Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Embrace Me By Lisa Samson

Greetings Dear Readers! 

Riveting is a good word for this book! From page 1 the author has my attention, and my fascination. I have spent my life in a world that not everyone else sees. It isn't always like the lives of some of the characters in this book, such as Valentine, but then again, in some cases it hasn't been too far away from the church called "Elysian Heights". This book is real. It is down in the "trenches" in the real life world. It shows pain, and forgiveness, physical and emotional scars, and how do people reckon with them? As the child of a Minister myself, I have seen a great many things from more than one side. Who do you really serve? Where is God when you really need him? Do know how much Father loves you??? Can you reach the point where God can wrap His arms around you and embrace you? 

Yes indeed, a recommended read for anyone who has been seriously hurt in this life, and more so those who are "the walking wounded" from hurts from "Christians" and churches. It has some really nice twist and turns that will keep even the most skeptical reader reading happily. 

Carol :) 

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Embrace Me
(Thomas Nelson March 4, 2008)
Lisa Samson
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." In Embrace Me, the latest novel by acclaimed author Lisa Samson, readers are privy to the realization that regardless of outward appearances…hideous, attractive, or even ordinary…persons are all looking for the same things: love, forgiveness, and redemption. This story explores a world that is neither comfortable nor safe, a world that people like Valentine know all too well. Masterfully crafted by Samson and populated by her most compelling cast of characters yet. It is a tale of forgiveness that extends into all spheres of life: forgiving others, forgiving oneself, forgiving the past.
She lives in Lexinton, Kentucky, with her husband and three kids.
Biting and gentle, hard-edged and hopeful...a beautiful fable of love and power, hiding and seeking, woundedness and redemption.

When a "lizard woman," a self-mutilating preacher, a tattooed monk, and a sleazy lobbyist find themselves in the same North Carolina town one winter, their lives are edging precariously close to disaster...and improbably close to grace.

Valentine, due to her own drastic self-disfigurement, ahs very few friends in this world and, it appears as if she may be destined to spend the rest of her life practically alone. But life gives her one good friend, Lella, whose own handicap puts her in the same freakish category as Valentine. As part of Roland's Wayfaring Marvel and Oddities Show, a traveling band of misfits, they seem to have found their niches in an often curiously cruel world.

Residing in a world where masks are mandatory, Valentine has a hard time removing hers, because of her disfigured face but more so because of her damaged soul. It is much easier for her to listen endlessly to different versions of a favorite song, Embraceable You, and escape reality. Yet, life has more in store for her when she meets Augustine, replete with the tattoos, dreadlocks, and his own secrets. With his arrival, Valentine's soul takes a turn.

If you would like to read the first chapter, go HERE

The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1595542108

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