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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

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A refreshing Listen. Just what I needed!

Capturing Faith
By Victoria Schwimley

Capturing Faith was refreshing; just what I needed to hear! I love that I could listen to this book with my daughter in the car. She loved the story too, which was a plus. She was actually in a hurry to get in the car with me “so she could see what happen to…!”
I loved how Schwimley introduced and developed each character. She executed the story perfectly; not over or under written. There’s just the right amount of suspense. I found Capturing Faith to be a smooth and pleasant read. I give it 5 Stars and can’t wait to read (or listen to) the next book.

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Great story good narration

What an inspiring story. It had all the right feels and the narrator did a great job telling the story. I felt a part of their world physically and emotionally. Job well done

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  • Lorri
  • Springfield
  • 09-15-17

What a great listen.

What made the experience of listening to Capturing Faith the most enjoyable?

I didn't know what to expect, I had never listened to a book by Victoria G. Schwimley. But this book was amazing. The story had great twists and turns. Some turns unexpected and some wonderful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ryan was by far my favorite character. The life lesson he endured was terrifying, something no one should have to go through.

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

Randi's narration fit this story perfect. She's got the different voices down, making each characters voice distinguished.

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

This book made me cry, cry like a baby. But it is a great story, heartfelt story. And I would listen again and again.

Any additional comments?

I didn't want to stop listening! If you're looking for a great listen, you def need to get this book!!!

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Thoughtful and Inspiring YA novel

I like the premise of this story, and I like the writing as well as the characters. However, it felt a bit long and drawn out, and a little too ambitious. While I really appreciate the author's attempt to put forth a youth novel that presents biblical answers to the troubles we face, it just felt like she was trying to cover too many situations in one story - meanness, addiction, death, job loss, ego, romance, familial issues. Granted, these are all things we all deal with in the real world, but for me, it made the story feel a bit scattered, or with a little too much going on.

I think the characters were well-portrayed, except maybe they were all a bit too nice. Even the mean girls turned around in the end. While I think these characters are definitely good role models for young teens, I don't really believe anyone, even so-called Christians, are always as nice as Amber. Not in my experience, anyway.

As a follower of Christ and an inspirational writer myself, I am glad to see a well-written, clean, Christian, coming of age story for young people. I hope to see more of them in the future.

I listened to the audio book, and narrator, Randi Larson, did a good job with all the characters.

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Great for young girls

Would you listen to Capturing Faith again? Why?

I would listen to this again if I listened to books over again but I rarely do.

What other book might you compare Capturing Faith to and why?

I'm not sure of any that compare right at the moment.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the scene where one of the main characters is at the mall with her girls and realizes what they are doing is wrong.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I thought that she might live. Kind of the fairy tale ending. But it did not!!! And I cried!

Any additional comments?

Very good book for young girls. Though is don't agree with some of the theology it does help girls with coming to Christ!!

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Capturing Faith

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I received this free audio book in exchange for an honest review.<br/><br/>I loved this book!! I don't normally read this genre but this book was really good. The friendship between Chelsea and Amber and the familial struggles of Chelsea's family. It was so well written and fun to read.

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Surprising Moving Faith Based Teen Drama

What did you love best about Capturing Faith?

Surprisingly enough I loved the fact that the death of a main character had such a positive impact eventually on all the other character in the end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Amber is my favorite character. She is a strong christian teen that is rare in society these days and is bully but is there for Chelsea when she becomes the victim of her click.

Have you listened to any of Randi Larson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first time I have heard a performance of Ms. Larson but she did an amazing job. I was really just deeply moved by the story and her performance made the story very emotional.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Pastor David taking Ryan into the office and telling him about his own very personal story of loss. How at his own Prom left lost the love of his lift during a car accident while driving. It was so deeply moving.

Any additional comments?

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author free of charge via Audiobook Boom.

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my first Christian book

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.

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A good story

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.

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I loved this book!

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!



I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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