Shelfari edited the description of Bright, Shiny, Lasting Sunday, November 28, 2010.
Scott Gague is a biology professor who struggles with a belief in God. That struggle persists even when a tragedy in his life makes faith necessary for survival. Through immense sorrow, through the rebuilding of his life, Scott's faith grows and wanes as the questions of evil in the world and of free will play out in his life, and the nature of mercy, grace and forgiveness challenge him. Most perplexing, though, is a strange young woman, Mary Powers, who bursts into his life and takes him on a trip that, at first appears meaningless, but ultimately provides him with the human contact necessary for Scott to survive. Scott has no starry eyed conversion nor is his struggle sentimental. His story celebrates life, faith and hope, and the triumph of mercy over revenge, peace over anger, joy over sadness.