The book is Where Yesterday Lives. I found this book to be so insightful regarding sibling rivalry and relationships. Many times throughout my reading it, I was brought to tears because God was working a miracle in my life. I am the middle daughter of three. My older sister is not a born again Christian; my younger sister is. Not to bore you with the details, but I have been estranged from my older sister for five years. I was hurt by her actions and could not forgive her. While reading your book, I realized that my sister and I were much like the Barretts... headstrong, opinionated, and unforgiving.
I used the fact that my older sister is not a born again Christian to keep my distance from her and her family. On Friday night, while nearing the end of the book, I told my husband that this book spoke to me in so many ways and reminded me of my family. I finished the book on Saturday morning (in tears, of course) and an hour later my younger sister called me to tell me that our mother passed away in her sleep that morning. My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and although she was a pure delight to be with, she did not know anyone anymore.
I can't tell you how many times I thought about having to deal with my sister when it was time for my mom's funeral. I know now that God was preparing my heart for this moment. I told my younger sister about how the book and God changed my heart, and she broke down in tears of joy. I haven't spoken to my older sister yet, but I will embrace her and tell her how sorry I am for all the years apart.
Such a weight has been lifted from me and I am free! Thank you and Christ's blessing on you and your family. Sincerely, Karen W.