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Overview Gloria, a young prostitute who has a son, make an ageement to help widower John Williams raise his infant daughter, but, after a tragic event, she finds herself longing for a family.
Publishers Description Unfit for Love? Pregnant--by a man who will never know or care. Gloria, born into a life of prostitution, sees only one solution: get rid of the child. But then she meets John William MacGregan, a miner, left with a newborn daughter and no one to care for her when his wife died during childbirth. So John and Gloria strike a deal. Gloria will care for Kate, and John will eventually raise her son. There is no offer of, nor seeking for, a hand in marriage. When John leaves the mines to seek his fortune in the new Oregon Territory, Gloria, Kate, and baby Danny must go with him. Yanked away from a life of prostitution, Gloria must finally face the pain that has always plagued her, and her longings for a home, a family, and a life free from shame. "Ten Thousand Charms" is a beautiful tale of an empty heart floundering...and falling straight into the arms of Christ. Reader's Guide Included "If you took Fran cine River 's classic "Redeeming Love"and merged it with Janette Oke's quaint prairie style, you could almost envision the masterpiece Allison Pittman has created with her poignant tale of God's redemptive power. If you're in need of a fresh touch of God's grace, "TenThousand Charms "is the story for you." "-Janice Thompson, author of Hurricane " "Are you thirsty, weary, or heavy laden? Come--rest and let Allison Pittman take you to another place and time where you will find joy resting in the arms of Jesus." "-Lauren L. Briggs" ""Ten Thousand Charms"is a terrific debut for writer Allison Pittman, a tale of love and redemption that grabs you and won't let go. It will leave you like it left me--anxious to see this author's future work." "-James Scott Bell, bestselling author of Presumed Guilty" Story Behind the Book "Having grown up watching reruns of "Gunsmoke," I knew all about Miss Kitty and the prostitute-with-a-heart-of-gold cliche. But when I looked at those women, I couldn't imagine their hearts full of gold. Their hearts were just empty. That's when Gloria was conceived. The story itself came about much later, when at church we sang 'Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy.' The chorus promises, 'In the arms of my dear Savior there are ten thousand charms.' This was the gold Gloria's heart needed. I wanted to write a story about a woman who "falls" into the arms of Christ, not even really knowing that she is seeking Him." "--Allison K. Pittman"
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Library Journal - 06/01/2006 page 100
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.34" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.88" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher Multnomah Books
Series Crossroads Of Grace
Series Number 1
ISBN 1590525752 ISBN13 9781590525753
Availability 0 units.
More About Allison K. Pittman
Allison Pittman is a former English teacher in Texas. In 2005, she was awarded the Harvard Prize Book in recognition of her teaching excellence. She also serves as the leader for her church s Theater Arts Group, writing and directing worship drama. Whenever possible, Allison enjoys going on dates with her husband of seventeen years, Mike, or just hanging out with their three sons which usually means spending a lot of time at soccer fields and baseball diamonds."
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Loved, loved, loved this story! Jul 27, 2008
Ten Thousands Charms was such an emotionally gripping story that I had trouble putting it down. But even when I had to work and do other things, I was still thinking about the story. I know so many women like Gloria who have been so hurt that they are emotionally dead inside and when someone offers them hope, they are terrified. I could totally see that struggle in Gloria and it was a beautiful thing to watch how God slowly wooed her to Himself through the love of believers. And while no one in this story was even close to perfect, they were totally believeable and likeable characters. John William was heroic in so many ways even with the flaws he carried with him. And Gloria was such a good mother to the babies. It was impossible not to grow to love her as she cared for the children and learned how to take care of herself and her "family," which was the one thing she never believed she would experience in her lifetime. My eyes filled with tears every time Gloria took a tiny step in faith. There were so many things she learned, and the reader learns along with her as she learns to trust. The author also does a fantastic job writing the male point of view and the intense emotions John and Gloria both felt, both positive and negative. I highly recommend this story because it nurtures both the heart and the spirit, and because I loved, loved, loved it!
Masterpiece for a First Novel Mar 2, 2008
If this is the very first book for Allison, where will she go from here? This book kept me interested, it was not predictable, and I certainly never bored. The characters were so realistic, I just loved big John William as he humbled himself in order to keep his baby daughter alive.
This is a poignant story of a young, pregnant prostitute trying to plan for some kind of life all alone in the world. She, instead, makes some very good friends who give her the strength to take a chance. She is a feisty, pesky little gal, and the story is both funny and serious. The "deal" which she has cut with John is simply to nurse his child in exchange for her needs being met.
As hard as Gloria tries to remain bitter and aloof, she is changed by a gentle older widow woman who takes her under her wing and teaches her how to be a wife. Emotions, suspense, surprise and tragedy all play a proper role in this Christian fiction book, and there is rarely if ever a page that does not hold a surprise for the reader.
Thank you Allison Pittman, you have a new fan.
LOVE IT! Nov 7, 2007
Ten thousand Charms is great. It has been along time since I read a book and wanted to read the next book the same day. I am a new fan of Pittman. I can't wait for the third book in this series. Enjoy
A great read Oct 24, 2007
I picked this book up at the library - not having a clue who this author was or what she wrote like. I'd never even heard about her. Now I know why - it's her first book! And a great one at that. I have a five month old baby, and even with trying to take care of her and doing the housework, I managed to read it in two days!! Since I have a baby, I really loved her descriptions of the babies. She seemed to bring them to life. A lot of this book is very realistic and you feel like you're actually there with the characters. The only reason this doesn't have five stars is because I thought the ending slightly abrupt, though at least it doesn't follow the typical story type. Once again though, truely a great read! I want to recommend it to everyone!
great book! Sep 13, 2007
I like finding first books by new authors and Allison Pittman has done a great job in this book capturing my attention from the beginning. She has created characters that come together to make you feel like you are living on the pages with them and experiencing all the hope, tragedy and redemption as their story unfolds. I will definately be watching for Allison's future books!