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4.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Tale About Growing into Faith, July 7, 2012
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This is sort of a tale, as it were, about one woman's growth from doubt to faith, her acceptance of the wrongs in her life and of her learning to move on. Although labeled as "Christian", the book does not go into Christ, Salvation, etc. but rather delves into the universal human problem of explaining why a loving, caring, God lets things happen to good people. There is no attempt to sugar-coat anything as Mary moves from her own doubt that there is a God after what she has gone through, to accepting what has happened, learning to heal, learning to move on, and coming back into an acceptance of the divine. The most unlikely being that guides her through her journey is a small dog named Rufus who speaks to her in an Eeyore-like voice, but only after dark. Her small companion is the perfect example of the child-like acceptance of God that Jesus spoke of when he talked about children being of the kingdom of God. The dog seems to be on a par with a five year old child, and speaking with him is quite like dealing with a pre-schooler, illogical, but logical at the same time in his innocence.

This was an enjoyable read all around. Although the author is male, he captures the female very well - but since this is more a story of HUMAN growth, gender is not quite so important. There is a lot of humor, much of it comes from the heroine who laughs at her writing style because it is all over the wall and totally breaks the rules which she as an editor and writer have set up. Anyone who understands good writing will get the humor of this - it's almost like having a conversation with a writer who messes up occasionally and says "I shouldn't have said it that way - split infinitive". Pacing was great, characters were lively, and descriptions gave the reader a sense of "being there".

The only reason this is four star instead of five is some inexcusable shifts in tense at several points in the story. Moving from past to present tense just didn't work. Had Mary been editing her own writing, I'm sure she would have marked it all up in red and sent it back for some revision.

Otherwise and excellent and charming read!
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