In Our Midst

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Stanton, Indiana, in 1990, is a town in which people love their kids, joke with their mayor, attend church, and support the Wood Carving Festival. But, one boy is growing up with a secret that he unknowingly shares with another son of the community, a soldier in the Korean War who died the day he came home. More

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About Martha Johnson

Martha Johnson is an executive with a 30 year career in public and private organizations. She has served in both the Clinton and Obama Administrations and was appointed to two commissions with the British Government. Her career has also spanned the IT, architecture, strategic consulting, and auto industries. Johnson has delivered over 50 public speeches on topics including sustainability, leadership, and government effectiveness. She has been featured repeatedly in the press and has testified before the US Congress.

Outside of her professional life, she has been the Clerk of Session at the First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, MD. She is an Honorary Life Member of Presbyterian Women and has published a book on youth worship, Awesome Youth Sundays.

Johnson was graduated with a BA from Oberlin College and an MBA from the Yale University School of Management.

She is married and has two adult children.

In Our Midst is her first novel.

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Review by: Randy Phillips on Feb. 16, 2013 :
Martha Johnson's characters were "real" in the sense I felt like I new them, immediately, from the first few pages -- sort of. Just like so many people "in our midst", all is not what it seems -- which is a very good thing.

We learn from each other and we choose to grow together or no. I grew.

I also loved the 'texture' of the book. It was middle America but crossed all geographies. A must-read, for sure.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Review by: Karla Smart-Morstad on Nov. 30, 2012 : (no rating)
Martha Johnson writes characters who feel like real people with real dilemmas. Her characters are, indeed, "in our midst." Her novel invites us to ask "Who am I?" and "What does my place amidst community members require of me?'
(reviewed 51 days after purchase)
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