The Grace Assignment introduces readers to CJ Dennis, who is an ineffective, mediocre Christian until God begins to work in ways he doesn’t understand. As a journalist, he begins to write a story on homelessness in Cleveland, where he lives and works. While interviewing for the story, he meets Mary Ann and her three children and feels a strong pull to get them off the streets.
When his story runs, he unwittingly provides Mary Ann’s ex-husband with just the clue he needs. Mary Ann is murdered and her children are left without a mother. Readers learn if, as CJ struggles to find peace and understand God’s will, his budding faith will survive the test of learning to love three children and the threat of having them taken away from him.
Nighswonger is an awarding-winning journalist and the former editor of Family Magazines. She enjoys encouraging women, whether it’s at the Geauga County jail or in her home church, Word of Grace Church in Chesterland, or mentoring budding writers. She and her family, including one biological and three adopted children, reside in Novelty, Ohio.
“I want readers to share in CJ’s story as he grows in his faith during the trials of taking care of three orphaned children. I also hope that readers will be encouraged to walk out their own faith as God directs them,” Nighswonger says.