The novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, follows the life of the two wives of an abusive man in Afghanistan. Mariam is the older, bitter wife, whose life has been one hardship after another, and who has no children. Laila is the young wife, orphaned and left brokenhearted by war. As Laila bears the children Mariam never had, Mariam is bitter toward the young woman; however, constant abuse by their husband creates a necessary partnership between them. Their lives take a turn when their husband, Rasheed, finds out that Laila's childhood sweetheart, Tariq, is alive and has spoken to Laila.
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.