Monday, 19 May 2008

Embrace Me by Lisa Samson & Aussie Giveaway

"It's amazing how good a priest looks when you've got nobody else to turn to."

The painful confessions of a pastor who once sought fame and fortune to the detriment of his congregation, open this confronting tale by the talented and perceptive, Lisa Samson. Self mutilation seems the only way Drew can get respite from the memories of his egotistical manipulation and betrayal of those who looked up to him and even, especially, those who loved him. Then Drew begins to confide in Father Brian who encourages to him to write his confession.

"No kids I ever knew pictured themselves being sideshow freaks someday. I didn't either."

Interspersed between Drew's personal revelations is the real time story of two woman who share an uncommon friendship arising from a world of pain. Valentine, a woman whose horrific burns earn her the name of Lizard woman and Lella, born with a beautiful face but no limbs, have little recourse but to earn a living as sideshow freaks with Roland's Wayfaring Marvels and Oddities. During their off season the two woman take a break in a quiet North Carolina town, hiding away from the world and its prying eyes until Augustine, a dread locked monk covered in floral tattoos and Charmaine Hopewell, a TV singer and evangelist, gently beckon Valentine to face the world again. Fearful and embittered, Valentine is all too aware that her outer scars merely hint at the damage that was wreaked upon her heart and soul. Will she ever be able to trust and step into the light?

Lisa Samson's consummate skill as a writer is on daring display in this confronting tale of despair, unbearable anguish, forgiveness and grace. Embrace Me is as compelling as it is confronting as Lisa communicates Valentine's wretchedness and heartache as if it is the reader's own. The ugliness and cruelty of Drew's past behaviour is unforgivable yet Lisa's unique ability to tap into a tormented soul and reveal the humanity beneath is superlative, evoking sympathy when there should be none. This story depicts the dangers of both men and churches, who seeks to wield God's name for their own purpose, while slowly but surely revealing the way God intended His people to offer His love - overflowing and without blame, bringing His healing to the broken hearted and His redemption to the undeserving. The message of Embrace Me is direct yet full of subtleties that I continue to ponder. This is not a story to be read lightly - be sure to take the time to contemplate the powerful and significant truths revealed in this complex and wonderful tale.

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Giveaway

I have four copies of this confronting and pertinent tale to give away! To enter:~

1. You must have an Aussie postal address;

2. Post a comment before midnight on Sunday 25th May, 2008


11 comments:

jaana said...

Please enter me in. Sounds like a very thought provoking book.

Tracy said...

Please enter me too. I have enjoyed the books I've read by Lisa Samson...another of hers on my shelf would never go astray!

Danielle said...

I am intrigued, especially because the story contains unique protagonists who aren't the typical cute guys or girls. Please enter me!

HeatherH said...

Please enter me too - sounds interesting!

Jen said...

Pop me in please Rel. Sounds like a very interesting book with lots to think about.

Jewelz said...

I love Lisa's books! I would love to read this book.
Please enter me.
joyfuljewelz (at) gmail.com

ad said...

I love Lisas books too and this sounds interesting so please put me in the draw.

Anonymous said...

great review, sounds like a book that will get the mind thinking, definitely a good book for a wet winter's day curled up by the fire,wendyb

Naomi said...

SOunds like a very interesting book.

Rosalie said...

Please enter my name as well. This looks like a good book.
Rosalie

Rel said...

Hi Rosalie :) Please leave an email addy where I can contact you if you win. If you are the Rosalie from RBC just let me know and then you don't need to leave your email!!

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