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Product Details

  • Series: Project Restoration Series
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781448670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781448673
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,975,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Oliver Barnett is a good contractor, a good Christian, and an obedient son, never in trouble, never one to rock the boat … until real estate developer Samantha Cohen enters his life. Samantha, full of life, vitality, and wit, is unlike any woman he has ever known—in more ways than one. Not only is she planning to transform an historic church near downtown Pittsburgh into a restaurant/nightclub, she is Jewish and she has a less-than-innocent past. Oliver finds himself in a most unsettling dilemma. Does he do what’s right by the nice girl his mother has chosen for him, or does he do what his heart is telling him to do?

About the Author

After nine co-authored books with her husband Jim, Terri Kraus, has added her award-winning interior designer's eye to her world of fiction. She comes to the Restoration series naturally, having survived the remodel, renovation and restoration of three separate residences. She makes her home in Wheaton, IL, with her husband, son Elliot, schnauzer Rufus and Siberian cat Petey.

Customer Reviews

I liked the way the author treated the issues of past sins and how the church and people in general react to them.
P. Smith
It leaves the reader with the realization that anyone, regardless of past sins, can be redeemed through the amazing power and grace of God.
Patti Shene
The supporting characters...like Tolliver, Paula, Rose, Barth and the Pratt Brothers...all add important elements to the story.
Valerie J. Cunningham

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark B on April 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I thought this book, Transformation, by Terri Kraus sounded really good. The idea of the story, a building being transformed as the backdrop of a person being transformed, made a very good plot.

I liked the main character, Oliver, and could appreciate his struggles and determination to do right. The message came through loud and clear that no matter what your past, God can forgive and redeem.

I did have a couple of problems with the book. The main character, though a Christian, drank alcoholic beverages, and even went to a bar fairly often. I know a lot of Christians are ok with that, and I have heard the arguments, but there are also a lot of Christians who do not drink, and believe it is wrong. I feel it is something a Christian author should avoid in their books. It is a big turn off for me when I run into it in a book, and I am sure there are others who feel the same way.

Oliver had two women throwing themselves at him, both trying to seduce him. I know it was a fiction book, but a real Christian man should have walked away from both women under the circumstances, so I think that gives a wrong message about dating relationships.

Overall, the book was a good read, and if alcohol-consuming Christians don't bother you, then you will most likely enjoy this author. She can write a good story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tah_Dah on August 12, 2013
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I like the general outline here: skilled, single contractor takes on a nontraditional remodel and ends up in a relationship with a Jewish woman. I enjoy Christian fiction, but frankly there's a lot of mediocre (or worse) stuff out there. Sadly, I found myself struggling to finish it. Oliver has a decent backstory, and is manipulated all-too-easily by his mother. I had a hard time reconciling that with the other elements of his character, though: he's renovated the apartment over his mother's garage into a stunning piece of modern architecture that friends wish they could buy, occasionally hangs out with coworkers at bars, yet is beyond innocent when it comes to women? How on earth did he accomplish so much in his professional life and supposedly maintain a bit of a social life and yet be clueless when Paula wants to "show him her etchings"?

The buffoon of a pastor at his home church adds a frustrating element to the story (and I wish that there had been some sort of crisis that changed the situation there). I did enjoy Barth and the Pratt brothers, but not enough to make me recommend the book as a whole.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Smith on August 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
The entire theme of this novel is redemption from beginning to end. Nearly all the characters have some need for it. I think that is very reflective of our world today. I liked the way the author treated the issues of past sins and how the church and people in general react to them. Some are too afraid to go there at all, some are very critical, and some let those sins determine the path for the rest of their lives. I think God's mercy is a lot more extensive than many people are willing to extend--even to themselves. I also appreciated the way the author treated the Jewish culture and traditions with respect while still holding fast to the truth.

Samantha, Paula, Oliver, Taller and even Robert the dog, became very real to me as I stepped into these pages and watched not just a building transform--but their lives as well. It's a beautiful reminder of what God can and does do each and every day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Malone on September 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Transformation by Terri Kraus is more than meets the eye. Yes, there is the transformation of a beautiful old church. A beautiful young woman who buys real estate and flips them for a profit has her eye on transforming this church into a restaurant/bar. However, the man she chooses to do this is a man of strong faith and conviction.

During the work on the building they begin to learn more about each other. He finds out that she has a colored past and she discovers he has a strong sense of right and wrong. What they both discover through their transformations - not just the buildings - is that they both have more in common than they would have ever thought. What is that common thread from their past that haunts both of them?

There is an array of characters and each will go through transformations of their own. If you like surprise endings, then you don't want to miss this one.
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The Transformation by Terri Kraus is a work that speaks to issues far deeper than the renovation of a historic old church into a modern restaurant and night club. As the restoration project progresses, it parallels the changes that transpire in the lives of the characters involved.

The book presents a strong message of redemption backed by sound theology and accurate Biblical references. It leaves the reader with the realization that anyone, regardless of past sins, can be redeemed through the amazing power and grace of God.

Oliver Barnett is a good Christian man who honors his God and his mother. Yet, his attraction to a woman outside his faith tests his moral fiber and threatens to devastate his doting mother. Oliver struggles with his feelings while attempting to rekindle a relationship with a past love interest, a woman who needs the stability he can offer and whose presence in his life would please his mother.

Samantha Cohen, real estate developer and woman of the world who is bound by the Jewish traditions of her widower father, has never met a man like Oliver. As she tries to lure him away from his moral code, Samantha discovers why his beliefs have molded him into the man she has come to love.

Robert the Dog is a delightful canine creation who serves to give a deeper dimension to Oliver's character. A well defined array of other characters, including Oliver's brother, Samantha's father, an old preacher, and even the workmen on the project, flow into the plot in a harmony of circumstances that force Oliver and Samantha to search their hearts for truth.

In this third book in the Product Restoration Series, Terri Kraus dares to pose questions about religion, love, and morality through an entertaining tale that takes the reader on a soul-searching journey.
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View the video trailer of THE TRANSFORMATIION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20gAyOtf8Ck

After eleven co-authored books with husband, Jim, Terri Kraus has added her award-winning interior designer's eye to her world of fiction. She comes to the Project Restoration series naturally, having survived the remodel, renovation, and restoration of three separate personal residences, along with those of her clients. She makes her home in Wheaton, Illinois, USA, with her husband, son, Elliot, miniature schnauzer, Rufus, and Siberian cat, Petey.
Along with being a practicing designer, Terri taught interior design at the college level for 10 years, and was a director of women's ministries for 6 years. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the South Pacific and the Caribbean, and loves exploring Chicago with her family. Her monthly book club is in its 15th year. She enjoys music, photography and all things Italian and British. Terri is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild.

Visit Terri Kraus at her website: www.terrikraus.com to connect to her blog.

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