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To Know You

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Julia Whittaker’s rocky past yielded two daughters, both given up for adoption as infants. Now she must find them to try to save her son.

Julia Whittaker’s rocky past yielded two daughters, both given up for adoption as infants. Now she must find them to try to save her son.

Julia and Matt Whittaker’s son has beaten the odds for thirteen years only to have the odds—and his liver—crash precipitously. The only hope for his survival is a “living liver” transplant, but the transplant list is long and Dillon’s time is short. His two older half-sisters, born eighteen months apart to two different fathers, offer his only hope for survival.

But can Julia ask a young woman—someone she surrendered to strangers long ago and has never spoken with—to make such a sacrifice to save a brother she’s never known? Can she muster the courage to journey back into a shame-filled season of her life, face her choices and their consequences, and find any hope of healing?

And what if she discovers in her own daughters’ lives that a history of foolish choices threatens to repeat itself? Julia knows she’s probably embarking on a fool’s errand—searching for the daughters she abandoned only now that she needs something from them. But love compels Julia to take this journey. Can grace and forgiveness compel her daughters to join her?

In To Know You, Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel explore how the past creates the present . . . and how even the most shattered lives can be redeemed.

Contributor(s) Shannon Ethridge , Kathryn Mackel
About the Contributor(s) Shannon Ethridge
Shannon Ethridge is a best-selling author, international speaker, and certified life coach with a master’s degree in counseling human relations from Liberty University. She has spoken to youth, college students, and adults since 1989, and is the author of 21 books, including the million-copy best-selling Every Woman’s Battle series.She is a frequent guest on TVand radio programs, such as The Today Show , The 700 Club , New Life Live! with Stephen Arterburn, and Life Today with James and Betty Robison. She also mentors aspiring writers and speakers through her BLAST Program (Building Leaders, Authors, Speakers and Teachers). Although grateful for the opportunities to influence this generation as a writer and speaker, Shannon remains most passionate about her role as a wife and best friend to her husband, Greg, and a mother to daughter, Erin, and son, Matthew. Learn more at

Kathryn Mackel
Kathryn Mackel is a best-selling author and acclaimed screenwriter for Disney and Fox. She was on the screenwriting team for Left Behind: The Movie and Frank Peretti's Hangman's Curse . She is the acclaimed author of The Surrogate , The Departed , and The Hidden and resides in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband.
ISBN-10 1401688667
ISBN-13 9781401688660
Release Date Oct 15, 2013
Weight (lbs) 0.7400
Height 8.38
Width 5.50
Length 368
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $15.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Heather
Overall Rating
Julia has had two daughters by fathered by two different men that she has given up for adoption. Neither of the men stuck around, and she has not seen the children since they were given to their adoptive families. 20 years after those choices, her son is dying and the only one who can help is one of these daughters.

But can Julia face her choices and consequences, and find healing? Can she find ask a young woman—a stranger really, to save a brother she’s never known? Can the daughter get to a place of forgiveness so this boy may live? Will her daughter repeat Julia's own mistakes? Can a family be redeemed?
This is a great story about how G-d uses different circumstances for His glory and for His healing.
The imperfect lives and broken pieces are brought together to make a whole family.
Like Stitch says "This is my family. I found it, all on my own. Is little, and broken, but still good. Yeah, still good."

This is a lovely book.
(Posted on 12/11/2013)
Review by Sammy the Bookworm
Overall Rating
One son near death in the hospital. Two daughters born out of wedlock and given away at birth. Three children who mean the world to Julia Whittaker and she's afraid she'll lose them all. Her son needs a living liver transplant and no one has been able to provide it. Julia's almost out of options and the one she has left doesn't appeal to her at all: she must find the two girls she gave up and ask them to make a huge sacrifice for people they never even met.

Do I even need to say how awesome it was to read this? The storyline had so many subplots between the son's health, Julia's relationship with God, and her daughters' own struggles. Every moment revealed something new and you could learn a lesson from each and every one. This is a great story for all the different walks in Christ; if you have a problem, you'll most likely find the answer here.

There were moments where I felt the daughters were very whiny which I guess could be okay with some readers but it didn't sit too well with me. To add to that, it did have an air of complaining that really bugged me when I wanted to enjoy the relationships between people who felt so real to me. These could have been my next door neighbors with how well they were written out.

I really did love this storyline and that characters tugged at my heartstrings. I wish Ethridge and Mackel could have toned down the whining but I can let that slide when it's surrounded by a wonderful message. Four hearts out of five!

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the® <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” (Posted on 10/30/2013)

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