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Overview With her son's future in jeopardy and her own writing career in question, Leigh Scott wonders if anything can keep all her hopes and dreams from finally slipping away.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.3" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 2007
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0800731670 ISBN13 9780800731670
Availability 0 units.
More About Nikki Arana
Author and speaker Nikki Arana has received numerous awards for her writing, including the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award and Christianbook.com Top 20 Novel of the Year for The Winds of Sonoma.Through her ministry, A Voice for the Persecuted, she inspires hearts toward evangelizing the Muslim community.
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Beautiful and Surprising Love Story Jan 3, 2008
This book is a treasure to read and will stay with you long after the final page is read. Nikki Arana created a set of characters who are real people and your heart will connect with theirs. Leigh Scott is an author, a widow, a Christian and a single mother. Her son, Jeff is a young man who has struggled through life with ADD and learned to manage it. As he works toward his degree in college, he and Leigh have a straight forward plan set for his life. Then Jeff meets Jessica. Jessica is the love of his life, but her troubled past affects her relationships with everyone she meets. As Jessica and Jeff make some bad choices and struggle through the consequences, Leigh determines she must save her son from his mistakes, including Jessica. In the midst of it all when tragedy strikes, Leigh must explore her own past to find strength and faith enough to face the future. The family relationships in this book are believable and true. The life choices each person makes are difficult and real. The faith thread woven throughout it neither preachy nor cumbersome, rather it is like a beautiful thread to highlight the love story. And in the end, that is what this book is, a love story. It is a love story about a mother and a son, a son and his wife, a widow and an old flame, a father and a daughter and more than anything God and His children. Pick the book up for relaxing reading. When you put it away you will know your heart has been changed.
A Dose of Realism Nov 23, 2007
As others have already said, this book may not be an easy read for some. It speaks to the inner heart and often reveals secrets about ourselves we'd rather not acknowledge.
Leigh Scott, a writer, and a Christian, loves her son Jeff deeply. When he becomes involved with a woman Leigh deems totally unsuitable for him, she does everything in her power to drive them apart. But Jeff holds fast and the mother-son relationship becomes strained.
At the same time, Leigh's former love appears back in her life--a man her father considered unsuitable for his daughter and successfully drove away. Leigh finds herself unable to fogive her father for the loss of her true love.
The irony is that while Leigh wants to rekindle the old flame and struggles with forgivenss, she is completely blind to the parallel in her own treatment of her son's romance. I admit, there were times I didn't like her very much. Times when I wanted to jump into the pages and shake some sense into her, like, "Can't you see what your doing?" (I'd say that's the mark of a great writer - to get the reader that involved.)
Two love stories, eerily similar, a generation apart. Only tragedy will open Leigh's eyes to the truth about herself and enable her to find forgiveness.
Nikki Arana--a new favorite author! Oct 17, 2007
Leigh Scott is a widowed, single mother who wants the best for her son Jeff. She would like him to graduate from college, land a secure job, and start a family. However, Jeff, who was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) at a young age, has a God-given compassion for people. And his non-judgemental acceptance of all has unintended consequences.
Jeff starts dating Jessica, a girl with a questionable past and seemingly non-existent future. Soon, Jeff's grades drop as quickly as his sober determination to achieve the goals he's worked toward all his life, and Leigh finds herself caught in a relational tornado
To complicate matters further, Leigh is an author with a looming book deadline, a father battling cancer, and her former boyfriend and first love, a strong Christian Native American, coming back in her life.
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This is the first book I've read by this author. I didn't know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. Arana does a great job with her characterization by making us really feel for her characters. She makes them human with real flawes and yet showing their redeeming values.
Her character, Jessica, (I won't give too much away) anyway, Jessica has lived a less than stellar life, she's making a mess of Leigh's son's life and to put it honestly, sucking the life out of him and dragging him into a life of despair. What Arana does so well is make us feel for the girl, even though she's a mess, and she never quits being a mess, we still see her redeeming value and find ourselves praying the girl gets the help she deserves.
By the end of the book, Leigh realizes her own flaws as a Christian and sees herself for the judgmental person she's become. How many times in our own walk with God do we find ourselves feeling self-righteous and as much as I hate saying it...better than others? I'll confess it right here, I judge people all the time, only to be convicted by God with that little still voice saying "Sabrina, isn't my grace sufficient for them too?"
I think that's what I loved about this book, it was full of flawed people doing the best they could. Both Christians and non-Christians. And that's real life folks.
If I had to find a fault with the book I'd say they didn't do justice to her cover. There was so many neat things they could have done to incorporate the story line that I admit I might not have picked it up by cover alone if I'd have seen it in the bookstore. If you get the chance, pick up your copy today. As I Have Loved You: A Novel
4 stars Aug 30, 2007
Leigh Scott's perfect world begins to crumble when her son, Jeff, becomes involved with what appears to be a most unsuitable girl. Despite her Christian faith, Leigh finds herself hating the girl and the negative influence she has on Jeff's life. At the same time, she has reconnected with her first love and struggling to forgive her father who manipulated things to keep her from marrying the man she truly loved, and coping with other secrets and lies that have shored up her carefully constructed world for years.
**** This is a complex book, one that is very difficult to sum up, but it is Ms. Arana's best work to date. Though the subject matter tends to be dark at times, unlike her prior trilogy, it does not become boggy and depressing while trying to sound happy about being afflicted. Despite the frank sorrow and patently flawed characters, there is a strong spiritual message that will touch many hearts. There are things I find surprising in a Christian novel, but that makes it more honest.
As I Have Loved You Aug 2, 2007
Wow! Another great book by Nikki Arana. It is very moving and thought provoking but I didn't expect any different. This book takes you through just about every emotion. I did not want to put it down.