I lost myself in this book. It was an interesting, unique concept for a story-line, and the character development was superb (one of the things I appr...moreI lost myself in this book. It was an interesting, unique concept for a story-line, and the character development was superb (one of the things I appreciate so much about Charles Martin's writing). I grew to love each one of the characters, and I was sad when the book ended and immediately began to miss them.
The one negative thing that I might say is that for being such a redemptive book, there is really so little talk of the Redeemer. Steady, the Catholic priest, certainly personified Christ, but even he had so little to say about God himself. God had to be working in these hearts for anything redemptive to happen, and there just wasn't any mention of God's work really, or of Jesus. I know that Charles Martin is a man of faith, and I appreciate that he is subtle in weaving that faith into his books in a natural way. This time, I think he was just a little too subtle.
Oh, and one last thing, Charles Martin needs to write a series of Pirate Charles and the Misfits now! Don't leave us hanging!!! ;)(less)
I stumbled upon this classic at a garage sale and realized that I'd never read it. So I picked it up for a quarter. Something seems wrong with that wh...moreI stumbled upon this classic at a garage sale and realized that I'd never read it. So I picked it up for a quarter. Something seems wrong with that when you consider the contents. Elie Wiesel's story is worth so much more.
Having grown up with such an awareness of the holocaust having lived in W.Berlin, E.Germany during my pre-school years, and reading such books as The Hiding Place and Hansi: the Girl Who Loved the Swastika and watching movies such as Schindler's List and the Boy in the Striped Pajamas and so many more, this book didn't stun me as much as it must have it's original audience, but there is still something so powerful about reading a first-hand account of a holocaust survivor, and Elie Wiesel shares his story with such eloquence, simplicity, and honesty. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop until I'd reached the end. And now I want to know the rest of the story. My heart was broken as this young man's heart hardened towards God. I need to read his other books to find out if it ever softened again. (less)
My favorite modern fairytale for girls. I've purchased and given away at least twenty copies with personal inscriptions.
Are you tired of the princess...moreMy favorite modern fairytale for girls. I've purchased and given away at least twenty copies with personal inscriptions.
Are you tired of the princess stories where the prince shows up, kisses the princess, and off they ride into the sunset? This book actually empowers girls to exercise more wisdom, discernment and discretion before giving her kiss away to the first handsome, arrogant, or rich prince that shows up on her doorstep. This is the kind of girl-empowerment I can embrace! My three daughters are being raised to be confident and pure. My son has benefited from the story as well, learning to be a prince whom a princess can respect, learning to wait for a respectable princess as well. (less)