The Memory Quilt: A Christmas Story for Our Times
T.D. Jakes's first Christmas story features a grandmother seeking inspiration from the Bible as she prepares to create a quilt. Grandmother feels as if her life and loves have all passed, leaving her alone to reminisce about the joy of yesteryear and the real Christmases she celebrated. But as she opens her heart to the stories of the Virgin Mary, the truth of what really...more
Audio CD, 4 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Simon & Schuster Audio
(first published 2009)
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I have read some of T. D. Jakes inspirational books for women in the past, but This was my first experience with one of his novels. His main character, Lela, suffers from a common malady, especially at Christmas, of wishing her children were closer and called more often, even though when they do call, she is critical and harsh with them. Through a study of the life of our Lord's Mother Mary, Lela faces her own shortcomings, and by the end of the book, you will see her transformation into allowin...more
I am sad to report, I have found a Christmas novel I did not care for me. I had such wonderful high expectations when the cover said, "A Christmas Story for our times", however my expectations were not met. For me this story wasn't about Christmas as much as it was a sermon in someone else's life. I did not appreciate the grammar throughout but I think the grammar is what validated the phrase on the front of the book. I sure my evaluation differs from others but I will not be recommending this b...more
I picked this up hoping to motivate myself to quilt again. I have always believed that truth is truth no matter where you find it, whether in your own religion or in others. This book is more about letting go of small petty hurts and about not jumping to conclusions. I loved the allegory of the motifs on the quilt to the life of the Virgin Mary. I really would have liked the main character to have done more for her own pregnant daughter as she did for the stranger across the street.
Good, short read. The first part of the book had a lot of detail, time was slow. Toward the end, the climax of the book, time jumped forward and details were missing. Even so, there was a lot to learn from Lela, Barbara and the other characters. My thoughts have lingered over some of the events in this book, even days after finishing, I'm still struck by events that may be normal in some neighborhoods, but that I pray I will never have to experience.
Dec 07, 2010 Lucy Bilik rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This is a modern day novel in the ghetto with a very slow start. Reading about mundane events of everyday life for half a book was very boring to me however 2/3 of the story down the real things start happening. I love TD Jakes, however I think he needs help with catching attention of everyday person from the beginning of the story. Otherwise the meat/quality of the story is very good, great lessons learned.
Feb 18, 2013 Marguerite Woodward rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This is a book that makes a person stop and think about what you are reading. There are times you laugh and times you want to cry as I was reading it.
I found Lela's character annoying with her judgmental and negative nature, but this nature was a carefully constructed part of the story that was instrumental in the storyline. I loved the analysis of Mary's story and how it was parallelled with the lives of characters in the story.
Bishop T.D. Jakes is the author of the bestsellers God's Leading Lady; The Lady, Her Lover and Her Lord; Maximize the Moment; The Great Investment; His Lady; Woman, Thou art Loosed (the film of which won the Best Film Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival) and He-Motions. His daily morning show The Potter's Touch and weekly broadcast The Potter's House air on Trinity Broadcasting Network and Bl...moreMore about T.D. Jakes...