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Thin air
Nordberg, Bette.
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Minneapolis, Minn. : Bethany House Publishers, [2002]

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317 pages ; 22 cm
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A lone survivor of a small plane crash on Mount Rainier, a woman wonders if a recluse hiding in the forest will help or hurt her but finds inspiration for her faith in the realization of a personal tragedy. Original.

Author Notes

Bette Nordberg graduated from the University of Washington as a physical therapist in 1977. In 1990 she turned from rehabilitation medicine to writing and is now the author of Serenity Bay, Pacific Hope, and numerous dramas, articles, and devotions. She and her husband, Kim, recently helped plant Lighthouse Christian Center, a new church in the South Hill area of Puyallup, Washington, where Bette writes, directs drama, and plays keyboard. Married twenty-five years, Kim and Bette have four children, two in college and two at home.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

From the author of Serenity Bay and Pacific Hope comes this unimaginatively titled evangelical Christian novel that's slow-starting but ultimately an engrossing read. Beth Cheng is a wildlife biologist who lives in Washington State with three small children and a pastor-husband, Allen, who wishes she didn't have to work. But his small congregation of Maple Hills Church in Bellevue can't support the family, and Beth enjoys her job. When she takes off as a passenger in a small plane to wrap up her impact study about goats on Mt. Rainier, readers will know a crash is inevitable. Admirably, Nordberg still keeps the tension palpable, and believably portrays Beth's emotions after she survives the crash. When mountain recluse and Vietnam veteran Dennis Doyle discovers Beth struggling for survival, her half-Japanese heritage becomes a foil that helps him break out of the prison of his past. Nordberg occasionally tells rather than shows and uses Christian lingo in spots, but she merits praise for her use of Asian-American protagonists, rarely seen in CBA novels. Interestingly, although Beth is a wildlife biologist, motherly concerns about bears in her backyard cause her to disapprove of local natural habitat corridors, and she also seems fairly neutral toward a ski lodge expansion. Nordberg handles her human interactions better, neatly avoiding male/female stereotypes in her portrayal of Allen, who is intuitive and meets his family's emotional needs better than Beth. Nordberg also fairly depicts the comfort of having a Christian community during times of crisis. However, a disappointingly clichd ending mars an otherwise captivating novel. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved