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Brody's Story Paperback – February 12, 2014
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From the Author
Sometimes it's tough to grow up. I know. After years of struggling, my parents divorced when I was twelve. The changes my family went through during that time were devastating for me and my siblings. We needed a friend like Klaio.
Klaio was born out of my desire to comfort other young girls and boys who are going through tough times.
I first heard the word klaio in a Bible study (the correct pronunciation is "klah'-yo"). We were studying Luke 19:41, which tells how Jesus wept upon seeing Jerusalem during His Triumphal Entry. My Bible study teacher shared that the Greek word for wept in that passage is klaio, which can be translated as : to weep, to lament, every outward expression of grief. She went on to say that Jesus' tears in this passage were not the pretty tears we often see in the movies. Rather, the word indicates that He was wailing in sorrow, that he was overcome with emotion.
This description made an impression on me. The thought of our Lord expressing such sorrow nearly broke my heart.
Later that day, as I was out running, I found myself thinking about the word klaio. When I thought of the depth of grief the word expressed, I felt a strange longing in my heart, a recognition of sorts. It felt like something inside of me had finally been named. I realized that this was the kind of grief I had experienced as a child--Klaio, gave word to the emotion I experienced when my parents divorced and my family was changed forever.
As I ran along, lost in thoughts and memories, suddenly, a little bird alighted on the path in front of me. She seemed to look at me. She seemed to be there for a reason. The thought occurred to me that there is no greater sorrow than the fall of man. And so, the bird Klaio was born.
When I look back on that very painful time after my parents' divorce, I clearly see the Lord's fingerprints all over my life. It is much easier to see that now, in hindsight. It is my prayer that this book, and subsequent ones in the series, will speak to those experiencing difficult times and that they will be reassured of God's presence in their lives, even during trials.
About the Author
Laura Boggess lives in a little valley in West Virginia with her husband, Jeff, their two boys, and their Boston terrier, Lucy Mae. She works as a psychologist by day and is passionate about sharing Jesus and stories and loves a happy ending.
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Top customer reviews
(First in the Wings of Klaio series.)
Brody's parents are falling apart, and so is her family. As if being a twelve-year-old girl isn't difficult enough, Brody is now faced with moving to a new home with her mom and brother and sister, while her eldest brother and their dad stay in the old house. Divorce is simply not any fun, and not something Brody ever thought her family would be going through.
Fortunately, Brody does not have to face the emptiness she feels alone. Klaio, a tiny hummingbird who has been passed down from one generation to the next since the days of Eve, hovers near Brody to help her through her most difficult times.
With Christian beliefs and a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, Boggess taps into a child's imagination by using the little bird, Klaio, as a symbol of conscience and connection to the Heavenly realm.
In this dramatic story of growing up, Brody learns to make new friends and rekindle relationships that had been pushed aside. She discovers that forgiveness opens doors that lead to a brighter future, and she finds out that sharing her burdens with others can make them lighter to carry. As Brody becomes involved in church she finds a new strength that helps her look forward with hope.
Although overall this is a delightful story which portrays realistic events in an appropriate way for most young teen readers, I felt that the story line was difficult to follow in several places throughout the book. The reader is required to make assumptions about situations, such as Brody's mother having an affair which eventually led to divorce. The epilogue is also confusing as Brody gives the bird to young man with calloused hands, who is dressed completely in black.
Author Laura Boggess grew up in impoverished Appalachia in a family struggling with alcoholism and divorce. Her understanding of what it is like to grow up in these circumstances has influenced her writing in a personal way.
Armchair Interviews says: This is a story many children can relate to about divorce, family changes and loneliness
As predicted, she thought there could be more action (of the fantasy type!), but she said she thought Laura is "a really good writer who can say things in a way that makes you want to read more." She felt that the strength of the book was "the character's emotions," because "you really could feel what they felt and you wanted to know what was going to happen."
I had to laugh, because she recommended that Laura, with her excellent writing skills, should try her hand at sci-fi fantasy. I'm thinking that's a great compliment from an avid reader who has strong opinions about writing and what makes it good (or not).
crisis's, it was hard. Brody's story brings you up and down, from happy to sad; your mood changes with hers.
This book should be read by other kids because you can relate to the main character, the book is not too long, it's interesting and original, it's a good book.
What I dislike about Brody's Story is what the character looks like. I was staring at the cover, (which has a picture of Brody on it), and I realized that what she looked like was never mentioned. But in this book, you don't really care about what anyone looks like. Brody's Story is more about what's happening to her, than what she's doing.
I liked this book. I REALLY liked this book. I'm eleven, and I recommend this book to all kids, and (even though this book is a kid's book), to adults.
And that ends my beautiful review. :)