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Jenny Blake has a theory about life: big decisions often don't amount to much, but little decisions sometimes transform everything. Her theory proves true the summer she's 14, when she makes the decision to pick up a penny embedded in asphalt and consequently ends up stopping a robbery, getting a job, and meeting someone who changes her life forever: Miss Shaw. Together they form a friendship that dares both of them to confront secrets in their pasts that threaten to destroy them.

Jenny helps Miss Shaw open up to the community around her, while Miss Shaw teaches Jenny to meet even life's most painful challenges with confidence and faith. This unexpected relationship transforms them both in ways neither could have anticipated, and the ripple effect that begins that summer goes on to bring new life to the people around them, revealing how God works in the smallest details, even in something as small as...a penny.

©2007 Joyce Meyer (P)2007 Books on Tape

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  • Debbie
  • richmond, TX, United States
  • 08-05-07

Absoultly wonderful

For her first it was wonderful. As always with Joyce, she does not hesitate addressing tough subjects and not just one but several. I would recomend this book to everyone. Can't wait till her next one!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Jael
  • Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • 03-02-08

Great Story Line

If this review were simply for the writing, I would give it 5 stars. This story takes you down a the very personal path of the main charater, Jenny Blake, while giving you a taste of what it was like to grow up during the time of integration.

My only problem with this recording is that I often found the narator's interpritation of the tone of a character's voice to be in direct conflict with emotion the text suggested. This was most evident in her portrail of one of the main supporting characters, Miss Shaw.

Over all, the recording was done well, In most other cases I feel that the narator's performance matched the intent of the author. I would recomend that you give it a try.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Real Life Learning

The Penny brought joy and sadness. As the story provided insight to the world as we each see it. The excellent wording of each chapter provided many hours of delightful listening and self evaluation. I always enjoy how the Lord brings a book into my path at just the right time. The Penny is a book for all ages and a learning experance for us all.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Wow!

I just got through listening to this book. I bought it with no expectation, I am new to Joyce Meyer. It was a story that tore my heart and was a testament to God's love for us all and how He helps us survive even the most trying of trials.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful story about forgiveness.

I listen to my audiobooks when I workout. I found myself really motivated to go to the gym so I could listen to The Penny. I LOVE Joyce Meyer. She's a FOR REAL Christian. This book is a little different from her others i.e. it's fiction however I think it's based on a lot of her own life. It teaches many lessons about God''s love and how powerful His love is; only God can heal our deepest wounds. It's a wonderful book but especially for those who have suffered sexual, physical or emotional abuse as a child or even as an adult. It also addresses racial prejudice. It's just enthralling and the reader did a good job of holding my attention. Great book!

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  • Derek
  • Union, KY, United States
  • 06-06-08

Believable!

I have read a lot of Christian fiction and, frankly, most of it is poorly written. This book breaks that mold with characters that are believable and events that are real and heartbreaking as well as uplifting. Every word of this story has the feeling of authenticity as if it were lifted right from life.

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  • Rosaria
  • VA, VA, United States
  • 03-05-13

Cents Bring Hope

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I've always heard that when you find a penny, you should pick it up, read the words "In God We Trust" aloud and give God thanks for your blessings. The Penny validates this adage and expands on it. Finding a penny can give you hope if you let it. If you have hope, that leads to faith, and "faith the size of a mustard seed" leads to freedom if you let it. I listen to Joyce Meyer and can feel the pain of the journey of her personal life in this book. This story gives hope to those who often cannot see that there may ever be light at the end of the tunnel. I whole heartily recommend this book to everyone.

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Thrilled and Impressed!

Great novel from Joyce Meyer! Full of surprises, good narrator. This will be one of my all-time favorites.

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A BLESSING

Ths Book spoke to my inner child and made me love God again. Knowing that someone else could've have survived that life and move forward made me hopeful. Jesus must love me. This book reminded me of that.

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  • Linda
  • Merchantville, NJ, USA
  • 07-04-10

Wonderful

I enjoyed every minute. It brought back memories of my childhood and the way things were.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful