The Color of Truth
Truth isn't always black and white. Sometimes it takes the unexpected to reveal its true colors. Sam never measured up to his cop father’s expectations. From childhood, Marti was told she’s a screw-up. Now that her poor choices have put her sister in danger, she and Sam must reveal secrets, lies, and half-truths they never intended to share. If they don’t, the consequences could be deadly. More
Think back to your childhood. What messages did you get? Were you in the way? Did people laugh at you? Were you the center of attention? Did you see yourself as special or deficient? Acceptable or in need of change?
Sometimes we can look back and reframe those messages through an adult lens, but on many occasions, the weight or depth of the message is nearly impossible to shake. If you were treated as stupid, you might question the value of your opinion in a work setting. Perhaps you were overweight as a child, but are now living a healthy lifestyle; are you still “that fat girl” inside? Did you have to keep a smile on your face so people don’t suspect there’s chaos in your family? Then you might fear being authentic with people you meet as an adult.
That was the thinking behind The Color of Truth. We don’t get to choose the family we’re born into, or the living situation. As children, we absorb the world around us like sponges, trying to figure out what to do, how to act, who to believe, based on what we see and hear. And what we absorb follows us into adulthood – into our jobs, relationships, decision making, parenting, etc.
Marti Gustafson has dyslexia. Because her home life was chaotic, she never got the diagnosis that might have changed how she learned. Instead, she carried the weight of being “stupid” through her school years. She saw it in her test scores, heard the cruel laughter of other kids. When she had to quit high school to get a job, it was a relief.
Sam Evans has been unable to move forward out of the disaster his life became through an unexpected divorce, getting fired, and being falsely accused. The relentless childhood messages he received were “man up” and “shape up” from his law enforcement father. He never knew what he was doing wrong; he just knew he was a failure in his father’s eyes. His disastrous adult life only confirmed the truth.
When Sam and Marti meet, Sam sees a bright, beautiful young woman with a heart for others and a fierce loyalty to her younger sister, while Marti sees a smart, kind, caring man whose smile melts the ice in her heart. It will take a crisis of trust and truth before either can see in themselves what the other sees.
When Sam and Marti discover the truth of who they truly are, it changes everything. While it’s a bumpy, even dangerous road to those truths, the final realization makes a difference not only in their own lives, but also in the lives of those they care about, and even in the community.
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