Jesus told a parable about a wise builder and a foolish one, underscoring how important it is to have a solid foundation. He declared that obedience to His word was the surest foundation of all. In the Foundations series, the characters discover exactly what they’ve built their lives on. Sometimes those foundations prove firm and true. At other times, they crumble under the weight of life’s trials and burdens. Each story, each situation brings the reader face-to-face with the questions, “What have I built my life on? Will I stand or crumble?”
Book One: Razed
A God who lets a 40-year-old woman die from cancer can’t be good. That’s Doug Bolling’s theology. He can’t seem to connect with his son, Mark, who found Jesus because of his mother. The more Mark grows in his faith, the wider the rift becomes. A series of events in Mark’s life, from a call to preach, to a pastorate, to seminary, to the mission field are utterly incomprehensible to Doug, and he interprets them as extremism bordering on insanity. God may have ripped away his wife and now his son, but Doug draws the line at his grandchildren. In a desperate attempt to snatch them back from a life of who knows what, he files a lawsuit, seeking custody of the children.
Book Two: Refined
When Doug Bolling sues for custody of his grandchildren, he sincerely believes he’s rescuing them from a life of religious fanaticism, but it is the latest battle in his long war with God.
Mark Bolling finally found the acclaim and respect he so desperately craved as a missionary in Kenya, but it meant abandoning a promise he made to his dying mother years earlier.
Father and son, locked in the legal battle of a lifetime, are forced to face their own fears and failures. As each man is stripped of what he holds most dear, Doug and Mark discover victory will require nothing less than complete surrender.
Book Three: Resolute
Doug Bolling has never walked away from a fight in his life, but when the doctor confirms he has Alzheimer’s disease, he knows this battle will be unlike any he’s ever faced. His greatest fear is not losing his memories — it’s losing control of them. There are things he’s never confessed to anyone, not to Mark, not to his first wife, not even to Cass. What will happen when his mind loses the ability to guard those secrets?
For Cass, her storybook romance crumbles in the face of hard reality as she takes on the daunting task of raising their young sons and shouldering the ever-increasing burden of caring for Doug. She soon discovers that will mean untangling Doug’s past and helping him find peace before time runs out.
For Mark, there was no question that leaving the mission field after hearing his father’s diagnosis was the right thing to do, but clashes with Cass cause him to question how he fits in.
As the disease takes its toll on Doug and his family, he wonders if the diagnosis is the final word from the God he dismissed and defied for so many years. What if God isn’t pronouncing judgment, though? What if He’s asking Doug to surrender, to let go of everything he has built … even his legacy.