The Passion of Mary-Margaret - eBook  -     By: Lisa Samson
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Thomas Nelson / 2009 / ePub

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When Mary-Margaret Danaher met Jude Keller, the lightkeeper's son, she was studying at convent school on a small island in the Chesapeake Bay. Destined for a life as a religious sister, she nevertheless felt a pull toward Jude-rough and tumble, promiscuous Jude.

After sojourning as a medical missions sister in Swaziland, Mary-Margaret returns to the island to prepare for her final vows. Jude, too, returns to the island, dissolute and hardened. Mary-Margaret can hardly believe it when the Spirit tells her she must marry the troubled boy who befriended her all those years ago, forsaking the only life she ever wante d for a man she knows she'll never love.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9781418576387
ISBN-13: 9781418576387
Availability: In Stock

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Mary-Margaret yearned to dedicate her life to the Lord. Jesus had another idea.

When Mary-Margaret Fischer met Jude Keller, the lighthouse keeper's son, she was studying at a convent school on a small island off Chesapeake Bay. Destined for a life as a religious sister, she nevertheless felt a pull toward Jude--gorgeous, rebellious, promiscuous Jude. But Jude, driven by demons no one really understood, disappeared into Baltimore's seamy red-light district. Mary-Margaret moved on with her life, preparing to serve God with her sisters as a teacher and artist.

Then Jude comes home--but now he's bitter, dissolute, and diseased. And Mary-Margaret receives a divine call that shakes her to the core, a call to give up her dreams for the troubled man who befriended her so long ago. For Jesus' sake, can she forsake the only life she ever wanted for a love that could literally cost her life?

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Lisa Sampson’s The Passion of Mary-Margaret is a contemporary story of the cost—and the reward—of following Jesus. Mary-Margaret Fischer has known her whole life that she wants to be a religious sister, but her path takes a different turn when Jesus shows up. He asks her to abandon her upcoming final vows and, instead, to follow him. Mary-Margaret’s, “Yes, Lord,” leads her down a path she never expected when Jesus instructs her to marry Jude Keller, the troubled boy from her childhood.

The book should be read as fiction and not as a how-to manual on following Christ. Samson’s version of Jesus at times seems to conflict with biblical truths; his instruction contradicts Paul’s warning in 2 Corinthians not to be “yoked with unbelievers.” Additionally, Mary-Margaret continually places greater emphasis on Jesus and not the other two members of the Trinity. However, the book’s overall message is a worthy one: sometimes God calls us to do things that don’t make sense to us, and we have to trust that he knows what he’s doing.

The story captivated me by alternating between Mary-Margaret’s reflections on the past and interjections from the present. The novel’s true-to-life portrayals of brokenness, bitterness, and unconditional love will resonate with today’s audience; readers cannot help but invest in the realistic characters as they try to follow God, or flee from him.

Through the writings of Mary-Margaret, Samson provides a wealth of wisdom for her readers. It’s not often that I read a fiction book with a pen in my hand, waiting for the next sentence worthy of underlining. This is not a love story. It’s a story of being romanced by the Lover of your soul. I recommend this book for mature believers because of its potentially confusing theology and the deep issues it faces. – Andrea Walker, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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Samson (Quaker Summer) mixes quirky with mysticism, seasons it with social justice, and the result is a page-turner with characters so fresh, funny and indelible the reader wants another 50 pages or so, please. Samson envisions a Jesus even an atheist would enjoy talking to, a Jesus whom the titular Mary-Margaret Fischer, a religious sister, talks to and gets direction from, as mystics quite naturally do. An even more compelling figure than Jesus, or at least someone with more lines and hence more characterization, is Mary-Margaret's childhood friend, Jude Keller, a ne'er-do-well with a soul needing saving encased in a body so good-looking it's hard for a body to resist. The required Christian progression to redemption is a natural in this story that slips between past and present—somewhat confusingly at first—and ranges from Maryland to Africa. The plot holds a few surprises that make some of the final, far-flung episodes more narratively and theologically satisfying. Quirk works; this is a deeply engaging book deserving of a broad audience. (Mar.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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    Mary-Margaret was an orphan from birth; at least, that's how her grandmother told it. Her mother died giving birth to her, and her father; a nameless, faceless, raping seminarian was never a part of her life. At least, that's the story her mother, Mary Margaret the first, came home saying was the truth. So Mary-Margaret was raised by her grandmother and aunt who was special.

    Born in 1930 on a beautiful island off Chesapeake Bay, Mary-Margaret knows exactly what she wants to be. A religious sister. Despite the mysteries of her past, she simply wants to be in love with Jesus and serve Him the rest of her life. But when He asks the impossible of her before she takes her vows, will she be able to truly follow Him with all her heart, mind, and soul? Or is marrying Jude just asking too much?

    Religious Sister Marries Syphilitic Male Prostitute. All I can say is, "WOW". There are so many thoughts I had going into this book, and while the beginning tended to drag a little, by the middle of the story, it was a vibrant recollection of a life. The constant back and forth between the present day and the past always makes for a good story and it brings a certain tone you cannot get any other way. Samson took some very big risks in this novel. She dealt with some heavy issues that we still do not have the answers for. While she didn't go to extreme detail about certain vices, sins, and human error; it was enough to get a glimpse of what we are capable of becoming if not for the grace of God.

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