"In the Midst of it All" by Tiffany L. Warren
Seventeen-year-old Zenovia Sinclair has spent her life caring for her schizophrenic mother and trying to get by in her tough neighbourhood. When the Brethren of the Sacrifice Church come knocking on their door offering them acceptance, they jump at the chance.
As Zenovia and her mother find stability with the Brethren, she finds herself caught up with thoughts of Tristan, a fervent young member who acts like he wants her, Jason, Tristan's older brother who is more into her than he pretends, and Emil who is associated with the Brethren but is not allowed to be a part of it.
But Zenovia soon finds out that life in the Brethren is not what it is made out to be. She finds herself at odds with them, and loses out not just on being a part of the community but her relationships with Tristan, Jason and Emil. Can Zenovia put the pieces of her life back together and find her way back to God? And will she ever be able to mend her relationships? It's a rough road, but Zenovia discovers that with God's guidance she can find her way to forgiveness and back to love.
In the Midst of it All is a powerful book about the forgiveness and grace of God. Right from the start you are hooked on Zenovia's story. It is a realistic portrayal of how man can corrupt God's Word and the church, and how people can follow such men. As well, the book addresses the difficulties faced by people who have left or been made to leave such a group. But the most important thing the book shows is that with faith, you don't have to let your past dictate your future.