The Reluctant Christians

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The Reluctant Christians

By: Kristine Johnson


About the Book

This compelling and exciting fictional story of the Reluctant Christians depicts the lifelong journey of a mother, Nora Young, and her daughter Kathryn (Kate) as they struggle to remove themselves from the restrictive tentacles of life in a small town dominated by a conservative, misogynistic religion. 
This is a love story that exposes abuse within religious organizations, but by no means is this story anti-religion.  Rather, it is a story of self-reliance and resilience that explores the strength of the soul within. This is a love story that spans decades of pioneering a new path for a family in a new time for women who seek freedom, and break barriers of behavior dictation, despite the fear of repercussion. 
As the author, I was inspired by the words of Woodrow Wilson, “There is no higher religion than human service.  To work for the common good is the greatest creed”.
The characters find themselves united to bring comfort and forgiveness to their lives. The strength of their relationships challenges them to defy the unjust suffering and persecution of sister ancestors, one another, and all women who have encountered prejudice and abuse of power. 
Together they rise above with wisdom, compassion, lessons learned and groundbreaking leadership. Together they confront the past and carve the future. There are children to be cared for, loves to be discovered, death and grief to be endured, and life to be lived by the characters entwined in this dramatic love story. 
I give my heartfelt thanks to my family who have steadily encouraged me over the past four years of this project. I dedicate this story to LOVE, the answer to all things good.

About the Author

Kristine Johnson resides in Colorado.  After growing up in a small rural community in Utah, she had accumulated life experiences that contributed to her inspiration to write this novel. Writing has always been her passion as both a cathartic and comforting hobby.  She has been a long-time sports industry professional as well as an accomplished competitive cyclist, with numerous national and state championship titles to her credit.  
Kristine is deeply grateful for the incredible support throughout her life’s journey, of her beloved husband and family.  It has always been her passion, to encourage other women to pursue their personal goals and live life to its fullest, with confidence and unbridled joy.  She is also grateful for the many lessons taught to her through the good works and encouragement of her mother and Aunt, who were certain her destiny would break barriers.
The story of the Reluctant Christians has been in her heart for years, and she is thrilled to share it with others.  She is planning a sequel to this book and hopes her readers will enjoy the fruition of her work.

(2023, paperback, 396 pages)

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  • 5
    The Reluctant Christians

    Posted by Martha on Oct 10th 2023

    "I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave me a better understanding of the challenges faced by women growing up in a misogynistic religious community. Set in a close-knit Mormon town, the narrative unfolds around Kate, a young girl whose mother's divorce makes them both outcasts. It is inspiring to see how Kate overcomes numerous obstacles in her transformation from a timid young girl to a remarkably accomplished young woman. The story is beautifully written, and the author has a deep insight into the intricacies of human nature."

  • 5
    The Reluctant Christians

    Posted by Jill on Oct 9th 2023

    What a wonderful read. It is a true page turner with characters so beautiful in their flaws and hope for an improved future. Can't wait to read another.

  • 5

    Posted by Diane on Oct 3rd 2023

    This one is a page turner! I was captivated by this these characters as they struggled to overcome the obstacles in their small town life.

  • 5
    Wonderfully addictive

    Posted by Nikki on Oct 3rd 2023

    A stunning story of a mother and daughter living in a small town in Utah under the Mormon religion.. this book was so beautifully tragic. I laughed, I cried and I just got so invested in the character development I could not put it down. Truly beautiful writing by Kristine Johnson. A story about perseverance and forging your future while healing from your past. This touches on some dark content but you feel whole again when you finish it. A must read for Romance lovers or really anyone who enjoys a deeply moving story beautifully written by a talented storyteller.

  • 5
    The Reluctant Christians

    Posted by Anne on Oct 3rd 2023

    I loved how the author invites you into the lives of a small Mormon town in Utah. There is often so much going on below the surface in a seemingly quiet town. The main character, Kate, takes you on the adventure of a lifetime. The challenging start in life she was given, ultimately flourishes into a successful life. Through her trials and tribulations with romance, work and travels of a lifetime she becomes a wonderfully successful, happy woman. I didn’t want this story to end. I just loved all the strong female characters in this story. I can’t wait until the next book!

  • 5
    What an incredible journey!

    Posted by Cmurph on Oct 1st 2023

    Kristine Johnson took me on an incredible journey! What started out for me as a heartbreaking tale of abuse and neglect by a mother, an organized religion, and a town, quickly becomes a beautiful story of self empowerment, and grace. This captivating young woman discovers resilience deep within herself, as she begins her journey out of all of the tragedies of her young life and into the triumphs. As she builds a new life with new loves, she even finds it within herself to forgive and reconnect with her mother. This was such a great read. I have already recommended this book to all my friends and a few strangers. I look forward to the upcoming sequel!

  • 5
    Excellent book

    Posted by Rachel on Sep 5th 2023

    Wow, what a page turner! The characters felt so real, as if I actually knew them. I slowed down at the end of the book because I didn't want it to be over. This was a great story with all the highs and lows and twists of real life. A must read indeed.

  • 5
    The Reluctant Christian is a must read!

    Posted by Karli on Jul 25th 2023

    Outstanding storytelling! As a reader I was truly taken on an emotional journey, as the story brought me into the lives of a mother and daughter on their difficult path to forgiveness and love. Through amazing adventures, and the genuine kindness of so many others this captivating story unfolds. It’s a must read!