who has it all—a beautiful home, a successful husband, an adorable child. In the space of an afternoon, she loses everything. And she feels the weight of blaming herself for the tragedy. She accompanies an old childhood friend back to Red Lodge, Montana, where they spent summers together as kids. As her guilt seeps in, Alicen begins to her voices, see mysterious figures, and starts to wonder if she is losing her mind.
Part of the message of the book is the tension between guilt and forgiveness.
“There are always two choices,” Jane said. “Fear and love. Two voices: the Spirit and the accuser. Grace and condemnation.”
Can Alicen find the path to grace and be released from her guilt? Read the book and find out.
The book includes 10 Discussion Questions in the back. It encourages the reader to take the concepts deeper and apply them personally. It would be helpful for a book club who wanted to read and discuss the plot and principles.
The book is well written. It pulls you into the story and doesn’t let go until the end.
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