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5.0 out of 5 starsHighly Recommended Read
Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2019
My Name is Sam...and heaven is still shining through by Joe Siccardi was such an amazing story from beginning to end! I sat down and read it in one day -- I just couldn't put it down. There were times of happiness, laughter and reminders of what it was like growing up but, the reality of life and God's plan for each life He created was evident in the tears that could be shed.....not only in life of Sam but also in the reader of this fantastic book. I would recommend this book to anyone that is looking for the real answers out there that might only be found with "heaven is still shining through".
While there is a Christian worldview to the book, it isn't preachy and the focus stays on navigating the joys and sorrows of life. Some laughter, some tears, which is my personal preference in a book. The characters were reasonably developed and authentic. Definitely recommend reading, especially for a beach read this summer.
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5.0 out of 5 starsHEAVEN IS ALWAYS SHINING DOWN ON US
Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2019
I read this book via an Amazon KINDLE Unlimited download.
While this was an enchanting, delightful and fun reading experience of the protagonist’s, Sam, experiences on the New Jersey shore, complete with a myriad of scenarios, such as: melodramatic, entertaining, and for good measure incidents which will pull on your heartstrings; all of which are merely part of one’s life path which the Lord has planned for each one of us.
Throughout Sam’s existence, she knows that even on the cloudiest of days that the Lord in heaven is still there and sees all. Through the pages of this book, she shares her life experiences with those who are reading this fictionalized story of her life; experiences which many of us have in our own lives have shared with Sam. And if there would be one biblical scripture which would epitomize the essence and message of what the author, Joseph “Joe” Siccardi, is attempting to communicate through this fictionalized memoir, I believe it can be found in PSALM 121:5-8 [ESV]
The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.
For having given his readers, including me, this enchanting inspirational reading experience, this reviewer of Christian books is giving Mr. Siccardi, the 5 STAR rating he’s garnered.
5.0 out of 5 starsDespite joy and sorrow, heaven IS still shining through!
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2019
I give 5 stars to “My Name is Sam…and Heaven Is Still Shining Through, a fictional memoir, written by Joe Siccardi. This is a great book! I felt like it started a bit slow, with (my opinion) too many conversations, but about a quarter of the book later, I was hooked! Our main character, of course, is Sam. The author starts the story in her college days, but gives us plenty of glimpses of her younger years also. When Sam meets the love of her life, we are able to follow their marriage, the heartache of breaking various news to both sets of parents, and watching the choices that they all make as they are combining families. Sam shares her decisions and rationalizations with us as we fall in love with her! We get to follow her throughout her life, share in her joys and sorrows, (yes, I am being intentionally vague, sorry). All the while we are knowing that God is on His throne, and nothing will happen in Sam’s life without His knowing. I don’t want to say too much and give away the plot, but I can say, if you don’t pick up this book, you will be missing out. I feel like the back of the book really doesn’t do the story justice! My Name is Sam, is a clean story. I think it would be suitable for teens and up. It is an easy read, and a MUST read! This review contains my own opinions.
4.0 out of 5 starsAn ordinary woman who experiences God's grace
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2020
Some people like escape fiction designed to take the reader out of their everyday reality. Escape fiction is fun, but I also like stories that help me in my everyday life. That’s why Joe Siccardi’s book, My Name Is Sam, first appealed to me. A fictionalized memoir, Siccardi’s book is the story of an ordinary woman, not so different from you or me. Her life, her loves, her ups and downs, and how through it all, God’s love shines through. An easy read. If you are looking for something to help you recognize God’s presence in your life, even when God seems far away, this is the book for you.
Wow! What an amazing read. I wanted more from the original novella Heaven Shining Through, but I did not expect the level I got!!! I was captivated from the very beginning. I felt as though I was in the book (I love to read and when I find an author that brings me into their story I'm hooked!) I could relate to Sam in a lot of ways. I laughed and I cried and I realized that Heaven IS Shining Through in MY every day life even when I don't "see" it. Whether you are Christian or not, this book is a MUST read. I think anyone could relate to Sam's story. I love that the Christianity was present but not pushed. This novel was heartfelt from every angle. I could picture this as a movie. I give Mr. Siccardi 5 stars for the portrayal of everyday life of an ordinary person. Christian, athiest, and anything in between if you are human you can relate to Sam in some way! I hope to see more from this author!
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2020
"My Name is Sam...And Heaven is Still Shining Through" is a great story about Samantha, "Sam," who is an ordinary woman that experiences ups and downs in life, like each of us. I really enjoyed reading about Sam's life, her loves and her friendships. It is a story that many of us can relate to. In life, there are rainy days, however, it is important for us to remember that the All-Knowing God will always shine through the clouds! He is always there to uplift us, encourage us and give us the strength to keep going. God also has a plan for our life! I really enjoyed this book. This book has a number of important messages. I highly-recommend it!