Leaving Yesterday by Kathryn Cushman

This book raised some very interesting questions. It explores the question: "What would I do when faced with this situation?" As a Mom, I think I would most likely do exactly what Alisa Stewart did. Then again...
Some of the things she did were quite stupid, but are we really all that smart when it comes to our children? Are we ever really able to do that Tough Love thing? Especially when they show signs of real progress, real godly love and true repentance? We parents always face those tough situations with as much grace as we can muster because not only do we love our children, but we also know what being young is like. This was an excellent character study and is worth the money. It isn't fluffy, but it is a bit like a soap opera in that there is much interspection and a lot of reflection. Sometimes we're forced into decisions that make us shudder afterwards. This book won't tell you what to do, but it just might make you think about them before you are faced with them.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Leaving Yesterday

Bethany House (October 1, 2009)


Kathryn Cushman


I graduated from Samford University with a degree in pharmacy, but I’ve known all my life that I wanted to write a novel “some day”. For me, “some day” came about five years ago, when I started writing and never looked back.

My third attempt became my first published novel.

A Promise to Remember was a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers Book-of-the-Year in the Women’s Fiction category, and Waiting for Daybreak was a finalist in Women’s Fiction for the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. Leaving Yesterday just arrived on scene and I’m very excited about it!

On the homefront, I’ve been married to the wonderful and handsome Lee for over twenty years now, and our two daughters are currently braving the worlds of elementary and high school. We’ve lived in Santa Barbara for the last seventeen years. When I’m not writing or reading or braving seventy degree holidays, you’ll find me watching the younger daughter play softball, or the older daughter building amazing high school theater sets


Alisa Stewart feels like she's lost two sons: her youngest to a terrible tragedy and her eldest, Kurt, to a life ruined by addiction. But now Kurt has checked himself into rehab and found a healing faith that seems real. It's like he's been raised from the dead.

But then a detective arrives at Alisa's door asking questions about a murder--the death of a drug dealer before Kurt entered rehab. Alisa fears losing her son again, and when she finds evidence linking him to the killing, she destroys it. Her boy is different now. He's changed and deserves a second chance.

But when another man is charged with the crime, Alisa finds herself facing an impossible choice: be silent and keep her son or give up everything for the truth.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Leaving Yesterday, go HERE

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