ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Claudia is the author of the popular Ragamuffin Diva blog and the David C. Cook novel Zora and Nicky: A novel in Black And White. She is also the author of Death, Deceit, and Some Smooth Jazz, and the Amanda Bell Brown Mysteries and the Exorsistah series for teens. Her work has appeared in Discipleship Journal magazine, The One Year Life Verse Devotional Bible, and Justice in the Burbs.
She lives in Michigan with her husband, five of their seven children, and a quirky dwarf rabbit.
ABOUT THE BOOK
SHE HAD A VISION OF CHRIST PLACING TWO PERFECT RED ROSES IN HER HANDS...AND THEN SHE WAS WOUNDED!
If a miracle happened to you, wouldn't you tell everyone? What if they thought you were crazy?
Gina Merritt, poor in health and rich in faith is the last person to expect a miracle to happen to her. As she sits in a pew on Ash Wednesday with throbbing pain in her knees and a raging migraine, she turns her concentration elsewhere and silently prays, "Share with me, Jesus."
Instantly she has a holy vision of the Son of God kneeling before her. As tears fill her eyes, Christ kisses Gina's hands, leaving two perfect red roses. When the vision fades, Gina's hands are bleeding.
Anthony Priest, the junkie sitting beside her, instinctively touches Gina when she cries out, but she flees in shock and pain. A prizewinning journalist before drugs destroyed his career, Anthony is stunned that he is suddenly overcome with a sense of well-being and he instantly knows that he is cured of his addiction. Wanting an explanation, Anthony follows Gina home.
Is it a miracle, or just a religious delusion? It seems like everyone who knows of the mysterious stigmata has an opinion, and it's not always favorable. Putting aside their difference and their mutual distrust, Gina and Anthony embark on a search for answers. Along the way they encounter an uncertain evangelical pastor, a gentle Catholic priest, a certifiable religious zealot, and a transvestite drug dealer, all of whom lend their voices to the tale. It's a quest for truth, sanity, and grace…and an unexpected love story.
If you would like to read an excerpt from Wounded: A Love Story, go HERE
Some of my favorite books are the Amanda Bell Brown series (there is a new one coming out in the near future!!!) by Claudia and so I was very excited to read this one by her. I knew it would be different and I wanted to see what she could do with it.
First off, the subject matter is drastically different than the usual (same 'ol, same 'ol) but that can throw some people for a loop. She deals with stigmata (the wounds of Christ showing on a regular, any 'ol person). Does Gina Merritt have the wounds of Christ, are they self-inflicted, did someone do this to her? Then there is the heroin junkie Anthony Priest that just happens to be there when it happens. Did he do it? Why is he suddenly healed from any desire to do more drugs, and with no withdrawl? And that is only the beginning...