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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Embraceable Me...

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Embrace Me (Thomas Nelson March 4, 2008) by Lisa Samson!

I loved this book! It made me think and question my own prejudices and stereotypes over society's "less desirables". An incredible story of pain and redemption. Lisa's writing is clean and fluid...and at times brilliant. That she chose characters so far from the "norm" of Christian Fiction (well...for any fiction) was refreshing. Lisa stunned me with her "teaching" in Quaker Summer...several times during reading QS I had to put the book down and just ponder and even acknowledge my own sin and tendencies. I think that the lessons in Embrace me build upon those in Quaker Summer. And actually if I had a complaint about Embrace Me, it would be that at times I felt like I was reading a sermon. Interesting and valid, yes--but maybe her message could have been more subtly woven into the story.

Love is doing. Not me but Jesus. People are not the sum of their outward appearance.

Anywho...I highly recommend this book!

ABOUT THE LISA:Lisa Samson is a Christy Award-winning author of 19 books, including the Women of the Faith Novel of the Year, Quaker Summer. Lisa has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as "a talented novelist who isn't afraid to take risks."

In Embrace Me, the latest novel by acclaimed author Lisa Samson, readers are privy to the realization that regardless of outward appearances…hideous, attractive, or even ordinary…persons are all looking for the same things: love, forgiveness, and redemption.

This story explores a world that is neither comfortable nor safe, a world that people like Valentine know all too well. Masterfully crafted by Samson and populated by her most compelling cast of characters yet. It is a tale of forgiveness that extends into all spheres of life: forgiving others, forgiving oneself, forgiving the past.

She lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and three kids.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Biting and gentle, hard-edged and hopeful...a beautiful fable of love and power, hiding and seeking, woundedness and redemption.

When a "lizard woman," a self-mutilating preacher, a tattooed monk, and a sleazy lobbyist find themselves in the same North Carolina town one winter, their lives are edging precariously close to disaster...and improbably close to grace.

Valentine, due to her own drastic self-disfigurement, has very few friends in this world and, it appears as if she may be destined to spend the rest of her life practically alone. But life gives her one good friend, Lella, whose own handicap puts her in the same freakish category as Valentine. As part of Roland's Wayfaring Marvel and Oddities Show, a traveling band of misfits, they seem to have found their niches in an often curiously cruel world.

Residing in a world where masks are mandatory, Valentine has a hard time removing hers, because of her disfigured face but more so because of her damaged soul. It is much easier for her to listen endlessly to different versions of a favorite song, Embraceable You, and escape reality. Yet, life has more in store for her when she meets Augustine, replete with the tattoos, dreadlocks, and his own secrets. With his arrival, Valentine's soul takes a turn.

If you would like to read the first chapter, go HERE

To learn more about Lisa and her other books, visit her website: http://lisasamson.com/

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