Sometimes I really enjoy reading The Message translation. Maybe it’s the story format or the palatable nature of the language. Either way, one scripture repeatedly came to mind as I read Paige Perry’s novel, Turn the Page.
He told them, “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom—you know how it works. But to those who can’t see it yet, everything comes in stories, creating readiness, nudging them toward receptive insight.” Mark 4:10-12 (MSG)
Turn the Page brings this scripture to life.
Overview: Jane Abbott leaves small town North Carolina for college in San Francisco, where she teeters between an adolescent longing for home and the desire to be noticed as an individual. Jane struggles to fit in at college and adjust to life almost 3,000 miles from home. In a culture that expects emotional independence by age 18, Jane pours herself into schoolwork in an effort to escape loneliness. When a journalism project forces her to examine what actually makes people feel good, she comes face to face with her own deep desire to be acknowledged. Jane’s is a journey about finding friends—each with their own story—in unlikely places. The story itself is universal. And Jane Abbott’s is one worth passing on.
Perry excels at her craft, gracefully, yet hauntingly, painting the human condition and highlighting our deepest needs. Her work of fiction is indeed for the Christian and non-Christian alike, “creating readiness, nudging them toward receptive insight.” As I read Turn the Page, I was reminded of one of my favorite C.S. Lewis quotes: “We do not need more people writing Christian books; what we need is more Christians writing good books.” Paige Perry has done just that! Way to go, Paige!
Paige’s novel is available on Amazon.