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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: WestBow Press (June 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449701884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449701888
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sharon Garlough Brown is a graduate of Smith College (B.A.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.). A pastor and spiritual director, Sharon lives in West Michigan with her husband Jack and son David. This is her first novel. For book club resources and more information about Sensible Shoes, please visit http://www.sensibleshoesclub.com.

More About the Author

Sharon Garlough Brown is a pastor, spiritual director, and retreat leader who is passionate about shepherding others deep into the love of God. She and her husband, Jack, have served congregations in Scotland, Oklahoma, and England (in that order). They currently co-pastor in West Michigan. Sharon enjoys all things British--especially tea--and loves when her son says, "Mom, would you like me to put the kettle on?"

For more information, visit her website: www.sensibleshoesclub.com

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This book encourages spiritual growth and deeper friendships.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JackB on September 3, 2010
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This is one of those rare Christian novels where the quality of the writing is matched by the quality of the spiritual reflection. So much of what passes for Christian fiction these days can be very well written but spiritually bereft, or sometimes intriguing on a spiritual level but written so poorly the message is lost.

Not so with "Sensible Shoes." I have to say that I was not only engaged by the writing style and the beautiful story (stories, really) being told, but my Christian faith was challenged in a way that I'm still processing. If you enjoy good fiction and you're looking to draw closer to God, I can't recommend this book high enough.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. E. Burnett on August 23, 2010
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I picked this book up looking for some light summer reading, but found a book I'll be rereading and recommending to friends for years to come. Not only is the storyline powerfully engaging, but the insights into spiritual development are truly priceless. I found pieces of myself and many other people in the four women the story follows. If, like me, you have a tendency to "tear up," keep the Kleenex handy. There are powerful deep waters explored in this amazing journey.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By PadreCov on August 5, 2010
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This novel traces the spiritual journeys of four women, each with baggage and issues that need healing and transformation. It skillfully weaves their stories with powerful teaching and illustration of spiritual disciplines, allowing the reader to connect with the book on both an emotional and spiritual level in a way I've rarely seen.

This is a book you want to read twice (at least): once to enjoy the moving and engaging storylines, then again to revisit the spiritual insights that the reader can apply to their own lives. It's also a great book for study groups, women's groups, and book clubs. Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M.J. Bradley on September 13, 2010
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"Sensible Shoes" begins with four women whose lives are stuck because of grief, fear, perfectionism, doubt, and stress. Each of them reluctantly enrolls in a Spiritual Disciplines class.

During their two months in the class, the women become closer to each other and closer to being the unique individuals God created them to be. They discover that God seeks out the lost, comforts the broken hearted, patiently waits through our spiritual (or literal) temper tantrums, finds us in the wilderness, sits beside us in our grief, celebrates our breakthroughs, and loves us no matter what.

Sharon Brown creates a beautiful vision of God's transforming process in this book. Every page glimmers with grace, mercy, and love. You will treasure your journey alongside the characters of Sensible Shoes: A Novel and want to read it more than once.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sally A. Toney on August 2, 2010
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This novel is remarkably right on the mark! There is something about Meg, Hannah, Mara and Charissa that resonates individually and collectively to our own journey through life. This novel is thought provoking and keeps us wanting to know more about these women as well as about ourselves. It is a marvelous novel-- well worth reading. It leaves you hoping for a sequel!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 12, 2011
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This book unmasked me. I've been thinking a lot lately about the use of fiction to convict and compel. Although there are those who would argue fiction has no place in teaching God's truths, I would point them easily to Brown's writing. Without leading readers to rote, memorized theology, Brown leads her readers to questions. We watch her characters struggle to find the right questions to ask and we feel their profound relief when they begin to see the clear path--the one they were led to slowly, gently, and lovingly. Sensible Shoes is soaked through with the story of redemption like a cake soaked in milk or rum. It's full and heavy with the message, but it's sweet and goes down easy. It's smooth.

What is so masterful about Brown's book is that she draws from a long and active career in the ministry to pull her characters and her readers through murkiness to dawning awareness to poignant discovery. So often while reading Sensible Shoes I found myself wishing I'd had a hard copy instead of an e-book so I could underline and annotate. I wanted to call friends and read them the tender lines that meant something to me. Brown's heart for people shines through and in reading her story it felt as if I was sitting at the feet of one much wiser than me who wanted me to be comforted, and to learn.

Jesus taught with stories. We all know this and yet it seems that sometimes we shun stories and look only to non-fiction to teach us truth. Sensible Shoes, in the vein of The Noticer, blends fiction and allegory and comfortable familiarity with scripture and ancient truths, to help us see the world around us in a new light. I highly recommend the book and hope Brown continues to write and share in this way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 5, 2010
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Sensible Shoes is a walk to remember that has left a meaningful imprint on my heart. This God led Novel is on the top of my list for favorite books. I will read this book again and again. Throughout the chapters I was captivated with the spiritual lives of Sharon's four characters, Hanna, Charissa, Mara and Meg; not because they had it all together but because they chose to walk together in their Sensible Shoes to fall deeper in love with Christ.The Journey they take in their hearts is examined with difficultly as they see their true selves in light of the word of God and then following in the footsteps of Jesus. I found myself walking with them and seeing a reflection of myself in Hanna and Mara.

The story has some surprises that were a delight, parts that made me cry because I could relate, and I found myself encouraging one of the women and annoyed by another because it reminded me of me.
In addition; I loved the short chapters, poems, the flash backs and the Spiritual Journey explanations.
Sensible Shoes is an example of the church at work, true Spiritual Formation.
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