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Trade Paperback
300 pages
Mar 2004
Harvest House Publishers

A Season of Grace

by Bette Nordberg

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Colleen Payton is preparing a birthday party for her hypercritical mother. In the midst of her frantic efforts to wipe every surface and knock down every cob web, her twin brother Stephen comes home. Alienated from his family years ago, Colleen is deliriously happy to have her brother back. Stephen lasts through the family gathering until his mother begins her usual toxic criticism.

 Now that she’s found him again, Colleen won’t let Stephen walk out of her life. And so begins the struggle between Colleen, the ‘perfect’ Christian, and Stephen the outcast gay brother who is desperately ill. There are so many great characters in the book including the resentful sister, the shocked children, the uncertain husband, and the judgmental church members, that no one can come away without recognizing themselves and who they wish they could be.

Bette Nordberg doesn’t shy away from any aspect of this difficult subject. She doesn’t whitewash sin or diminish Biblical truth. She deserves the greatest respect for tackling it in this entertaining and uplifting novel. A Season of Grace is about love and forgiveness, ours and God's, and is truly a one-of-a-kind novel. It is so wise and loving that every Christian – every person – needs to read this book. -- Mary Connealy, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

With candor and compassion, Silver Angel award–winning writer Bette Nordberg explores the struggles and heartaches associated with homosexuality and AIDS to create a gripping novel that reveals the comfort of a personal relationship with Jesus.

Colleen is wary when her brother Stephen arrives, but she refuses to dwell on his homosexuality. After a family fight, Stephen angrily leaves. Colleen follows him, discovers he has AIDS, and invites him to live with her family. As Stephen’s illness progresses, Colleen encounters fear, prejudice, and judgments from “it’s a shame” to “God is punishing Stephen.”

Slowly Colleen considers a new answer. Maybe AIDS isn’t a condemnation. Perhaps God has granted Stephen time to evaluate his life and discover the love of the Master Healer.