Grace captures history with a sense of style. Reliving a past while enlightening a future. When Sarah interviews her neighbor Grace, she uncovers poems that Grace had written when she was a young girl. There were poems Grace had written throughout her life that brought tears to Sarah's eyes and some that brought a smile to her face. Sarah was able to feel Grace's pain reading the poems Grace wrote about her husband and the poems written to capture stories from the headlines, as only Grace knew best to capture them.
The story includes poetry written after the suicide of my brother, after September 11, the Sandy Hook shooting, and everyday life that needs a little boost spiritually. I tried to incorporate a bit of everything into the emotional side when writing the poems so they could help me, or someone else, heal from a painful life event. My peers that have read the book replied with reviews stating how the poetry helped brighten their day, helped them remember how precious life can be and how quickly it can change, and how important it would be for others to read so they too can begin to heal.
Sarah is a young girl who is struggling with life. Her parents each work different shifts and she barely sees them. When she does get the opportunity it is a brief glance with basic eye-contact and a quick "hello". She is struggling in school with her grades; for the simple fact that she fails to turn her assignments in on time, not because she does not know the work. Her struggle is more along the lines of authority but shows in her ability to follow rules. Her English teacher asks her to interview an adult and use that report as extra credit to bring her grade up where it needs to be for college entry applications. Sarah interviews her best friend Grace.
When Sarah begins the interview process, it is brief and really is going nowhere, but very mundane in nature. Sarah's hobby and skill that she is best at includes writing. She wants to make a good impression with the interview for her friend and for her grade, so she realizes she has to dig deeper into Grace's past. During the interview, Grace realizes that she needs to share more with Sarah and retrieves a shoebox full of poetry and tidbits of paper with her past written on each piece; birthdays, names, places, events, photos, and other relics of her life. Grace shares this shoebox with Sarah.
Sarah thumbs through the entire box and each poem is read with Grace; a story is built from Grace's life events that help Sarah's future. They spend the day going through the shoebox and sharing stories. Sarah writes to her publisher that helps her with her writing and asks that she review a couple of Grace's poems to help try to get them published for her.
Sarah soon realizes that Grace kept these poems in her shoebox because society had a problem with her sharing them. She realized that being a Christian meant that she had to keep these to herself and Sarah gets furious when she realizes this. When Sarah writes the letter to her agent asking her to review the poems written by Grace.
My purpose for writing this book was to show that everyone has their own reason for speaking to their God and this should not be taken from them no matter where they are, even publically. Granted the naysayers who do not believe in a God will disagree, but even Christians have rights and we should be allowed to display those rights just like they are. We should not have to hide what we feel; it is obvious the naysayers aren't hiding their feelings. Just like the last paragraph of the book states... "Nobody" can keep you from being "somebody" in the eyes of the Lord, so reach out to Him and share everything He has to offer you. He is there waiting for you, even if others feel the need to take Him away.
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★★★★★ 5-star review by: Debbie Curto on May 14, 2013
"Grace" by TL Bliss is a 5 star book. I have to admit that I wasn't really wanting to read it at first before I thought it was a book of poetry but I was so wrong! Yes there are poems in it but the story is so much more! The poems are based on actual events in the author's life even though the characters are fictional. These poems will bring tears! They are wonderful. They really deserved to be shared with the world.
At the end of the story, Sarah writes to her editor and I really believe that what she writes is true.
Sarah is struggling in school with her English grade because she doesn't like to follow the rules. Her English teacher has her do an interview for extra credit and she interviews her neighbor Grace. This story is told in both Sarah's and Grace's viewpoint.
The poems are Grace's way to get feelings out that were inside of her. These poems were kept in a little shoebox till Sarah asked for the interview. There are poems for the children killed in Newton, Connecticut on December 14, 2012, and for the terror attacks on September 11, 2011 and poems for some of Grace's family members and other poems.
I encourage you to get this book and share with others, for you will both be blessed!
I was given a copy by the author TL Bliss for an honest review.
★★★★★ 5-star Review by: V Gray on April 26, 2013:
Grace is a wonderful adventure told about a woman and her struggles through life by way of poetry. TL Bliss has found another way to keep us wanting more from beginning to end. She has used poetry from her very own collection to write the book.
She has also started The Grace Fund to help off set the cost of copies of Grace going to inner city programs, ministries, grief support, and the like there of.
Make sure you check out the book and donate to this great charity option!
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