About the Book
Elijah Campbell is on the verge of losing his writing career, his faith, and his marriage when a recurring childhood nightmare drives him back to his hometown, Bradford’s Ferry. There, his encounters with loved ones both past and present shed light on the reason his wife left him―and the meaning of his nightmare. However, beyond the light he begins to glimpse something even more terrifying―a decision he must make either to continue hiding the secrets of his past or unhide the only thing that can save his marriage: himself.
In psychologist Kelly Flanagan’s non-fiction works (Loveable, True Companions), he drew from clinical insight to explore the spiritual depths of identity and relationships. Now, in this debut novel, he weaves a page-turning and plot-twisting tale that brings new life to those insights, along with fresh revelations about personal growth, spiritual transformation, and the dynamics of interpersonal relationships.
This visit to Bradford’s Ferry will linger long after the final page has been turned, and a guide for group discussion invites further conversation about the story’s themes of healing, grace, faith, forgiveness, and freedom.
In My Opinion
When I heard Kelly Flanagan talk about the idea for this story and how it turned from a non-fiction idea to fiction, I knew I had to read The Unhiding of Elijah Campbell.
From the outside, Elijah appears to have a great life—a wonderful family, a good career as an author, and a nice home. Even Elijah believes he has a good life… until it unravels, and he embarks on a journey of self-discovery.
Elijah returns to the home of his youth and unpacks the hurts and secrets that he’s buried so deep, they’ve been hidden from the people he loves (and in some cases, hidden from himself).
Flanagan’s ability delivery of the gut-punch truths kept me reading because I had to know the rest of Elijah’s story. Would he make it through the pain he was walking through? What about his wife and daughter?
The Unhiding of Elijah Campbell is a heart-deep tale that, no matter your upbringing and circumstances, will resonate with every reader.