About the Book
Author: Travis Thrasher
Genre: General fiction, drama
Release Date: October 23, 2018
A novelization of the film Indivisible, this is a story of love and marriage and finding each other all over again.
When Darren deploys to Iraq during the surge of 2007, he leaves behind his loving and supportive wife, Heather, and their three small children. Their marriage is the envy of the base, both believing strongly in the calling to serve in the military. Darren knows he’s there to support the troops in their darkest moments as their chaplain, but what he doesn’t realize is that he will face his own dark moments, which will have lasting effects on his marriage.
Meanwhile, Heather is creating a community among the other wives and families left behind. She rallies support back home, realizing the dangers the men and women serving overseas are facing, but she also begins to notice a change in Darren during their brief conversations. When he returns, he is no longer the man who left-the man Heather married. His greatest fear is letting her down, but instead of opening up to her, he shuts her out. Their marriage was so strong before. But how can they get back to where they were . . . or find a new way forward?
Indivisible is a story of sacrifice, marriage, and faith that will leave audiences full of hope even amid their most challenging times.
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We are excited to announce that this book is going to be a major motion picture!
Bestselling author Travis Thrasher has written over 50 books and worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. He has written fiction in a variety of genres, from love stories and supernatural thrillers to young adult series. His inspirational stories have included collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, athletes and pastors. He’s also co-written memoirs and self-help books. His novelizations include Do You Believe? and God’s Not Dead 2. Upcoming releases in 2018 include The Black Auxiliary about the lives of the other 17 American black athletes who competed with Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Travis lives with his wife and three daughters in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
More about Indivisible
This book is based on a true story, so we’d love for readers and moviegoers to meet the real Darren and Heather Turner:
Darren and Heather Turner both grew up in Georgia, and met in 1999 when Darren was working in campus ministry at the University of Georgia. (Darren is still a Bulldog at heart.) Heather was working as a recruiter for an organization that sends English teachers overseas, and Darren had just returned from a year teaching English in Mongolia when they met. Married that same year, they served another six years together in campus ministry and added three children to their family.
Through the husband of a friend of Heather’s, Darren learned that opportunities existed for service as a military chaplain. In 2006, Darren completed seminary, was commissioned in the Army, and deployed almost immediately. Their family’s experiences from this timeframe are the basis of the new movie INDIVISIBLE. Darren, who is on active duty, and Heather are passionate about serving military families, marriage counseling, and leading marriage retreats. The Turners currently live in North Carolina with their children Elie, Samuel, and Meribeth.
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Sadly, the term “PTSD” is common to hear in today’s world. For the many soldiers who have been sent overseas to fight for the freedom’s we have in this country and to gain it for others, it’s a reality. Travis Thrasher has written with painful honesty to the struggles families face before, during, and after deployment.
A common theme throughout the story was the battle over selfishness while needing help at the same time. I don’t have to elaborate over some of the things Darren experienced overseas. Yet while he could have used help processing it, he bottled it up while attempting to help others overcome. He battled thinking his situation was worse than his wife’s while also missing her and knowing their time apart was hard on her too. Heather felt overwhelmed running the household on her own and working with other women to console and support other army wives going through mourning or other tough times. She knew her husband was struggling but she didn’t know how to help him if he wouldn’t talk to her, and she was desperate for the closeness they once had.
A line that really stuck with me was when Darren said “fear wasn’t the worst thing out here. It was apathy.” He had seen many difficult things and watched death before his eyes. He carried the dead body of a little girl while others desperately attempted to save her sister. He looked at the little body and immediately thought of his own children at home. His heart wasn’t breaking only for himself, but for those around him. He didn’t just feel his own pain, but the pain of the lives that touched him as well.
Army life isn’t easy. I highly recommend reading this book for several reasons. It’s based on a true story which means it’s based off of the real-life experiences of a family going through this battle. While I know friends and family that have gone through deployment, I don’t know what it feels like personally. This story helps you to see just how much our freedom costs. It gives you a deeper understanding and apathy towards the struggling families post-deployment. It also shows a need for the spreading of the Gospel. The world is hurting, and we have the only real message of hope. It’s definitely worth the read.
*I received a copy of this book from the author through Celebrate Lit tours and NetGalley. I was not required to give a positive review. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
Age Appropriateness/Content Warnings:
I would definitely share the trigger warning for PTSD. Even if not directly related to deployment, this story could trigger anxiety. While the content is not overly graphic, it’s about war and includes death of both soldiers and civilians. The movie coming out based on this book is rated PG-13 and I feel that’s accurate.
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To celebrate his tour, Travis is giving away a grand prize that includes the Indivisible novel along with a devotional!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d627/indivisible-celebration-tour-giveaway
This line is everything:
“A line that really stuck with me was when Darren said ‘fear wasn’t the worst thing out here. It was apathy.'”
Oh yes is apathy worse than fear. Apathy makes people paralyzed. My father is a Vietnam vet. He was there from 1967-1971. He has PTSD x 2! He would go through life with bursts of energy followed by dark periods of apathy. I wish therapists would tackle both the PTSD and apathy, at least I wish that for my father. I think life would be a bit easier for him if both had ever been addressed.
Great review, Becca!
Wow sorry to hear but thanks for sharing that. I can’t imagine what it’s like for guys coming back from war. It costs them so much more than just the time from home 🙁
This sounds like a wonderful book full of deep emotion and belief. I am definitely going to look for this one.
Becca, Thank you for sharing Indivisible. Sounds like a must read.
This sounds like a great book, thanks for the giveaway.