The Air We Breathe by Christa ParrishThe Air We Breathe by Christa Parrish

The Air We Breathe

byChrista Parrish

Paperback | November 1, 2012

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Seventeen-year-old Molly Fisk does not go outside. She's ruled by anxiety and only feels safe in the tiny tourist-town museum she and her mother run and call home. Yearning to live free but unable to overcome deep wounds from her past, she stays hidden away. Then the chance arrival of a woman Molly knew six years ago changes everything.

Six years ago, newly single Claire Rodriguez was an empty shell. Only in the unique friendship she strikes up with a young girl--a silent girl who'll only talk to Claire--does she see the possibility of healing. But one day the girl and her mother vanish, their house abandoned. What happened that drove them away? And how can Claire now offer Molly the same chance at finding a life anew?
A winner of Associated Press awards for her journalism, Christa Parrish now teaches literature and writing to high school students, is a homeschool mom, and lives near Saratoga Springs, New York. She is the author of Home Another Way, finalist for the 2009 ECPA Fiction Book of the Year, and Watch Over Me, which won the 2010 ECPA Fictio...
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Title:The Air We BreatheFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:November 1, 2012Publisher:Baker Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0764205552

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Air We Breathe Seventeen-year-old Molly has not been outside in years. Her anxiety keeps her hiding inside the wax museum she and her mother run and make their home in. She wishes she could get past the door, and her friend Tobias tries to help her, but nothing helps. Then one day, the arrival of someone from her past changes everything. Claire was a walking shell for years. After losing her children in an accident and then divorcing her husband, she just wanted to be alone. One day at the park, a conversation struck up between her and a young girl and from there a unique friendship developed. But one day, the little girl and her mother vanished. When Claire comes to the tiny tourist town where Molly lives, their lives become intertwined. Claire may finally find out what happened all those years ago and she may be just what Molly needs to conquer her fears. The Air We Breathe is a tender story about love, loss, and how we heal from tragedy. It is deep and full of emotion, heartbreaking and yet heartwarming at the same time. As someone who has dealt with anxiety, I was instantly drawn to this story. Young Molly is ruled by her fears and something in her past has brought her to this kind of life. Hiding away inside isn't going to solve things. The book started out a bit slow for me and for the first half I felt as though there was a little too much set up of the story. I do have to admit that for a while I questioned if I wanted to continue with the book. However, midpoint it picked up pretty quick and soon I found myself unable to put it down. The story is told in alternating points of view as well as at different times. It can get a little confusing but to that I just say pay attention to the dates at the beginning of each chapter. The faith message in this book was its strongest point for me. There are things that happen in our lives that we sometimes can't explain or can't understand why God would choose that for us. But everything has its purpose and we have to put our trust in God through it all. And we have to take those times and use them not only to proclaim His steadfastness and mercy but to help others through whatever difficulties they are having. God uses our struggles to help others through theirs. I also liked how some characters in the book were committed Christians, some were new Christians still yearning to understand Jesus, and others weren't religious at all. It gave the subject matter a wide perspective. This is a deep book with a dark subject matter but thankfully the light of Jesus Christ shines through.
Date published: 2013-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic novel I will not look at museums the same way again. I have never enjoyed wax museums, but after reading this novel, I might be prepared to wander into one again. Christa does a fantastic job of bringing the reader into the mind of the characters. Because of circumstances, Molly does not venture outside of the four walls of the museum, but she does have friends, and she talks to the wax creations. I felt the dust cling to me as I crouched in the dark places with Molly, and heard the unique alarm that went off when someone rambled into the building. The musty smell of old things, of wax heated, of mold only caused the creepy noises to be louder in the old edifice. Molly's Mom was protecting her in the only way she knew. Am I enough aware of those around me, that when there is someone silently crying out for a friend that I am willing to reach out to them? Must I have been in the same situations, and have had the same things happen to me in order for me to have empathy and to help? Can I feel their cry, or am I so self absorbed that I am unconscious of those in need? This is the first novel of Christa's that I have read, but I will be looking for her where fine books are sold! I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers and Julie Warkentin for the purpose of reviewing. A positive critique was not required! The opinions stated are my own.
Date published: 2013-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Written with a tender touch Writing with a tender touch, author Christa Parrish has penned a novel that will move and inspire you. I dove into the novel uncertain what to expect, as I have not read a novel by this author in the past. I soon became captivated by the story of Molly, heart-broken by the trauma she experienced, and cheering her on as she slowly begins to face the fears and anxieties that have held her captive for so long. I likewise connected with the story of Claire, offering healing from her own experiences of grief and loss, and I loved how the author wove the lives of Claire and Molly together. The characters are created with complete realism, and readers are sure to glimpse bits of their own humanity within the pages of this story. Despite being written with emotion and depth, the story definitely moves along at a good pace and kept me engaged from beginning to end. Christa Parrish has won a new fan in her latest contemporary fiction offering, and I know that I will be keeping my eye out for her next book for sure! I award this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. Fans of contemporary novels that feature compelling characters and the wonderful freedom that comes from supping of God's grace will be sure to enjoy this novel. Warning: Expect a tear or two! Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Date published: 2013-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional Read An amazing read that is refreshingly different. Stark honesty and gritty realism pack an emotional punch and left me lingering over plot and characters long after I'd finished the last page. Complex story strands spin a fascinating web of desperation and hope. The point of view switches between Molly and Claire and I was riveted by how their stories intertwined. And the Lord is at the heart of it all. An exceptional book that will fascinate you even as it affirms that no matter what 'God is in His Heaven and all is right with the world.' "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
Date published: 2013-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely Hard to Put Down! Story Description: Baker Publishing Group|November 1, 2012|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-7642-0555-2 New from the Winner of ECPA’s Fiction Book of the Year. Seventeen-year-old Molly Fisk does not go outside. She’s ruled by anxiety and only feels safe in the tiny tourist-town museum she and her mother run and call home. Yearning to live free but unable to overcome deep wounds from her past, she stays hidden away. Then the chance arrival of a woman Molly knew six years ago changes everything. Six years ago, newly single Claire Rodriguez was an empty shell. Only in the unique friendship she strikes up with a young girl – a silent girl who’ll only talk to Claire – does she see the possibility of healing. But one day the girl and her mother vanish, their house abandoned. What happened that drove them away? And how can Claire now offer Molly the same chance at finding at new life? My Review: The Air We Breathe had me hooked from the very beginning! The character development in this novel is phenomenal. The author’s descriptions of the personalities of each character is flawless. I felt like I knew each person intimately as if I’d been a close friend for years. Young Molly Fisk enters a bank with her father. Just as they are about to leave, bank robbers appear on the scene and Molly witnesses her father being shot and killed and is then kidnapped for two weeks before she manages to escape. This sends her into a world of “muteness” where she won’t talk to anyone. Molly and her mother, Susan, move away and change their names. Molly lives a secluded life, never even so much as stepping outside. It takes years for Molly to unravel what she experienced that day in the bank. To some, her fears and turmoil may seem irrational, but for Molly they are glaringly real. I could empathize and really ‘feel’ Molly’s pain, I felt so sorry for her. Molly and her Mom end up in a small town where they live and run a wax museum. One day Molly runs into Claire, a woman who she knew six years ago and needs healing of her own. Soon Molly’s life begins to change. The unique and close friendship that Claire and Molly share is precious because in Molly’s muted world the ONLY person she will ‘speak’ to is, Claire. Then one day, Molly and her Mom are gone and the house is empty. Claire doesn’t know what to think, doesn’t know where they went, and wonders how she is going to continue to help Molly recover if she can’t find her. Where is she? Christa Parrish has written a beautiful novel full of heartache and pain and healing and redemption. For sure, The Air We Breathe is a highly recommendable book. I’m going to be searching out more of this author’s work. "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
Date published: 2013-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!!! This was a great book and had me hooked form the very beginning.
Date published: 2012-11-05