Lisa SamsonThomas Nelson / 2014 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$1.493 out of 5 stars for A Thing of Beauty. View reviews of this product. 13 Reviews
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Sarah1 Stars Out Of 5Not "Christian" fictionJuly 1, 2017SarahQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I would definitely not recommend this book based on language alone. The author uses profanity numerous times as well as describing things or people as "sexy" multiple times. Fiction that is going to be labeled with the name of Christ needs to be different and better than what the unsaved world can offer us.
MAS Oregon4 Stars Out Of 5A Journey of RenewalJuly 26, 2015MAS OregonQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This was very much a Christian book, a fleshing out of the old allegory, my heart God's home. (Josias Yeu: Savior Jehovah). I liked the touch of Josias being a creator-artisan and giving her a Sun and planets to put in her house. As Fiona experiences renewal in Josias unselfish love and kindness, she then is able to experience selfless love and community with others. What a tender rendering of the Gospel and Christ's sanctifying work.
The book has its flaws: Samson does belabor Fiona's quirkiness a bit much. And I guess some of the language may be a little coarse, although I had to go back and search for examples, not having an overly sensitive ear except when God's name is misused. Overall, though, I found it to be a satisfying read, as I do Samson's other work.
Ane MulliganSuwanee, GAAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5I thoroughly enjoyed this book!March 3, 2015Ane MulliganSuwanee, GAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really liked this book. Following Fiona was like running through a maze; I never knew quite where we'd come out. Yet, follow her I did from page 1 to "the end" loving every minute of it. It absolutely did not go where I thought it would, but it was perfect! Lisa Sampson is a master at storytelling!
Jennifer M4 Stars Out Of 5A Thing of BeautyMarch 2, 2015Jennifer MA Thing of Beauty, by Lisa Sampson, tells the story of Fiona Hume, a former childhood actor who has left the Hollywood scene behind and has been largely holed up in a dilapidated old mansion in Baltimore. When the story begins, we find a 32 year old Fiona broke after having squandered all her earnings. She's been emancipated from her parents since she was a teen, she is still trying to figure out where she fits in the world, and she has just placed an ad for a roommate to share her old, run down house which has basically served as a place for her to hide from life and hoard all the old bits and pieces of old furniture and other cast-off belongings that she hopes to one day make into art.
When Fiona interviews potential roommates, she meets Josia: a kind and talented older man who barely sleeps and eventually spends all his spare time woodworking and helping Fiona fix up the house. The two develop a friendship, despite Fiona's resolve for them to live separate lives, and she gradually gains the confidence she needs to face her own issues, and re-examine her relationship with her parents and the other people around her.
Sampson tells an interesting story here. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. The thing that I enjoyed the most, however, was also the very thing that made it frustrating. Though it was fiction, it was a very life-like story. We were often inside Fiona's head, which was wounded and messy and meandering. Fiona, and the book, tended to trail off in different directions, just like life. This is probably not the book for you if you prefer neat and tidy Hollywood endings, as it didn't really have one. It reminded me of the ending of an independent film..... a little vague, kind of abrupt, but also sweet and hopeful. I felt like I got to witness personal growth, and it really was a "thing of beauty."
There was a small amount of mildly strong language in this book (which I personally found really refreshing, as it made it more realistic), that's only worth mentioning because it seemed to bother some reviewers. This was not your typical "Christian book", which in my opinion made it even better, Again, just like life, it showed that a beautiful story could be found even beneath the not-so-beautiful exterior.... and that life can be hopeful and worth living, messy and imperfect bits and all.
*I received this book for free from the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Houston writerHouston, TXAge: 55-65Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5A Thing of BeautyFebruary 12, 2015Houston writerHouston, TXAge: 55-65Gender: femaleThis book was a sad disappointment to me. There are too many excellent Christian writers who refuse to stoop to the use of profanity to make a point and I was appalled to see the usage of such in this book. Not only did I put the book aside after reaching the second instance of profanity, Ms. Samson has lost a reader. I rely on Christian Books to provide the best of the best, and this fell far short. This offering should not be classified "Christian fiction."
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