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A cross between Francine Rivers's "Redeeming Love" and Danielle Steele's "Malice" The Visionary deals openly and candidly with adult survivors of child abuse and the awesome power of God to heal the most wounded of souls.
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published November 16th 2011 by Five Star (ME) (first published December 1st 2000)
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Dana Pratola
The Visionary tackles two common questions facing much of humanity – 1)the conundrum between trusting God and questioning why He allows bad things to happen to good people, and 2) the act of forgiving those who clearly don’t deserve it. The story follows a brother and sister, severely damaged by childhood trauma and abuse. One turns to God, the other away. Taylor is lovely and blessed with a special gift. Her brother, Trevor is handsome and will do all in his power to protect his sister. No limi ...more
Michelle
The Visionary is a powerful story about healing, forgiveness and dealing with the effects of childhood trauma. I've never read a novel before that included such clear scriptural references combined with realistic tension and struggles within the characters' lives and their minds. While there were a lot of tears and pain expressed in this novel, I can see this story being very effective toward healing the emotional lives of people who have been severely abused. I found the way the information was ...more
LoRee Peery
Ms. Thibodeaux has presented a work powerful beyond words. She has painted a perfect example of the way believers are in the world, exposed to all the pervasive ugliness of mankind. Yet, we are set apart, not OF this world. Our God reigns.
Barbara Shelton
Sep 04, 2012 Barbara Shelton rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Barbara by: Pam Thibodeaux
The Visionary is a story very detailed about all types of love, and particularly those identified in the Bible. From my younger memory, I can recall four – Agape, selfless or unconditional love; Phileo, love of friends; Eros, erotic love and Storge, family love. Of course, love can be described in a variety of ways, from fierce, intense and blazing to gentle, tender and soft. While some of the characters in this story want to be controlling in their own right, author Pamela S. Thibodeaux’s empha ...more
Sylvia Ney
If there really is a just and loving God, how can he allow us to suffer agonizing situations? Pamela Thibodeaux’s newest book, The Visionary, is a story of healing after suffering from horrific abuse.

Twins Taylor and Trevor Forrestier move to Lake Charles, Louisiana in hopes of a fresh start. They establish T & T Enterprises, an architectural and interior design firm. Trevor’s strong sense of obligation as well as his ability to balance work and family time for his employees makes him a love
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How to survive and thrive after horrific childhood abuse is a quest that drives both Taylor and Trevor Forrestier. They suffered physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally at the hands of a brutal father.

Even though she still has nightmares, Taylor, with the help of the compassionate, spiritual pastor Dan Hebert, is finding her way to a place where she can cope with the past. She knows deep down that she will never get to a tru
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Donna
This was one story I didn't want to put down. I fell in love with Trevor and Taylor right from the start. The love between this brother and sister drips from the pages as they look out for each other, sharing their heartaches - then learning to let go.

But still, Trevor's overprotectiveness is no match for Alex's fast-growing feelings for Taylor. I couldn't help but root for Alex. I could feel the attraction between them, that instant attraction when two souls connect. The patience he shows as he
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Marianne Evans
Seldom have I read such a gut-wrenching, yet completely faith-affirming and hopeful novel. Ms. Thibodeaux mixes angst, faith, love and hope into a novel I'll not soon forget. Highly recommended, and can't wait for more from this talented author.

The author furnished me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my unbiased review.
Joanne
This is a very light but complicated romance with abuse and faith and quite a nice little read. Worth the time.
Amy
This book was captivating from the start. The characters will grab your heart. Taylor and her brother Trevor grew up in a home filled with any kind of abuse you can imagine. Although they are both in their adulthood now, the past still has a fierce grip on them. They have also kept the past a secret. None one has been allowed to enter that territory with them. They desperately need to heal and be able to move on so life can be stable. Together, they have built a successful construction and renov ...more
Sheila
Advertised as “Inspiration with Edge,” Pamela Thibodeaux’s The Visionary offers an intriguing tale of adult twins Taylor and Trevor as they struggle to bury past hurts under present success. Taylor’s curious visions make her an ideal artistic partner in the design and renovation of old homes, and I might have liked to see more of them in the story. Meanwhile Trevor deals with the finances and together they promise to create the home of Alex Broussard’s dream from the wreck he’s inherited.

Set in
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Delia
Absolutely amazing writing!

I read The Visionary without benefit of any kind of blurb, so I had no idea what it was about when I started reading. Now I’ve decided I may do that more often. This book slammed me with a force I was totally unprepared for, and left me breathlessly turning pages, forced to keep reading until I knew more…and then more.

Trevor and Taylor’s mind-shattering secrets could destroy them. Only the twins' love for each other, the devotion and dedication of loyal friends, the pr
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Tanya Stowe
In The Visionary, Pamela Thibodeaux tackles the toughest of topics, child abuse. Twins Taylor and Trevor have been severely abused by their father. By holding onto each other, they manage to survive. But the events of their past are so traumatic, even their bond as twins can't keep the nightmares and terrors at bay. Only the love of Jesus can heal wounds so deep. Step-by-step, Thibodeaux shows us how the love of God can heal the darkest tragedies and lead to love and peace.
Jacqueline Seewald
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Pamela Thibodeaux has a flare for writing romantic description. Possibly this is part of her Louisiana heritage. I would describe The Visionary as a book of several parts. First, it is a romance with a sympathetic heroine and hero—in fact, there are actually three romances. Secondly, it is a religious novel, a testament of Christian faith. Third, there is a philosophical element implicit in the story.
Why do bad things happen to good people? The fraternal twins, Taylor an
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Lisa Phillips
An amazing book about the ramifications of sibling child abuse. Full of hope and inspiration for God's healing in a person's life.
To read an interview with the author and more about this wonderful book check out my blog:

www(dot)nataliagortova(dot)blogspot(dot)com
Cresanna Kahrl
Very well written, but a very tough subject. Deals with child abuse and incest. I wouldn't recommend this book for someone who is sensitive to those topics.
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Award winning Author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers' Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction and creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, "Inspirational with an Edge!" and reviewed as "steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message."
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