David C. Cook
In Bridge to a Distant Star by Carolyn Williford, three women attempt to comprehend the character of God and His will for their lives. Maureen begins to question the solidity of her marriage after receiving devastating news regarding a friendís marriage. Fran loves her son but disagrees with her husband on the best way to rear him. Michal believes God is calling her to Ethiopia as a missionary, until the attentions of two very different young men make her question that decision. Each woman struggles to understand Godís grace until their stories finally intersect on the day that one of the busiest bridges in Tampa Bay collapses.
The premise to Willifordís plot is intriguing. However, the format of the book makes it difficult to stay engaged with the story. The book is divided into three parts, each recording one of the womenís stories, and none of these sections is separated into normal chapter segments, which makes reading difficult. Switches in points of view often occur within scenes, and there are many descriptions about everyday events that donít serve to advance the plot. Readers are frequently told outright about important information concerning characters and their feelings rather than being shown this through the story. Additionally, I often had trouble distinguishing whether the author was promoting or condemning certain attitudes shown by characters.
Based on the problems with this bookís formatting and mechanics, I would have difficulty recommending it. However, Bridge to a Distant Star does include several positive messages about finding comfort in Godís love and learning to obey Jesusí command in Luke 9:23, ďIf anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.Ē Ė Ruth Anne Burrell, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
As a storm rages in the night, unwary drivers venture onto Tampa Bay's most renowned bridge. No one sees the jagged gap hidden by the darkness and rain. Yet when the bridge collapses, vehicles careen, one-by-one, into the churning waters below.
In that one catastrophic moment, three powerful stories converge: a family ravaged by their child's heartbreaking news, a marriage threatened by its own facade, and a college student burdened by self doubt. As each story unfolds, the characters move steadily closer to that fateful moment on the bridge. And while each character searches for grace, the storms in their lives loom as large as the storm that awaits them above the bay.
When these characters intersect in Carolyn Williford's gripping and moving story, they also collide with the transforming truth of Christ: Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me.