Waiting on Wednesdays: A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow

waitingonwednesdayAfter a long hiatus, I’m jumping back into Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine). Each week, this meme asks participants to peer into the future at an anticipated, upcoming release.

This week, I’m waiting on a new novel by one of my favorite authors, Robert Whitlow. His new novel, A Time to Stand, will hit shelves on September 12.

timetostandIn a small Georgia town where racial tensions run high and lives are at stake, can one lawyer stand up for justice against the tide of prejudice on every side?

Adisa Johnson, a young African-American attorney, is living her dream of practicing law with a prestigious firm in downtown Atlanta. Then a split-second mistake changes the course of her career.

Left with no other options, Adisa returns to her hometown where a few days earlier a white police officer shot an unarmed black teen who is now lying comatose in the hospital.

Adisa is itching to jump into the fight as a special prosecutor, but feels pulled to do what she considers unthinkable—defend the officer.

As the court case unfolds, everyone in the small community must confront their own prejudices. Caught in the middle, Adisa also tries to chart her way along a path complicated by her budding relationship with a charismatic young preacher who leads the local movement demanding the police officer answer for his crime.

This highly relevant and gripping novel challenges us to ask what it means to forgive while seeking justice and to pursue reconciliation while loving others as ourselves.

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