Breaking the Sea

the ministry and online journal of christa parrish

Christa Parrish is the award-winning author of five novels and founder of Breaking the Sea Ministries. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, pastor and writer Chris Coppernoll, and they have four children in their blended family. When not writing, she is creative director of The Mission Community Church and a homeschool mom. She's at work on her sixth novel, and is now also slightly obsessed with baking wild yeast bread.

A note about Breaking the Sea Ministries

The name of my ministry and journal is taken from the following quotation, attributed to Franz Kafka:

 "If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us."

I feel this way both about the books I write, and those I read. But I also think this is true of a life transformed by Christ. Our faith should be the "ice axe" that breaks our frozen places as we're awakened by the Spirit's nudging, prodding, or - dare I say it? - hammering of us into the image of the Almighty. 

What is Breaking the Sea? It's my attempt at listening to how God might have me use the gifts and talents He's given me for His glory and for the good of those He loves. Which is everyone.