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Baptism for the Dead [Kindle Edition]

Libbie Hawker
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The perfect Mormon wife in the perfect Mormon town has a secret: she doesn’t believe in God. Her husband has a secret, too: he’s in love with another man. She’s stood by her husband for two years, tending their secrets, fading into the easy background of Rexburg, Idaho. But when she meets a man who calls himself “X,” an untidy, beer-drinking artist on a rambling sabbatical through the Western States, her resolve to be the perfect wife finally crumbles.

At first her affair with X is just another secret to keep. He’ll be gone soon, and no one will be the wiser. But she quickly realizes she can no longer be content with the structured, wholesome life of a Rexburg woman. Though she fears her husband’s reaction and the town’s rejection, she leaves to join X on his journey through the Rockies.

Amid mountains and deserts, surrounded by art and creation, she discovers the realities of eternity. But just as she is beginning to build a life without religion, a death in the family pulls her and X back to Rexburg. She must return to the place that created and confined her, this time not as the perfect Mormon wife, but as something monstrous to the people she loves.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5455 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Running Rabbit Press (December 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009J7D1AG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,069 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Full disclosure: I don't know the author from Adam (or should I say "Eve"?). I bought the book because it was featured on one of the blogs I read daily and the excerpt I read made me want to read more.
I downloaded the book on my kindle and I read half of it in one sitting.

What captured me was the story, but as I progressed in it I realized that this writer's prose was worthy of a more measured and slower reading. I absolutely loved her description of the America West. I told my wife that I felt like I was reading a painting.

So I slowed down my reading in order to better appreciate this writer's prose. She definitely has a gift beyond storytelling. Her descriptions are stunningly vivid and as worthy of praise as her storytelling skills.

The only (minor) complaint I have is that I found several misspellings, mostly of the kind spell checkers don't find. In very few cases they were distracting enough to slow the flow of my reading. I would say that at the most there were 6 to 9 such misspellings. I logged most of them with my Kindle app.

Definitely this is a book worthy of much wider distribution. This year I read 5 or 6 novels by far more famous authors but this book is my favorite for 2012. Hands down.
I am looking forward to more books, but I have a feeling I will read this book again in another year or so. it's that good.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong, Poetic Prose (Spoiler Free) November 1, 2012
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I downloaded the sample and was drawn in, so I bought the book. The book is very literary, with vivid, poetic prose. There are some not-so-great self published works out there, but this is the cream. In my only-an-avid-reader opinion, this is publishable quality.

I liked the use of language, I felt for the main character, and the end of the book moved me. The author is obviously a skilled writer. There were times when the sentences were a bit too purple for my taste, but there was never a moment when I didn't want to finish the book. When I put it down, I looked forward to picking it up again (five stars is when I'm sad to have to put the book down). There were a handful of errors in the book (like swapping "live" for "life"), which is a shame since the writing is so strong. Every sentence is poetic, so I would reread a sentence multiple times if there was an error, assuming initially that the mistake was mine. It pulled me out of the book. It also lost one star for a little too much repetition - I get it, the roads in Rexburg are wide.

It's very fade-to-black in the sex-scenes department, which is a pro or a con depending on taste. I don't need fifty shades, but I wouldn't have minded a bit more description. A couple times I wasn't initially sure if a relationship was actually consummated because it was so poetically, yet vaguely, described.

That's it, though. My only criticisms.

The writing is really strong. If you liked Paul Harding's Tinkers then you would probably like this, and Baptism for the Dead has a better story to support the poetic prose. If reading about someone who questions the existence of God bothers you, then this is not the book for you. I would recommend this book (especially if the few errors were corrected), and read future books from this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Searching August 29, 2014
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A poetically written search for self, purpose, place and God beginning through the small lense of one town and moving through the kaleidoscope of the natural world.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You MUST read this book. May 1, 2013
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THe writing is stunningly beautiful, some of the best that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Some books are great reads and I really love those. Some, though, are not only that but also so exquisitely written that they are works of fine art, much like a masterpiece painting. Poignant, layered, deeply moving, what else can I say?

THe author takes us into the world of Mormonism and the struggle of one woman who finds she simply cannot believe. I don't want to divulge too much of the plot here because it is like a rare flower unfolding. It shouldn't be spoiled. Let me just say there is heartache, loneliness, love, romance, and the awful prospect of freedom that is both exhilarating and painful. Leaving behind everything you have been taught is difficult, but sometimes we simply have no choice.

You MUST read this book. You must.

*I am also an author and, as such, I at times review other books that I have read and enjoyed. I was not asked for this review, and I bought this book. Since I have been a reader way longer than an author, I reserve my right to praise books I enjoy and encourage others to read them. If for some reason you feel an author cannot review fairly, please ignore it and read the other ones. Thank you!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unforgettable read! October 5, 2013
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This book, this story, is just absolutely gorgeous. I doubt my words can do justice how lovely this book was. I could have highlighted the whole book it's so beautifully-written. And yet, it wasn't too dense or hard to read either. It's one you'd want to read slowly, so that you wouldn't miss a single word. You'd want to linger on the thoughts and feelings and wonder what they mean to you.

The story is so delicate, raw, sad and yet so full of hope. It's about religion and faith, but it's not here to preach. It's just intensely personal, the story of this one woman and her struggle around faith and God and the afterlife. It's a love story of duty and faith and passion and self.

The reader is pulled in immediately by the rich details and history, caught up in her life on the brink of change, begging for change, and whoa boy does she get it! So many times in this I found myself clutching at my heart with a knot in my throat. So good. So deeply personal and delicate and unforgettable.

Very highly recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite! Best book I've read so far in 2015!
This is a gem of a novel: soft and sure, tough and clear. Pitch perfect. I now count myself as one of Libbie Hawker's biggest fans. Read more
Published 22 days ago by DD213
5.0 out of 5 stars moving
I wept through half of this book. Enjoyed it very much. I recommend it to anyone and look forward to reading more from this author
Published 7 months ago by allATsea
5.0 out of 5 stars A literary experience worth having!
I graduated with a degree in English Literature from college because I had a great high school english teacher named Dan Murphy who peeled back the layers of the great works of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by FredReadIt
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is so eloquently written and paints a beautiful picture you...
The book is so eloquently written and paints a beautiful picture you can't help feeling a part of it. I love this book!
Published 8 months ago by Vanessa Werner
5.0 out of 5 stars made me think
I started reading this out of curiosity and kept reading because I was drawn in by the story. I do believe in God and His love for us. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I would have given this a 5 star but the only thing I did not like in the book was that it was too descriptive about things. The story was great and I really enjoyed reading it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Baptism for the Dead is excellent!
This book is charming, well written, and the descriptions are beautiful. You can almost see and smell the desert and the smoke from the fire at the Grand Canyon. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book
Baptism for the Dead is a beautiful book... about growing up, trying to fit in, losing faith, finding love, acceptance, and even, finally, a kind of redemption. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Sirius
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting Read
This was a really interesting book. It's a romance set in a small Mormon town. As a fan of Big Love, I was always a little curious about the day-to-day lives of Mormon's, and the... Read more
Published on March 19, 2013 by Ed
4.0 out of 5 stars heartfelt and haunting
Baptism For the Dead crept up on me slowly, then completely encompassed me. Hawker has created a moving love story that shows the reader that a person must learn to love... Read more
Published on January 25, 2013 by Gerald S. Argetsinger
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Libbie was born in Rexburg, Idaho and divided her childhood between Eastern Idaho's rural environs and the greater Seattle area. She presently lives in Seattle, but has also been a resident of Salt Lake City, Utah; Bellingham, Washington; and Tacoma, Washington. She loves to write about character and place, and is inspired by the bleak natural beauty of the Rocky Mountain region and by the fascinating history of the Puget Sound. She will opt for high mountains, sage deserts, and heavy rainclouds over a sunny, sandy beach any day of the week.

She has held a broad and bizarre range of "day jobs" while pursuing a career as a novelist. Included among these are zoo keeper, show dog handler, bookseller, yarn dyer, and wedding photographer, to name only a few.

When she's not writing, Libbie is hiking, painting landscapes and portraits with pastel and watercolor, road tripping through the West, and rockhounding.

Libbie's writerly influences are varied, and include Hilary Mantel, Vladimir Nabokov, Annie Dillard, Michael Ondaatje, George R. R. Martin, songwriter Neko Case, and mixed-media storyteller Chris Onstad, among others.


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