I expected a change of pace, lighthearted comedy. I got a profound in depth portrayal of forgiveness. What the Lord can do with our broken pieces.
I read a review about this book before I purchased it that said "Don't give up on this book". That's exactly how I feel. I am usually turned off immediately by profanity. There was one character in the beginning of the novel who was fluent in it. There was also the telling of the inhumane treatment that this character dealt out to a small boy. (Here I have to give the author a 5 star because she was not graphic or indecent in any way.) Nevertheless the subject itself made me want to retreat. But I continued to read and a beautiful story unfolded. As author and narrator Ms. VanLiere did an excellent job.
This book was beyond the normal realm of life, amazing, and true to the character of God. It is Christian fiction (that is a novel with fictional characters), at it's best. I don't think we as Christians have touched the possibilities that God offers in this life probably because we are too afraid of going off the deep end into some kind of circus performing stance. As for me I have to remember that God is in control, He is no respector of persons, and He is unlimited and all powerful. I enjoyed every page of this book!
This is an excellent book full of real life in the African terrain. Drama so intense sometimes that it could have been a fiction page turner. There were certain parts of the African life that I found unpalatable culturally and also from a Christian perspective but references to these were minute. Anyone can tell that this man loved animals and what he learned from them is masterfully portrayed in this book.
For the most part this book is a very well written, family friendly narrative which reveals the lifestyle that existed in the 1950s in England and occasionally parts of Ireland, as seen through the eyes of a young Midwife. For the common folk conditions were hard, often deplorable. Sanitary facilities for the poor folk were almost nonexistent. About midway through the book a young girl was drawn into prostitution. The man who seduced her gave her the promise of a full stomach and compassionate companionship. Her initial contact with him encompassed her watching a full, to the point, striptease performance which left my spirit polluted. I kept listening because I expected the girl to leave the scene but she did not. Her story, which was otherwise not related in any way that was indecent or perverse, ended tragically. This young Midwife encountered all kinds of situations and had a very interesting and fulfilling career. I would have given the book 5 stars but the striptease scene really left me with dampened spirit. Also throughout the book the word a__ is used instead of buttocks. I contributed this to being part of the cultural language and not an obscenity.
This author is an excellent writer. His stories are often off the beaten path with conclusions which are not obvious from the beginning and therefore they keep my interest until the last page. I have a deference however with characters who use supernatural means to make contact with their counter parts. In my environment there is a battle raging in the spiritual realm in which people are heavily into Wicca and such. I think many people, including Christians, who are seeking "guidance" are not spiritually equipped to discern good and evil in such an environment. As for me I live and survive by God's grace alone. The story itself is an excellent portrayal of forgiveness and of how someone can twist God's word to their advantage.
This is an incredible novel! It is based on true historical facts of actual escapes from Auschwitz. I am at a loss for words to describe the depths of systematic genocide that were being performed in that era, but, as the author said in an interview about the book, the same types of crimes are possible today if we don't take a stand against evil when God calls us to move. For me when and how is up to the guidance of His Holy Spirit.
This story began very well. Midway it got muddled down in the homosexual character development of one of the main characters. I found this offensive and did not finish the volume. There was an occasional use of profanity which did not overwhelm the narrative in itself. And there were a couple of scenes which a man kissed another man, nevertheless, at least to the point that I stopped listening, there were no graphically descriptive scenes of sexual activity but I felt there was too much time spent on this character development and I therefore did not finish the volume.
Excellent! I was cruising books using the word "rescue" as a guide thinking I would find a nice book with some adventurous activity along those lines. This is what the Lord had waiting for me! You might think I'm nuts but I believe it to be true. This book is an unpretentious wake-up call for CHRISTIANS no matter how far along your walk with God has progressed. Thank you Lord.
At first I thought that this was outdated and pretentious. As I listened to the story I realized that even though economic and social issues were different (at least for me), the main focus in living was the same. I believe that God calls each of us to make a sacrifice in living which is unique to us as individuals, besides the fact of generally living with Christian attributes. We know and He knows what that calling is and that is what He holds us accountable for. I think that is what this story is about.
This is an excellent read. It's a fast paced drama that held my attention from beginning to end. I am not fond of romantic novels. Boy meets girl is really a part of life, including the Christian life, but that phase does not overshadow life as a whole. I think that is especially so for the Christian. This novel handles that phase of living very well, along with the more pressing issues that make up this story. The narrative was also very well done.
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