The Retreat – A Tale of Spiritual Awakening
A week spent at a retreat becomes a transfor-mational journey of faith and renewal for a young Christian suffering a crisis of the soul in this poignant, illuminating, and spiritually-wise teaching novel for fans of Jen Hatmaker, Shauna Niequist, and Brené Brown.
For her entire life, Amy considered her evangelical Christian upbringing the foundation of her being and beliefs. But when she stands up for her gay best friend, she is ostracized and banished from the church she loves—resulting in a crisis of the spirit that causes her to doubt her conservative upbringing as she enters her thirties. Seeing Amy’s pain, a caring friend raises the money to send her on a week-long retreat for contemplative activism, hoping that a few days of quiet reflection will help to rekindle her faith.
At the retreat, Amy meets two women her age—teachers who introduce her to different types of prayer—as well as Celeste, a seasoned church mentor who takes Amy under her wing and gently shows her new ways to practice her religious beliefs. Through their guidance and caring, Amy finds an inspiring and more meaningful view of God.
About Jacci Turner (Reno, Nevada Author)
Jacci lives with her husband in Nevada’s high desert. They spend their mornings hiking through the sagebrush with their big yellow dog, Rocky.
Jacci loves chocolate, babies, and coffee with friends. She’s worn many hats in her lifetime: therapist, school counselor, campus minister, and mom. Her favorite hats are her writer and grandmother hats, which come in wild colors and don’t fit too tightly.
Jacci's first book geared towards adults, The Retreat: A tale of spiritual awakening, will came out in March with Harper Legend. It is available now on pre-order in paper back.
Jacci's middle grade fiction, Bending Willow, is about Riley and Mia searching for a father who doesn't know they exist. It is the first book in The Finding Home Series. Bending Willow represented Nevada at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C and was a finalist for the Wishing Shelf Contest. In addition, Jacci is the author of the Amazon best-selling young adult novel, The Cage, the first book in The Birthright series, and many other other Middle Grade and YA books.