- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Pauline Books & Media (January 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0819890545
- ISBN-13: 978-0819890542
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Stephanie Engelman is a wife and mother of five whose degree in psychology only partially prepared her for the insanity of a small house filled with a big family. She is a convert to Catholicism and feels led to share her love for Christ and his Church with others through the gifts and talents God has given her. However, she never imagined she'd write fiction until inspiration hit in the form of a social media message from a complete stranger. What started as a wry prayer turned into Stephanie's first novel. She hopes it will lead many to a deeper connection with God, their faith, and the Blessed Mother. You can follow Stephanie at: facebook.com/s.engelman.author.
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It's good fiction that has Catholic themes. If you're not Catholic, you'll still enjoy it. If you are Catholic, you'll "get" it.
The storyline explores death and prayer, but in a completely natural way. It also considers how adults don't have it all together, how families, though imperfect, can pull together through hardship, and ways to pray and not be a total dork about it.
This book, while being unabashedly Catholic and Christian, is not unabashedly boring. It explores grief and depression and faces the burden of both. It's also a perspective that feels very real: the teens in this book aren't goody-two-shoes who pray all day, and there's even a scene where there's a "speed rosary" prayed. (That made me laugh.)
The characters have their flaws and foibles, just like real people. As someone who's been hanging around teens for the last few years (though not living with them, tis true), it struck me as very spot on.