Item description for Wounded: A Love Story by Claudia Mair Burney...
Overview When Regina "Gina" Dolores Merritt appears to receive the stigmata of two red roses while sitting in a pew on Ash Wednesday at her church in Ann Arbor, Michigan, those surrounding the twenty-four-year-old single mom share in an extraordinary experience.
If a miracle happened to you, wouldn't you tell everyone? What if they thought you were crazy?
Poor in health but rich in faith, Gina Merritt--a young, broke, African-American single mother--sits in a pew on Ash Wednesday and has a holy vision. When it fades, her palms are bleeding. Anthony Priest, the junkie sitting beside her, instinctively touches her when she cries out, but Gina flees in shock and pain. A prize-winning journalist before drugs destroyed his career, Anthony is flooded with a sense of well-being and knows he is cured of his addiction. Without understanding why, Anthony follows Gina home to find some answers. Together they search for an answer to this miraculous event and along the way they cross paths with a skeptical evangelical pastor, a gentle Catholic priest, a certifiable religious zealot, and an oversized transvestite drug dealer, all of whom lend their opinion. It's a quest for truth, sanity, and grace . and an unexpected love story.
From Publishers Weekly Burney's offbeat story, which explores what it might mean to literally share in Christ's suffering, demonstrates an edginess that both attracts and repels. Burney's protagonist, Regina Gina Dolores Merritt, is a 24-year-old black, health-conscious, bipolar, once suicidal single mom with fibromyalgia and migraines and a history of mental illness. It's a lot to put on one character. When she appears to receive the stigmata on Ash Wednesday at her Vineyard Church in Ann Arbor, Mich. (perhaps based on real-life pastor Ken Wilson and his church), a circus of sorts ensues. Druggie Anthony Priest shows up to help, as does Priest's alienated mother, Veronica Morelli. Events catapult toward an unexpected conclusion. Burney pushes the boundaries for her faith fiction audience sexually, especially in references to Christ as lover. The multiple first-person perspectives work well, but stories about saints seem inserted rather than integral, and a few characters feel overdrawn. However, Burney's unusual voice, gritty themes, and ecumenical blending should help this uninhibited novel find a home, especially with emergent church readers. (Sept.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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Studio: David C. Cook
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.24" Width: 6.56" Height: 0.97" Weight: 0.99 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2008
Publisher David C. Cook
ISBN 1434799387 ISBN13 9781434799388
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More About Claudia Mair Burney
Claudia Mair Burney is a freelance writer living in Lexington, Kentucky with her tattoo artist husband Ken, four of their seven children, and a dwarf rabbit. She has published seven novels, including the Amanda Bell Brown mysteries, and "Zora and Nicky," a Christy Award finalist, and is the author of the popular blog, Ragamuffin Diva. "God Alone is Enough" is her first nonfiction book.
Claudia Mair Burney currently resides in the state of Kentucky. Claudia Mair Burney was born in 1964.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Wounded: A Love Story?
Very Intense Mar 12, 2010
Stigmata scares me. Well anything with blood pouring unnaturally out of orifices from your body will make me gag. Put that together with faith revelation that will shake your beliefs and you got one heck out of a story. That's exactly what Wounded contains and boy does it make your head spin while reading (and not in a Exorcist type of way). The characters in the book, to be honest, are not very likable. It's hard to connect with any of them because you're not quite sure really what to think. Everyone has a past that is suspect and then when faced with problems they find it hard to confide and rely on each other.
While I enjoyed the book I did have a bit of a difficult time reading it. It's not a book for everyone. There were times during the book where I felt that those who aren't of the Catholic church seem to be portraying less faith than those who do. I didn't feel offended by this but there were instances where I did feel a bit like my own faith/church wasn't good enough. I was uncomfortable with the full use of the n-word being used in the book. I understand what the author was trying to say by using the word. It is an ugly word and the way it was use in the book was with the intention to hurt and insult. However, I think the same effect could have been done without writing out the entire word. I like edgy Christian fiction but at the same time, I don't like seeing that word in a Christian fiction book. I was also a bit uncomfortable with the sexual connotations involving the analogy as Jesus as the bridegroom.
If I was in the situation witnessing what was going on to Gina, to be honest I have no idea what I would think. We live in a world where we are skeptical of everything. History has shown us that religion and mental illness seem to combine together with disastrous results. If I had met Gina for the first time with only the barest of details of her past, I probably would be very skeptical of what was happening to her. This in no way says that my faith is not strong or I question my beliefs. I'm just saying that's probably what be my first thoughts.
This book is NOT for everyone. Those who come into this book thinking it's a love story based on the subtitle are going to be in for a big surprise. Well, it is a love story but definitely not your typical one.Burney's books always make me think. They are incredible books and this one really does stand out and make you ponder after finishing it. If you're in the mood for a different read, this is a book for you. Whatever preconceptions or thoughts you had about Christian fiction before, put it aside and read this book. While it may not change your mind, it will definitely make you think.
A walk into Faith like I have never experienced before Feb 27, 2010
Wounded was a different style of Christian Fiction for me. Claudia Mair Burney opens up wounds in this book that as I read and became further engrossed, I really could not think of a more perfect title.
While I admit to knowing little of the Catholic faith, I followed this journey with an interest of learning about stigmata, something I had heard about but had never read about. Throughout the book Claudia uses the character of Priest to point out cases in history of stigmata which I found very interesting.
What you will find within these pages are a motley crew of characters that all wounded in one way or another. What is interesting from the readers stand point, is how different these wounds are - from the wound of disbelief, arrogance, past hurts, righteousness, little faith.... it made me consider what wounds I carry that are still for whatever reason not healed.
The book brought up many questions about faith - and how I would honestly feel if I either seen someone claiming to have stigmata or if I experienced it myself. This book would make a wonderful discussion for book clubs.
While some may find this book not a fit for them, or struggle through some areas of the book, I think we all have to remember that this a work of fiction. Take away from it what you will - if anything. I for one came out of this read knowing a little more about stigmata and I would recommend this read.
Wounded Feb 6, 2010
This book was a book club selection, and I throughly enjoyed it. One of those "I can't put the book down", and "I can't wait to pick it up again."
Just Amazing Jan 28, 2010
I am a total fan of Claudia Mair Burney and I love all her books! This book definitely allowed you to look into someone elses life and struggles, but to also see them overcome inspite of all the hurt, pain, and misery that they went thru. Some of the life stories actually ring true to may families and it was portrayed well, buy it!
A Wounding Read! Jan 16, 2010
Better editing may have permitted me to enjoy "Wounded" more. Then again, maybe not. What started as an interesting story slowly turned into a tired farce. The voices of the characters just didn't ring true nor did the handling of their circumstances. Add to it all an over-sized drug-dealing transvestite and you have a sad cast of painful misfits in need of healing. The more I read the heavier the burden of finishing the book.
So much potential that never seemed to fully bloom. I must blame the author for not giving her characters a bigger stage to perform on and language more convincing. At least the author did give herself a platform for showcasing her poetry.
A book with limitations. I question some of the raving reviews of this book. You should too!