- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: FaithWords; a edition (April 10, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446695939
- ISBN-13: 978-0446695930
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,079,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Penny: A Novel Paperback – April 10, 2008
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Meyer (Battlefield of the Mind), a Christian motivational speaker and bestselling nonfiction author, and inspirational fiction's Bedford (Remember Me) are the newest inspirational one-two punch with this novel that pairs Bedford's solid writing with Meyer's popular ministry messages. Set in St. Louis in the racial hotbed of the mid-1950s, the story's protagonist is the sexually abused adolescent, Jenny Blake. All my life has been shaped by other people's hands. Daddy slapping me, Mama never hugging me, Jean pointing a finger of criticism at me.... When Jenny picks up a penny in the street, she sets off a chain of events that results in her working for the mysterious Miss Opal Shaw, who teaches her the importance of unconditional love, grace, patience and forgiveness. Bedford has a penchant for similes, but crafts some memorable phrases, such as when Jenny's best friend teaches her how to dance: Move like you're writing cursive on the wall with your backside. The penny motif is used throughout in believable and sometimes less believable ways, as is a Grace Kelly metaphor. Meyer fans will easily recognize her themes of overcoming difficulties and shame through God's love and positive thinking. A film version's late 2007 release should help ensure that this book receives plenty of attention.
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"This heartrending story is made even more captivating by the narration of Ellen Archer. She performs with a wide range of emotions and voices that create pathos and warmth in just the right places. The characters become so real that one is sad when the story comes to an end. Those who treat themselves to this audiobook will surely decide it's a favorite." (AudioFile ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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One will not look at a penny again the same way and will see how such small things can help us hold to a hope in God.
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