New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult masterfully captures human relationships in her powerful novels.
©2006 Jodi Picoult; (P)2006 Recorded Books
"Picoult gets better and better with each book...this is an entrancing novel. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
I liked how the Mother and Grandmother believed the child was seeing God and did not try to dissuade her from her experience. She had the faith of a child in that she was not afraid of what she was seeing and did not try to hide the experience or exploit it. It seemed that she was not even aware of her "healing" power until the end. I do think that it brought out the fact that all children react to divorce.
I liked the guardian. She came with an open mind and was not afraid to retract her recommendation when it became apparent that the mother was not harming her child.
I am unsure.
The Faith of a Child
It's hard to tell if the story is a good one or not. The narrator reads so slowwwwwly that it's almost impossible to get any sense of the protagonist. The flat affect doesn't help, either. I realize she's trying to play a part, but it's dull and ineffective. I don't know if I'll be able to finish it......
I found the storyline to be forced or manipulative, like the characters did whatever the writer needed them to do to further the storyline. I didn't think that it was particularly even handed in the question of "to believe or not to believe (in God)." If you are a believer, you might like to have your choice validated, but I didn't find it believable or compelling.
I really loved My Sisters Keeper, it brought up so many complex issues, and wove together a many layered story. Keeping Faith was surprisingly one dimensional and predictable. I didn't make it to the end of the story.
I'm a big fan of Jodi Picoult. With this book however I found myself feeling a bit bored at the beginning. I decided to give the book more time but I'm not really interested in going back. Should I give it another try?
Mariah could give us all hope that we can be stronger than we think, wiser than might have been expected and more generous than is deserved. As the leading character in Keeping Faith, I found her to be interesting and learning more about her and her daughter Faith kept me listening. Religion has always been a bit of a mystery to me and listening to how miracles might be examined from a number of different perspectives was an interesting thought examination. I enjoyed the book very much and will probably listen to the author again.
Excellent book. I usually only listen in the car. I had to bring this one in the house. This was my first Picoult book and definitely won't be my last.
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