Florence, Italy. Summer, 1982.
Judith Campbell prides herself on her level head. She's a scientist with a ten-year plan, a well-managed bank account, and a clear understanding of what she wants out of life. Currently, that means a summer of fun touring Europe with her friends. She intends to see some amazing scenery, flirt with a cute guy or two, and return home ready to settle down for good. Falling madly in love with an Italian playboy is definitely not on her life goals to-do list. But then her eyes meet those of Cesare D'Angelo across a crowded piazza.
Cesare is everything Judith never knew she wanted. Handsome and charismatic, he challenges her assumptions and forces her to rethink her logical approach to everything. Case in point-Judith finds herself falling for him, hard and fast. Definitely not her most carefully thought-out decision. But Cesare keeps devastating secrets that will challenge Judith's very understanding of reality. And soon Judith finds herself facing the most difficult decision of all…Would you still choose to love someone even if your time together would be brief? Would you accept a relationship, knowing that only heartbreak and grief awaited you in the end?
During more than fifty years in medical research, Elwood honed his skills
in evaluating evidence—evidence of benefit from drugs, from clinical
procedures, and above all, from lifestyle. The overall aim throughout was
not just an increase in survival but also the enriching of the health and
the well-being of patients.
In this book, Elwood examines the person and the life of Jesus and its
relevance to our daily lives and to our relationships. Starting with the
virgin birth, he examines the evidence in the story by Mary that her
conception and pregnancy were unique and are consistent with the person
of Jesus having a human and a divine origin. He then examines the life
and teaching of Jesus and shows how this can enrich and give purpose
to the lives of those who follow Jesus.
Finally, Elwood reconstructs the details of the death and the resurrection
of Jesus and attempts to explain some of the underlying purposes and
meaning for us of these events.
In neither his medical work nor in this book does Elwood ever claim proof,
freely admitting there is always another possible explanation. Throughout
the book, Elwood sees faith as one possible response to evidence, but
he commends the seeking of further evidence as an indication of honest
doubt on the part of the inquirer.