- File Size: 1143 KB
- Print Length: 208 pages
- Publisher: Rhiza Press (October 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B014VTC94U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,853,631 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Pounamu Prophecy is a book that not only captures your mind with the force of rushing river water; but it releases your soul and provides freedom to think. It follows the lives of 3 people; in which each person is faced with life crunching challenges, soul quenching agony, and mind blowing opportunities to see truth. Meet Mere a wonderful native of the Ngati Whatua tribe of Auckland, we get to experience her childhood memories of watching her village burn to the ground, of the government lie and break promises throughout her whole age of growing. We get to see what it took for this mighty Tribe to stay strong, and hope on.
What if your perspective on things changed when your raft you've been using to float through life suddenly rammed into giant boulders? What if your whole life turned upside down because the creek bed you have always been flowing down has suddenly dropped out into a waterfall? What if you were given the chance to make things change for the better? Would you? What if you were brought into the path of an enemy what would you do?
The Pounamu Prophecy is a book that clutches at the feelings within your soul, feelings you might not have known you would experience. It snatches and clings to the brightest thoughts within your mind like a thorny barb, which can become somewhat painful. This book follows the life that Helen and James have built for 5 years as a married couple. We are invited into intimate closeness to their inner struggles, their lack of communication as a couple, and their lack of vibrancy together.
I am loving this book. I will treasure it for a long time. I love Aussie Authors, of the handful that I have had the privilege of reading their works, their imagery, their passion, and their detailed fluency is impeccable. As a reader, I was drawn into the land, into the country, into the daily lives of these 3 very human, very weak and beautiful people's lives like they were friends I have known for a long time. I cried when they cried, I was frustrated when they were, I wanted to slap them across their faces and give them a good shake (because I felt like I could as a friend) at their stupidity and lack of hope, faith, and belief. That is how well written this wonderful little book is.
I want to quote the best part of the book: "No race is better than another; we are all human, capable of great evil and great good." pg. 186. You will see how hope breaks down barriers, how love transcends weakness and sin, and how truth and forgiveness are keys to a happy life. I highly recommend this book!
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*To comply with the FTC regulations, I am clearly stating that I did receive a complimentary copy of this book through BookCrash in exchange for an honest, non biased review, to be posted on 2 different sites.
The Pounamu Prophecy is a split timeline story. In the present, it’s the story of Brisbane couple James and Helene, their disintegrating marriage, Mere, their visitor from New Zealand visitor, and the way Mere subtly encourages them to think with a different mindset. In the past, it’s Mere’s story, the story of a Ngati Whatua child growing up in Okahu Bay, Auckland, in the midst of the Maori land protests, and her reactions to the age-old grievances.
I live in New Zealand. I remember the Bastion Point protests, although I was only a child and too young to understand what they were about—or how far back the grievances went. I’ve driven past Okahu Bay more times than I can remember, and visited Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World (now Kelly Tarlton’s SeaLife Aquarium), which is built in the old sewage tanks mentioned in The Pounamu Prophecy.
I enjoyed that combination of familiarity and new information, and I thought The Pounamu Prophecy was an outstanding novel. I liked the characters (well, I liked Mere better than Helene or James, who both needed a good talking to). I liked the way the two stories were integrated.
I especially liked the sensitive way the novel brings out the Maori culture and the injustices of the time—a combination of greed and perhaps patriarchal thinking. The injustice is plain: it seems the New Zealand Government of the time had a lot in common with the biblical Laban. Overall, The Pounamu Prophecy is an excellent story of rising above difficult situations, and learning to forgive what some might think can’t be forgiven. Recommended.
Mere was my favorite character. She really grew throughout the story and I was very impressed by her accomplishments. She was the glue that held the story together so to speak. She was the first character that pulled me in.
James and Helen were frustrating. Both seemed to put such little effort into their marriage and instead put their careers first and foremost. With that kind of attitude it is no wonder they were having problems. Their communication, or lack thereof, did not help their situation. I wanted to shake both of them and talk sense into them. I was admittedly kept on the edge of my seat wondering what would become of these two next. By the end I warmed up to both of them as well though.
Each one of the characters grew so much for the better which was very nice to see. I was more than pleased.
I had no idea of the severity of the trouble in New Zealand so long ago and feel for all the losses of life and land. It is nice when there are books that bring those points to life, and give a voice for those that cannot speak.
I definitely recommend this book. It has everything. I was held in suspense not knowing what would happen next!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a BookCrash member in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.