Giveaway Thursday: A Great Fiction Book
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I love to read. Since becoming a mom, I don’t get to read as much as I used to, which makes the time that I do read even more enjoyable. I generally do NOT read Christian fiction. No offense to those of you that do read it and like it. I just usually find that the writing is not as good as the mainstream writers that I like. So when Matthew
asked if I would be interested in giving away the book The Passion of Mary-Margaret
by his friend Lisa Samson
, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to. However, she has written more than 20 books and received much critical acclaim, so I thought I should give her a chance. (And Matthew has nothing but wonderful things to say about her as a person).
I am so glad I did.
Though I am not finished with the book, I can say that Lisa’s writing of the story of Mary- Margaret sucked me in from the first page. Her style is engaging and easy to read. Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly, which gave it a starred review (its highest honor) said:
Samson (Quaker Summer) mixes quirky with mysticism, seasons it with social justice, and the result is a page-turner with characters so fresh, funny and indelible the reader wants another 50 pages or so, please. Samson envisions a Jesus even an atheist would enjoy talking to, a Jesus whom the titular Mary-Margaret Fischer, a religious sister, talks to and gets direction from, as mystics quite naturally do. An even more compelling figure than Jesus, or at least someone with more lines and hence more characterization, is Mary-Margaret’s childhood friend, Jude Keller, a ne’er-do-well with a soul needing saving encased in a body so good-looking it’s hard for a body to resist. The required Christian progression to redemption is a natural in this story that slips between past and present—somewhat confusingly at first—and ranges from Maryland to Africa. The plot holds a few surprises that make some of the final, far-flung episodes more narratively and theologically satisfying. Quirk works; this is a deeply engaging book deserving of a broad audience. (Mar.)
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I have TEN copies to give away, so leave a comment if you would like a chance to win this book.
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