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In a novel rich with heartache, deeply felt spirituality, and down-to-earth humor, a talented woman dares to face her demons-as a secret from the past threatens the love she's fought so hard to keep.
After her mama dropped out of her life, Myrtle Charmaine dropped her first name forever. But eleven-year-old Charmaine has her singing and her beloved Sunday school teacher, who takes her into her own God-fearing family. Yet Charmaine's out-of-the-ordinary odyssey has only just begun...
There are foster homes?a fateful encounter with a college man when she is barely fourteen?and gigs that range from the down-home sweetness of the Suds 'n' Strikes Forever bowling alley to the rhinestone dazzle of Atlantic City to the pure joy of singing gospel in church. And when a traveling preacher named Harlan who loves the Word and her arrives, Charmaine knows for sure God is smiling at her. Still, even on a countrywide crusade, her ineffable sense of longing lingers. It will lead her to paths Harlan would never approve of-if he knew! And to something that can end her sadness and give her the keys to healing.
In Lisa Samson's moving novel, the wife of a popular televangelist discovers a family secret that threatens to destroy her marriage and her husband's ministry.
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|Songbird Mar 4, 2007|
|I picked this book up on my way out of town. Honestly, I grabbed it because it was a mass-market paperback and would fit into my purse. The Christy Award was also a plus. While reading this book on vacation, I was drawn into Lisa Samson's story. I laughed, I cried, and at times became angry. When a book can stir these kinds of emotions in me, I always have to check out this author. Since reading Songbird, I have read many more of Lisa Samson's books, and I have not been disappointed. Lisa shows the realities of the Christian walk. While we are saved by grace, we are also human, and have to continually rely on our redeemer to bring us through. I am thankful for that mad dash to the bookstore for some vacation reading material. It is just another examples of God leading me in the right direction. ;>|
|A book that feeds your soul Apr 2, 2006|
|Songbird by Lisa Samson is hands down one of the best Christian fiction books, no I take that back, one of the best books I've ever read. Charmaine is so real she literally breathes the book into life. There are no cardboard stereotypes here, and Charmaine is quick to admit her mistakes and own them. I went in for some tests at the hospital on Friday and took the book along with me for company. I don't know that I could have had a better companion. (Jesse went too, but he was finishing up Harry Potter 6 and not much for company.) Reading Songbird was like having a sweet stranger come up and start sharing her life story with you, but in such a way that made me feel more comfortable. Charmaine was the woman in the waiting room who saw my fear and decided to put me at ease by chatting. But all the while, gently nudging my side and reminding me that God is Sovereign, He's with me, and He loves me. I read the book through lunch, the end of the tests and finished it Friday night. The subjects that Samson tackles in this book are not light: depression, honesty, psychology, and she doesn't treat them lightly. Both sides of these issues are handled from a Christian viewpoint and with love. I could see Charmaine's cycles start to run higher and lower through the chapters, but her love for her Lord stood firm. This book is like a friend you'll miss when it's over, and the reminder in it that none of us are perfect, but Jesus loves us anyway is poignant.|
|Heartwarming! Aug 7, 2005|
|This book is completely unlike the usual lightweight Christian fiction I've encountered before now. Myrtle Charmaine is like a member of your family by the first page. And, in spite of the heavy subject matter, Charmaine's joy in life shines through the pages of the book in a wonderfully inspiring way. I loved this book!|
|Insight Into A Common Problem Dec 8, 2004|
|Once again Lisa Samson was unafraid to tackle a murky subject, this time depression. To medicate or not to medicate, that is the faith question. She writes so honestly and right where we live, yet does it with a lot of style.|
|My lands... Nov 3, 2004|
|this is a wonderful book. Myrtle Charmaine Whitehead Hopewell is a lady every woman should know. She's someone you could put on your houseshoes with and eat food with your hands. Her life has been hard, jagged even. Yet Charmaine still manages to love, despite being abandoned by her pretty waitress mother at age eleven or a string of other tragedies that follow every time she tries to care, to stay. Her love is preserved in part by a special gift, tied up with a bow and placed in her throat by God himself, the voice of a songbird.|
Lisa Samson never ceases to amaze me with the quiet strength her characters possess as they erase the lines between secular and sacred bringing the reader to a better understanding of humanity as a whole. So many times in this book, I saw something of myself or people I know. No wonder this won a Christy Award. It's magical.
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