Item description for The Mending String by Cliff Coon...
Overview A contemporary novel that deals with common family problems and how to discern God's will, "The Mending String" is a sweet story about a father-daughter relationship gone wrong, and what it takes for two very stubborn people to meet each other halfway.
Publishers Description All is not well in the home of successful pastor and parenting expert Clayton Loverage, who has found that none of his proven techniques work on his youngest daughter, Ellen. Ellen and her father live in hostility and silence that is broken only after Ellen starts trespassing regularly in her English teacher's home. Power hungry church members and menacing criminals threaten to unravel the delicate bond redeveloping between Clayton and his daughter. A suspenseful, yet sweet story about what it takes to mend a relationship gone wrong.
Awards and Recognitions The Mending String by Cliff Coon has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christy Awards - 2005 Winner - First Novel category
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Studio: Moody Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.38" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.78" Weight: 0.68 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2004
Publisher Moody Publishers
ISBN 0802440843 ISBN13 9780802440846
Availability 0 units.
More About Cliff Coon
CLIFF COON (1934-2005) was a research chemist holding sixteen patents. He published many scientific and apologetic articles in the course of his career, most of which was spent with Stanford Research Institute, Menlo Park, California. He is the author of "The Mending String." Cliff spent many years actively involved with his church and community, including serving as a deacon and teaching Bible studies. He was married to Lucille and had six children.
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A Lovely Story Meant to be Savored Jan 31, 2006
Pastor Clayton Loverage is facing significant challenges at his church, including a growing number of parishioners who want a more contemporary service and a manipulative church board member at the helm of a power struggle within the congregation.
But the greatest challenge for Loverage, a widower, is the one that lives under his roof: his youngest child, Ellen. His older children have left home to make their own lives, leaving him alone with a teenage daughter he cannot understand, cannot communicate with, and cannot mold into his idea of what a Christian girl should be. That's double or maybe triple trouble for this pastor and father, because he's also a nationally known parenting expert who disseminates his nuggets of wisdom about family life at conferences and seminars throughout the country.
Things heat up when Ellen --- who has been furtively breaking into her English teacher's house and reading for several hours each school-day afternoon --- begins spending time with a classmate named Osvaldo, whose brothers are known criminals. But Osvaldo is as unlike his brothers as Ellen is unlike her own siblings, and in their differentness they find that they are kindred spirits. Their relationship is innocent enough, but when Ellen's illegal entry into her teacher's house and Osvaldo's brothers' crime spree intersect, danger, guilt and a whole lot of explaining result. Oh, and a decades-old secret about the good Pastor Loverage comes to light.
Though its plot is compelling, THE MENDING STRING is primarily a character-driven story, and a beautiful one at that. It was selected as the best "first novel" at the 2005 Christy Awards, and with good reason. Unfortunately, the author, a retired chemist, passed away several weeks before the Christy finalists were announced and several months before his book was named the winner. I can only hope that his readers let him know what a remarkable achievement he had accomplished.
Ellen is a particularly well-drawn character, not the usual rebellious young woman who populates CBA novels. Don't let the back-cover copy fool you; there she is described as "headstrong," but she's a far and welcome cry from the cookie-clutter, petulant, annoying, "Can't we just get rid of her now?" female characters described as headstrong in many other Christian novels. No, Ellen is real. When you get to the part where she's about to be interrogated by the police, you'll see what I mean. (By this point in the story, though, you should already love this girl to pieces, if for no other reason than the earlier rock-fishing incident. That's right --- rock fishing.)
The mending that takes place in Ellen and Clayton's relationship is no sappy, fairy-tale, father-daughter reconciliation. As a chemist, Cliff Coon would be well aware of not just the volatile reactions caused by certain elements but also of the more subtle results of the combination of distinctively different chemicals. It's that subtlety in the Loverages' relationship that sets Coon apart as an author and THE MENDING STRING as a book.
Simply put, THE MENDING STRING is one of the loveliest books released in the Christian market in recent years. It's sad that we will never know what other stories may have been taking shape in Coon's mind and spirit at the time of his death. But we have this one, and it's a story meant to be savored long after it has been read.
Characters you can identify with, care about and cheer for! May 28, 2005
Mr. Coon has written a wonderful novel, with characters so well developed that you not only get to know them, but you care about them, hope for their future, and cheer for! Perhaps Mr. Coon used his relationships with his six children to help build the main characters, but Pastor Loverage and his daughter Ellen are unique in their own right. His characters are seekers, of themselves, of truth, of restitution and reconciliation, and most of all of trust in God. If you've ever wondered where God was in a situation, let this novel help you to see His hand even when it's hidden from your view.
didn't want this book to end! Jun 14, 2004
this was WONDERFULLY written...captures the imagination and touchingly/sometimes frighteningly realistic in its depiction of characters.
coon's use of irony, mystery, compassion, keeps you from putting the book down. you have to find out what's coming next. and you're never disappointed!
i thoroughly enjoyed THE MENDING STRING and can't wait for his next novel to come out.
Great read May 28, 2004
The Mending String by Cliff Coon features strong writing, a believable but not predictable plot, and interesting if flawed characters. There's the teacher who had "forgotten how to smile" ; the teenaged daughter who was determined to be her own person (creating an awkward situation for her pastor-father, who also leads seminars on parenting); her widowed father who had some church members demanding change; the church members with their own agenda; and a sub-plot of a mother trying to keep a step ahead of her criminal sons while building a new life for herself. The reading never lags and is a pleasure as well as a worthwhile book for fiction readers who appreciate substance. The story flows well right to the satisfying and realistic conclusion.