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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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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2009
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?
The book should be read as fiction and not as a how-to manual on following Christ. Samsons version of Jesus at times seems to conflict with biblical truths; his instruction contradicts Pauls 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 books overall message is a worthy one: sometimes God calls us to do things that dont make sense to us, and we have to trust that he knows what hes doing.
The story captivated me by alternating between Mary-Margarets reflections on the past and interjections from the present. The novels true-to-life portrayals of brokenness, bitterness, and unconditional love will resonate with todays 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. Its 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. Its 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
Samson spins a convincing tale about the plans we make for our lives and how God often has other ideas. Well written and enjoyable, this title will appeal to readers who appreciate intelligent fiction with a spiritual element.
debwilsonSummerfield, FLAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5December 21, 2013debwilsonSummerfield, FLAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mary-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.