This book is sadistic at best. A society has been created that has evolved into religious extremism. A gross interpretation of the biblical passage concerning Hagar's role to provide an heir for Abraham (along with a perverse literal description of the act itself) was what caused me to stop listening. It's no wonder that the heroin of the story wanted to escape. I hope she succeeded but frankly I did not want to take the journey to find out.
This book is absolutely chilling!! Simply because the possibilities are too close to the truth.
Excellent! This book was a surprise to me. I discovered it on the public library website and found that Audible had the audiobook. There were volatile situations which were handled with the utmost tact, giving all the descriptive evidence of the situation without gravitating toward lasciviousness or profanity. The ending was superb (in my opinion). This book is well worth the credit.
This is a great in-depth study. I intend to listen to it again and again. It's like reading the Bible and having the Holy Spirit reveal a truth to you at a specific time.
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.
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