Tuesday 10 September 2019

Rain in Hell A Short Story - Jane Lebak

Rain in Hell
A Short Story
Jane Lebak
Philangelus Press

eISBN 9781942133285

This is the 16th story by Jane Lebak I have read in just over a year. And this is an incredibly powerful short story. It deals with issues of forgiveness, anger, resentment, and overcoming hurts from the past. As a fictional story it is a deeply moving read. But when you read the authors note at the end it becomes even more powerful. The main character is protestant, and her close friend is Catholic. They do bible study together. They support and encourage each other. 

Six years before the events in the story a young woman during her first pregnancy is told her baby is not viable. The Doctor, and Olivia Thackeray insists she terminate the pregnancy. The Dr. even schedules the procedure against the women’s wishes. And calls her on the day of berating and harassing her. Then six years later the Doctor walks into her church. 

This event even triggers a near panic attack. She even goes so far as to state: “If I get to Heaven and find her there, I’d rather be in Hell.”. But with the prayers and guidance of her best friend and her husband she soon realizes God has a plan and part of that plan is dealing with this hurt from the past. 

This is an excellent story about learning to forgive and going beyond just words, to really wanting the best and healing for the person who hurt you.

It is a deeply moving read it is very well written. And I give it a very solid 5/5 stars. 

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2019 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by Jane Lebak:
Pickup Notes
Love's Highway
Forever And For Keeps
Half Missing

Relic of His Heart
With Two Eyes Into Gehenna
Rain in Hell
The Space Between

Father Jay Series:
Bulletproof Vestments
The Boys Upstairs
A Different Heroism


Seven Archangels:
1.0 An Arrow In Flight
2.0 Sacred Cups
3.0 Shattered Walls
4.0 The Wrong Enemy
5.0 Annihilation

Seven Archangels Short Stories:
2.1 Damage
2.2 Even A Stone
2.3 Hired Man
2.4 Winter Branches
5.5 Once Only

Seven Angels Short Story Bundle 2.1-2.4

The Adventures of Lee and Bucky:

0.5 Upsie-Daisy
1.0 Honest And For True
2.0 Forever And For Keeps

Books as Maddie Evans:

Sweet Grove:
1.0 Love's Highway
2.0 Love's Rules of the Road


Carrying to Term: A Guide for Parents after a Devastating Prenatal Diagnosis


Contributed to:

Author profile and interview with Jane Lebak.

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