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Lowly Paperback – December 29, 2016
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"Identity. Belonging. Significance. Lowly gives us a deep glance into the world of adolescence and bullying with grit and grace."
--DR. JJ JONES, D. MIN, family discipleship pastor, Fellowship Nashville, Franklin Campus
"We really love Lowly. Laura expressed the feelings of a young girl so remarkably, along with some wonderful humor and a beautiful life lesson on forgiveness. We give Lowly a BIG thumbs-up."
--RUSS AND LINDA MURPHY, Russ Murphy Ministries; Russ is an award-winning inspirational singer-songwriter and author of Not Alone: Finding the Love of Your Life
About the Author
Laura Angaroni was raised in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas and she's proud to be from what some would consider the wrong side of the tracks. She attended Baylor University where she acquired her economics degree and met her cute, New Jersey-born husband, Craig. Their first kiss was at the Bear Pit, and it wasn't long before she decided it wouldn't be so bad to have a last name that might be confused with a type of pasta. Their many adventures include the birth of their firstborn, a daughter, and later, a seven-year-long vacation in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where their son was born. They've since touched down in the Houston orbit. Laura writes, coaches her teens, reads too much, and after four years of volunteering with her church's high school ministry, is taking a break to chase preschoolers around the church nursery.
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I loved the lessons that she learned, about forgiveness (both giving and receiving), about true friendship, about God's unfailing love for her ... oh gosh I hope her senior year is continued for us!!! The author paints such wonderful word pictures. The characters are REAL. I love that they are Christians who mess up! I can't wait for my youngest daughter to read it now; she's going to love it.
Laura has nailed the emotional flow of high school years. Little things turn into big things, misunderstandings become cavernous divides, but in the end real friends really do look out for each other. The story is set in the 1980's at Sunset High School, a real school in Oak Cliff. I'll admit I was a bit overwhelmed at the beginning with so many characters being introduced, but eventually realized that that is just what high school is like - lots of kids, some more important than others. The characters are believable and relatable as is the story line. What I really liked is that a story like this could happen in any time and in any place - it's the caring relationships that are important and help us grow. In Lowly, Lola grows when she is able to forgive herself and can ask for forgiveness from others.
I highly recommend this book for middle- and high-schoolers as I believe most would be able to relate to a story dealing with adolescence in a thoughtful way and without profanity or indecency.
I first read the ebook in December, but I don't enjoy reading things in a digital format and was very happy when the book was released in paperbook, allowing me to focus more carefully on the characters and their conflicts.
The book starts slowly, with the author carefully laying out characters and their relationships to each other, and setting the stage for the various conflicts to unfold. I was impatient with these first few chapters. Once the pace accelerated, I couldn’t put the book down.
The best thing about this book is the author's authentic depiction of how very tense and how very emotional teen life is. And we see how easy it is for even the nicest girls from good Christian homes to crumble when the conflicts come too quickly and hit too hard. But after everything falls apart, we see that there is always hope for restoration and redemption, and the author gives us a roadmap while taking her main character through that process.
This is the author’s first novel, and I think she has some very important insights into teen girls. I hope she will write more.