Can I Get a Witness?
No-nonsense divorce-court judge Vanessa Colton-Kirk has seen it all, presiding over the breakup of countless unhappy and disillusioned couples in her Houston courtroom. But now career-driven Vanessa is facing her own marriage crisis: when she chooses to work late on the night of her fifth wedding anniversary, her husband, Thomas, decides he’s had enough of her putting work before starting the family he so desperately wants—and he tells her he wants out.
Thomas has a few more bombshells for Vanessa before they are court-ordered to attend a spiritual retreat. She goes—but not without a fight, and determined to emerge the victor. Then a twist of fate helps her see things in a whole new light, and Vanessa must face the hard questions: Can she rebuild a bond that she had a big part in destroying? Have her years on the bench made her wiser—or just bitter? Can she open her heart to the renewing power of love and forgiveness?
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Rachel Adams is trying to find a way to forgive her husband, Pastor Lester Adams, for having an affair. Her task is made all the more difficult by the reappearance of his former mistress, Mary Richardson, in their family’s church. Now pregnant, Mary claims that Lester is the child’s father and is intent on seducing him away from Rachel. Meanwhile, a tragedy rocks the foundation of the Adams family and everyone involved is confronted with an ultimate decision of forgiveness.
Questions and Topics for Discussion
1. What does Rachel’s dream in the novel’s opening chapter reveal about her fears? How is she able to overcome these fears by the end of the book?
2. Despite Lester’s continual refusal of her affections, Mary protests that the love she feels for him is real. Do you think this is true?
3. Rachel fears that her anger is interfering with her growth as a Christian. Do you agree with her decision to leave the church until Mary is removed? Likewise, do y see more