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Resurrection in May by Lisa Samson, Faith ‘n’ Fiction Round Table

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Resurrection in May by Lisa Samson (Thomas Nelson, August 3, 2010), 336 pages

Summary
May Seymour’s graduated from college, but she’s still adrift. So when she has a chance to go to Rwanda on a mission trip, she takes it. She’s there as the genocide begins.

Thoughts
I participated in a Faith ‘n’ Fiction round table discussion of this book.

The writing is mesmerizing. The characters are beautifully drawn, so very human.

I quite enjoyed the journalism and photography aspects of the story. I found the rural Kentucky setting endearing.

It was an angle on the Rwandan genocide that I hadn’t experienced before, and I quite appreciated it (as I have other representations). It doesn’t, by any means, replace the need for Hotel Rwanda and the like, but it does provide a different aspect of the story. I think this story is a bit more accessible than some others, because it doesn’t begin and end in the genocide.

The healing, forgiveness, growth and resurrection themes were profound, gorgeous.

Really a great book. Awesome. All the praise I’ve heard for Lisa Samson is warranted, based on this book. I’m glad I finally read one of her books; this will definitely not be my last Samson read.

About the author
Lisa Samson lives in Kentucky.

Other reviews
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Faith ‘n’ Fiction Roundtable: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

For Faith ‘n’ Fiction Saturday this week, I participated in a round table discussion with several other bloggers about:

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (1962), 304 pages

Brief book summary and overview

I’ve heard this book called dark fantasy, even horror. Oh, and Gothic. It tells the story of Jim Nightshade and Will Halloway, opening the day an evil carnival comes to town in the middle of an October night.

I still haven’t fully settled how I feel about it; I expect my thoughts on this book will continue to evolve over time. I didn’t love it, though.

Aside from the round table, the other reason I read Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes is that it’s on the Image Journal list I’m still slowly making my way through, my own perpetual challenge.

“The shadow seemed deliberate in its slowness so as to shingle his flesh and cheesegrate his steadily willed calm.”

~page 154, Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

And now, a small part of the discussion, which is spread out over the blogs of all the participants, divided chronologically.

The conversation starts here

Amy: I’ve heard a lot about Something Wicked This Way Comes and was excited to read it. Unfortunately, I really struggled with the language in this book, to the point where I sometimes didn’t know what was going on. There were times I thought it was breathtaking and lovely, though. Admittedly I had to push my way through the book a little bit, though overall I enjoyed what it had to say about facing mortality and death.

How did you feel about the book? Did you find it to be the perfect spooky Halloween read?

Jacob: Something Wicked meant a lot to me as a kid, so I was excited to re-read it. Amy, I know what you mean about the language; the first “challenging” (at the time) book I prided myself in reading was Fahrenheit 451, I think in 5th grade, and I had to read a lot of scenes twice to figure out what was going on. I do think very few (especially American) authors write like Bradbury and almost no one else could get away with his elaborate metaphors and asides. I still find him highly readable.

Similarly, I think Something Wicked’s treatment of faith is very American; good vs. evil, the devil wandering the countryside challenging boys to fiddle contests. It’s a limitation but also a strength: where else do you find this view? Belief in the devil figures centrally in my personal faith, and it’s refreshing, you know, to watch somebody really sock it to him. Nevertheless, I think of the devil very much in terms of “powers and principalities,” residing at the seat of civic, economic, military power. There’s a passage in Lewis’ “Screwtape Proposes a Toast” where the titular devil prophecies that soon, Hell will no longer need to target individual souls, but rake them in collectively like fish in nets; and I think we’ve reached that stage. Still there is something exhilarating in the personal struggle.

My favorite passage in the book is where he describes “5 a.m.” as the eternal dark night of the soul: as someone who’s struggled with insomnia, I know just what that means. My favorite scene was and remains the confrontation with the Dust Witch, the only part I recall really scaring me as a kid. In the film (which I only saw fragments of on TV once) she’s played by Pam “Foxy Brown” Grier, which is something to see.

Hannah: I found the language quite peculiar, and not terribly inviting. The book was also a bit too spooky for me, but maybe that’s just because I was reading it at bedtime.

Jacob, It’s interesting to me that you found Bradbury’s treatment of good and evil as American; I took it as wholly Modern (as opposed to postmodern), a product of its time.

The whole laughter cure is probably the most intriguing aspect of the book for me. It prompted a conversation about happiness vs. joy in our house.

Nicole: The structure and phrasing on this book was really frustrating and a bit off putting for me. If I had not been reading this with the group I would not have gotten through it. In some ways I could see what Bradbury was going for and at times when I could find the rhythm, it did add to the feeling and the dance that has sprung up between these two boys and their friendship, and the light and dark that has shadowed them heir who lives. At times it did add to the sense of urgency in their situation, but most of the time it was just hard to follow, and distracted me from a story that I was really interested in exploring.

I was really interested as well on laughter as the antidote to evil, and the implications that all things, even evil have to be taken less seriously to reduce the power and the hold that it can attain. I was expecting love to conquer all, so that was a nice twist as well as interesting concept to ponder.

I wish they had gone more into the nature of the evil of the carnival and how it evolved. I got some tempting glimpses, but wanted a little more.


The second part of the discussion.

Round Table Participants

Thomas :: http://thomasbingaman.wordpress.com
Nicole :: http://linussblanket.com
Jason :: http://mooredatsea.blogspot.com
Jacob :: http://www.jritari.com/

And don’t forget Amy, who started this whole thing; her post today has a bit about each participant’s background and current thoughts on faith.

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Faith ‘n’ Fiction Roundtable: Daisy Chain by Mary E. DeMuth

For Faith ‘n’ Fiction Saturday this week, I participated in a round table discussion with several other bloggers about:

Daisy Chain by Mary E. DeMuth (book 1 in the Defiance Texas trilogy) (Zondervan, 2009), 368 pages

Brief book summary and overview

Set in 1977, Daisy Chain focuses on Jed, the 14-year-old son of a small-town Texas pastor. When his best friend Daisy disappears one night, we get to see inside his far-from-ideal home life — and meet several townspeople — in the midst of the disappearance that rocks the town.

I enjoyed reading this book quite a bit, although the time lapses were awkward (and these weren’t resolved to my satisfaction even in the next two books). The book’s ending took courage, I thought. I’m glad DeMuth made the choice she did there.


And now a small part of the discussion, which is spread out over the blogs of all the participants, divided topically.

Ending, back story

Hannah: The writing definitely kept me engaged in Daisy Chain.

Story-wise (yes, I’m going there), all I could think about was the ending. What did everyone think? In some ways, the whole book felt like back story to me.

Michelle: I totally agree about the story. I felt like we always knew what the conclusion was going to be, and like you said, it felt like it was all back story. And because of that, I really didn’t think it was going to effect me when it finally happened. But, it did. Mostly I just felt so sad for Jed!


For more of the conversation, visit

Ignorant Historian
The Point
Life in Review
Dadsthots’s blog
My Friend Amy


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Faith ‘n’ Fiction Roundtable: Godric by Frederick Buechner

For Faith’n’Fiction Saturday this week, I participated in a round table discussion with several other bloggers about: Godric: A Novel by Frederick Buechner (Harper Collins, 1980), 192 pages

Brief book summary and overview

Godric tells the story of Godric of Finchale, with some sections coming in chronological order, starting from his childhood, and others coming at the end of his life, as Reginald is recording Godric’s story for posterity.

I had several reasons to read this book:
• This Roundtable discussion,
• It’s on the Image Journal list of which I’ve made a perpetual challenge, and
• It was suggested reading for Hutchmoot.
I didn’t finish before Hutchmoot started, but I was reading it while I was there.

A couple quotes I loved:

“Go now. Do good. For there’s no good a man does in this world, however small, but bears sweet fruit though he may never taste of it himself.”

~pages 38-39, Cuthbert speaking

And:

“The voice of silence calls, ‘Be still and hear,’ poor dunce,” she said. “The empty well within your heart calls too. It says, ‘Be full.'”

~page 70, Gillian speaking to Godric

I really enjoyed the book, the writing as well as the content. While not a book filled with lovely things, Godric is beautifully written and jammed full of content. [It’s (like so many I’ve read this year, it seems) very much written from a man’s perspective. In this case that’s more shocking at points than off-putting.]


And now a small part of the discussion, which is spread out over the blogs of all the participants, divided topically.

Familiarity with Buechner and the real Godric

Amy: Have you previously read anything by Frederick Buechner or did you have any familiarity with Godric of Finchale?

Hannah: This is my first Buechner and my first encounter with Godric of Finchale. It won’t be my last, though! I felt at a disadvantage because I didn’t know the history well.

Teresa: Godric was the second Buechner novel that I’ve read. I read Brenden several years ago, but I don’t remember much about it. I’ve also read some of Buechner’s essays, but again, it was a long time ago. This was my first exposure to Godric of Finchale’s story as well.

Heather: I haven’t read any Buechner and didn’t know anything about Godric prior to this reading.

Pete: I’ve read quite a few of Buechner’s books but Godric was my first and remains my favorite.

Carrie: Godric was my first experience with Frederick Buechner, although I’ve wanted to read something by him ever since I saw him listed in an “authors of faith” list — I don’t remember where. I’d never heard of Godric of Finchale before reading this.

Bryan: In answer to the first part of the question, I had read nonfiction works by Buechner in college which I enjoyed immensely and so was very interested in reading some of his fiction work. As for the second part, I had no familiarity with Godric of Finchale until I read Buechner’s historical note at the end.

Thomas: No. I guess that was a simple question to answer. I do plan on rereading Godric and I plan on adding another Buechner book to my reading list in the future.

Amy: I’d previously read a few of Buechner’s nonfiction books … essays and memoirs, both of which I loved. Godric was a different sort of experience.


For more of the conversation, visit

My Friend Amy :: Headquarters
Unfinished Person :: The language of the book
My Random Thoughts :: Overall impression
The Fiddler’s Gun :: Godric’s relationship with his sister
Shelf Love :: Perception
Book Addiction :: Merits of rereading
Books and Movies :: Prayer passage


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Faith’n’Fiction Roundtable: Broken by Travis Thrasher

For Faith’n’Fiction Saturday this week, I participated in a round table discussion with several other bloggers about: Broken: A Novel by Travis Thrasher (FaithWords, May 25, 2010), 288 pages

Brief book summary and overview

Laila’s always running, living in fear, looking over her shoulder, trusting no one. As the story unfolds, we learn what’s real and what’s in her head, as well as why she runs.

Most of my thoughts on this book are expressed in the roundtable discussion, but just one note: It wobbled on the edge of cheesy at one point, but I felt it refrained from crossing that line, thankfully.


And now a small part of the discussion, which is spread out over the blogs of all the participants, divided topically.

Introduction: Amy at My Friend Amy
Overall Feelings about the Story: Lisa at 5 Minutes for Books
The Supernatural Elements: Jennifer at Mrs. Q Book Addict
Role of Reviewers and Participants: Thomas at My Random Thoughts

The Plot and Plot Devices

Thomas: At first I had no issues with the way the book started off. Laila was a prostitute who was on the run. It began to bother me when there was no explanation on how Laila went from a model to a prostitute. It became a big issue after the author had Laila being raped at 15 and going to New Orleans and getting pregnant at 17 which led to an abortion..

At times I thought the James’ and Connor’s parts were being over done or maybe even forced. At one point I even said out loud while reading this just seems stupid when James was trying to get Kyle to give him the money so he would hand Laila over Kyle.

I did not like the abandoned church part of the story. It felt sort of out of place. I could not figure out why there was a need for Laila to experience demonic forces in an abandoned church. It just seemed outlandish that there would be a shoot out at the hotel and James, Connor, and Amos all managed to get away without injury or being caught by the police.

I did like the little boy with the back pack part of the story. Laila’s aborted child being sent to her to help her when see most needed it. The child she never knew being her protective angel.

Amy: You bring up a good point that there were lots of missing elements such as how Laila went from being a model to a prostitute. I feel like there were lots of ideas about Laila’s feelings and not much solid storyline.

And I agree with Lisa that there was almost too much … bad guys, demons, etc.

And call me terrible but I kind of wanted to roll my eyes when I realized Laila had an abortion and that was the thing haunting her most of all. It is, in my opinion, the most overused story element in Christian fiction. And the child showing up bringing healing? A ghost? A positive spirit in the midst of so many negative ones?

Hannah: Amy and Lisa, I can agree that it was veeeeeeerrrrry close to the edge of overkill.

And I, too, Amy, was close to eye-rolling or groaning (well, I may have actually groaned) when the abortion was revealed. In addition to the book toeing the line of overkill, it also came very close to the line of cliché, to the point where I feel sure I know where the story’s headed and I don’t like it. We can be terrible together.

Lisa: Just call us the Terrible Three because I too thought the abortion/little boy spirit was definitely eye roll worthy. I don’t mean in any way to minimize the devastation of post abortive trauma — nor do I think Thrasher intends such — but for it to be couched in such an obvious cliche seems to do just that. Certainly such a sensitive topic can be addressed in the course of a novel apart from feeling overworked and cliched but not so here.

Good point in regard to the holes in Laila’s backstory.

Speaking of cliches, I really liked Kyle’s character though it feels a little cliched to admit such. He is, after all, the stereotypical “good” character. Still, I thought him likable, refreshingly so in comparison to the other characters. What do you guys think?

Hannah: Lisa, I actually liked the little boy spirit aspect of that part of the story. “I don’t mean in any way to minimize the devastation of post abortive trauma — nor do I think Thrasher intends such” — Oh, certainly not, on either count! But it did feel to me like a cop out, at least to a certain extent. I think part of my issue is that the topic *wasn’t* addressed in this novel. It felt thrown in, or like a solution to a pesky plotting problem, rather than the point of the story. On that note, I’m not actually sure what the point of the story was, and this may be my biggest complaint with the book.

I agree, Lisa, that Kyle was well-drawn. We don’t know him deeply, but he somehow avoids coming across as a two-dimensional caricature.

Amy: Kyle was definitely my favorite character.

Thomas: As I thought about what everyone has said so far today, it seems to me that the book was meant to preach to the choir. This goes against what I have been thinking about the last few days. For some reason I did not feel that this book was as much a Christian book, but a suspenseful/thriller book. Even though I have not read a lot of Christian fiction, the books that I have read there seem to be more conversations about God or there is strong symbolism that you know represents God.

Obvious cliches: Alcoholic man haunted by his past, a man who abuses women, sexually active unmarried women haunted by her past sex life, and the good guy.

I wonder if how a individual perceives the abortion part of the story will depend on their personal beliefs about abortion and how it might be brought up Christian literature?


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Faith’n’Fiction Roundtable: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

For Faith’n’Fiction Saturday this week (although the discussion itself took place in May), I participated in a round table discussion with several other bloggers about: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (Atlantic Monthly, 2000), 313 pages

Brief book summary and overview

Reuben Land was dead for 10 minutes, 10 minutes that ended when his dad commanded him, in the name of the living God, to breathe. Reuben’s living proof there’s such a thing as miracles. From there, Enger introduces us to 1960s small town Minnesota and the rest of the Land family.

Most of my thoughts on this book are expressed in the roundtable discussion, but by way of introduction I thought I’d share a couple things.

At the beginning, Peace Like a River reminded me of Tobias Wolff’s In the Garden of the North American Martyrs — the manliness of hunting, violence, etc. (Not that Martyrs is only shallow masculinity. I’m not saying that.) It didn’t take long, though, before this book revealed itself as so much more than rural boys and guns.

I’ve consistently seen this book placed in the company of Image Journal list books. Now, having read it, I certainly see why. It’s a great book, I highly recommend it.

A quick quote:

“People fear miracles because they fear being changed — though ignoring them will change you also.”

Peace Like a River, page 3

And now a small part of the discussion, which is spread out over the blogs of all the participants, divided topically.

General impressions

Amy: I have to admit there were times I found the narrative a bit slow for my taste. But I really enjoyed the characters in this book and especially the relationship between Reuben and Swede. What were your overall impressions and feelings of the book?

Jen: I thought it was OK, but it certainly didn’t grab me, and took me about three times longer to read that most books of a comparable length do these days.

Hannah: I also found it a bit slow-going, but I don’t always mind that. Amy, I agree: Great characters and really fun relationships to observe.

Pete: Enger is exactly my kind of writer: slow, deceptively simply, and poetic. He reminds me a lot of Flannery O’Conner or Harper Lee. I didn’t want the book to end. I think I drew out reading it for a couple of months to cherish and appreciate it. Books like this only number a few in a decade and I’m a better writer for having read it. Words like “errant beeves” and “clandestine jellies” are now filed away in my catalog of hilarious and awesome word pairings and Swede, Rueben, and Sonny Sundown will stay with me forever.

Caite: And I for one was not disappointed. I must say, I totally loved this book, which may be a minority opinion among our little group. I will agree with one of those quote bit of praise, this one from Pub. Weekly, that it is “one that sneaks up on you like a whisper.” Pete, I think you have nailed it on the head. Very early in the book, I though, “wow, this so reminds me of Flannery O’Connor.” It is, like her stories, about a world filled with grace and miracles, if only we would see them. Loved it.


Visit the other participants in this month’s roundtable

My Friend Amy: Introduction
Devourer of Books: Expectations
A Lovely Shore Breeze: Davy Part 1
The Fiddler’s Gun: Davy Part 2
Melanie’s Musings: Other Characters

Faith’n’Fiction Roundtable: In the Garden of the North American Martyrs by Tobias Wolff

For Faith’n’Fiction Saturday this week, I participated in a round table discussion with several other bloggers about: In The Garden Of The North American Martyrs: Stories by Tobias Wolff (Ecco, a HarperCollins imprint, 1981), 192 pages

Brief book summary

In the Garden of the North American Martyrs is a collection of short stories. The brief volume consists of stories with disparate settings and characters, but after letting the book sit in my mind for awhile, they melded quite nicely together.

I thought the writing was brilliant, but I didn’t fall in love with the stories or the — incredibly clearly drawn — characters while reading.


And now a small part of the discussion, which is spread out over the blogs of all the participants, divided topically. I present you a discussion on tone and content of the stories, discussion on “Face to Face”:

Hannah: Overall, I thought the writing was excellent, superb even. I was struck by how much they felt like man stories, though. I don’t usually think this way, but the collection as a whole seemed very manly.

Amy: You know you bring up an interesting point. I also felt very aware of gender as I was reading, and while there were a couple of stories told from the point of view of a woman, it did seem that many of the stories focused on how things related to the men in the story, who were in fact most often the characters.

I’m curious about all of your thoughts on the story, “Face to Face” This story annoyed me, because Robert essentially was a creep from the start, ends up pretty much raping Virginia, and while she ends things with him, she does so with pity for him. It’s not that I think this is an unlikely scenario, it’s just that it was very uncomfortable to read, and it bothered me that while yes something was clearly wrong with Robert, the women in his life called him, “Poor Robert.” I’m not exactly sure what this is meant to say about the nature of women or even people for this matter.

Hannah: I agree, Amy, that “Face to Face” was uncomfortable to read. It certainly wasn’t the only awkward one, though, in terms of content.

I thought “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs” was an interesting look at gender roles — but moreso at self-perception, introspection. This story made me think. Another peep inside academia, too.

Pete: In fact, I greatly enjoyed the book even when I didn’t understand it. As someone else mentioned, the short about the woman and the man dating was intensely disturbing, in part because of the man’s ‘rape’ and other behavior, and in part because of the woman’s reaction to it. It scares me that there are probably actual relationships in the world that are just that mis-guided. There was a moment at the end of that story, though, that was my favorite part of the entire collection. She tells the man that the relationship isn’t going to work and there’s this amazing moment were the writer says that she sees him choose to be alone for the rest of his life. I thought that was sad and beautifully done.

Visit the other participants in this month’s roundtable

My Friend Amy: Overview
The Quirky Redhead: The stories we liked best and the ones we didn’t
Strange Culture: The Coen Brothers and thoughts on “Smokers”
The Fiddler’s Gun: The themes and where was the light? (by the way I really encourage you go to and weigh in on whether or not books need “light”)
Stuck-In-A-Book: About short stories
Rebelling Against Indifference: The title and how the stories worked as a collection


This book is on the Image Journal list, which I’m reading my way through. In some ways it seems very different than the rest of the books on the list.

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Faith’n’Fiction Roundtable: Wounded by Claudia Mair Burney

For Faith’n’Fiction Saturday this week, I participated in a round table discussion with several other bloggers about: Wounded: A Love Story by Claudia Mair Burney (David C. Cook, 2008), 384 pages

Book description (from the back cover)

If a miracle happened to you, wouldn’t you tell everyone? What if they thought you were crazy?

Poor in health but rich in faith, Gina Merritt — a young, broke, African-American single mother — sits in a pew on Ash Wednesday and has a holy vision. When it fades, her palms are bleeding. Anthony Priest, the junkie sitting beside her, instinctively touches her when she cries out, but Gina flees in shock and pain. A prize-winning journalist before drugs destroyed his career, Anthony is flooded with a sense of well-being and knows he is cured of his addiction. Without understanding why, Anthony follows Gina home to find some answers. Together they search for an answer to this miraculous event and along the way they cross paths with a skeptical evangelical pastor, a gentle Catholic priest, a certifiable religious zealot, and an oversized transvestite drug dealer, all of whom lend their opinion. It’s a quest for truth, sanity, and grace … and an unexpected love story.


The thoughts expressed on the book were diverse, and we had a great discussion. I did want to share a couple things with you about the book before we get to my part of the discussion, though.

I loved Gina’s use of a breath prayer — hers is “Share with me, Jesus.”

And this quote stood out to me: “I know things about Jesus because I’ve suffered. Sometimes I wonder if suffering isn’t a secret initiation into a special kind of intimacy with God” (Gina speaking, page 111).


And now a small part of the discussion, which is spread out over the blogs of all the participants. I got the section on stigmata:

Amy: I think Wounded is a very unique contribution in the Christian fiction market. I don’t think I’ve previously read a book that deals with stigmata. In fact, I knew very little about it, despite the fact that I do have an interest in Christian mysticism.

Carrie: I don’t need to believe stigmata is a real phenomenon in order to read about a character that is a stigmatic, but it did raise the question in my mind. Do you believe stigmata is a real thing that God inflicts upon His people? And if so, then why?

Sheila: It is hard to imagine how I would react to witnessing something like that. As I looked up cases on line I was surprised to see how many claims there actually are on stigmata. I had no idea and that is one of the things I appreciate about a book like this. It not only opens my eyes to topics I have not really spent a lot of time with, but for me actually creates a desire to know more about the truth within the topics. Books like this many times become an ongoing study for me as I start researching to find out more.

Julie: I have only read one other book where a character has stigmata, and it was a Jodi Picoult one — KEEPING FAITH. It was entirely different to me, but I did read it for a book club discussion. I had issues with believing it then and I still did after reading WOUNDED. I’d say in the grand scheme of life I believe that “anything is possible” through God. But that stretch to “anything” is harder for me to accept. So I guess what I’m saying is that I do think it’s possible, I just don’t know that I’d be a person without doubts. Although I’m terribly afraid that if I had been alive during Jesus’ time, I might not have recognized him either. Now that’s really saying something about my faith — or lack thereof.

Sheila: Great discussion, Julie! I too have read Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult and totally forgot that it was about stigmata. The fact that I didn’t remember actually seems significant. Wounded was so so much more on the subject.

Hannah (that’s me!): I have read other books with/about stigmata — namely, Mariette in Ecstasy, which Burney loves and which Gina references.

In this book the stigmata drew several people to God.

The United States is now slowly becoming post-Christian; perhaps a show of power is needed here.

Many things about this book rang true for me.

Heather: First of all, I really, really liked Wounded. It challenged me and I love that. And as someone new to the genre of Christian fiction, I liked that it was different from my typical expectations of Christian fiction. It really forced me to examine my own beliefs about stigmata — having never read anything, fiction or otherwise, about stigmata, I really had a good long think about my beliefs on the subject. Of course I believe generally that God can do pretty much whatever He wants, but I have a hard time understanding the point of stigmata. Like Amy said, I guess it’s to draw the person closer to God, and like Gina said, so he/she can understand Jesus’ suffering, but what purpose does this serve in a modern world where everyone is skeptical of everything? So I have a hard time believing that it really happens to people. I am not sure what I would do if this happened to someone in my life, I hope to the bottom of my heart that I would be like Priest, that I would love and try to protect the person, but I don’t know if that would be the case.

Thomas: After I had finishing the book for the first time, the next time I was in church, it caused me to not pay attention to my pastor’s sermon, but instead I spent it wondering what would happen if someone at my church began to show sings of stigmata. For some reason I feel there would be more Mikes then there would be Priests.

I was surprised with how I could see a little bit of myself in each of the main characters in the book. It is scary that at times I have God owes me this as Veronica exhibited through out the book.

The participants:

My Friend Amy :: Introduction, overview

Books and Movies :: Jesus as Bridegroom

My Random Thoughts :: Wounded as a Love Story (and a few other random things)

Books, Movies and Chinese Food :: The use of “the n word”

Booking Mama :: Suffering

Book Addiction :: The Characters of Wounded

Down a New Road :: Mental Illness and the church

One Person’s Journey through a World of Books :: Miracles and Faith

Ignorant Historian :: The theology presented in the book

I purchased this book.