Overview In a modern retelling of the biblical story of Job, a college dean, Alexis, is drawn to the attractive and intelligent Professor Joseph Barnes, but when Joseph's career begins to crumble, Alexis must decide whether or not to rescue him from his circumstances. Original.
Publishers Description Is it possible to find unconditional love in a world of expectations? Professor Joseph Barnes is attractive, intelligent, and successful-beloved by both his students and fellow university faculty.Despite her professional reservations, Alexis, the dean of Joe's college, finds herself drawn to him and recognizes his interest in her. But when Joe's career begins to crumble, Alexis has to decide whether or not to rescue Joe from his circumstances. If she does save him, how can she be sure he loves her for herself-and not for what she can do for him? Can she fight the ghosts of the past that haunt them both? Three well-intentioned friends and an ambitious department secretary complicate the delicate situation between Alexis and Joe in this modern retelling of the biblical story of Job. Thoughtful and clever, "Blameless "asks, what does it mean to love without expectations? And in the midst of losing it all, is it possible to find everything you've been looking for?
Citations And Professional Reviews Blameless by Thom Lemmons has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 03/01/2007 page 70
Publishers Weekly - 01/29/2007 page 43
Library Journal - 04/01/2007 page 74
Booklist - 04/01/2007 page 25
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.24" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.71" Weight: 0.48 lbs.
Release Date Mar 20, 2007
Publisher WaterBrook Press
ISBN 1400071747 ISBN13 9781400071746
Availability 0 units.
More About Thom Lemmons
Thom Lemmonshas published numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, includingSunday Clothesand the best-sellingJabez: A Novel.He is the senior editor at Texas A&MUniversity Press."
Thom Lemmons currently resides in Abilene, in the state of Texas.
Thom Lemmons has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Blameless?
Blameless Feb 3, 2010
I found this book to be pointless and very scattered. Not one I would recommend.
Academic Look at a Season of Suffering May 14, 2007
Thom Lemmons has penned a thoughtful novel retelling the modified biblical story of Job through a modern cast of characters.
The author uses some clever name configurations to clue us into the characters his represent.
Don't expect a total retelling of the story of Job, though. "Blameless" is a closer fit to "inspired by," and this is really how it has to be. How could one novel contain the detailed scope of Job, and do it well?
Lemmons has chosen aspects of unfair suffering, righteousness and reward and has created a well-written season in the life of Joe and Alexis.
As good fiction should, the story of Joe and Alexis makes the reader pause and consider the truth of bigger things.
Those at home in academic settings should find much to like even if they aren't keen on biblical fiction.
Interesting tale May 5, 2007
Dean of the colleges Arts and Humanities, divorced Dr. Alexis Hartnett is a take charge person who never shows emotion. Divorced Professor Joseph Barnes is a highly regarded teacher in spite of his cynical outlook. This pair could never find an attraction at least on the surface, but they do. Meanwhile Alexis office assistant Lucy Conn is upset with her boss for neglecting her duties while pining over Joe; Lucy is a minority of one who loathes Joe.
Lucy concludes that Joe has dark secrets that he prefers hidden, but she will learn them and expose him. Meanwhile Joe works on a Hawthorne paper that parallels his precarious position at the school. He is falling in love with his superior, but knows nothing will come of it as he would have to reveal his sordid past to her. Alexis reciprocates in every way including fear of testing love as she has ghosts too that she hides, but mostly worries that the new professor, after a great start, is beginning to fail at the job.
The cautious relationship between the two middle age educators is cleverly developed so that the audience understands why each hesitates when it comes to love. The contemporary tale links to biblical Job and more so Hawthorne is brilliantly interwoven into the solid inspirational story line as Joe especially learns losing all is not necessarily the end because starting fresh might lead to something better and more meaningful. Although the key element leading to exposing Joe is Lucy detests him; yet her obsessive need to investigate the object of her hatred never comes across as plausible since readers never learn why she is so fixated on destroying him. Inspirational readers will enjoy Thom Lemmons insightful tale.
A modern-day Job Apr 6, 2007
Thom Lemmons is a good writer. He uses too many metaphors and similes for my taste but some of them are quite lovely--"the day hung low and gray like tattered drapes." The story moves along nicely and if covers sell books, Blameless should do well. The cover is beautiful, made even more meaningful once you read the book.
I've spent much of my life in ministry and I was intrigued by the reference to Job. That said, I wanted to like this book more than I do. To be fair to Mr. Lemmons, I read the book, read the book of Job, then read the book again. However, it just doesn't work for me as "a modern retelling of the biblical story." Job's story is an inundation of catastrophic events--a number nine on the Richter scale. It's filled with drama and angst. Blameless is barely a blip on the screen.
We live in a world where most people get laid off at least once, the majority of people live from paycheck to paycheck and a full third of the population are without health insurance. Therefore, I found it hard to get very concerned about a divorced professor, with a small apartment and no bills, who gets a pink slip and is brought up on ethics charges because he had coffee with one of his students and she kissed him once.
I'm not even sure it works for Joe Barnes, our modern-day Job. Joe is the first to admit that he's still got connections in the publishing industry and he's not likely to starve. The worst fate he and his colleagues can imagine is that Joe might have to put in a term or two as a substitute teacher.
I understand that the story's main connection with the biblical story is the love between Joe and his boss Alexis and its similarity to Job's relationship with God. That analogy doesn't really work for me either.
Joe and Alexis' relationship consists of two meals, a glass of wine and a handful of encounters. This is a not love--not yet. It needs more time--and so does Blameless.
The metaphor would be better served with a longer book and more room for character and plot development. And Thom Lemmons has the talent to write that book.
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