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Why the Sky Is Blue Paperback – July 1, 2004

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Meissner's Why the Sky Is Blue is about a high-school English teacher, Claire Holland, who is raped. After recovery, she discovers she's pregnant. Her husband, Dan, doesn't want the child. Claire has a history of miscarriages and hopes she'll have another but can't bring herself to abort the fetus. At last she gives birth, and the child is perfect, raising the question, Was it the Lord's blessing that Claire was raped? Meissner's story is thoughtful and even lyrical, but the evangelical stance on abortion turns the tale into propaganda. John Mort
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"Excellent pacing and believable characters create an appealing story for female readers who enjoy contemporary fiction." -- CBA Marketplace
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736914137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736914130
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I cannot remember a time when I wasn't driven to write. I attribute this passion to a creative God and to parents who love books and more particularly to a dad who majored in English and passed on a passion for writing.

I was born in 1961 in San Diego, California, and am the second of three daughters. I spent my very average childhood in just two houses. I attended Point Loma College in San Diego, majoring in education, but I would have been smarter to major in English with a concentration in writing. The advice I give now to anyone wondering what to major in is follow your heart and choose a vocation you are already in love with.

I'm happy and humbled to say that I've had 17 books published in the last dozen years, including The Shape of Mercy, which was named one of the 100 Best Books in 2008 by Publishers Weekly, and the ECPA's Fiction Book of the Year, a Carol Award winner, and a RITA finalist. I teach at writers' conferences from time to time and I've a background in community journalism.

I'm also a pastor's wife and a mother of four young adults. When I'm not at work on a new novel, I write small group curriculum for my San Diego church. Visit me at my website: http//:susanmeissner.com on Twitter at @SusanMeissner or at www.facebook.com/susan.meissner

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I don't normally do book reviews--probably because I'm not very good at them, but the book I just finished touched me in such a way that I want to share it with all of my fellow writers and book enthusiasts.

Title: Why the Sky is Blue

Author: Susan Meissner

Genre: Christian fiction--primary reader group: women

Claire Holland is raped on her way home from the mall. If this isn't horrifying enough, she finds out she is pregnant. Claire and her husband, Dan, have two children, a daughter, Katie, twelve, and a son, Spencer, seven. Both children came to the marriage after many miscarriages. That Claire would become pregnant after rape is against all odds. If there is such a thing as a blessing in a situation like this, the fact Claire can't remember the assault is a gift from God.

This novel delves into the inner feelings of each of the family members as they decide what to do with the baby. Katie is old enough to understand how the baby came to be, but she doesn't want her parents to give it up. Spencer is too young to realize anything except his mom's belly is growing. Dan decides he can't love this child and because of this, Claire agrees to put the child up for adoption. The word goes out and a childless missionary couple is picked to adopt the baby, now known to be a girl.

They come to meet the Holland family. Mixed feelings tear Claire apart. She loves her baby, but she doesn't want her raised in a home without a father who truly loves her. Katie can't understand why they can't keep the baby. But, bravely, she hands the little girl over to Rosemary and Ed the day the baby and Claire are released from the hospital. Years go by. The Holland family doesn't speak of the baby named Lara.
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Bad things happen to good people. And when a 'bad thing' rocks your life, a deep and abiding faith can bring you through to the other side, if you believe God's directive: Do not be afraid.

Claire Holland is a woman of deep faith. She has a wonderful life with God at its center. Claire loves her husband, Dan and children, Kate and Spencer. The Hollands dreamed of a large family, but several miscarriages left them emotionally wounded. To prevent further emotional pain, they decided on a vasectomy.

One night, leaving a mall, Claire is the victim of a heinous crime. Claire's faith, marriage and family are changed forever.

Why the Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner is told from the perspective of Claire and her daughter Kate. It is a story of personal sacrifice, healing hearts and redemption.

Meissner is fast becoming one of my favorite Christian fiction writers. She is a master storyteller who can deftly weave a thought-provoking plot with realistic, fully developed characters. She explores difficult subjects in a compassionate manner and that adds immeasurably to her work. Her fiction compels me to think, really think, about my faith and what would I do if a 'bad thing' happened to me. Would I follow God's direction, which might include personal sacrifice? Or would I forsake my beliefs for the 'easy way.'

Armchair Interviews says: Read Meissner's book and examine the strength of your faith and convictions. If you have the answer you'll understand why the sky is blue.
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Susan Meissner doesn't treat her characters nice. She throws everything imaginable at them! I was consistently amazed how she dug deep to find all the hurts, doubts, and uncertainties that would come from this painful situation. And I loved her writing style. Wonderful read!
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Susan Meissner is one of my top 5 favorite authors. I found that I had not read Why the Sky is Blue, one of her earliest books so I just had to pick it up (on my Kindle). I'm very glad I did! The story is hard to imagine as the main character has some very difficult things to deal with; ones that I would not want to have in my life. She wakes up in the hospital after being attacked, raped, and not remembering it. The decisions she must make along with her husband change their lives and their children's forever. The mind struggles she faces follow her throughout the whole book. The book is told in two segments; one in the main character's voice and the other by her daughter. The tone is different in both yet adds to the depth of the damage done and the redemption that occurs. Life does not go as we plan and this book is a good reminder of that reality. It's how we deal with what comes along and how much we depend on God to give us direction, comfort, and peace.

I recommend this complex book Why the Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner. She does not disappoint!
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I love how this book doesn't fall into the typical traps that most Christian novels do; there isn't a cheesy, overdramatic love story, the people aren't the stock characters with untroubled spiritual lives that you usually find, and the author manages to weave the Christian element in with the story line seamlessly without belaboring it. This is a great, high quality read that I would recommend to those who are looking for a novel in the Christian genre with some literary merit.
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