Breaking the Sea

the ministry and online journal of christa parrish

Novels by Christa Parrish


Still Life (Thomas Nelson, 2015)

Award of Merit, 2016 Christianity Today Book Award, Fiction

Ada Goetz is hiding from a cult. Katherine Cramer is hiding an affair. After a commercial airplane crash claims the lives of all passengers on board - including newlywed Julian Goetz: renown photographer, husband to Ada, and the man Katherine trades seats with in order to have on more night with her lover, thus sending him to his death and saving her own life - both women must reexamine their choices and rebuild their broken lives from the ashes.







Stones for Bread (Thomas Nelson, 2013)

Winner, 2014 Christy Awards, Contemporary Fiction; Romantic Times TOP PICK

Liesl McNamara’s life can be described in one word: bread. From her earliest memory, her mother and grandmother passed down the mystery of baking and the importance of this deceptively simple food. And now, as the owner of Wild Rise bake house, Liesl spends every day up to her elbows in dough, nourishing and perfecting her craft.

When Wild Rise is featured on television, her quiet existence appears a thing of the past. And then a phone call from a woman claiming to be her half-sister forces Liesl to confront long-hidden secrets in her family’s past. With her precious heritage crumbling around her, she must make a choice: allow herself to be buried in remorse, or take a leap of faith into a new life.


The Air We Breathe (Bethany House, 2012)

Finalist, 2013 Christianity Today Book Award for Fiction; Finalist, 2013 Christy Award, Contemporary Fiction (stand-alone)

Seventeen-year-old Molly Fisk does not go outside, only feeling safe in the tiny tourist-town museum she and her mother run and call home. Then the chance arrival of a woman Molly once knew changes everything. Six years ago, newly single Claire Rodriguez was an empty shell. Only in the unique friendship she strikes up with a young girl--a silent girl who'll only talk to Claire--does she see the possibility of healing. But one day the girl and her mother vanish. What happened that drove them away? And how can Claire now offer Molly the same chance at finding a life anew?


Watch Over Me ( Bethany House, 2009)

Winner, 2010 ECPA Book Award for Fiction

Deputy Benjamin Patil is the one to find the infant girl--hours old, abandoned in a field. When the mother can't be located, Ben and his wife, Abbi, seem like the perfect couple to serve as foster parents. But the baby's arrival opens old wounds for Abbi and shines a harsh light on how much Ben has changed since a devastating tour in Iraq. Their marriage teeters on the brink and now they must choose to either reclaim what they once had or lose each other forever.





Home Another Way (Bethany House, 2008)

Finalist, 2009 ECPA Book Award for Fiction

Sarah Graham is living life hard and fast--and she is flat broke. When her estranged father dies, she travels to the tiny mountain hamlet of Jonah, New York, to claim her inheritance. Once there, she learns her father's will stipulates a six-month stay before she can receive the money. Fueled by hate and desperation, Sarah settles in for the bitter mountain winter, and as the weeks pass, she finds her life intertwining with the lives of the simple, gracious townsfolk. Can these strangers teach Sarah how to forgive and find peace?