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Publisher's Summary

Christian college professor Demitria Costanas had vowed to end her affair with a colleague. But she gives into temptation one last time...and a lurking photographer captures her weakness for all to see. Quite literally, she's the woman caught in adultery. And almost everyone - herself included - has a stone to throw.

Enter Sullivan Crisp, a decidedly unorthodox psychologist with his own baggage. He's well-known for his quirky sense of humor and incorporation of "game show" theology into his counseling sessions. And yet there's something more he offers...hope for a fresh start.

Reluctantly the two of them begin an uplifting, uneven journey filled with healing and grace. By turns funny and touching, this story explores the ways humans hurt each other and deceive themselves. And it shows the endlessly creative means God uses to turn stones of accusation and shame into works of beauty that lead us onto the path of healing.

An auspicious debut for a candid yet tender series about pain, healing, and God's invitation for second chances.

©2008 Stephen Arterburn; (P)2008 Oasis Audio

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  • William
  • OLYMPIA, WA, United States
  • 04-06-09

first fifteen minutes but good really

To be honest I turned off this book as it started off with a married woman off to tell her lover it was over and of course they started making whoopee.
I have had the honor of being cheated on and it hurts. But lack of choices brought me back to hearing this.
It got good fast! The characters were real and believable. This book had some twists to it, all the way to the end of the story.

Really good listen and encouraging.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Danny
  • Centerville, TX, United States
  • 03-28-09

A great story!

I liked this story because it had a fast moving, interesting plot with real, gritty characters. The story is one of failures, redemption, and all the emotions/complications that go with it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable

Would you listen to Healing Stones again? Why?

Yes. Story was enjoyable and inspirational and it was well read.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were quite real. They struggled and failed and struggled and conquered.

What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Allows me to listen when driving long distances. I've found that I can't drive safely and read at the same time. :)

Who was the most memorable character of Healing Stones and why?

The protagonist. (see earlier note about being real; also the character development was good)

Any additional comments?

Thank you for providing inspirational fiction in the mix!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Steve
  • Toormina, Australia
  • 03-04-12

Mixed feelings

I was really pleased to find some Christian fiction that deals with something really messy, and has characters who are flawed and quirky. On the whole I really enjoyed the story, and I thought many of the characters were great, but I was disappointed that in the end, Demi was basically portrayed as a victim of a manipulative, unhinged, serial womaniser. The author almost made her out to be a completely innocent victim of circumstance - and I'd had preferred it to remain more as it began, with her confessing that she had sinned, and feeling the weight of that.

I was also pretty unimpressed with what transpired with Demi's son - apart from his hypocrisy being extreme to the point of being implausible, it was a bit too much of a coincidence (yet somehow quite predictable too). I thought that twist was unnecessary and it undermined the credibility of the rest of the story.

Still tossing up whether I'll get the next one in the series...

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Wow!

Really makes you think and reevaluate your thinking. Excellent writing and the reading was done very well also.

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A Stone's Throw Away

This audiobook is just a stone's throw away from being great. The story is magnificent, but narrator could be better. While she does a great job with some of the story, many of her men's voices and her accents need work. But the story is worth it!

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Third Time Through!

Every time I read this book I see more, I learn more, I grow in love more. This needs to be a read book in everyone's library!

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Love love loved it!

I was reluctant to get this because of the subject matter, but honestly, it was captivating and spiritually stirring! I am now an official fan of Rue and Arterburn! This book is highly recommended!

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INCREDIBLE LISTEN FOR A DIFFICULT TOPIC

Would you consider the audio edition of Healing Stones to be better than the print version?

I use Whispersync for Voice when available as I do tend to get more out of a read when I do. It is easier to differentiate between thoughts and dialogue, and to "see" emotions and such.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sully for his trust in God, his compassion and I love his "game show" humor in the healing process.

Which character – as performed by Pam Turlow – was your favorite?

Jane. Ms. Turlow performs a young teenage girl very well.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. It made me feel hopefully inspired, and I felt joy and sadness.

Any additional comments?

This was the first time listening to Christian fiction, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I have already downloaded the next two in this series.

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Interesting

I did enjoy Healing Stones; however, it was not one of the better books that I've read. It does have a strong faith throughout the book, which was enjoyable and should make each of us think about what we need from God and how to go to Him with our needs.