Gevangen Woorden (2011)
Gevangen woorden (2011)
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As a christian, I often feel guilty for mostly NOT reading christian fiction. And although I have personally seen and experienced God's grace and mercy,I know from experience it is not as neat and tidy as christian authors would have you believe. That's how I felt about this book. I loved that there were real issues and the heartbreaking truth of the little girl's plight was, I thought, spot on. Unfortunately, it turned sappy and that is where it lost me. I will preface this review with the fact that I am not a Christian now nor have I ever been a Christian. I read this for the Readers Advisory class I am teaching this semester.Sierra is a single artist and an ex-drug user. She is mourning the loss of her daughter 12 years ago when she comes across the neglected and abused 10 year old Kaylee in the woods. After some drama and soul searching, Sierra becomes the foster parent for Kaylee, who has a hard time overcoming her past sexual abuse. There are multiple points of view and the main characters are likable and sympathetic. The secondary characters are flat and one dimensional. This is an emotional book and the characters struggle with making the right choices and doing the right thing. Sierra relies of God to show her the way. I wish she spent less time obsessing over her inner turmoil and waiting for God to show her the way and more time taking proactive measures regarding the caretaking of a special needs child. Despite the emotional wrenching, the pacing is pretty fast and the action moves it forward quickly. This book is a fairly disturbing look at a child who has been sexually abused. I can see the other reviews who felt a strong emotional connection with this book, but the spiritual overtones just didn't work for me.
I was engaged the through the entire story, however, I felt that the resolution was rushed.
great book. Didn't want to put it down.
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