Author Theresa Franklin & Her Book "Triumph Through Trial"
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The stress of living a dream public personaand a nightmare private reality threatens to destroy a family unit, taking eachmember in its wake. Through a variety of physical and emotional weapons, one byone they will crumble.
Cynthia is beautiful, educated, secretary of the church, and happily marriedwith wonderful children. She is an accomplished hostess and the picture ofChristian love. She has the perfect marriage and life—well, not exactlyperfect. Her husband, children, church members, and life in general seem to getin the way of her perfect life. Feeling robbed of the life she so richlydeserves, Cynthia lashes out and her family pays the price.
Michael is successful, educated, and deacon of the church with wonderfulchildren. Michael and his children have a close relationship. They count on himfor advice, guidance, and unconditional love. Serving God is one of Michael’sgreatest joys. He and his children delight in helping others. Michael lovesevery part of his life except for his marriage, which is stressful andunfulfilling to say the least.
Karen is the eldest child and bears the brunt of emotional destruction weldedby her mother. Kevin is the only male offspring and uses humor and sarcasm asshields to protect himself. Kathy, the youngest, is sweet and seldom is avictim in the war, but lately watching the slow erosion of her family is takinga physical toll on her.
Michael longs for the marriage that Cynthia believes they have and dreams ofproviding a safe haven for their children. After twenty-five years of marriage,Michael is losing hope of his dream becoming reality. Can he match the publicpersona and the private reality? What will it cost to get that kind of marriageand home-life? Is it worth the cost? Who will pay the cost?
About the Author:
Theresa Franklin grew up in Houston, Texas. After graduation she attended East TexasBaptist College. There she met herhusband on a blind date. They married ashort time later and moved outside of Beaumont, Texas where they raised theirthree children. Theresa taught school for 12 years. Students with disabilities won her heart andshe became Director of Special Education in an effort to better servethem. She retired in 2010 and beganwriting children’s books. She has nowbroadened her skills and written for adults.
Theresa is the author of children’s books, Don’t Forget Daddy and A Sunny Tomorrow. Her adult books include non-fiction Journey to Fulfillment and fiction Triumph Through Trial. She has written one curriculum guide for thenovel Night of the Cossack, ahistorical fiction for young adults by Tom Blubaugh, titled Night of the Cossack, Lesson Plan. Soon to be released is another adultfiction titled Reflections of Rosalyn.
Excerpt from "Triumph Through Trial"
Michael sat in the car staring out at the city lights. The park was dark, but the downtown Christmaslights could be seen even from here. They seemed to be prettier when one sat in the dark. He thought about the argument that he andCynthia had just had. It was more likeCynthia argued and he stated his opinion when he could, which was seldom. Michael wondered if he had stayed in themarriage because he was strong or because he was too weak to leave. When the kids had been younger, he had feltit his duty to maintain a home with two parents. Now he was beginning to wonder if he had donehis children a disservice by allowing them to grow up with contention. He knew that every home had problems, but wasit good for kids to live in that type of environment on a daily basis?
Michaelwas so consumed by his thoughts that he failed to notice that he was not alonein the park.
Thestreet gang had been sitting on the picnic tables in the park discussing whatto do that night. It hadn’t been anespecially good day for any of them. Asa whole, they were too poor to receive material possessions from family, tooproud to accept hand-outs from the shelter, and too self-centered to be ablessing to anyone else.
“Whatdo you want to do?”
“Idon’t know. But I’m tired of justhanging out here.”
“Doyou see what I see?” One of them askedthe others.
“Whewwee. A rich guy all alone in the park onChristmas night.”
“Yeah,maybe he would like to share a little of that wealth with us.”
“Isn’tthat what Christmas is for? Giving toothers?”
“Iheard once that it is more blessed to give than receive.”
“Well,let’s go give this guy a blessing and allow him to give to us.” The entire gang laughed.
“Let’shave some fun while he is receiving his blessing.” Another laugh and still Michael heardnothing.
By thetime Michael was jarred out of his deep thoughts; his car was surrounded withsome of the most menacing characters he had ever seen. One guy opened the door as another one pulledhim out of the car.
“Idon’t want any trouble, guys. What doyou want?”
“Didyou hear that? He don’t want notrouble.” The one that opened the doorsaid.
“Youbeing smart with us, old man?”
“No, Ijust don’t want anyone to get hurt.” Michael tried to keep his cool. He knew showing fear would only spur them on.
What others are saying:
This book is truly a blessing to families and the body of Christ. The author, through the use of scriptures and examples of family life, paints a wonderful picture of how life can be through the love and redemption of Jesus Christ. The author promotes family in this story of healing and encourages others, that "...love covereth a multitude of sins." Families will find solace and comfort through this book. Theresa Franklin's writing style flows smoothly making for an easy read, keeping the reader fully engaged. This book will minister to all families that are "less than perfect." A highly recommend, encouraging read that will impact others for Christ. God can work in any situation, as the author illustrates, even the impossible ones.
[CBM Book Reviews - Amazon]
Where to find Theresa and her books:
Purchase on Amazon
Visit Theresa's Blog here: Life's Journey
and her website here: Theresa Franklin - Stories for Christ
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