Friday, April 06, 2007

In High Places by Tom Morrisey, book link is:

Tom Morrisey is the author of four previous novels and numerous short stories, a world-renowned adventure-travel writer whose work has appeared in Outside, Sport Diver (where he serves as Executive Editor) and other leading magazines.

He holds an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Toledo and an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University. He lives in Orlando, Florida.


For Patrick Nolan, every climb tells a story. And now maybe it's his own …. He's right at the rim, staring over the cliff's knife edge and wondering how things went wrong so quickly.

It all started after arriving home from a weekend climbing trip with his father, Kevin. That's when word reached them. In a silent moment, they'd lost the person most important to them—her death raising unanswerable questions and dangerous doubts.

Launching a new life in a new town to escape their pain, son and father find themselves in danger of being torn apart forever. As his father seeks a route to solace on the dangerous high face of the rock, Patrick finds a path to hope with the unlikeliest of allies—a pastor's daughter. Together they must discover the one answer that can bring Patrick and Kevin back from the brink of the precipice.

After the loss of his mother, Patrick's father free-solo climbs make Patrick fear he could be left an orphan. He finds a Gideon's Bible where his mother has recorded her acceptance of Christ as her personal savior, leaving Patrick at a loss of the meaning of her death.

He stumbles on a faith of his own. A pastor who becomes a second father, and leads him into living a life of ministry himself. It is the story looking back on a 16-year old whose life was rock climbing with his dad, and then disaster struck. They move to start a rock climbing supply store and try to regain a sense of life in the face of unbelief. Then a pastor's daughter catches his eye.



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