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Conceived Without Sin Mass Market Paperback – 1997

4.7 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Pierced by a Sword Series

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Jude Media; English Language edition (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096463161X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964631618
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,314,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Readers of Bud Macfarlane Jr. fall into two categories: haters and lovers. Both positions are understandable. Haters contend that Macfarlane is a terrible writer. His style is sophmoric and obvious, and occasionally contains typos. His subject matter is fantastic and fanatical; at least to people who aren't fervent Catholics. Lovers reply that the characters that Macfarlane comes up with are among the most real and most personal that they've seen in a long time. I'm personally among the lovers, although as a literature student, I understand the haters' point of view. Conceived Without Sin, MacFarlane's second novel, contains some of the the most rounded, expertly portrayed characters that I've ever seen in a popular novel; they far outshine the cardboard cutouts in Cricton and Grisham. I don't want to give away the ending, but let me just assert a few things; first, that Macfarlane writes with an instinctual, untrained talent that is both accesible and passionate; he tends to drag on at times, but readers who stick it out will be well rewarded by the conclusion, which is both surprising and satisfying. There are approximately seven subplots that occur and link together, and the many characters are rounded out by entertaining and realistic conversation. Macfarlane has an uncanny knack for portraying an interesting character at first glance, and then revealing the inner workings of that character through conversation and interior monologue. The best example of this is Buzz Woodard, who is first portrayed as a devilishly funny orthodox Catholic, and then is revealed as a desperately lonely man haunted by his demons, who nearly falls into despair before returning to his faith.Read more ›
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MacFarlane is no Shakespeare. This is not the best writing on the planet (far from it) but it is pure A+ popcorn literature. MacFarlane creates characters so real that I feel they must be real. The dialogue is so insightful that I have new insights on the religious life, priesthood, marriage, and a host of other things. Every Catholic should read this book.
It isn't as good as "Pierced by a Sword", his first work, for those who read it, only because this is not apocalypic at all. The supernatural elements of the previous book aren't here and I love science fiction, so I recommend that first.
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We Catholics need to learn more about our faith and not be afraid to share it, like Buzz, Donna, Mark, Bill. Sometimes their conversations were a bit weird but it was an enjoyable story. It helps people know that all Christians struggle with prayer, doing the right thing, and evangelizing.
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I have to admit that I read this book out of order. It is the second of what could be considered a trilogy with Pierced by a Sword and House of Gold being the first and third books in the series. I read this book first. I have since read both of the other books and recommend them highly. However, I consider Conceived Without Sin to be one of the most important and meaningful books that I have read in my life. Bud MacFarlane, Jr. has created a totally realistic view of contemporary American life and given it a kick-in-the-pants with his memorable characters who represent each of us. I found myself identifying with various characteristics from each of these characters. While the main plot is absolutely riveting and worth the time to read the book, I found the most insightful portions of the book to be contained in its various subplots.
In one of the subplots, the character named Mark Johnson, who believes that he is a real man's man, learns what being tough is all about. His wife throws him out of her life and seriously threatens divorce. He finally seeks and finds help, through other characters, to learn what marriage and family life is all about and how to be a real husband. Through this experience and his subsequent renewal of faith, he learns about what it take to be a truly tough guy; sacrifice.
While there is a great deal of the profound contained in the pages of this book, it is enjoyably and understandably delivered though everyday life situations. Many of these situations will make you laugh and some will bring tears to your eyes but what is great is they ultimately help you to better understand the truly profound. As with any good book that I have ever read, I did not want this one to end.
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I first obtained the 3 books published by St. Jude Media years ago in paperback. They truly led me on a journey of Faith. The characters are beautiful and easy to relate to for all ages teenage through adult. You don't need to worry about monitoring for content. I've enjoyed all 3 the author's books. Having gone through three copies of the paperback version for each of the books because they became so warn, I am very thankful that it's now available for the Kindle.
The Catholic doctrine is not watered down but also, not thrown in your face. It has led me to look things up including other authors/text that the character's mention. I've come to love Michael O'Brian's books who I was introduced to by the introduction in one of the books. Highly recommend!
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