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A Bigger Life: An Eden Plain Novel (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 19. Dezember 2006

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Joel has made some choices he now regrets. Just when he thinks the worst is behind him, he realizes he is facing his biggest challenge yet. And in the midst of tragedy, he learns forgiveness is more important in life than freedom.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful, old-fashioned story telling 17. August 2007
Von RebelReviwer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Not only does Annette Smith nail the male protagonists voice, she grips the reader by the collar and doesn't let go until the last page.

Joel Carpenter is in love with his wife Kari, but like so many people, gets a little lost along the way and finds himself divorced and a single dad.

While this story has a few over the top tragedies, Smith pulls them off flawlessly. I tried to imagine being Kari and Joel and I'm not sure how well I'd endure.

The story is southern and well told. Smith even writes in such a way there's no doubt Joel is telling the story. Joel says, "me and him" instead of "he and I." So very real!

It takes a lot for me to finish a book these days. Time permitting, I would've read this in one sitting. Teared up at the end, closed the book and just sat, thinking, letting it soak in.

Bravo, Annette. I highly recommend A Bigger Life.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful! 6. Mai 2007
Von Kindle Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
'A Bigger Life' was delightful. It left me thinking about it weeks, months after reading it. I am now recommending it to all my friends and family to read! It will touch you on many different levels. You will laugh, cry, and want to learn more about Joel. He becomes your friend. It is my favorite book!
4.0 von 5 Sternen A great story! 3. Februar 2010
Von D. J. Wickwire - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Compelling story, great writing, full of realistic angst and raw emotion from someone who writes not only from her heart but from her life experiences. Pull up a chair and read this book!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Exceeded My Expectations 28. März 2007
Von T. Leigh - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I believe that when a person reads a book, they do so with certain expectations--that it will be more than good, will engage so deeply it will be hard to put down, will touch emotions. Big expectations, but considering how much books cost and the investment of one's time, it's actually quite reasonable. Though quite a few books fall short, "A Bigger Life" does not. It exceeded my expectations. Interesting, I thought when I read the blurb on the back. Unique. But I had one reservation--a female writing entirely in male point of view? And first person, no less? How is she going to pull it off? Can she pull it off? Now I'm not a guy, so I don't speak from personal experience; however, according to other males who have reviewed Annette Smith's book, she's done it. Though I still expected to hear the voice of a woman in the hero--at least snatches of the female--Joel's voice was different, and yet I was able to relate to him and sympathize with him even though the way men think, react, and handle situations is often far different from the way women approach those same situations.

The first part of the book introduces the reader to Joel Carpenter, a young man who makes a terrible mistake that costs him his marriage and affects him so deeply that it seems the only thing holding him together is his love for his son. Engaging. The middle part deals another blow, a tragedy not of Joel's doing, but which slowly draws him to God as those around him show His love without any expectations, such as pressuring him to attend their church. Over and over I read the words that an old woman, "eaten up with arthritis", speaks to Joel: "God is with you, young man. He's set His heart on you. You be on the lookout for Him." Just like Joel, I bawled. And that's when I opened a new box of Kleenex--a good thing, because I needed bunches as I approached the end, not only for the tears of sorrow, but joy. A wonderful read that will not make you regret the time or the money spent.

Note: Though at the outset, I expected that once I finished "A Bigger Life", I would donate the book to our struggling church library, I can't part with it. I want my husband to read it, my boys to read it when they're old enough, and to read it again myself. Looks like I'll be buying a copy for our library.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must read! 24. April 2007
Von Rel Mollet - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Joel Carpenter is a devoted father to Colton, a barber turned hair stylist, a loving but flawed husband to Kari and a man whose life will be changed forever by poor choices and a cruel tragedy.With his marriage in pieces, Joel struggles with his new found life as a single dad, having to share custody, juggle work and daycare and attempt to make decisions about his son's needs he feels ill-equipped to do. He gains support and encouragement from his friends, single dads Abe, Pete, Sean and Casey, all trying to survive broken relationships and raise their kids well.His life is thrown into further turmoil when tragedy forces Joel to take on a role he never imagined and gives him a second chance he never thought possible.

A Bigger Life is a powerful and moving story of a man who is stuck with the awful consequences of his choices but strives to heal the wounds he has caused by a love greater than he ever believed was in him. Annette Smith writes Joel's story in the first person brilliantly and without apology. Joel is one of the deepest and well described characters I have ever read and his heartache, joy and love are palpable to the point I almost had to remind myself it was not an autobiography! Joel is a true bloke who thinks like a man, providing a glimpse into the soul of devoted father's everywhere. Too often single dad's get a bad rap for being estranged and distant from their kids. Annette has tipped the scales a little for the many fathers who adore their children and participate as much as they can within the constraints of court orders and the like.The love story is unexpected and captivating, the friendships among the men engaging and the message of the power of unconditional love and faith, incomparable. Beautifully done, Annette! I hope we get to return to Eden Plain soon.
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