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Keeping Faith

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  61,563 ratings  ·  3,152 reviews
One of America's most powerful and thought-provoking novelists, New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult brilliantly examines belief, miracles, and the complex core of family.

When the marriage of Mariah White and her cheating husband, Colin, turns ugly and disintegrates, their seven-year-old daughter, Faith, is there to witness it all. In the aftermath of a rapid div
Paperback, 422 pages
Published February 21st 2006 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published April 22nd 1999)
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Nikole I think that, maybe, for a little while that she will. Because she associates her mother's attention to this act. But from beginning to end, Mariah is…moreI think that, maybe, for a little while that she will. Because she associates her mother's attention to this act. But from beginning to end, Mariah is a different person. I think, given time, that Faith will slowly see that her mother is there for her always, and not only when she is "talking to God".(less)
Bonnie Costas I really felt that the ending was a new beginning. That's usually how things happen in life. We come to the end of one "chapter", one series of linked…moreI really felt that the ending was a new beginning. That's usually how things happen in life. We come to the end of one "chapter", one series of linked events in our life, then suddenly things get quiet. We get to take a breath, then we begin a new series of linked events.
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Nov 10, 2008 Alana rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one.

Ugh!! I finished this last night because I couldn't bear to spend another day of my life with this in my purse. So why did I read it? For the same reason that many young women read books they might not be thrilled with... I had to read it for my book club (...which normally picks much more intelligent and interesting books). As I mentioned to the person selecting the book when she solicited comments about her short list of options, I've never been tempted to read a Picoult book. I doubt
Oct 24, 2008 Heather rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Heather by: Marianne
This book was pretty good, overall. Definitely kept you reading, wondering what was going to happen next and, of course, WHY!? There were a few things that bothered me about it though. I think there were too many questions left unanswered. I understand that maybe this was purposeful, but I didn't like it, personally. I was also put off by the fact that the story was told 'about' several different characters, in the third person, but ONE character was told in first person. It didn't make sense an ...more
Ay yi yi..ok, no more Jodi Picoult books..I always say that and then end up reading more...I WANT to like her books...and they always have sooo much potential...then, always...always always...they disappoint...I was especially excited about this one because of her latest interveiw she talked about this book and how it's her favorite and most challenging so far because of it's ground breaking subject matter...

Stigmata? Are you serious Jodi? Ay yi yi. This book wasn't so much about having and exce
When Mariah and her daughter walk in on Mariah's husband with another woman, she thinks that this is the ultimate shock in her life...that is, until her daughter starts speaking in Bible passages. In any other child, this may not be startling; however, Mariah has raised her seven-year-old with no religion present in the household.

Things go from strange to miraculous as Faith begins spontaneously healing people, developing stigmata, and speaking with her "guard." Could Faith truly be speaking wit
I loved this book while I was reading it, and I was very disappointed by the ending. It was a fast read, it was engaging, I absolutely didn't want to put it down.

A mother who has just discovered that her husband is cheating on her (several years after another cheating incident lead her to a suicide attempt) finds out that her daughter has an imaginary friend--God...who happens to be a woman. Faith performs some miracles and a media circus rises up around her--reporters camped out on the lawn, e
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Keeping Faith is primarily a story about a young girl who suddenly starts seeing God and performing miracles. My impression was that readers would be allowed to come to our own conclusions about this (whether it was real, invented by Faith, invented by her mother for attention, etc.), but it doesn't work out that way: clearly, within the context of the story, Faith is healing people, experiencing stigmata and so forth. The story of how her mother Mariah, the local churches and the media react to ...more
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Sonja Arlow
3 stars

The story is a bit formulaic as most Jodi Picoult books are but sometimes that makes for comfort reading.

The story: Seven-year-old Faith is caught in the middle of her parents crumbling marriage and in much need of a friend to confide in. That is when her imaginary friend steps in. Not long after, miracles start to occur around Faith, and her mother starts to realize that Faith is not only speaking to "God", but that her God is a woman. And then the media and church gets wind of this…

Compared to her other ones, so and so.
This book had a bit of a slow start, but I was hooked by the ending... I was up till 2am with 'just a little bit more', until I had finished it!! One of those ones where I wish there were half stars, so this could be a three and a half!

"As Mariah White struggles with depression her seven-year-old daughter Faith seeks solace in a new friend - a friend who may or may not be imaginary. Faith talks to her 'Guard' constantly and begins to recite passages from the Bible - a book she's never read. Afte
"I figured that motherhood would be something that descended naturally, the same way my milk came in - a little painful, a little awe-inspiring, but part of me now for better or for worse. I waited patiently... any day now, I told myself, I am going to wake up and know what I am doing."

"My mother used to tell me that when push comes to shove, you always know who to turn to. That being a family isn't a social construct, but an instinct."

"Being a father... is not AT&T commercial, no simple fea
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Jessica Ashe
Very interesting & thought provoking

Jodi picoult never ceases to grasp my complete attention with her writing and this book was no exception. She writes with such passion and knowledge about her subjects you can't help but praise her for all the research she has done even if you don't agree with the subject matter.

Keeping faith will evoke many feelings some of which are anger, passion, love, respect, frustration, and pure joy. These are just a few.

I am not even a mother to a human child an
Kinda typical J.P. novel...lawyers trial at the end, etc. It wasn't bad and I like to read her books every now and then as a "break" more serious literature. Her books are an easy and fast read and her characters are interesting and (generally) likable. This book had a unique twist in that the 7 year old child supposedly "sees God" and performs "miracles" - good topic, made for some interesting reading about how crazy religion really can be and how it divides people. I liked how the Rabbi and th ...more
could not get into - one of main characters was so depressed I stopped reading it
Ioan Nascu
Dec 23, 2009 Ioan Nascu rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that like wasting time
Shelves: belles-lettres
“Give, and it shall be given to you. For whatever measure you deal out to others, it will be dealt to you in return.” Luke 6:38

Well, Miss Picoult, I hope you will waste the next few hours of your life. And by this, I do not dare instill the idea that Keeping Fate is a complete and utter waste of time, just that time would somehow prefer a more pleasant way of being spent.

1. Storyline: 6/10

I really do think that the story has been stretched out on way too many directions, and this for the simple
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Stella Marie
February 24, 2013
I started reading some of Jodi Picoult's books and I must say, I'm loving it. I love Keeping Faith and I love how I always can relate to a book that I choose. Keeping Faith is about broken marriage. When I started reading this book, all I could think about is my family. What if I had to go through broken marriage of my parents? In this book, it's like one of those book that gives you a slap in the face; realizing that when it comes to broken marriage, we should never dwell on it
There is so much to recommend this book -- a unique, unexplored topic, great writing, realistic characters. The story of Faith, a seven-year-old who suddenly seems to be talking with God and working miracles, keeps readers enthralled as we attempt to figure out if she's the real thing or a charlatan. But as with several of Picoult's books, there are glaring holes in the plot that beg to be poked at and prodded. While I'm willing to suspend disbelief in favor of a great tale, I'm only wililng to ...more
“Keeping Faith” is about seven year old Faith White, who has been conjuring visions of what seems to be God. Actually, this book is not just about Faith, but about her entire family as well. After Mariah White, Faith’s mother, catches her husband cheating on her with a woman named Jessica; that is when Faith begins envisioning God. So afterwards a whole bunch of legal drama occurs, including Colin, Faith’s father, wanting custody of her, Ian Fletcher, a television star atheist who has a sudden i ...more
Saba Rehmat
My most favourite excrept from this book:

"Let me tell you what you feel like when you know you are ready to die.
You sleep a lot, and when you wake up the very first thought in your head is that you wish you could go back to bed.
You go entire days without eating, because food is a commodity that keeps you here.
You read the same page a hundred times.
You rewind your life like a videocassette and see the things that make you weep, things that make you pause, but nothing that makes you want to play i
Suzie Quint
I've only read one other Picoult book but I've already figured out that what they're not just stories. They're stories that induce you to think about their topic. Picoult likes to leave the door open just a bit, so the endings tend to be a bit ambiguous. The intent, I'm sure, is to force you mull over what the story means to you. In that light, the story was a success for me, but I'm not sure I really liked it because I'm not completely sure if I interpreted the ending the way the author intende ...more
I liked this book. It is a story about a woman who gets a divorce from her husband because he continues to cheat on her. They have a little girl named Faith who starts manifesting strange religious related behavior after her parents get the divorce. It is even more strange because the father is Christian, the mother is Jewish but neither one taught their daughter anything about religion and never once went to church. It then turns into an ugly custody battle between husband and wife. I recommend ...more
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Limau Nipis
I feel like dragging my feet while reading this novel. I just want the author to quicken her writing phase that I even read 2 other books while I was halfway with this one.

I enjoyed 'Change of Heart' better than this one. This novel does not even bother to explain Faith's vision, and I am still confused whether I should believe Faith or not.

Even though the court scene is brilliant, I find Jodi Picoult's writing style for this book is exhaustive and repetitive.
I am always amazed at the research that Picoult performs for her writing. I was hooked, as always, to the characters in this book. I thought the novel, simply put, very "smart"
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She's done it again! Picoult is without a doubt one of my favourite authors. Her novels are just so brilliant that they present a story that is so real and so captivating. I am not kidding when I say that I could not put down this novel. I read it at home (still on strike so I have a lot of time at home), on the bus, in between my job, at dinner time, during every commercial of my TV shows, before going to bed when I'm exhausted. In fact, if you haven't read this novel of hers, or any, well stop ...more
Morgan F
Apr 20, 2010 Morgan F rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: avid Picoult fans
I read this one after taking a small break from Jodi Picoult. Her books, no matter what order I read them in, just seemed to get progressively worse. But still, I began this one with a smile.

I wasn't exactly impressed. It was just a book. Not tremendously horrible enough for me to rant about, and not incredibly fantastic enough for me to rave about.

I just found the whole thing kind of anticlimatic. I get waiting for Jodi's trademark twist....but nothing. Did I miss it? Was it not even big enough
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-two novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

Her new novel, LEAVING TIME, is now available in hardcover, ebook, and audio.

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