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Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2011
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The Christmas Singing: A Romance from the Heart of Amish CountryCindy WoodsmallWaterBrook / 2011 / Hardcover$13.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 55 Reviews Video
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Whalen shows her readers two completely different women through dual-perspective writing. One chapter probes into Justine's secretive thoughts whereas the next explores Ariel's confused loyalties. Justine's dark side is a direct foil to Ariel's trusting disposition. It is a dynamic relationship that clearly illustrates the folly of absolute trust in another human. This is most evident when Ariel, prompted by the promise of Justine's friendship, ignores her instinct to tell her husband about her wild night out. The emotional distress in this scene compels readers to evaluate their own priorities.
The frantic mother of three boys, Ariel longs for the peace and organization of her new neighbor, Justine. However, when troubling news of Justine's marital unfaithfulness reaches an innocent Ariel, she must decide whether blindly to support her neighbor against the rumors or to pursue an ugly truth. Faced with undeniable proof, Ariel finally faces the lies of perfection she has believed and ultimately opens her heart to the only perfect friend.
The believability of Ariel's character shines through her flaws. Because she is a messy mom who does not have it all together, readers can sympathize with her struggles and successes. The ups and downs in her spiritual life also give a sense of reality to her personality that seems to lift her off the page. Her interactions with other characters are meaningful and serve to further the plot through authentic dialogue.
Whalen does an excellent job of speaking to the insecurities and struggles of women in She Makes It Look Easy. Through Ariel's difficulties readers realize that only God is worthy of absolute trust and that true friendship requires honesty. This simply written but gripping novel would be a good addition to any Christian womans personal library. Anna Soden, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
tandersonTexasAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Read!December 12, 2012tandersonTexasAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was an unexpected WOW! I thought it was going to be "lite chick lit"-- but it went much deeper! For every woman who compares herself to the others around her and finds herself SO inadequate--this message is for you! Each of us should appreciate who God has made us to be and where he has planted us instead of trying to be "perfect" like our neighbor seems to be. Great Read!
Kay MonroeTelford, PAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Very good book, read to the end.December 10, 2012Kay MonroeTelford, PAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I started out thinking this was going to be a very shallow book. What a wrong impression!
It would be a good gift for someone that may be headed for trouble, with fantasy romantic thinking. Seems shallow at first, almost quit reading it, but really tells a great story for today's easy divorce thinking!
sugar4 Stars Out Of 5November 4, 2011sugarQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4GOOD BOOK MAKES YOU THINK THE GRASS IS NOT ALWAYS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE.
Nebraska Family TimesGenoa, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Not the typical Christian novel!October 3, 2011Nebraska Family TimesGenoa, NEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Review by Shelly Burke, Editor and Publisher
She Makes it Look Easy is not a typical "everything-works-out-perfectly-in-the-end" Christian novel. The book delves into the lives of three families and the impacts of the choices husbands and wives make. You might find yourself shocked to find that some of the outwardly "perfect" Christian characters make very bad choices_and you might find yourself closely identifying with several of the characters as well.
I was immediately drawn into the lives of the characters in She Makes it Look Easy. The story is told from the alternating views of the central characters, Justine and Ariel. Justine Miller makes it all look "easy" with her perfectly clean home, perfectly groomed children, and perfectly organized life. Under the "perfect," however, are dark motives and desires.
Ariel Baxter's family is "moving on up" when they move into Essex Falls, an upscale neighborhood. Justine quickly introduces herself to her new neighbor Ariel and offers to help Ariel organize her life. Soon, however, Ariel suspects that Justine has motives beyond helping a new friend. When she delves deeper into Justine's actions she discovers a secret that Justine has been keeping.
Justine and Ariel both face difficult choices, and you'll be wondering until the final chapter if they'll do the right thing.
She Makes it Look Easy reminded me of several things; first of all, when I find myself too eager to please someone who makes me feel bad about myself, that person is not a friend. Second, I was reminded not to judge people who seem to "have it all together;" they might be hiding a secret, or they might need a friend. And third, no matter how much I want to be a friend, there are times that doing the right thing is more important than a not-so-true friendship.
Even if you usually don't enjoy fiction, I encourage you to read She Makes it Look Easy.
AlyciaMoralesNew MexicoAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5SMILE by Marybeth WhalenSeptember 16, 2011AlyciaMoralesNew MexicoAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Ariel Baxter has always dreamed of living in Essex Falls. The suburbian life woos her into thinking she can have the perfect life. The perfect house. The white picket fence. The adoring husband. The well-behaved children. The perfect friends. An organized life is what she desires.
And Justine appears to have it all. But does she?
And will Ariel fall into Justine's trap? Or will she find the courage to stand for what is truly right in life?
Marybeth Whalen has written another incredible novel. I consider it to be a well-written, suspenseful-suburban-women-life read. It touches on a topic that would make most Christian women cringe but is extremely relevant in the lives of many women around us. I applaud her for the honesty of her characters and the fact that she never once sugar-coats or underplays the issue at hand. This book is a bold statement many women should not ignore.