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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,411 Ratings  ·  355 Reviews
Jenny Blake has a theory about life: big decisions often don't amount to much, but little decisions sometimes transform everything. Her theory proves true the summer of 1955, when 14-year-old Jenny makes the decision to pick up a penny imbedded in asphalt, and consequently ends up stopping a robbery, getting a job, and meeting a friend who changes her life forever.
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Published June 12th 2007 by Faith Words
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Sep 30, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize when I picked this up that it was by a "Christian author." I have nothing against a nice wholesome story, or even a story to teach you a nice little lesson. But it seems this was written mostly with the lesson in mind, with less care being given to the story or the story telling. Rather than just telling the story and having faith that the reader would hear the underlying message, the underlying message was spelled out for you in big flashing letters (actually italics). Even Jes ...more
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Laurelle by: Husband
This was a book my husband bought for me for my birthday! Such a special gift, as I am a big Joyce Meyer fan! I enjoyed this novel, Joyce's first ~ it was a very neat story and gripped me until the end! I haven't looked at a penny the same since I read this book! In God We Trust!
May 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To me the book was very slow paced until about half way through. I couldn't read fast enough to get to the good parts. It focused on not taking God's presence for granted. He puts peolple in our lives for a reason and we need to be ever so conscience of that fact.

The book took a penny to resemble even a small thing like that can have a big impact on our lives. Faith and forgiveness played a big part of this book. Life is to short and we need to focus on the little things God gives us and watch w
Jan 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is hard to read. The beginning of it is almost as hard to read as The Lovely Bones. There is emotional, mental, physical, and sexual abuse of two sisters. Since it's Joyce Meyer (loosely based on her life story), I know it will get better, but it is hard to read about such things.

I have a new respect for Joyce Meyer. I always have sort of kinda liked her, but when I watch her on T.V., she rarely, if ever, alluded to her very bad beginnings. Now that I have read this book, I realize she
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
God certainly does move in mysterious ways. Although the content can be quite depressing, the very clear message is that God is always there , even when you've given up hope, and believe that no-one can help. The subject of child abuse never makes for an easy read, but there is another message also, that of forgiveness, which makes for(eventually) a real feel good ending.
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
Have you ever found a penny and picked it up for luck? Well, Jenny Blake finds a penny one hot day as she was on her way with her sister, Jean, to the movies to see a Grace Kelly movie. She retrieved the penny from the hot asphalt street. The penny laid wheat side up, so dirty it was almost invisible. Jenny walked past the penny at first; but thought that she should pick it up as "little things make a big difference." Picking up the penny, a chain of events began: the Presley Dairy truck braked ...more
Lori Beach
Aug 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book club pick for September.

This is the first book of fiction by Joyce Meyer that I have read. Several ladies in my book club that voted for this book did not know who she was. I am bummed to be in Hawaii and miss the conversation for this book. It is the first faith based book that our club has read. I loved the way she spoke of hands and what they represented in her life from pain to love. I loved that there was a definite story line of unconditional love. I love that there was a definite sto
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-books
A very well-written and thought provoking book set in racially divided St. Louis in 1965. Jennie sets off a series of events that have life-changing implications when she stoops over to pick up a penny imbedded in soft tar while crossing a street one afternoon. The people she meets, the decisions she and others make and the life lessons she and others leearn are all set in motion by her decision to turn back to stoop down to pick up that penny.
How often does life n general or in teh specifics s
Suzanne Williams
Some books are worth more in their affect on the heart than they are on the senses. This book is one of those. Though I've read many stories, some of them splendidly written, this story touches a place inside that changes you. The storyline itself was at time ponderous. Much detail was given to the city of St. Louis, to the main character's friends, and to her school and her job, and though this did set the stage for the overall personality of the character, for me, someone now familiar with tha ...more
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
what an amazing story. this book definetly made me see things in a whole new perspective. this book goes a long way to proving that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover. I cried for so many fo the characters. I actually feel like I understood their pain in some instances. I have always believed that even a small thing that you do can cause a chain reaction but the way it was written in this book, not just in one circumstance but on so many different pages just made this book a delight to rea ...more
May 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I liked this book for many reasons but found it a bit unrealistic, which is why I only gave it 3 stars. It was well-written and a quick read. The narrator/protagonist was an appealing and realistic character.

What I found slightly annoying about the book was the conclusion. Without giving too much away, I'll simply say that as a child of a slightly abusive parent, I can tell you that codependent spouses do not turn on a dime and suddenly make a change. And I'm a Christian who prayed often for thi
Laura Radniecki
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This book was bittersweet for me to read.

The subject matter was tough and I felt unsettled and angry throughout the whole book. That's the nature of that topic though, and that type of reaction is what should come from terrible situations like that.

I was captivated right away and could hardly put this book down. I read it in a day and a half, and stayed up late to finish it last night.

I think the authors did a good job of combining the complexities of sisters, the racial issues of the times, f
Wow. I was surprised to find I did not like this story.

I found the descriptions distracting as if the authors worked too hard at them. I found myself repeatedly cocking my head to the side and wondering what the descritive prhase meant or how it looked. Odd.

I also felt like I basically had the jest of the story at the opening and so struggled through the story because I had a pretty good idea where it was going. I would have preferred to have seen more fore-shadowing that would entice me along
Nov 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
(book, novel based on fact)
a. This is by far the best book I’ve read in a long time. It had me crying or close to crying throughout most of it. The love that was shown to the deeply hurting main character by a woman is enough to bring even the hardest heart to tears. I think everyone that borrowed this book from me loved it. It’s a book to read in one sitting because you can’t put it down. 5 STARS

Jul 06, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
I enjoyed this book. It was a very deep book that made me cry. It definitely teaches you about inner strength, forgiveness and never giving up. Your future is not written by your past. This book is also about accepting those who are different and not judging others. I was glad that I read this one.
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book about God's grace and how one small incident can change your life forever. A story of having someone believe in the greatness inside you in spite of how you feel or what you've been told.
Kim Faires
This story is based on the Author Joyce Meyer's summer when she was 13 and the events that changed her life path. Joyce Meyer is a Christian author. It was a good book although very sad with the things that happened to her. Uplifting in the end though.
Anna Mart
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
loved it!
Apr 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Expected heavy-handed, poorly written Christian fiction. Pleasantly surprised by interesting story, well written, although a little too neatly tied up in the end.
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. Gave it as a gift
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a really great book, I couldn't put it down! It was a bit hard to read at first, but it got a lot better as the story progressed.
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of Joyce Meyer, this book was a great read.
Joyce Meyers first foyer into fiction should not be her last.
Nora St Laurent
The 50’s; fun and care free images of girls in ponytails, poodle skirts, bobby socks and saddle shoes, and boys trained their hair into greased back duck tails, wearing rolled up t-shirt sleeves, and black leather jackets. The “Happy Days” with the Fonz; come to mind. The 50’s also had a dark side with images on TV of policemen fighting civil rights demonstrators, the challenge of integrating public schools,and racial tension. On another front scaring Americans even more Soviet Union and the US ...more
Bailey Jane
Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I myself am not a religious person, but I came upon this book by chance a couple of weeks after I had my daughter 4 months ago. It's a cute story:

My boyfriend is good friends with this couple that I find completely repulsive. They represent just about everything I detest and I have never held back in letting them know it. The female half of this couple had told me plainly to my face before that she doesn't like me either and we probably will never be friends. I agreed and was happy we saw eye-to
RJ McGill
Jul 22, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: reviewed
How many times have you walked past a penny on the ground without so much as a second thought? Jenny Blake did just that, and then for some unexplainable reason, turned, ran back and retrieved the penny from the hot asphalt. At the tender age of 14 Jenny had no way of knowing the significance of her actions on that blistering summer day in 1955. The Blake family lived in St. Louis, which during the 50’s and early 60’s was a hotbed of racial tension. So when Jenny, a white girl, befriends Aurelia ...more
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this book 4.5 stars. It's not the most well-written book I've ever read, although it is well-written, but it's a book that I will remember for a long time.
The characters are strong and well-developed, and although the plot moves slowly and isn't necessarily riveting, it kept me interested for over 200 pages, wanting to know what came next for Jenny, Jean, Aurelia, and Miss Shaw. The "mystery" of Miss Shaw, the jewelry shop owner, is a nice touch. I like that Meyer and Bedford incorporate
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1950's St. Louis 14-year-old Jenny Blake has known little but fear her entire short life. Her abusive father rules Jenny, older sister Jean and their mother with a literal fist of iron. Jenny fears her father's rage and even more she fears the visits he makes to her room at night but she also feels despair as her mother turns away from what is happening and says nothing. While headed to the movies with Jean one afternoon Jenny spots a penny on the sidewalk and when she stops to pick it up she ...more
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone
oh my gosh! this book far exceeded my expectations. this is the first fictional book that i have read by this author and it did not disappoint. what i am taking away from this book is to not overlook what appear to be the small, insignificant things that i come across in my path, because they just might very well be the things that God chooses to use in my life to not just change me and my life, but also to be a blessing to others.
some of my favorite quotes from this book are:
"God's willing to s
Jessie Weaver
Jenny Blake has never known anything but push - her father, pushing her and her sister Jean around. Pushing friends away. Never letting anyone get close, for fear they might encounter her father's wrath. And then she finds the penny.

It is the mid-1950s in St. Louis. While waiting in line at the Fox Theater to see a Grace Kelley film, Jenny sees a penny in the street. Something tells her to go and pick it up, and with that a string of events begins, so peculiar than even Jenny knows it must be fa
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