Reviews - What do customers think about The Flower of Grass: A Novel?
Very pleased! Mar 19, 2010
From the ease of ordering and receiving this book to the completion of reading it, I have been extremely satisfied.
Not as much as it could have been Jan 23, 2010
I purchased this book from the great reviews on this site. Were all of you friends of the Author? This story had the potential to be a emotional roller coaster and ended without the emotion it could have evoked. I read it quickly and for that and also the ability to actually write a novel I gave it 3 stars.
I never felt the compassion for Johnny that you should have felt. The only character I could relate to was Belle who was dying of cancer and Tuck. I never got the abuse part of the story from Johnny's father. It was glossed over and never really talked about.
I had a hard time with the dialect of the brother, maybe because I am not from Tennessee. I did not feel the redemption or the hope from this story that every other review boasted about.
It is a quick read and you will be able to read it, I just don't think it will inspire or change your life.
The Flower of Grass Jul 9, 2009
John Allen is a man on the run. He is running from a painful past. But when his abusive, alcoholic father dies, he returns home after sixteen years to confront his pain and the woman whose heart he broke all those years ago. John has become a successful writer and has also had to battle his own alcoholism. When he returns home he finds that his younger brother is suffering from his own addictions and Jessie, the woman he still loves, is married. Time has taken its toll on John and time is making it difficult for John to repair his broken relationships.
The Flower of Grass by James E. Robinson is a wonderful prodigal son story. I love stories like that. Most readers can relate to a character who has been lost in the world, then finds his or her way home, I know I certainly can. This book was somewhat difficult to take, simply because it was depressing at times. The fact that the book was depressing only makes it more realistic and believable. The characters were real and I was able to relate to what they were going through. Despite the difficult situations, the writing was poetic and uplifting. James E. Robinson has a talent that is hard to put into words. His writing is soothing and acted as a balm on my soul as I read this book. I was a little concerned about how the book was going to end. Without giving anything away, I was quite pleased with the end. I would not change any part of it. If James E. Robinson keeps writing this way, I will look forward to reading more from him.
Stunning Jul 8, 2009
The Flower of Grass is stunning. I was riveted by Johnny's mother, Belle, as she battles cancer. Someone I love is facing the same battle, and it hurt to read about Belle's pain.
I was no less riveted by the battles that the other characters face. Robinson's bio states he is "an award-winning singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by many country, Christian, and rock musicians. He also works as a professional recovery counselor." He obviously knows whereof he speaks. Remember Roberta Flack's hit, Killing Me Softly? "I felt he'd found my letters/and read each one out loud" is perfect to describe my feelings as Robinson probed each character's flaws and temptations, especially Johnny's, since he is an author. Though we are Christians, we are human, too.
There are no pat conversion scenes to tie conflicts up with a neat bow. Redeemed characters struggle to hold on to their faith, and characters who have yet to accept Christ do not wind up in the front pew at church where all their questions are answered by the pastor's sermon. As a matter of fact, the only preacher in the story is battling Alzheimer's. If you or a family member is asking, "God, why do You allow bad things to happen to good people?", you will not find the answer here. But if your question is "Will You help me hold on, Lord?", The Flower of Grass bears witness that yes, indeed, He will.
A True Tale Of Salvation Feb 13, 2009
With all of the Christian fiction that is out on the market today one would think that tales of salvation come a dime a dozen. One would be sadly mistaken.
"The Flower Of Grass" presents real characters, real people, facing real life dilemmas. These are not perfect people with simple issues to overcome. These are real individuals who struggle with real challenges, real temptations, real pain, and mercifully, real recovery. Perhaps the characters are sometimes hard to embrace but that is not because they are unsympathetic. Rather, it is because they reflect a frighteningly accurate image of true humanity and therefore, perhaps show us a reflection of ourselves that we prefer to keep hidden.
Within the grime and grit of these characters thoughts, struggles, and choices we find ourselves. Only, we do not find the selves that we neatly portray to the world. We find the true self, uncertain and flawed. But as we follow the story through to completion we also find that within our own failings and trials is the stuff of which true victory is made.
The struggles are powerful, the lure of temptation, provocative, and the danger, real. This leaves the reader with a sensational triumph at the end. The potential loss was immense, so the victory is truly felt.
This is a story of new beginnings bought at a great price. That is the true message of salvation.