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Compelling! Hopeful! Inspiring! Hilarious!
These are just some of the words used to describe Carrie Gerlach Cecil’s highly anticipated new novel, One Sunday, where pop-culture and faith collide.
One Sunday, follows the struggles of a broken albiet hysterical Los Angeles woman who finds hope after enduring catastrophic life changes, weathering storms and ultimately, finding redemption with an African-American family in the heart of the South.
Bestselling author of The Power of Praying Woman, Stormie Omartian, says, “I couldn’t put this book down! Some of Carrie’s storylines are not pretty, but she would be less than honest were she not to show the desperate condition that comes as a life lived far outside God’s purpose. What other way is there for us to fathom how far redemption reaches down to lift someone up if we don’t understand the depth of their fall.”
“One Sunday touched my heart in a deep way that many of us who have looked for love in the wrong places can relate to. This refreshing tale, told with honesty and humor, gives a transparent view of a hurting woman in search of love, healing, and clear direction to her true God-given destiny. It is a wonderful translation of the human condition…the created looking for the Creator.” Rebecca Nichols Alonzo, speaker and Author of The Devil in Pew Number Seven
“Carrie’s story is very real and compelling. The incredible impact of Christ upon her life that is felt in these pages is not fiction, but an authentic testimony of amazing grace. This book is a great gift of hope to anyone who doubts that God cares about their pain.” Dr. Rice Broocks, Co founder of Every Nation Church’s and Ministries and author of The Purple Book and God Is Not Dead.
“One Sunday, is a novel that takes hold of you. Carrie Gerlach Cecil gives a vivid depiction of the life of Alice Ferguson. This humorous journey paved with rocky roads takes you from dark to darker. Yet, in a realistic way, a beacon of light shines through, which leads to a brighter day. In short, it a story of hope, inspite of hopeless situations.“ Debbie Winans- Lowe, Gospel Music Artist
“Mix EAT PRAY LOVE with The Help, Traveling Mercies and the historical flashbacks of Forrest Gump and you just get started rolling in this novel.”— Good Reads
“The message of this Christian novel: Jesus loves everyone, and no one is beyond forgiveness”—Kirkus Reviews
Relevant! Raw! Reconciliation! Redemption!
Senior Pastor [Orlando World Outreach Center], and former NFL and All-American football legend, Tim Johnson writes, “It is stirring that One Sunday, a novel about reconciliation and forgiveness, would be set in the South, where ethnic tensions can still be high between people because of the color of their skin. God’s tapestry is a mix of beautiful colors from a variety of walks of life, thus the setting, storylines, and connections in Carrie’s book – albeit fictional – are very familiar, and are a perfect landscape to portray a modern-day tale of hope and grace.
Gritty! Graceful! Moving! Godly!
The author, Carrie Gerlach Cecil who also penned Emily’s Reasons Why Not, [Carrie Gerlach/Harper Collins] writes, “Although this novel is fiction, I believe we write what we know: I know the feeling of humor and brokenness, and I know a big black man and his family who showed me a way to put my little white jagged pieces back together.”
Stormie Omartian concludes, “Carrie’s novel encourages us not to give up on people—no matter how resistant they are to the truth—for no one can resist the love of God extended toward them for too long.
The Novel: One Sunday
Alice Ferguson is a fast-paced, tabloid editor from Los Angeles who gets pregnant after a one-night stand with a sports doctor from Nashville. After her health and the fate of her unborn child is put at risk, she is forced to pack her Louis Vuitton bags and take a sabbatical from her high-pressure life in Hollywood and relocate to the heart of Dixie with a man she barley knows.
As she struggles to adjust to her new life, an unlikely African-American pastor and his family start Alice on a touching and surprising spiritual exploration. After months of her new friends asking her to attend church, a meal of fried chicken and angel food cake seals the deal. Alice reluctantly agrees to attend one service to watch her pastor friend put on his weekly show.
Sitting in the very back pew, she internally and hilariously dissects the Evangelical bible thumpers, but she also begins to reflect on the incidents in her painful past that have brought her to a life of moral ambiguity.
Alice flashes back to her childhood as a young girl who witnessed the devastating death of her mother and the suicide of her father. She begins to identify how she was catapulted into survival mode and left rudderless in the world. This heartbreaking trauma, along with a series of bad relationships, poor life choices and dark secrets, planted the seed deep inside her that would blossom as an adult, to stand on her own – no matter the ethical or moral cost to herself or others.
From the outside, Alice now has it all. The all she never had as a child. She is powerful in Los Angeles and enjoys the intoxicating benefits of a financially lucrative career. She fills the potholes of her heart with good alcohol, fancy drugs and longing men, but she is internally shattered.
Through her found Nashville family, Alice begins to understand that she has been unnecessarily riding an emotional and frightening rollercoaster between life and death and heaven and hell. But are people like Alice ever willing to get off?
One Sunday invites readers along for the experience of her, and their, lives. It documents one woman’s journey of self and God realization as she goes from making fun of them to being one of them. On this remarkable road Alice learns to let go of the past and find understanding, hope and a life filled with true peace.
Through equal parts humor and pain, One Sunday, while entertaining, is a catalyst for finding hope, friendship, laughter, tears, inspiration, forgiveness and the love that only comes from God.