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In Aletheia Irene Book 1, Kate McCloud, an upper-middle class mother, has a loving but indulgent husband named Jim. They have two children, a home and all that seems to make life comfortable. Tragically, Kate begins suffering from clinical depression. Jim feels it necessary to take her to a psychiatric hospital where shock therapy is administered.
The McClouds are confident that life will now be wonderful, but the therapy doesn't stop life's concerns and heartaches. As Kate's depression rebounds, she desperately seeks peace and looks unsuccessfully to psychotherapy.
When neighbors explain salvation, which Jim readily accepts, Kate is furious and feels as if her life is falling apart. She rebuffs help from others and their spirituality. She does all she can to push her husband away until the Lord puts her in a position where she needs Him and the people she intensely dislikes.
Eventually the Lord breaks through and Kate is amazed with the Truth she finds in the Bible. She's overwhelmingly grateful that the Lord would continue using His Word, her situations, and others to call her to Himself, even though she did all she could to drive everyone away, including Him.
Kate finally enjoys living the life she has searched for, a life filled with Truth and Peace--Aletheia Irene.
Aletheia Irene Truth and Peace The Finale takes place primarily in the McClouds' downstairs guest bedroom. Kate is bedridden after coming dangerously close to the miscarriage of the baby that she and her husband were advised by her obstetrician to abort.
Instead of months of anxiety and boredom, Kate's life and the lives of her family, as those of her new Christian friends experience many joyful and sometimes heartbreaking twists and turns.
Kate, once selfish and prideful, develops a deeper relationship with her husband and children. She offers what limited assistance she is able to give to someone in need, which in turn helps her to grow in her knowledge and love for the Lord. Even though bound by four walls she enjoys more freedom than she ever had when ambulatory.
Truth and Peace takes on an ever deeper meaning for the McClouds and their friends as they await the newborn's birth.
Christie was born In New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in several of the cozy suburbs. She married her high school sweetheart, Mike Indest, in 1970. After ten years of marriage, the couple felt God's call to attend Bible school. Mike was accepted into Southwestern Assemblies of God Bible College in Waxahachie, Texas. With three small children in tow, the Indest family relocated.
Following Mike's graduation from Dallas Baptist University with a master's degree in Biblical Languages, the family moved back to the New Orleans area.
After many years of providing counseling services, Christie decided to pursue formal training and earned a BS in Social Counseling and a MA in Marriage and Family Counseling from Our Lady of Holy Cross College.
Christie's experiences are varied. Her life as a Christian, a mother, a pastor's wife, and a counselor has given her the opportunity to work in many settings. Christie has worked with foster children, the homeless in New Orleans, and juveniles in the court system, all of which has inspired her to write about the Lord's faithfulness.
Christie's articles have been published in Christian periodicals including Pentecostal Evangel, The Evangelist, Pathways, and The Good News. Her two fictional novels are, Aletheia Irene, and Aletheia Irene Truth and Peace the Finale.
Christie and Mike live in Folsom, Louisiana. Their married children, their six grandchildren, and extended family also live nearby.