Chelsea Warren is the most popular girl in school, and the leader of the tightest clique on campus. The most important things to her are her looks and the respect of her followers. But Chelsea has a secret she doesn't want anyone to know. Amber Walker is compassionate, trustworthy, and the most well-adjusted girl in school. The most important thing to her is serving God and her community. When an argument between Chelsea and her best friend occurs, she runs straight to Amber for help. Amber discovers Chelsea's secret and turns to Pastor David Owens for assistance. Ryan Evers is the smartest boy on campus, but when a careless accident leaves one of the girls clinging to life and Ryan the object of hate, he also turns to David. Can David help these three troubled teens before it's too late?
©2010 2014 Victoria Schwimley (P)2014 Victoria Schwimley
this book started out a little confusing with so many characters. and not much difference in the voices. but for my first book of this kind and someone who is not very religious I really liked it. it has some great lessons in it and made me strive to be a better person.
Capturing Faith, by Victoria Schwimley is a YA novel with a Christian message. Now, I am neither a Christian, nor young (although, I hope I can be considered an adult), so I started to listen to this audiobook with some trepidation.
The book opens with an episode of verbal bullying that those of us who were not part of the ‘in crowd' in high school can relate to - a clique of girls taunting one of their classmates because she is ‘different.’ In this case, the difference is Amber’s open and unabashed practice of her religion. As the plot develops, Chelsea, the leader of the clique, becomes drawn to Amber’s faith and, in consequence, is ostracized by the other members of her clique.
To my relief, I discovered that Capturing Faith is about far more than belief in Christianity. It addresses several issues that confront young adults: bullying and being bullied; dealing with peer pressure and the pressure of parental expectations; and coping with tragic loss. Most importantly, the story is about taking responsibility for, and bearing the consequences of, one’s errors and actions.
Author Victoria Schwimley has drawn a portrait of a youtht will be familiar to many young adults, and narrator Randi Larson has done Schwimley’s story justice. My only quibble is that Amber was too good to be true: a Pollyanna without flaws or doubts.
I received a free, no-obligation copy of this audiobook from the author.
I listened to audiobooks before they were cool! I read for LibriVox and I adore Stephen Briggs, T.G. Reynolds and Richard Armitage.
First let me tell you this: I'm not a Christian. So, what on Earth is a new-ager like me doing picking up a book that's basically a doorway into Christian faith?
It was Amber Walker in the audio sample. She got me immediately. I'd like to be more like her! So I listened to Capturing Faith, and I was completely delighted by it.
Victoria Schwimley has a gift of describing the mental and emotional change that takes place before, during and after you find faith - and in teenagers, no less! I myself found my own story of finding faith there, right down to the "God bug" :D Faith is universal, and so is the joy of finding it - so this is a great book whether you believe in God, the Universe or however you call the loving higher power.
This book describes to young adults what faith and church are about. Victoria Schwimley is unveiling the mystery, so to speak. In a very nice way. As a non-Christian, I really appreciate that no one in this book is pushing anybody into Christian faith, knowing deep down that when it's time for it to happen, it will, and Amber is standing patiently nearby to lend a hand.
The young characters Ms. Schwimley created for us are loveable and relatable - at least for a 32 year old me :) Beware though - you spend most time in Chelsea's point of view, and just when you start being really invested in her transformation, that point of view is ripped from you. It's jarring, as it's supposed to be... It almost took me out of the story. But Amber and her friends restored all that by being thoughtful young people.
The narrator's young voice is perfect for the piece, and she's really good, lending the story a lot of life.
Ms. Schwimley, you have captured me and I have faith in this series!
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This is a heaven sent. Capturing faith is perfect for our young adults, helping them discover their faith. A book full of morals and what can happen with faith!
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Narration, Randi Larson - superb! Loved every minute of it.
This story - first I will tell you that this is a very spiritual book. Filled with references to God, the bible, kids going to bible study, kids doing good things, kids being hateful, gossipy and mean - and kids doing the right things.
Spiritual books are not normally my thing, BUT, this was a really good book. The pages were filled with love and kindness and kind of unbelievably good teenagers. I'm sure there are a lot of these good kids out there, just haven't personally interacted with them all that much. There were also your more typical snarky, mean teens who made fun of the kids who believed in God and went to church.
One of these mean gals is Chelsea - queen bee of the mean girls, but she has a fight with her second in command, ends up in a battle with her old group and comforted by Amber. So this is about some discovery for this girl who was shallow and hateful and learns a better way in life with the help of some good friends and a local pastor. Amber is like the super teen of super teens. She's just the way you want your kids to be. Kind, caring, smart, hardworking, even tempered, loyal and overall a great kid and example for others. (Yeah, a little paranormal here)
So - a lot of stuff happens in this book and I just can't tell you or it will ruin it. But there was a plot twist that had me pulling out the Kleenex and here came the ugly cry! I spent some major time being really mad at the author. Not her fault. She wrote an emotional twist with some really valuable lessons that had to be learned the hard way. I get that. It just tore my heart out. So, while these wonderful teens seemed kind of alien to me, it was not a paranormal book. It was a terrific Christian, teen, clean romance and I really enjoyed it!
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While Capturing Faith was written for a YA audience, I really enjoyed it. The characters are like teenagers today. As a teacher, I could easily picture the things that happened in the book. Teens in this day and time really struggle with many different issues, and in some instances, they don't turn out the way we want them to. I liked that Victoria G. Schwimley wrote about some of these problems especially of having too much caffeine in your body, and what it can do to you. Caffeine is a drug, and I hope that the young people that read this book will understand and share what they learn with others. I will be sharing Capturing Faith with my 13 year old granddaughter.
A very important part of this book is about the characters, especially Amber, who are Christians and aren't shy about sharing their faith with others. Hopefully this will encourage the Christian readers of this book to also share.
Randi Larson, who narrated this audio book, did a really good job. I thought that the tones in her voice were perfect for these characters. I look forward to listening to more from this author and narrator.
I was given this audio book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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A YA/ Christian / Romance/ Suspense / Coming of Age book. A teen girl leads a group of wannabes. They all like to bully and make fun of other kids. There are many twists and turns running throughout the book. I laughed in places and cried in others.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed.Randi Larson does a great job with teen characters.
I chose this book mostly for my young daughter. Though she's not at a place where she could read it now, I think of her eventually in high school and wanted a book that would show what it is like being a Christian, surrounded by non-Christians, as a teenager. The character of Amber was very admirable in the way she lived a clean life and tried to win others by her actions to Christ. I'll admit that I had a hard time relating to the teens (maybe that's showing my age), but I did really relate to Amber's parents, and would have loved more information and background on them. The parts dealing with the abuse of caffeine SEEMED a little far-fetched and preachy, but I understand them and the tragedy that happened in the book was could very well happen in a similar circumstance. But overall, I liked the book and it is filled with realistic characters (school bullies) as well as admirable characters. I listened to the Audible audio version of the book narrated by Randi Larson. Though it wasn't my favorite narration by a female, it was still done well. The higher voice (which is what I didn't like) fit well with the characters when I remember they are just kids.
Beautiful touching story.
Amber showed great strength while facing her daily torments from other kids from a young age to her teen years. Giving her the ability to help others, several of them being the ones that caused her the most pain earlier in life.
I have never heard this reader before and greatly enjoyed her reading of this book. She really made me feel the story.
I really enjoyed the part of the book towards the end when Ryan being unable to accept his guilt of what had happen was visited by Chelsea. It made me smile at the humor and cry at the significance of the meeting.
I really enjoyed this story from beginning to end. Having read several other books written by Victoria Schwimely, I will be waiting for her next book.
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