Explores the most common obstacles that prevent people from trusting God, including personal betrayals, unfulfilled expectations, and seemingly unanswered prayers, and offers practical tips for ways to grow in trust.Publishers Description
Father Williams explores the most common obstacles that prevent people from trusting God, including personal betrayals, unfulfilled expectations, and seemingly unanswered prayers. He then explains what is reasonable to expect from God and offers practical tips for ways to grow in trust.
Williams is becoming a revered voice in the Christian community for his insightful writings on issues that really matter to Christians. In this new book, Father Williams will help readers understand, not only how to trust God in spite of doubts and confusion, but to truly know God can
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.28" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.83"
Weight: 0.88 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2009
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|A Tale of a Psychopathic Gardener/Romance Novelist Apr 1, 2009|
|Laura Rider leads an ordinary Midwestern life. She and her husband Charlie own and run a thriving nursery and neither one of them have ever strayed far from their hometowns, let alone Wisconsin. Laura is gifted at designing beautiful gardens and Charlie does the heavy lifting and is gifted at making love. She enjoys gardening, but she harbors a secret desire to write a romance novel. She sees no irony in the fact that she wants to write romance novels when she refuses to sleep with Charlie because he wears her out. When Jenna Faroli, a Wisconsin NPR host whom Laura idolizes, moves to Hartley, Laura sees and seizes the opportunity to make her dreams come true. |
All is not what it seems in Laura Rider's Masterpiece. Laura Rider is a deliciously unreliable narrator. My first clue that something was not quite right took place at the Garden Club meeting. She was thinking about how badly a relationship with one of the member's brothers ended. Two traumatic things happened as a result that caused her to leave town for a year, but they are mentioned almost as an after thought. I stopped and re-read that section to make sure that I read it correctly. Time and distance diminishes pain, but there was something unsettling about how removed she was from her own past.
After Laura returned to town, she did all that she could to ensure that she remained in control. She didn't marry Charlie so much because she loved him as that she could make him heel. He wasn't one to create waves when she what was best for their business and made plans for its future. He simply provided the muscle needed to get the job done. Despite the fact that she was no longer sleeping with him, allowing her to be in control enabled him to stay young at heart. When she encourages Charlie to develop a friendship with Jenna, it's as if she is throwing him a bone for being such a loyal companion. Laura is a psychopathic gardener, planting and fertilizing her seeds to suit her own designs, then ruthlessly ripping the plants out of the ground when she finds that they've borne fruit. It is difficult to say whether it would be best to be on her bad side or her good side. Laura doesn't make a distinction.
Laura Rider's Masterpiece is an unusual novel. When Jenna was introduced, her almost condescending world view seemed as much out of place in Hartley as it was with the novel. Laura saw Jenna as her every woman, but to me she stuck out like a sore thumb. However, from the moment I caught a glimpse of what Jane Hamilton was be doing with the story, I couldn't and didn't want to turn back. I was hooked. With the exception of Charlie, a character I adored from the beginning, my opinions and attitudes about Laura and Jenna radically shifted from the beginning to the end. All of these elements combined for a refreshing read. If you enjoy novels with untrustworthy and perhaps antisocial narrators, this is a book you should pick up. The lingering chill from Laura's icy heart will help keep you cool this summer.
|A GOOD BEACH BOOK Apr 1, 2009|
|LAURA RIDER'S MASTERPIECE|
Grand Central Publishing
Reviewer: Annie Slessman
Laura Rider has taken her green thumb and turned it into the profitable Prairie Wind Nursery. She has been married to Charlie Rider for twelve years and has lost sexual interest in their marriage. She still loves Charlie - no one is like Charlie - but her sexual desire waned and soon became non-existent. Consequently, when her idol, Jenna Faroli, a public radio star moves to their town, Laura sets up a romance between Jenna and Charlie in motion. While his may seem a bit quirky for a married woman who still loves her husband, Laura has a motive to her madness.
LAURA RIDER'S MASTERPIECE by Jane Hamilton is a story of greed and self-centeredness. Laura Rider wants to write a romance novel. To put it in her words, "I've been trying to study, to study what, in my opinion - in my humble opinion? - an ideal woman, a brilliant and amazing woman, actually wants in a man, what kind o f hero she needs when she's already sort of perfect. Because, today's women are superevolved. I don't need to tell you that! They run their own businesses, they raise children alone, they take charge of their own learning. If women need men, why do they? What kind of man can improve the new model? What kind of partner can take her to new heights? That's what my research is all about. And if the artist has to snoop a little bit and create opportunities, if you have to listen very hard to the people around you and watch, that's all part of the process." Laura is of course, speaking about her own research for the great masterpiece she intends to write.
This is a romance novel, of sorts, a character study, of sorts, and an easy read. This would make a good book to take with you to the beach this summer. It doesn't demand a quick read but keeps you reading until the end.
|Not fulfilling Mar 31, 2009|
|It had a rough start, some of the writing towards the beginning forced me to reread a sentence or two to get to their meaning. Too many words and emotions in one sentence? Once we get to the point where we are introduced to all the characters, it flows simpler. |
I loved the packaging of this little book, it was quite adorable. A cute little hardcover with a vintage cover, but I had mixed feelings about the contents. I could not bring myself to empathize with any of the main characters and the subject matter was pretty shallow, or convoluted. I can't make up my mind. It is good that it was an 'easy read'; I am glad to not have spent a lot of time on it. I do not think I enjoy reading about flippant infidelity or trying to find something sensible or positive to possibly come from it. Once I finish a book I would like to come away with a lesson learned, or a sense of accomplishment, but I didn't quite get any good feelings from the book.
I did enjoy the imagery of the gardens that the Riders had created, I would love to visit such a place. The story was interesting when imagining what in the world was Laura Rider thinking; is she a little off her rocker? All this sinning and emotional upheaval just to learn how to write a romance novel? But for those who don't mind the silliness of the premise then it could be a fun adventure, it is so strange it could be witty.
|Small book with a powerful punch Mar 28, 2009|
|Laura and Charlie Rider seem to have a happy, if somewhat bland, marriage. They own and operate the beautiful Prairie Wind Farm nursery in a small town in Wisconsin. Laura is the brains behind the nursery and Charlie is the muscle. Laura admires Jenny Faroli, the married host of a popular radio talk show who lives in the same small town. Laura also dreams of writing a romance novel.|
When Charlie and Jenny meet in a chance encounter one evening, Laura encourages Charlie to contact Jenny, and in the beginning, even helps him write the emails. She says Charlie needs more friends, but she really has ulterior motives for suggesting the friendship. Jenny is captivated by the emails and her relationship with Charlie evolves into something no one expects.
Laura Rider's Masterpiece by Jane Hamilton is a small book that packs a powerful punch. The story is compelling and well written. Laura wasn't a very likable character because she was so manipulative, yet somehow I just couldn't hate her. Jane Hamilton's writing skills shine in this one. She has written two other novels - The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World. This book will be published on April 9, 2009. (This book does contain sexual situations and language.)
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