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Matters of Faith Paperback – August 5, 2008
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More About the Author
She is the author of CATCHING GENIUS, published in 2007 and an Ingram Book Club selection.
MATTERS OF FAITH was published in 2008 and was chosen as an IndieNext Notable Title and won the Florida Book Award bronze medal.
BETWEEN FRIENDS was published in 2010 and was a featured selection for the Literary Guild, Doubleday, and Rhapsody book clubs, and was also chosen a Best Summer Beach Read by Women's World.
Top Customer Reviews
The story is told by both the mother (Chloe) and the brother (Marshall). Through them we view all sorts of human conditions, beliefs and feelings: children of the same family who each need very special considerations; married partners who have never seen eye-to-eye on raising those children; the physchological results of an abusive childhood; searching for faith and what can happen when one "finds" it, possibly in all the wrong places.
This book MOVES. It reads swiftly. It read so TRUE that you cannot but feel you are living with Chloe and her family as she prepares to meet her college son's first real girlfriend,Ada, as she watches daughter Megan become entirely enchanted with Ada and fears husband Cal's cavalier association with his son on his return from school. What happens happens swiftly and the movement never stops, not even when we spend hours, days with Chloe and Cal in the hospital.
This book is intense without being the least bit "preach-y." There are no slow spots. The characters are so well drawn that you KNOW them, even the minor ones. And it has no platitudes, no actual reassurances except to leave you knowing that life is not about absolutele answers.Read more ›
I read very little fiction these days, and I found it very refreshing to see food allergies play such an important part of a mainstream book.
I had myself convinced that Kristy Keirnan, the author, had to have a food allergic niece, nephew or good friend who had a child with food allergies. I was amazed when I found out that that was not the case.Kristy did such an incredible job of describing what it's like to live with someone who has life threatening food allergies.
I found myself actually peeking at the end, so concerned with the outcome. But as I got there, I found it very real and satisfying. It could have gone many different ways but I'm glad she chose the ending that she did.
I hope every parent, grandparent, teacher, neighbor, anyone who knows someone with a food allergy has the opportunity to read this book. The story is engaging and the reader becomes a part of the Tobias family as they deal with not only a medical crisis, but with family flaws that have been forced to the surface.
Grab a few tissues and be prepared for the ups and downs of a family who could just as easily live in your neighborhood.
It was challenging to read parts of the book as they hit so close to home and were so realistic. This did not take away from the book for me at all. I loved the book and had trouble putting it down! I found the strength of the writing and characters extremely well done. The author alternates the narrative between the mother Chloe and the son Marshall which was very effective to delve into their deepest thoughts. After I finished the book, I felt like I knew the family. The author was able to describe their thoughts and emotions in a way that the reader felt connected to them in a personal way. It was painful at times to read about Meghan and her anaphylactic reaction and the situation that caused this. I could relate to Chloe on so many levels as a mom, as a mother of a food allergic child. The overprotectiveness I have in wanting to protect my own child but wanting to allow him the freedom to explore the world without fear. To me, Chloe's character was extremely realistic to a mother's feeling towards her children and keeping that in balance when you have to protect both children. With that said, it could also be difficult for some to read as it deals with what can happen when a child has an anaphalyactic reaction.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Matters of Faith was definitely worth the time spent reading it. The characters were believable. The plot was intriguing. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by Speed Read
I came across this book looking for a quick enjoyable read and I certainly was not disappointed. I wanted to sit and read it cover to cover, and I must confess I spent hours at a... Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by Denise
Kristy Kiernan has many gifts as a writer (and as for her gifts as a person, well, there's not enough room to write about them on only one Internet). Read morePublished on December 5, 2011 by J.D. Rhoades
I loved "Catching Genius" and therefore thought I would give "Matters of Faith" a shoot. I was a little bit hesitant since most of the praise on the cover related to "Catching... Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by frostydahlia
Kristy's new book grabbed me from the first page. Her writing stirs up so many emotions - you can feel the characters pain. Read it in a day. Read morePublished on December 4, 2010 by Sharon S. ~ NC
This novel beautifully ties together the themes of family, faith, deadly allergies, and allowing your children to gain their independence while struggling with a mature, yet... Read morePublished on May 1, 2010 by Lisa2011
I found "Matters of Faith" much more interesting and believable than a prior Kiernan novel, "Catching Genius. Read morePublished on November 25, 2009 by Free2Read
Thanks Kristy Kiernan for writing this book!
I am the mother of a 3 year old with life threatening food allergies to dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts. Read more
I ordered this book, thinking it was the book everybody was talking about (The Shack). It obviously wasn't, but I enjoyed it WAY more than I enjoyed The Shack. Read morePublished on March 14, 2009 by Lynn G. Davidson