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Caged Dove, by Andrea Rodgers
Aniston Kline found it easy to agree to write the news story on the young boy who committed suicide. She knew firsthand what it felt like to be bullied. But her research would mean returning to her hometown, and that was not a simple choice. Nor was it comfortable running into Arjay Mason, her high school boyfriend, now turned police officer. But Aniston and Arjay must move beyond past feelings if they are to help prevent another teen from taking her own life.
Vendor: Ambassador International
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
DMSELFAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Book of love and healingJanuary 31, 2016DMSELFAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What is so lovely about this book isn't just the wonderful and beautiful love story that plays out. Arjay and Aniston's story was a story in the making for years and years. Until their hearts were in the right place, their love couldn't shine. And as the pages turn and the story unfolds, we see the longing from years past to the present. Intertwined with this story is a more deeply moving story about bullying and how it damages a person, especially the most vulnerable: the children.
Like the double helix, these two stories are connected and they push each other along but with one main tether: God. The exact time, the exact place, the exact people: all things happen when God is in control, which is another theme in this story.
"Do you know what they talked about? Doves. How they symbolize peace, tenderness, innocence, and gentleness. How we must not let those parts of ourselves become caged..."
When I think back upon that line, I see the symbolism and it speaks to me. There is hardly a book that can make me cry and smile at the same time. And Caged Dove did that. And rarely does a book stay with me after I turn that last page, but Caged Dove did that, too.