Seeing Things    -     By: Patti Hill
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Birdie Wainwright, 72, isn't concerned about seeing things that others can't. For a woman who still climbs mountains with her dog (Miss Bee Haven) and likes to tango, the impractical visions brought on by macular degeneration are just another gift from God, adding more adventure to life. But when a tumble down the stairs breaks her ankle and leads back to her son's home in Denver where she must convalesce, Birdie's imagination really takes flight. Following a conversation with her grandson about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, she begins to see and speak with the unkempt literary character himself on a regular basis. As the line between reality and whimsy turns brittle, faith is tested among friends and loved ones, and hope is reborn.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 X 0.83 (inches)
ISBN: 0805447512
ISBN-13: 9780805447514
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Birdie Wainwright, 72, isn’t concerned about seeing things that others can’t. For a woman who still climbs mountains with her dog (Miss Bee Haven) and likes to tango, the impractical visions brought on by macular degeneration are just another gift from God, adding more adventure to life. But when a tumble down the stairs breaks her ankle and leads back to her son’s home in Denver where she must convalesce, Birdie’s imagination really takes flight. Following a conversation with her grandson about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, she begins to see and speak with the unkempt literary character himself on a regular basis. As the line between reality and whimsy turns brittle, faith is tested among friends and loved ones, and hope is reborn.

Seeing Things is a story about family, reconciliation, and hearing from God in unexpected ways.

Endorsements:

Seeing Things is a delight for the senses. Patti Hill is gifted with the ability to provide a colorful illusion with words, in which I could see better through the eyes of an older woman with macular degeneration than I can see through my own eyes. The story is honest about family struggles, filled with realistic characters and gentle humor--a literary treat.

Hannah Alexander, author of A Killing Frost and the Hideaway series

What a joyful adventure this was! In Seeing Things, Patti Hill has created the most wonderful traveling companion: Birdie Wainwright, a plucky, funny, deliciously foolish, wondrously wise grandmother with macular degeneration and hallucinations of Huckleberry Finn. Mix her in with a well-meaning dog, a lovesick pharmacist, and a family much too uppity for its britches, and you've got a tender, soul-stirring novel that will make you smile long after you turn the last page.

~ Kathleen Popa, author of To Dance in the Desert and The Feast of Saint Bertie

"Patti Hill has created a quirky bunch of characters and dropped them into a fascinating story world where nothing is too far-fetched, in her delightful novel Seeing Things. Thoroughly engaging from start to finish." Sharon K. Souza, author of Lying on Sunday

 

Author Bio

Patti Hill, after years of raising children and then joyfully teaching elementary school, finally took her long-ago college English professor’s advice (“You should be a writer”) and fulfilled the dream of having her first novel published to wide acclaim in 2005. She writes almost every day now and lives with her husband in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Endorsements

"Seeing Things is the touching story of a mother's love for her family flawlessly told by a master storyteller. Patti Hill weaves a touch of whimsy into the lives of her characters and leaves you longing for one more capricious afternoon spent in their presence." - Debbie Fuller Thomas author of Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon

Seeing Things skillfully weaves together the hard reality of afflictions with the whimsical side of life. While captivated by entertaining episodes, profound insights seep into your soul-setbacks don't have to defeat us, troubles don't need to bring gloom, and physical afflictions can usher adventures rather than limitations. - Janet Perez Eckles, international Christian speaker and author.

"At times ticklish and charming (oh, that Huck Finn!), at other times deeply moving, Patti Hill's Seeing Things kept the pages turning despite the hour. This grandmother's quest to put her family on the mat and lower them through the ceiling of pain and past mistakes, right to Jesus's feet, is a tale I could read again and again." - Tamara Leigh, author of Faking Grace and Leaving Carolina

"Patti Hill has created a quirky bunch of characters and dropped them into a fascinating story world where nothing is too far-fetched, in her delightful novel Seeing Things. Thoroughly engaging from start to finish." - Sharon K. Souza, author of Lying on Sunday

When you open this book, you will meet a completely lovable, huggable, I-wish-she-lived-next door woman! Birdie Wainwright suffers from macular degeneration but she 'sees' better than most people. She lets her heart choose her direction and listens intently to that still, small voice of God. Because of all this, her life explodes like Fourth of July fireworks, with bursts of love, laughter, tears and joy.

At 72, Birdie was very independent, climbing mountains with her dog, Miss Bee Haven, and flirting with the local pharmacist. But when she breaks her ankle, her son insists she come to live with him and his family. During her convalescence, Birdie's bone not only heals, but a few other 'broken' things as well. Birdie is a character that will live on in readers' memories long after the last page in this book is turned. She is a delightful combination of innocent faith and savvy strength. She relies on God to get the job done, but isn't afraid to step up to the plate to move things along.

When her vision problem develops an unusual side effect, (she sees and talks to Huck Finn), her family huddles together for a solution. But Birdie calmly continues walking with God, along paths of His choosing. Although a car accident and a kitchen fire might make it seem Birdie made a wrong turn, when the dust and the smoke settles, life is even better than before. You will absolutely love the places this woman takes you to!

Seeing Things is all about closing your eyes and listening to your heart. And with Birdie as your 'seeing-eye gal', life gets more colorful indeed. - http://www.inthelibraryreviews.net

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  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    March 8, 2013
    Crystal
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    A tender story about young Grandma Birdy who faces obstacles with wit, grace, and strength! Determined to battle failing eyesight and an injured leg, she is guided by her dear dog Miss Bee, and an unlikely fella, Huckleberry Finn - YES you heard correct! Birdy, sees a vision of the legendary boy, as he retells his story as well as opening her eyes to life and the Lord! A very sweet, unique yet down to earth tale, of what we all secretly wish we could have in our lives, you'll never grow old with this book!

    *I received this book free from the Publisher in exchange for a non-profit, unbiased, honest review.*
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    March 14, 2010
    Megan
    This was a fun read with strong characters and an even stronger message. Birdie Wainwright has macular degeneration with a large grey blur in the middle of her vision. If that were not enough she starts seeing things. It starts with flowers, but when the field of flowers is in place of her stairs, she takes a tumble and breaks an ankle. Her son brings her to his house to recover. Living in her sons house allows her a view of the troubles there. She makes new friends and develops a new way to pray for family. AND Huckleberry Finn makes frequent visits. Between her dog, her vision, and her hallucinations, she causes some trouble. But the Lord uses her to make some needed changes in her family's lives. Seeing Things was the first of Patti Hill's work that I have read, but from the prologue I knew I would enjoy it. Hill's writing is unique and fresh like the first buds in spring, promising growth and entertainment. Each character down to the smallest of parts was believable and real. She has created some of the most three dimensional characters I have read in quite some time. Birdie's voice was solid and real. She reminded me a bit of my grandmother. The storyline flowed smoothly with a strong Christian worldview. The power of prayer and sacrificial love were strong themes in this novel, and I am sure to remember the example of how Birdie "lowered her family through the roof" to Jesus in prayer. I loved this book and I'm passing it on to my mom this week!Inspired by Fiction
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 20, 2009
    I Love HIM
    Seeing Things by Patti Hill is a tasty treat for any afternoon. You'll "need" to set some time apart...you'll find you also "never" want this to end. Wow- I wish there was a sequel! Birdie Wainwrights prides herself on her independence and zest for life, even at the age of 72 and suffering from macular degeneration. When she starts seeing hallucinations of flowers in the middle of her living room, she starts to doubt her sanity, and when she ends up breaking her ankle because of them, her perfect life is turned upside-down. Birdie is forced to recover while living with her son Andy and wife Suzanne whose busy lives keep them on the run and away from son Fletcher, who has memorized baseball stats as a form of prayer in his lonely life. Things get even crazier when Huckleberry Finn shows up and starts talking to Birdie, and the faith of the whole family is tested. I absolutely adored the character of Birdie, and I hate that the book had to end! Hill precisely renders the conflict between aging parent and busy child when it comes to assisted living centers and independent living. Birdie wants only to heal and please her family, but she is forced over and over again to turn their care over to God. Her interpretation of putting them through the roof on a mat is one I will remember and use myself. The characters feel real, full of passion and life, like people you know personally, and the story has just the perfect amount of humor, faith, and love...."I can only hope to read more great books like this one!" -Thank you Patti Hill-
  4. Arizona
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    November 25, 2009
    Michelle Sutton
    Arizona
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Seeing Things is an entertaining story. The author's voice is strong and I loved how it sounded very "senior citizen." I adored the main character, Birdie, and enjoyed getting to know her through her inner dialog. This entire story was incredibly creative and unique. I learned a few things about people with AMD as well. What I enjoyed most about this novel were the relationship dynamics and how realistic the author made the tension in Fletcher's family. Also, the whole issue about trying to help Birdie be safe was interesting because it's so common and most families will struggle with this issue regarding aging parents. The only thing that threw me off a bit was how things transitioned at the end. It seemed like more of a leap than a gentle progression toward resolution. It was too sudden. But I enjoyed the romantic tension between the old folks, so that more than made up for it. That theme was very well done. Overall, this was a good story and I'm glad I took the time to read it.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 15, 2009
    Sharon A Lavy
    This book fits with my passion "Why We Need Girlfriends." A Bible study book I'll be talking about another day.The family relationships in the book are great. Healing between family members. Grandmother and grandson bonding. But the group of women with failing eyesight that band together do more than the doctors or family for Birdie. Girlfriends are friends who stick closer than relatives.Seeing Things made me laugh out loud, which is common in husband's family, but not in mine.I can't recommend this story high enough.
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