It Is Well
Jonathan Beecher, a middle-aged widower and small-town store owner, has never asked for much. But lately, all too much is being asked of him. The bombing of Pearl Harbor plunges America into World War II and deeply fractures Jonathan’s own family. His eldest son, a civilian contractor, is trapped on a Japanese-occupied island in the Pacific. Jonathan’s feckless younger son ignores his father’s pleas to stay home and joins the army. And his bright, devoted daughter, who Jonathan hoped would go to college, elopes with a brutally abusive man instead.

Jonathan has always met adversity with quiet faith, but as his emotional and financial losses accumulate, so do his doubts. In the midst of his pain, Sarah, a widow herself, emerges as a kind, compelling friend. Powerfully drawn to Sarah, Jonathan struggles to remain true to his late wife.

James D. Shipman’s tender, wise novel examines the paradox of human suffering: how irrevocable loss, if we are willing to let it, begets spiritual gain.

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It Is Well Reviews

  • kristin white
    Nov 1, 2016

    kristin white

    Good but not my favorite.I found the book slow and just when I thought it was going to get better it went right back to slow. It didn't really get good until right at the end. I also felt let down with the way the story ended so quickly without ever dealing with the death of one of the...

  • Angela Coleman
    Oct 31, 2016

    Angela Coleman

    Didn't love this book. While technically it was within my "normal" genre I found it a bit formulaic and at times too much emphasis was placed on religion/faith. Glad it was my free Kindle First book. ...

  • Marge
    Oct 31, 2016


    A fast moving plot and easy read.A story of historical value of a time in the world we dare not forget. A family's story of struggle and hardship to hold fast to each other and God through both joy and heartbreak. ...

  • David Sheldon
    Oct 31, 2016

    David Sheldon

    Good Read!I really enjoyed this book. I hope I can find more historical fiction by this author. I have known people like the characters in the book, so I have to say, they were believable. Warts and all. ...

  • Dj Angle
    Oct 31, 2016

    Dj Angle

    Captures in the first sentenceThis book was about a widower that has adult children that have a difficult time with life's handouts. Good background in history and detail to this time period. ...

  • David C. Kempf
    Oct 30, 2016

    David C. Kempf

    A look at WWII in a different light.Well written, not exactly my favorite type of reading. However, every writer deserves to be praised by finishing their book. May your career be blessed. ...

  • Bea
    Oct 29, 2016


    Not too bad a story but a little over the top with the main character's commitment to a promise. Most of the characters were one dimensional and very cliched. I feel like this was written for someone in the 30s or 40s. An OK read if there is nothing else. ...

  • Janice Fahey
    Oct 29, 2016

    Janice Fahey

    The writing was stilted. The characters were boneheaded. The plot was engaging if predictable. A bit too Jesusy for me. I would shelve this with Christian lit, not my genre. ...

  • Bendy
    Oct 28, 2016


    A good readThis is Christian historical fiction. Enjoyed reading this book which gives insight into the lives of Americans during WW II. The losses were hard for everyone. It is easy to understand a loss of faith in trying times. ...

  • Marlene Shofner-Daves
    Oct 28, 2016

    Marlene Shofner-Daves

    Excellent .This was an excellent book. I was spellbound. I enjoyed the characters the individual chapters. It was a very intriguing story. ...