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Preview — Composing Amelia by Alison Strobel
Composing Amelia, is a journey through the introduction of mental illness into a young marriage and the resulting havoc that can be wreaked by the disease. A young Los Angeles marriage is put to the test and two careers are threatened when Amelia's husband Marcus is hired as a pastor at a remote Nebraska church. The move results in resentment and sparks the onset of mental...more
In theory I'm not opposed to Christian fiction. I'll read just about anything. I'll read science fiction even though I'm not an alien, I'll read fantasy even though I'm not a princess, so in theory I have no problems reading Christian fiction even if the characters are motivated by a power I don't understand.
I was able to get past the many instances of asking God for guidance and putting trust in God. That made sense for those characters, so I was...more
When I first started reading this book (available via a kindle download from my library) I was caught by surprise that it was a Christian book. While I hate to admit it, I was disappointed that it was. Unfortunately many Christian authors feel that Christianity restricts their prose or dictates certain answers, certain character descriptions, certain plots.
Ms. Strobel fell into that trap often throughout this book. Her...more
Quick summary: two people love each other very much and get married, but they are both pursuing very different dreams that end up tearing them apart. Throw into the mix di...more
Composing Amelia is the story of a young, broke married couple- Amelia and Marcus who begin the novel living check to check in a cramped L.A. apartment, working three jobs as they each focus on building their dream careers. For Marcus, this career is a as pastor and Amelia hopes to become a renowned pianist. Both have agreed to look...more
I.. get the feeling this book was supposed to be about mental illness. Instead, what I got was a story about an incredibly immature couple who make unrealistic choices over, and over again. This book paints Christianity, rather.. Christians, as being incredibly naive, and selfish. Then – story aside, the characters were annoyingly two-dimensional. There was nothing but fluff there – and don’t get me started on the musical references when it comes to Amelia.
All I have t...more
Amelia is new to the Christian faith and married to Marcus who has his dreams wrapped around following in his father's footsteps to be a pastor of a church. They both come from backgrounds that didn't have the best role models to learn how adulthood should be. It made...more
By Alison Strobel
Downloaded free on 5/26/14 (released in Sept 2011)
Rating: 3 bones
Finish Time: 4 nights. I have a queue of books, both hard copy and e-copy just waiting to be read, but again this time (3rd in a row) I found myself looking through Amazon (Free) Best Sellers for a different book. The last two (here and here) have not disappointed. Having just made a big life decision and having to trust God and my husband, I couldn...more
Alison writes of tough, real life issues, with candor and insight. helpfully directing our attention to realities we regularly bump up against. unwanted pregnancy, in-law struggles, choices between her career/his career, cross-country moves, friendships, depression...
well done, Alison, for your creatively realistic writing and for competently tackling the challenging situations of Composing Amelia ...
Good writing must run in the Strobel family. Alison has surely made her father proud as she pens each new book. She has an amazing ability to delve into deep psychological issues that confront damaged people.
We all have expectations of our spouse when we get married. Unfortunately, many of our expectations are unrealistic. Many of us carry wounds that we are either unaware of or we desperately try to hide the damaged parts that we think make us unacceptable.
This is a highly engag...more
I am mixed on the review of this book. It was very slow starting off and way too long but the ending picked up and was wonderful. I guess I need to put it at 3.5 stars.
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to read a Christian non-fiction book that isn't too involved.
*I was provided this book through a Goodreads giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own.
This book related the emotional rollercoaster of bipolar disorder in one of the characters. As a new Christian , she struggled with her new faith and her new diagnosis of Bipolar. Her husband who is a young pastor also struggles with his motive of becoming a pastor just to win the approval of his father. These struggles reveal honest questions and emotions.
This book gives readers a glimpse into the emotional up's and downs of being bi-polar. It also shows these newlyweds life. Thier ineffective communication skills; thier scars they brought from dysfunctional families; thier needs versus dreams, thier fears and doubts. The sad low paying dead end jobs they are working till there dream jobs come along.
I was disappoinged that the author didn't delve...more
In Composing Amelia Alison tackles depression and the mind drama that goes with that and also the church's response to people who suffer with this disease. She also tackles how the church should we respond and how we, a...more