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Posted April 25, 2002
A wonderful story of family, friendship, neighbors, and God's presence through it all..
This book tells a wonderful story of how a group of friends/neighbors learn to rely on God and each other. The lives of four families are entwined as they celebrate life and meet the challenges that we all face in our own lives. All the while you can see God's hand working in and through each of them. When I finished reading this book I longed to live in a Cul-de-Sac with these women, praying and sharing with them.
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Posted May 31, 2001
Introducing Four Very Different Families in Different Seasons of Life
This book is a compilation of the lives of the four families who live in an upper middle class cul-de-sac in eastern Tennessee. They are in various seasons in their lives. The Dodds are a family with four children who are home-schooled and both parents stay and work at home full time. Although they seem to be the ideal, all American family, there are problems. She is a believer in God, he is not, due to emotional trauma he suffered as a child. At the heart of this book is the sudden illness of their 9 yr. old son. He ends up in the hospital awaiting a heart transplant and his Mom and Dad differ on how to best help him. The Sullivans are a couple with two preschoolers in a family which consists of a hard working husband and a slim, fit, rather obsessive, frustrated writer-wife. She has read so many self-help books she is phobic. She keeps an impeccably clean house, but she hates her role as a stay at home, unfulfilled wife and mother. The last straw was when she SAW a bestseller book on the library shelf that contained the same plot as the book she was currently writing! In anger she destroyed her manuscript and declared she was finished with writing - forever. The Flaherty family is headed by a single Mom who is a veterinarian. She has her hands full with three active, older kids, and a chip on her shoulder because she was dumped for a younger woman. Dating is completely awkward to her and she wonders if it is really worth it and feels like forgetting it. She has problems with the school's sex education classes and is willing to fight all the way to the school board. She is particularly upset with her inability to reach and control her 15 yr. old terribly rebellious daughter. The Bryans are an older Christian couple whose children have all moved out. She is lonely and feels useless, he is a cardiac surgeon with a consuming call on his heart to missions. These two are a sort of surrogate Mom and Dad to the other couples in their area. The book blends the lives of these four families in quite a remarkable way. While each family's life is intertwined and each has their own crises, the thing that pulls them together for a common purpose is the life threatening situation with 9 yr. old Joseph Dodd. Heart transplants aren't cheap, and even with insurance paying part of the bill, the Dodd family is staring at up to $35,000 out of pocket. They put their house up for sale. Not wanting to lose their good neighbors, the other families on the cul-de-sac work to raise the needed funds. This, along with the illness, changes their lives forever. The saddest part of the book is when young Joseph goes into a coma just before he is given up for dead. No heart has been found, and he cannot last more that a few hours at the most. It is a dark, emotional and frightening night at the hospital. But, what eventually happens to the child is a surprise that makes the book worth the read. Changes occur in all the families, and decisions are cemented which will change their lives forever. This is a contemporary, Christian fiction book about four families that could live in Any City, USA, and I recommend it highly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 14, 2000
I highly recommend this book! It is very well written. I read this book in one day. I couldn't put it down! It is a very inspirational story about friendship, friends and family coming together in the event of a crisis, the power of prayer and believing in God. A book worth reading!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.