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Tina Ann Forkner, Author
5 Stars Out Of 5
September 3, 2009
Tina Ann Forkner, Author
I fell in love with this beautiful novel that inspired me to live simply and focus on everyday gifts from God. Bertie's struggle to dedicate day to day living to the Lord is so relatable in today's culture. I loved the humor in Bertie's mistakes and I was inspired by her passion. I am so glad to have discoverd Kathleen Popa.
Just happened to buy this book 'cuz I wanted to try a different author. It was moving and powerful... not the usual predictable plot. Keeps you reading to find out what will happen next. I really liked the "after words" also. This kind of fiction is compelling, in that it encourages and challenges you to go deeper with Christ. I going to get her other books ASAP!!!!!!
Roberta Denys loses her husband to an illness. The day of his funeral her home is burned down. In the process of grieving she tries to locate her grown son and that leads to an adventure in itself. There is the adventure of moving into a gardeners shed and trying to find solitude to only find her life entwined in those of others in the community. You see a community reaching out to each other and drawing each other in. You see no person in the community is without troubles but all care about each other. She finds new friendships. In her search for her son, she learns about natural child birth and her search for her son takes on new meaning. She serves to homeless people and sees how they live and shelters and finds her son, to lose him, and to finally find him again. She decides to not let him get away again and this leads to a magical experience that brings her right back to her gardeners shed. So many events, so many new adventures, and life is full of sorrow, joy, happiness, sadness, etc. But in it all one learns one can keep moving on looking for that deep relationship with God that one desires.A book worth reading and keeping to read again and again.
A Gift for the Soul The Feast of Saint BertieWonderful, inspiring, and such a welcome breeze! Very thoughtful and believable. The spirit of this graceful writer is everywhere and on every page you turn in this magnificent story. It will keep you spellbound from the first page clear through to the end. Roberta and India and all the other characters will grab at your soul, as Popa weaves their fascinating, complex, yet often simple story of living, overcoming and triumph. In a world that often challenges us to question what is of real value and importance; and how to live a truly authentic life. This story leaves you with the belief that the answers are out there if we will allow ourselves to discover them. You will want to recommend this book to your family and friends, as I have. They have all thanked me and asked me if she has written any others. Well, of course, I tell them, To Dance in The Desert! And I hear Popa is working of her next book as we speak. How many stories does she have in her? Let's watch(and read)and maybe we will find out. Perhaps she is the next Michner and she'll be keeping us entertained and inspired for decades. One can only hope.Peggy Kelly Durfey
The Feast of Saint Bertie is another compelling story by author Kathleen Popa. Ms. Popa is a wonderful new voice in inspirational fiction. Her novels are fresh and thought provoking; her characters as real as your sister or best friend. This is the kind of story you don't want to end, one that will stay with you long after you've turned the final page. I look forward to more by this talented author.