Item description for The Happy Room by Catherine Palmer...
Drawn together by their sister's tragic illness, each of the Mossman siblings must face the truth of their past. As they reminisce about both good and bad memories of their childhood in Africa, they discover the God who never left them. This life-changing best-seller is now available in softcover.
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 6.18" Height: 0.97" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2003
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 0842354220 ISBN13 9780842354226
Availability 0 units.
More About Catherine Palmer
Gary Chapman is a counselor, the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages(R) series, and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. He travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. For more information, visit 5lovelanguages.com. Catherine Palmer is the Christy Award-winning, CBA best-selling author of more than forty novels - including The Bachelor's Bargain - which have more than 2 million copies in print. She lives in Missouri with her husband, Tim, and two sons.
Catherine Palmer currently resides in the state of Missouri. Catherine Palmer was born in 1956.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Happy Room?
very good Feb 26, 2007
I really liked this book. I grew up as an MK so I could relate to a lot of what the characters felt and were going through. And the things I couldn't relate to, I could at least understand where they were coming from. Very thought-provoking.
familiar, but very different Jul 7, 2005
Having graduated from the same missionary boarding school as Palmer, but over a decade later (I think), our experiences were quite different. Although we still ate from metal trays in the 1980's, there were neither metal fragments or worms in our cafeteria meals. This barely fictional account vividly describes the wonder and beauty some of us found as children in Africa, while candidly portraying the inner conflict felt by many missionaries and their children as a balance is sought between "God's work" and what is best for the family.
Perhaps in part because I entered boarding school as a teenager and not a small child, I never felt the abandonment the characters in this book describe, but I had friends and siblings whose memories are not as warm as mine and who struggled for years to come to terms with being "sent away".
This book will touch raw nerves for many involved with missions and that will be a good thing if it opens eyes and hearts to the often unspoken needs and hidden pain of missionary children. As a public school teacher in the U.S., I see many children in pain and with difficult or even awful lives, but missionary children are sometimes the last ones to show their pain because it's so important to put on a happy face.
I could go on and on...obviously this book moved me deeply. The only reason I did not give 5 stars was that I hope people don't think that the school represented by "KCA" in the book is the way Palmer describes it. If it ever was that bad, it changed long ago. For a thorough history of the school, Rift Valley Academy, see "School in the Clouds," by Phil Dow, another alumnus.
The Happy Room Jan 11, 2004
I found this book to be disturbing and depressing. If you like a lot of dialogue, you'll LOVE this book. If you had a happy childhood in a loving family, you'll be surprised by the scars some people carry into adulthood. If you had a not so happy childhood in a not so loving family, you'll dredge up a lot of memories you would rather leave buried. Truth is, no matter how hard parents try to do what is best for their children, the kids rarely think they "measured up" as parents. Sad situation on all sides. I didn't feel better after reading this book! AM in Texas
A book about how parents and children communicate May 7, 2003
As an MK (missionary kid) caregiver who raised a family overseas, I found this book compelling. Some may be offended, viewing it as a smear of boarding schools, but I found it to be less about boarding school, and more about how children and their parents communicate, or fail to communicate. As a parent, this book challenged me to listen to my children, not telling them what to think, but giving them the freedom to be honest and listening to the message behind their words. I would recommend this book to missionary parents as a thought-provoking read.
Outstanding! Nov 11, 2002
You never know what life is like somewhere else. This book captivates ever aspect of a child's view on life in another country compared to the life they life as an adult in America. The hardships and the joyous moments all caught in this excellent book.