Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bloggy Book Review ::: The Passion of Mary-Margaret

This book was wonderful. It was one of those that lived and breathed and the characters came alive for me. As you can see from the story description below, one of the characters is Jude ... a man that is hardened and walk a rough road during parts of his life. I appreciated how the author took a character that had sinned - and sinned in a way that most of us don't - and yet showed such grace. She didn't go into the details of his sin (the veiled references were enough to know that it was bad), and the character Mary-Margaret didn't need to know most of those things either. She was just obedient to God when He called to walk alongside Jude and love him. Isn't that we are called to do with those sinners in our lives? A great reminder to me of the awesomeness of God's grace and when one person is obedient and shares that with another, how it can be truly life changing.

Like I said, the author does not go into a lot of details about Jude's situation, there is enough that I suggest any parent preread (for your teen).


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Passion of Mary Margaret

Thomas Nelson (March 10, 2009)

by

Lisa Samson

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lisa Samson is a Christy Award-winning author of 19 books, including the Women of the Faith Novel of the Year, Quaker Summer. Lisa has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as "a talented novelist who isn't afraid to take risks."

Her novel Embrace Me has been named as one of Library Journal's books of the year.

She lives in Lexinton, Kentucky, with her husband and three kids.

She stays busy by writing, volunteering at Kentucky Refugee Ministries, raising children and trying to be supportive of a husband in seminary. (Trying...some days she's downright awful. It's a good thing he's such a fabulous cook!) She can tell you one thing, it's never dull around there.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Mary-Margaret accepts a calling that surpasses her wildest dreams . . . and challenges her deep faith.

When Mary-Margaret Danaher met Jude Keller, the lightkeeper's son, she was studying at convent school on a small island in the Chesapeake Bay. Destined for a life as a religious sister, she nevertheless felt a pull toward Jude-rough and tumble, promiscuous Jude.

After sojourning as a medical missions sister in Swaziland, Mary-Margaret returns to the island to prepare for her final vows. Jude, too, returns to the island, dissolute and hardened. Mary-Margaret can hardly believe it when the Spirit tells her she must marry the troubled boy who befriended her all those years ago, forsaking the only life she ever wanted for a man she knows she'll never love.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Passion of Mary Margaret , go HERE

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