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Like the author Maxine Paetro and her writing. Harder for me to understand the tone of the book since I don't have Catholic background. Really liked the book became clearer for me in the end. Good book!
A little on the edge of predictable. Was emotional at times, a fast read but not overly engaging.
I was truly moved by this book. Started off slow, but I was in tears at one point and that NEVER happens. Women would probably appreciate it more and it helps to have a Roman Catholic background. Strongly suggest folks read it.
OMG what a lot of schmaltz. She is a modern "Jobe" who is tortured, friends are killed child dies, two husbands die and she keeps turning to god for meaning in her suffering. Readers who are secularists will find this apology for women in the church to be a puerile trivial story couched in martyrdom with a heroic ending with a soupçon of Catholic feminist ideology.
I listened to the audio book and loved it! The person who read the book deserves an award for the emotion and personality she poured into the story! It made the 10 hour road trip fly!
This was such a compelling novel. Once I started it, I couldn't bring myself to put it down. I felt as if I were really there with Brigid as she made this journey of faith through her life. It was extremely relatable, real, and moving. To see her struggles, and the questioning of her faith to ultimately end having a stronger faith than many of us will ever know in a lifetime. Amazing novel that I would recommend to anyone and everyone, especially those of us who are struggling to truly know God.
A weird read. Patterson seems to say, "I am a master writer, hear me roar." He has a little something for everyone in this: do-gooder bullshit for the liberal snowflakes who like to pretend to do good, but mostly just talk about it; and religion for those so disposed--even outright mysticism for the desperately ignorant who point their fingers skyward as if there was a man up there who cared one whit about their small unworthy lives. George Carlin got it so right in his skit: "Religion is bullshit." Patterson roars through this novel like the big queer in Fast and Furious garbage, speed-shifting like Richard Petty with more scene shifts and subplots than obama has lies.
For a quick, compelling (and heart-wrenching at times) read, this book fits the bill perfectly. The narrator's experiences with God tie the sometimes fragmented narrative together, making the reader wonder what her visions mean and what is next for her. The first half of the book is its strongest, leaving what should have been the most compelling portion lacking. Time jumps became bigger and bigger as the book went on, and it seemed like the authors were in a hurry to wrap it up. The journey towards priesthood and the breakaway religious movement that she is a part of are in fact the least developed and lack depth.
Pick up the book for the emotional journey of its protagonist and heartbreaking situation in South Sudan, and her compelling wrestling with God. Unfortunately, it doesn't fulfill its promise of a thrilling political drama coming from the potential of a female pope.
Another great book by Patterson. I liked his spin and taking off into religion and women's place in it.
This could have been a really great book. The overall plot/theme was ok but there were too many subplots that I didn't think were required.
I was disappointed in the book. I expected more than was given. I would give it a 1 out of 10 for quality and content.
Is there a possibility of a woman being named the next pope......it deals with faith but with
twists and page turning chapters........enjoyable......an extremely fast read
This could and should have been an excellent book. The plot idea was perfect for our time and current social climate. Instead, sloppy writing and convoluted plot development turned it into a total confusing mess. The main character is a self-absorbed do-gooder who spends more time watching her friends and family die around her than actually convincing you that she has even a remote connection to the God she confusingly pretends to hear communicating with her. The truly interesting characters are poorly developed and come and go before you get a chance to know them. And, the ending is a total letdown.
This book convinced me. I'm never going to read another Patterson book. My time would be better spent doing almost anything other than trudging through more of this literary pablum.
Just a totally depressing first half and does not seem to get better. A real waste of time that is convoluted and nonsensical.
A new low from the Patterson factory. A woman of obviously impaired mentality and her belief in one of the world's major superstitious fictions. It's one tragedy after another, yet the woman's delusions persist despite her pretense of doubt.
Beyond exceptional!!! It took me right in, and away, during the first chapter, and let me go, with the final sentence, to a new beginning...back to where it had all began. There where moments when my heart was broken, and I sobbed; there was love...deep, passionate, and true; there was despair and the horror of war; and - there was the anger at God, and the love of, and for God. I did not want the story to end. I could not stop reading.
Mr. Patterson took me in when I read the first chapter, and he never let me go...not even after I read the last word on the last page.