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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Reprint edition (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414366809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414366807
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,231,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

In Pittman’s latest historical tale of young women of faith, everything seems to be falling into place for Dorothy Lynn Dunbar as romance blossoms between her and the man who is to assume the role of pastor following her father’s death. As she contemplates the life that seems to be perfectly mapped out before her, she is troubled by the small inkling that she might be missing out on something. It is during a trip to St. Louis that Dorothy Lynn finds herself facing all that life might hold for her when she is forced to make decisions that will forever alter her future. By alternating perspectives between the young Dorothy Lynn of the Roaring Twenties and the now-centenarian Lynnie more than 90 years later, Pittman skillfully paints the complete picture of this bold female character who is willing to take risks in order to discover the life that she truly is meant to live. Readers of inspirational fiction will be stirred as this story of longing unfolds, revealing testimony to true contentment. --Elizabeth Ponder

Review

In All for a Song, Dorothy Lynn Dunbar seems contented with her family, her small community and her fiancé, the young minister who took the place of her late father at the pulpit. She can think of few moments more idyllic than stealing to the meadows with her guitar and lifting her voice to God with the songs she writes.

When she visits her sister in St. Louis, Dorothy Lynn is confronted with a way of life completely fresh to her: a world where moving pictures boast the handsome visage of Rudy Valentino, where greasy spoons serve Chinese food, and where a riveting and riling woman named Aimee Semple McPherson is intent on leading sinners to Jesus.

Tantalized by the words she hears at one of Aimee’s crusades, and enticed by the prospective career she might have spreading the gospel through the pure notes of her songs, Dorothy Lynn decides to leave small-town life behind. But, what seems romantic and adventurous on the surface will reveal a dark undertone, and she comes to realize that sometimes God works as deeply on small scales as He does on grand stages.

All For A Song proves Allison Pittman is not only one of the most talented and literary writers in the CBA but also an author with a tremendous writing range. Never afraid to confront subjects that have a bit of edge, Pittman sets the coming-of-age story of innocent Dorothy Lynn against the Evangelical fervor strummed up by charismatic speaker Aimee Semple McPherson. The result is an engaging and unique experience that reads like a breath of fresh air in a market filled with many similar historically influenced tales.

The 1920’s setting of All For A Song will be familiar for readers who read and enjoyed Pittman’s earlier novel, Lillies in Moonlight. The colorful and saucy world of flappers, of bobbed hair and fast automobiles, of rouged lips and frayed skirts are well-paired here against the excitement of the crusades held to bring those fallen back to the purity of God’s love.

Readers who want to find comfort within the pages of their Christian novels will surely find it here, but not without first being challenged by the effervescent hype Dorothy Lynn experiences. A beautiful story of a prodigal finding her way back to grace and forgiveness is told with Pittman’s customary wit and keen observation. All For a Song exhumes an important figure in our Evangelical past and brings her to life in a way that is thought provoking rather than saccharinely sweet and happy.

If you are looking for an intelligent read that will encourage you to think deeply, feel greatly, and offer more than a few challenges, then All for a Song is the read for you. (Rachel McMillan @rachkmc)

In Pittman’s latest historical tale of young women of faith, everything seems to be falling into place for Dorothy Lynn Dunbar as romance blossoms between her and the man who is to assume the role of pastor following her father’s death. As she contemplates the life that seems to be perfectly mapped out before her, she is troubled by the small inkling that she might be missing out on something. It is during a trip to St. Louis that Dorothy Lynn finds herself facing all that life might hold for her when she is forced to make decisions that will forever alter her future. By alternating perspectives between the young Dorothy Lynn of the Roaring Twenties and the now-centenarian Lynnie more than 90 years later, Pittman skillfully paints the complete picture of this bold female character who is willing to take risks in order to discover the life that she truly is meant to live. Readers of inspirational fiction will be stirred as this story of longing unfolds, revealing testimony to true contentment. (Booklist)

More About the Author

As far as I know, I have always been a writer. Before I could put words to page, I would dictate stories to my mother. I have always lulled myself to sleep by crafting stories--a new chapter each night. When God called me to write, I was thrilled to answer His prompting. And so it was, after a long conversation with my husband, I left a 20-year teaching career to pursue a new direction. It called for a HUGE step of faith, but God has kept me and our family safe.

I count every single one of my readers as one of God's blessings in my life, and I like to think of my stories as being the first step in a conversation. Please visit my website, www.allisonpittman.com and send me an email. It is one of my greatest joys to hear from you!

Customer Reviews

I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good historical fiction book.
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I have read three of her books and couldn't put them down until I knew what happened!
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The story was very engaging and I loved the lessons learned by the main character.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Raquel M. Martinez on February 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I've read all of Ms. Pittman's work, and All for a Song is among her best. I found her characters believable, especially of the main character, Dorothy Lynn Dunbar. I also enjoyed her descriptions of the surroundings and the nice and not so nice people Dorothy encounters. I especially found the structure of this book intriguing. We move between Lynnie at the age of 107 in the present to Dorothy Lynn in the past at age nineteen when she decides her fate.
I do not usually read Christian Fiction but I find Ms. Pittman's approach to be subtle and realistic. I prefer her style.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Danyelle0423 on February 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
Dorothy Lynn Dunbar has everything any girl could ever want: a family that loves her, a great church, a tight-knit community, and a handsome fiancé that's the pastor to her church. Spending time in the woods lost in her music, lifting her heart and voice in worship to God with her brother's guitar, should make her life complete but she longs for more.

Spending a week in St. Louis looking for a wedding dress with her sister, gives her more when she discovers Aimee Semple McPherson's crusade team. Given the chance to sing on stage for this powerful woman, Dorothy begins to see how dangerous stardom can be. But she reluctantly agrees to follow Aimee and her troupe to Los Angeles to find her brother and herself.

As she traverses the good and bad side of the '20s she's forced to consider what she wants out of life. With her engagement on the rocks because of her choices and temptation like no other rears its ugly head and innocent Dorothy must use every power in her to resist. Dorothy and her naïveté get her into a lot of trouble and temptation and it doesn't seem like she's strong enough to get herself out.

Will Dorothy resist temptation and sin or will she give in and ruin her life for good? How will Dorothy decide what she truly desires in life? What will Dorothy choose? Her sweet innocent life back home or a wild new world out in California? Can Dorothy win back her fiancé or did she lose him forever?
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Being me, I picked this book solely for cover and era. I've been a fan of the "Roaring '20s" for a while and wanted to read this one solely for that. Unfortunately, this time my gamble didn't pay out. This book is, for lack of a better word, boring.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By debwilson on January 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
Dorothy Lynn Dunbar has it all; a loving family and a fiance that is a preacher just like her daddy. Hours spent in the woods playing her brother's guitar make her life complete, but she aches to know more of the outside world and all it has to offer. She feels claustrophobic and tied down to the small town of Heron's Nest that is her birthplace and home, yet imagines life in the big city.

When an opportunity rises to go visit her sister in St. Louis, she is fascinated by the fancy cars, movies, dancing, and daring fashions of the Roaring Twenties. She meets an evangelist who happens to be a woman, and like a moth to flame, Dorothy is drawn to her. Will she join the McPherson evangelistic team or go home to her family and fiance? Will the temptations of the times prove to be too great for a small town girl like herself?

As with every generation, there is a curiosity about the world. Whether you grew up in a Christian home or not, young people always want to know what's on the other side of the fence. Dorothy is faced with all these curiosities and more, and Pittman takes us on a journey that could be any one of us. No matter which generation you are from, or even where you're from, you will relate to Dorothy's struggles and temptations. All of us were there at one point; the desire to grow up, to find who we are, and to discover what we truly believe. The line of morality is either crossed or respected. But in the end, it is the choices Dorothy makes that essentially make her who she is and who she became. A very good novel about growing up, relevant to either gender of any age.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Booklover2905 on January 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
Loved this book! This has been easily a favorite book of mine and one I will be re reading in the future, it has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf. As soon as I heard Allison Pittman had a new book coming out I could not wait to read it. I have read many of her books and loved them all. I really enjoy reading books set in the roaring '20's since that decade is such a mark of change and the struggles faced back then were very hard and really start to mark a more modern era. Life really started to change from the simpler olden days.

All for a Song is tells a powerful story of Miss Dorothy Lynn Dunbar and really is a story of growing up and finding God's plan. She struggles with the more modern things of the city with her simple country childhood and is torn for much of the story of where she fits and what life she is suppose to lead. I found it interesting how Allison Pittman weaved in the real life charismatic female evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson and loved the the blend of fiction and non-fiction.

In conclusion, I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves historical s set in the '20's. I will warn though that this book really is not a romance story at all but much more of a coming-of-age story filled with so much that will leave you turning the pages long after the lights go out. Great job Allison Pittman on a fantastic novel.

*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
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