Embrace Me  -     By: Lisa Samson
Buy Item $6.99 Retail: $15.99 Save 56% ($9.00) Add To Cart
Add To Wishlist
Buy eBook Begin reading in seconds $9.99 eBook Details

Embrace Me

Thomas Nelson / 2008 / Paperback

|
Retail: $15.99
|
Save 56% ($9.00)
Availability: In Stock
CBD Stock No: WW542100

Current Promotions
Browse
Refine by
Advanced Search Links

Product Description

Immersed in the world of a traveling circus, Valentine listens endlessly to the song "Embraceable You" on an old record player. She has friends, but romance is nowhere in sight. When a dreadlocked, scarred local with a hidden past and a compelling presence enters the picture, will Valentine find the love she longs for? 320 pages, softcover from Nelson.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.44 (inches)
ISBN: 1595542108
ISBN-13: 9781595542106
Availability: In Stock

Related Products

  1. Hollywood Nobody, Hollywood Nobody Series #1
    Hollywood Nobody, Hollywood Nobody Series #1
    Lisa Samson
    Nav Press / 2007 / Trade Paperback
    $5.79 Retail: $12.99 Save 55% ($7.20)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 9 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW060910
  2. Quaker Summer, Women of Faith Series #16
    Quaker Summer, Women of Faith Series #16
    Lisa Samson
    Thomas Nelson / 2007 / Trade Paperback
    $11.99 Retail: $15.99 Save 25% ($4.00)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 12 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW542078
  3. Romancing Hollywood Nobody, Hollywood Nobody Series #3
    Romancing Hollywood Nobody, Hollywood Nobody Series #3
    Lisa Samson
    NavPress / 2008 / Trade Paperback
    $9.99 Retail: $12.99 Save 23% ($3.00)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW062216
  4. A Thing of Beauty
    A Thing of Beauty
    Lisa Samson
    Thomas Nelson / 2014 / Trade Paperback
    $11.99 Retail: $15.99 Save 25% ($4.00)
    Availability: Out of Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW545473

Publisher's Description

Biting and gentle, hard-edged and hopeful . . . a beautiful fable of love and power, hiding and seeking, woundedness and redemption.

When a "lizard woman," a self-mutilating preacher, a tattoed monk, and a sleazy lobbyist find themselves in the same North Carolina town one winter, their lives are edging precariously close to disaster . . . and improbably close to grace.

ChristianBookPreviews.com

Lisa Samson's Embrace Me tells the story of a circus freak, Valentine, whose turbulent past reads clearly on her burnt and scarred face. She and the entire gang of misfit sideshow performers spend their summers being gawked at in exchange for money—and their winters preparing to do it all over again. All the while, Valentine's hardened exterior and irritable nature contrast sharply with her loving attention to Lella, the sideshow's legless, armless woman. But, despite calling Lella her best friend, Valentine refuses to share the true story of her burns with another living soul.

Each chapter break, the narrator switches between Valentine in the year 2008, and Drew in 2003, who has a rough past of his own. We learn Drew's story through the letter of confession he writes to a Catholic priest, though—ironically—Drew was once a big-shot Evangelical pastor with his own TV show. His gritty, like-me-or-not attitude makes for very compelling reading as he becomes friends with the priest and boldly displays his dirty laundry in transparent detail. As he describes the extent of his pride and manipulation during his days as a pastor, Drew eventually reveals that he has scars which are not written on his face.

Lisa Samson's storytelling feels like a needed slap in the face. While other Christian authors may be afraid of portraying Christianity in a bad light, Samson's characters simply highlight real-life church issues, such as hypocrisy, arrogance, and selfishness, in an attempt to encourage change. Much to Samson's credit, even the Christian characters battle agonizing, believable struggles beyond “forgetting to pray.” The result is a relatable, honest story of ugliness, masks, and God's ever-working hand through it all.

Though the plotline can become strange at points (and though few, if any, sideshows continue displaying the handicapped in modern times), the author herself acknowledges this “stretch of the truth” in her Author's Note. Overall, the tale depicts reality with an eerie accuracy, exploring the worst of human actions and motives with a sharp wit and even sharper sense of irony. This novel is neither a conventional romance story nor a light-hearted fairytale. But it is recommended for adults ready to take an objective look at the institutional functions of the church, and for those who are ready to take an objective look at themselves. -- Amanda Branyan, Christian Book Previews.com

Product Reviews

Product Q&A



Other Customers Also Purchased

  1. The Sky Beneath My Feet
    The Sky Beneath My Feet
    Lisa Samson
    Thomas Nelson / 2013 / Trade Paperback
    $11.99 Retail: $15.99 Save 25% ($4.00)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 8 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW545459
  2. Motive for Murder
    Motive for Murder
    Carol J. Post
    Steeple Hill Books / 2014 / Mass Paperback
    $4.49 Retail: $5.99 Save 25% ($1.50)
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW445853
  3. When the Darkness Will Not Lift: Doing What We Can While We Wait for God--and Joy
    When the Darkness Will Not Lift: Doing What We Can While We Wait for God--and Joy
    John Piper
    Crossway Books & Bibles / 2007 / Trade Paperback
    $6.29 Retail: $7.99 Save 21% ($1.70)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 12 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW48765
  4. The Ministry of Intercessory Prayer
    The Ministry of Intercessory Prayer
    Andrew Murray
    Bethany House / 2003 / Trade Paperback
    $7.99 Retail: $9.99 Save 20% ($2.00)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW27632

Find Related Products

Author/Artist Review

Start A New Christianbook.com Search