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Broken Pottery [Kindle Edition]

Joan K. Smith
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Book Description

This fictional book is great for discussions of politics, religion, and life. You know - those things you aren't supposed to talk to anybody about to keep the peace?

Do we all exist in Heaven before becoming human? Is our life on Earth a test to see if we then get to spend Eternity with God? Does evil exist? Do evil spirits exist? What does it mean to be Christian in the year 2012 and beyond? Is God even in control? These questions and many more are answered in the pages of Broken Pottery.

Janice Thresher is the typical middle class suburban teen of the 1980's. Living near Pittsburgh, PA, she follows her high school sweetheart off to Penn State where he proceeds to dump her. She copes with her loss by partying heavily until God brings a new love into her life. In a cruel twist of fate, this love was not meant to last either.

On the other side of the country in Southern California, Sophie Ulsrey, a girl several years younger than Janice, spends her time trying to hide ugly scars sustained after a terrible auto accident in which she lost her father. The accident, and her mother's reaction to it, drives Sophie to achieve wealth and fame as she becomes an adult.

As adults, the lives of Janice and Sophie divinely intersect in time to warn fellow Americans of a government cover-up to hide important factual information with apocalyptic national security implications. Just as it was in 1938 when an American radio audience believed Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" broadcast to be truth instead of fiction, many readers of Broken Pottery will be tempted to check their cell phones and digital libraries just to make sure they, too, are reading only a book of fiction.

Broken Pottery takes you on a suspenseful adventure through the years 1965-2020, taking on the real difficulties we all have in life, dramatizes them, and provides a considered, thoughtful view of how we tackle them. 21 Study questions for self-reflection or group study are included. Below is an example of three of them:

2. Does God want us to question our beliefs?

9. Do you believe there are both heavenly and demonic forces at work in your life and in the lives of all of us?

17. Do you believe that the "ends justify the means?" Who gets to decide which "ends" are important enough that the "means" are justified? Why?

Product Details

  • File Size: 672 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (January 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZT5HB2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Inspired message but . . . July 31, 2012
By Gerry
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Inspired message about suffering and redemption but referencing supporting books like The Shack and A Purpose Driven Life. Hmmm. I don't think a lot of thought was put into this aspect of the book. Mild language. Totally unnecessary as it detracts from the message of the book.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Book EVER!! September 3, 2012
By CrisW07
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This by far has been the worst book I have ever read in my entire life. I have read hundreds, of books, and this by far is at the bottom on my list. First, I want to say this Author is twisted. For someone who is trying to write about God's goodness, they sure have a nasty mouth. Not sure how you can quote Bible, then turn around use God's name in vain, and cuss like a sailor. This book made me sick. I couldn't finish, and had to ask God to forgive me for reading such trash. Horrible book. I would never recommand this book to anyone, not even the Devil himself. Oh, yeah, also the chartcers in this book were not horrible as well. Come on Beverly Lewis! What? By the way Beverly Lewis would never be involved in trash like this. Joan K. Smith, that was my first and last to ever open a book of yours. I do hope you truly seek the Lord for guidance.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The story is worth the read November 10, 2012
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I almost put this book down because, as others have reviewed, it is not cohesive and there were points where I found it confusing. I also didn't care for the chapters about before the people were born and afterwards... too speculative and the story would have been just fine without them.

However, I kept reading and found it very interesting how the different storylines are brought together towards the end of the book. Fans of "End Times" stories should stick with the book and I think would enjoy the story as I did.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful, Detailed, Prophetic February 2, 2012
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The purpose of this novel is to promote awareness of humanity's purpose on Earth, to exercise free will and to make the decision as to whether we live our lives devoted to God, or devoted to anything that's not God. After an intriguing prologue narrated by a soul waiting in Heaven for its time on Earth, the author develops two simultaneous story lines. In the prologue, three types of lives are mentioned: those who are awarded most Earthly blessings ( a loving home, good health, financial security, friends, a rewarding career); those who are either born with difficulties (Down's, physiological deformities, etc.), or who develop ill health later in life (perhaps a debilitating disease, for example) and who consequently live what others view as an abbreviated life; and those who are born into really atrocious conditions, such as in Third World countries, with ill health, starvation, famine, and war.

The two protagonists, whose story lines alternate, are Janice and Sophie. Janice seems at first to fit into the first category, as she has loving parents, good school friends, and a devoted boyfriend whom she knows will eventually marry her. Additionally, she has been a churchgoer since a very young age, and knows God, although she practices underage drinking and occasional pot-smoking at parties. But on her first day in college, she experiences an event which turns her life inside out and sets her on a downward spiral psychologically and emotionally. Suddenly she has forgotten about her devotion to the Lord, and instead seems to have started on a path of emotional self-destruction.

Sophie, on the other hand, suffers greatly as a young girl.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still not sure... April 2, 2013
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Overall, this book has a good message but I really struggled with the way it was delivered. I read Christian books so I don't have to read books with bad language and sex. I had a really hard time with reading the Lord's name taken in vain. I don't think a true Christian book should have that in it at all. There was some language in this book that could have been left out but it wasn't as offensive to me as the other. The book was long and drawn out and I almost quit reading it several times. There were times that it was choppy. Although I do agree with the message that was given, I would have a hard time recommending this book.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heads UP C.S. Lewis Fans January 31, 2012
Broken Pottery is the inspired second coming of C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters. This is a challenging read for high schoolers on up. Real life issues meet free will choice. Theology made enjoyable! Well done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing January 27, 2013
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This book was very different from what I envisioned from the cover and title, a lesson in looking inside before making a purchase.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! January 23, 2012
A must read!! I realize this book is classified as fiction, but there are so many Spiritual Truths to it!!! The author made me feel as if I had jumped into the book, with her characters. It is the type of book that you will put down physically, but carry with you in your Spirit. Brilliant work! I could not put it down! A++++
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1.0 out of 5 stars Broken Pottery
I finished this book only because I wanted to see if it finished as crazy as it began. I have read thousands of books both Christian and secular and could not decide where this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Penny Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars I am glad I read it and will share with my friends
I had this book saved to read in 2012, wish I had read it then, Just finished reading it, I appreciate the thoughts and my own questions it has provoked, I am glad I read it and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by KVG
3.0 out of 5 stars The book was very good would have given it 5 except for using our ...
The book was very good would have given it 5 except for using our Lords name in vane and it was not necessary.
Published 5 months ago by Pat Regina
4.0 out of 5 stars would be good for a reading group
Christian fiction, would be good for a reading group. Follows the lives of three women...with "commentaries" from demons or angels. It was interesting, good characters. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Geegee
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird beginning but got much better!
This book was tough to get into but I'm glad I stuck with it. The book brought forward some very thought provoking ideas.
Published 16 months ago by Mom Gayla
1.0 out of 5 stars Sad but Bad
This could have been a great book. There were great plot elements, great scriptural principles. But the writing was bad, bad, bad. The plot leaps were confusing. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Fragmented book
The story was unrealistic but also had some parts that could be true. I found the book fragmented and the ending just ended with not much conclusion. I did not like this book.
Published 23 months ago by Joyce Garmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Truely enjoyable.
This book was a truely thought provoking book into why some people make the decisions we do. It is written in a unique way that I was unsure of at first, but then it really had me... Read more
Published on May 22, 2013 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Christian fiction?
What's with the language? Using God's name in vain? I do not believe we have to resort to cursing to get a point across. As a writer I would think Ms. Smith could do better. Read more
Published on May 13, 2013 by Bobbi
1.0 out of 5 stars Vulgarity disguised as a "Christian" book
The book Broken Pottery, is a fraud.
Someone writes a "christian" book with all kinds of language and vulgarity like this...???
Like poison in a pie.
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Published on April 21, 2013 by mpj7
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More About the Author

As it says on the back cover of Broken Pottery, "She wrote this book with God's help." That is not an understatement. I have not been a novel writer by profession or hobby. I am "just" a nice, middle-aged woman who felt pushed, by an inner voice, to write this book and once I finally could no longer resist and took the chance, the dialogue just spewed forth creating this intricate plot. It took more than a year to fill in the details surrounding the dialogue I "heard in my head and transcribed."

I believe this book is a reflection of me trying to understand my Christian faith and the faith I see in others, both Christian and not Christian. It dives into the topics of selfishness and greed, disease, poverty, homosexuality, and even politics -- how much control should our government have on us?

I do believe in the saving Grace of Jesus Christ. There may be many paths to Jesus, but HE is the way, the truth, and the life.

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