Toney, Alabama | Member Since 2009
Three generations of secrets, dating back to WWII, when a young boy is robbed of his family and is forced to make a decision . . . what will he live FOR? This is a beautifully woven story of the cruelty suffered by not just the Jewish families, but the brave families that CHOSE to do the RIGHT thing during the war. A story of the youngest children, how they were forced to grow up, long before their time, how they watched their parents and grandparents be torn away from them . . . and still chose to live and fight. It's the story of what happened next . . . and the mistakes that were made along the way . . . the love and secrets that spanned three generations . . . the alienation that resulted and the path back to healing. I had to finish this book in one day . . . could not stop listening . . . and I dare say that LISTENING to this book is the way to go . . . you will almost smell the delicious bread baking in the kitchen . . . the descriptions are so vivid . . . beautifully written and narrated.
This is one of the funniest, most honest looks at Christian life that I have EVER heard! I absolutely love it :) The closest thing I have ever encountered to the Yada Yada Prayer Group myself is worshiping in the military chapels for many years . . . where we all came, white, black,Hispanic, Philipinno, southerners, northerners, Asian, officers, enlisted . . . all of us needy . . . all of us broken . . . all of us sending our soldiers off to war . . . and all us us away from home . . . we were a crazy bunch . . . that loved each other. Got mad at each other . . . kept one another's kids . . . ran one another's errands . . . knew one another's faults . . . and our numbers got smaller and smaller, as our husbands left . . . and then families went back to the states . . . and we hung on to one another even harder . . . and hung on to our Jesus. The Yada Yada Prayer Group lets us see Christians as they really are . . . flawed people, in need of a savior . . . lets us hear the funny, serious, and sometimes scary thoughts all of us have sometimes. I cannot WAIT to listen to the next book in the series. Thank you, Neta Jackson!!!
Book Three in the Scavenger's Daughters Series is just as good as the first two. Benfu and Calli have found their daughter which was stolen as a baby (Dahlia), who choses to keep the name given her at the orphanage . . . Li Jin. Together they have opened a shelter for unwanted children, continuing and expanding the work that her parents began many years before. Ivy and Lily, their adopted twins are teenagers now, but still just as deeply attached. Lily, the blind twin, is a brilliant violinist and determined to learn to navigate the world more independently. But when she asks her twin, Ivy to leave her alone in the park to play her violin for a few minutes, she is arrested for panhandling and thrown in jail. Then later into a mental hospital, accused of being a political enemy of the government. Listen to Bitter Winds . . . Let it sink in. . . and Thank God for the freedom to think, to speak, to live in a country that doesn't knowingly accuse the innocent, that doesn't conduct "re-education" courses, and house healthy people in mental asylums.
The second in the Scavenger's Daughters series is just as good as the first . . . Benfu and Calla Lily are old now, but are still taking in baby girls that are abandoned, many of their adopted daughters now grown. Surrounded by the love of their many daughters, they still have never forgotten the first baby, their own little girl, Dahlia, stolen from them when she was a month old. Thirty years have passed, Is Dahlia still alive somewhere? There are so many layers to the story, going back to the Mao years in China. What happens when people buy into the evils of communism, dictatorship, class differences . . . and most of all what happens when people fail to LOVE . . . when there is no value for human life? All sorts of cruelty is unleashed. The story of a humble man, a scavenger (trash collector) and his wife in China and the girls they brought into their home to love . . . following the biggest LOSS of their own lives . . . is a story of healing . . . a story of struggling against the elements, against a corrupt system . . . and a story of recognizing true joy. . . a baby's smile . . . food for today . . . and enough love for one MORE little girl . . .
This (fictional) tale of Chinese baby girls abandoned in various places, then picked up, cared for and loved by a gentle man and his wife who had lost their only child is one of the most moving, heartrending stories I've ever heard. Although fiction, the details of China's cultural revolution, during and after Mao's reign are factual. The Scavenger (trash collector) begins bringing home abandoned baby girls and he and his wife, name each one after flowers, raising them as their own. But never forgetting their own first little girl, Dahlia. Americans cannot fathom life in China. But The Scavenger's Daughters will give you a glimpse of it. It is rich in detail. You will begin to understand how things got the way they are in China, and you will shiver at the thought of it.
Ever questioned God? Ever wondered why? Me, too. So does Captain Shawn Collins, a WWII fighter pilot, just back from Europe, having narrowly escaped death. Just when he is thanking God for miraculously saving his life, he learns that his wife has died, leaving him and his young son, Patrick alone. Dan Walsh is a wonderful author. You won't find any Bible thumping in his books, just a gentle calming faith, one that sustains you throughout the horrifying trials of life. Follow along, listen to Shawn Collins story, and find hope . . .
Funny, nostalgic, excellent message, and SOUTHERN!!! What can beat that? This is my first Haywood Smith novel, but you can be sure I'll be looking for more . . . I love the honest way she just "puts it out there" . . . she's spot on with her descriptions of high school cliques, rich southern society, and the shame of growing up "on the other side of the tracks". I know quite a few "stiff, high society" folks that I'd like to slip this audio book to . . . it'd do them a world of good to have a bump on the head and wake up like Howell did :)
I was mesmerized by the story of sweet little Victoria, the baby born to black parents . . . a baby who looked more white than black . . . and was rejected by her parents . . . sent to be raised by two childless aunts. Victoria was raised to love Jesus and it was several years before she would face the wrath of her parents and the evil in their household . . . and even more years until she learned the history of how it began. This would have been a five star listen except that it didn't really end . . . and the next in the series is not on audible . . .
Mississippi in the 1960s, when southerners were divided by race, Silas and Larry, a colored boy and a white boy became friends . . . a secret friendship that both boys cherish. Children don't see color, they see love. Adults teach them how to hate and how to lie. The sins of the father reach out to try to destroy innocent children, long after fathers are dead in the grave . . . But truth always lies just beneath the surface, a faint whisper, waiting to be heard . . .
I've always liked Robert Crais and he did a great job with TAKEN. Every mother's worst nightmare is to have her child taken . . . whether the child is grown or not . . . all the twists and turns in tracking down the kidnappers and retrieving the college student who was taken will keep you alert and listening . . .
This third book about the McCray family at Christmas time hit me hardest, I think, because as a mother, letting grown children go is really difficult . . . especially when they hurt or face obstacles. George is so level-headed when it comes to Todd making his own choices and mistakes. Mary Ann, like most mothers, has those invisible heart strings tied to Todd that keep her up at night and overwhelm her when she senses anything out of the ordinary with her son. Todd is mentally challenged, but he has a special gift with training dogs. When the town's animal shelter faces cutbacks due to the economy, no one knows what will happen to Todd's job there. Greg Kincaid's books are wonderful stories of not only dogs, but of families, community, and of people meeting the challenges of life together.
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