When I Am Gone

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AuthorHouse, 2011 - Fiction - 272 pages
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Before he died, Peter looked into the eyes of his wife of forty years and said, "When I am gone find the mission God has for you . . ."

Three years later Janet Drake learns of a recently widowed father with four young children. She believes caring for this family is "her mission" and heads for the motherless Harrison home. But Tom, the father, considers her neither heaven-sent nor especially qualified. However with no other applicant in sight, he agrees to give her a one week try-out.

On her second day in town a chance meeting re-ignites a college friendship with Stu Mudoch, now a widowed missionary. He is convinced their meeting was a divine appointment while Janet is more than a little surprised at the strong stirrings of her heart.

The children's grief and their misbegotten ideas overwhelm her. But she is ready to do serious battle when an ambitious non-maternal woman casts her seductive web around Tom-pulling him off course from the fathering his children need.

Meanwhile Janet's secret Mary Poppins fantasy evaporates when the kids spurn her healthy cooking and none of the pervasive litter throughout the house jumps back into instant order in her wake. Friends of the deceased mom come alongside to help and she, in turn, mentors them as they deal with crushing disappointments and haunting histories.

Through it all one over-riding question plagues her. Is serving the Harrison family truly the answer to Peter's challenge, or are the Harrisons just a stepping stone on the way to the real mission?

 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
19
Section 4
27
Section 5
37
Section 6
43
Section 7
55
Section 8
65
Section 16
137
Section 17
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Section 18
153
Section 19
163
Section 20
175
Section 21
185
Section 22
195
Section 23
207

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
233
Section 27
245
Section 28
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Section 29
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About the author (2011)

Marge McRae lives in Washington State, is a widow with three grown children and five grandchildren. She became a Christian as a teen-ager and has taught Bible Studies most of her adult life. The following biblical passage in Titus 2 has had a strong influence upon her."...teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God."-Titus 2:3-5, NIVWhen I Am Goneis her first novel.The author may be contacted through her website, www.margemcrae.comorby email, margemcrae@gmail.com

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