Item description for The Passion of Mary-Margaret by Lisa Samson...
Overview When Mary-Margaret Fischer returns to the Chesapeake Bay convent of her youth, she is confronted by the Spirit who tells her she must marry her childhood friend Jude Keller, the lighthouse keeper's son.
Mary-Margaret yearned to dedicate her life to the Lord. Jesus had another idea.
When Mary-Margaret Fischer met Jude Keller, the lighthouse keeper's son, she was studying at a convent school on a small island off Chesapeake Bay. Destined for a life as a religious sister, she nevertheless felt a pull toward Jude--gorgeous, rebellious, promiscuous Jude. But Jude, driven by demons no one really understood, disappeared into Baltimore's seamy red-light district. Mary-Margaret moved on with her life, preparing to serve God with her sisters as a teacher and artist.
Then Jude comes home--but now he's bitter, dissolute, and diseased. And Mary-Margaret receives a divine call that shakes her to the core, a call to give up her dreams for the troubled man who befriended her so long ago. For Jesus' sake, can she forsake the only life she ever wanted for a love that could literally cost her life?
From Publishers Weekly Samson (Quaker Summer) mixes quirky with mysticism, seasons it with social justice, and the result is a page-turner with characters so fresh, funny and indelible the reader wants another 50 pages or so, please. Samson envisions a Jesus even an atheist would enjoy talking to, a Jesus whom the titular Mary-Margaret Fischer, a religious sister, talks to and gets direction from, as mystics quite naturally do. An even more compelling figure than Jesus, or at least someone with more lines and hence more characterization, is Mary-Margaret's childhood friend, Jude Keller, a ne'er-do-well with a soul needing saving encased in a body so good-looking it's hard for a body to resist. The required Christian progression to redemption is a natural in this story that slips between past and presentsomewhat confusingly at firstand ranges from Maryland to Africa. The plot holds a few surprises that make some of the final, far-flung episodes more narratively and theologically satisfying. Quirk works; this is a deeply engaging book deserving of a broad audience. (Mar.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Awards and Recognitions The Passion of Mary-Margaret by Lisa Samson has received the following awards and recognitions -
Citations And Professional Reviews The Passion of Mary-Margaret by Lisa Samson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 03/01/2009 page 73
Publishers Weekly - 01/19/2009 page 39
Library Journal - 02/01/2009 page 60
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.37" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.84" Weight: 0.64 lbs.
Release Date Mar 10, 2009
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1595542116 ISBN13 9781595542113 UPC 020049131619
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More About Lisa Samson
Lisa Samsonis the author of more than a dozen novels, including the Christy Award-winning Songbird, the critically acclaimed"Women s Intuition"and"Tiger Lillie."Her other titles include"The Church Ladies"and"The Living End."Lisa also serves as worship leader at her local church and volunteers as a creative writing instructor. She and her husband live with their three children in Maryland."
Lisa Samson currently resides in the state of Virginia. Lisa Samson was born in 1964.
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Tragically beautiful Feb 22, 2010
This book has many elements. There is the Christian element. A small element, but a nice one. The element of love. Love for a son. Love for a husband. Love for Jesus. Love for friends. And love for those you don't even know. This is a very interesting and well-written book. It can get kind of weird because she talks back and forth in time which ruins things that could have been surprises, but once you get into the story that doesn't matter anymore. This is a very amazing book and i would definitely recommend it! Four stars from me :)
Loved it! Feb 8, 2010
Another one of Lisa Samson's hits. I've read it three times. I've given it to my friends to read, so far all have loved it. It conveys the unending, never-give-up love of God in a captivating story form. Loved it!
Remarkable...Rich and Resonant Jan 29, 2010
It's such a beautiful story about a girl who had plans on how to live her life but yet she followed Jesus obediently, and there were times she understood Him, and there were also times that she was confused about His plans but she followed Him obediently nevertheless. Her plans may not have matched with His plans but yet everything turned out for the best and every piece fell into the rightful place. The passion and intimacy between Mary-Margaret and Jesus was so strong and envious. It's such a stunning novel. Full of wonderful characters.
interesting format, story with a message Oct 16, 2009
I was a little confused at first by the style this book was written in. It's a retrospective memoir (albeit fictional) of a Sister, looking back over her life...after her death. A sheath of papers is found in her room, and upon the reading, it tells the story of a great love and a greater purpose.
Once your mind wraps around the future finding of the memoir and the time in which it's set, it's a thoroughly enjoyable read with a great message. Highly recommended.
Unforgettable Oct 7, 2009
I've always heard how amazing Lisa's stories were, but never had read one for myself until this one. I was immediately drawn in, and thought the story was not only well written and unique, but highly intense and catchy. I couldn't put it down!! Literally. The characters were so vivid and real. This book will stay with me a long time.
I wouldn't recommend it for teenagers, there is some content that is not suitable for teens in my opinion, but man, what a story! I now second the opinion of how amazing Lisa is! =)
This story was just so well done, and Lisa handled touchy subjects with grace and class. I really liked how she presented the spiritual side of the story. As a fellow writer, I know it's not easy to do.
So pick up this book for yourself and read with an open mind. I dare you. You'll probably be changed - in GOOD ways - like I was!