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Composing Amelia: A Novel
     

Composing Amelia: A Novel

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by Alison Strobel
 

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Can a brand-new marriage withstand the weight of generations-old baggage? Newlyweds Amelia and Marcus Sheffield are recent college grads, trying to stay afloat in LA while searching for their dream jobs. Marcus hopes to become a mega-church pastor. Amelia has an esteemed music degree, and longs to play piano professionally. The Sheffields are

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Composing Amelia 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Los Angeles, recent college graduates of LA Bible College and newlyweds Amelia and Marcus Sheffield look forward to the future. She dreams of being a pianist while he wants to become the pastor of a megachurch. They work at odd jobs bringing in income while searching for their respective break. Amelia feels upbeat when she obtains a resident pianist position with a new theater group in the city. However, Marcus hits her with a gut blow when he informs her he has been offered the position of senior pastor at the small New Hope Church in Wheatridge, Nebraska. He tells her if she doesn't want to go, he will decline; but soon after informs her he accepted the position. Marcus goes to Nebraska while Amelia stays in California. As they live separate lives, Amelia becomes dangerously depressed over the separation and the unwanted touching of a business associate; while Marcus struggles with what his role means for his flock and misses his Ams though he hides behind God's plan. This is a great Christian family drama that looks deeply at faith and mental illness through mostly the lead couple. They are still in love but seem way apart with no hope for the future. Whereas she feels he uses the God card with righteous impunity, he believes she lost her faith in the Lord, him and herself. Alison Strobel provides a refreshing contemporary character study. Harriet Klausner
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
A book that goes to a depressing place quick and the reader is stuck there for most of the book. With mental illness, lost career goals and a move away from home, this book is chocked full of hard issues that are confronted head on. Amelia is new to the Christian faith and married to Marcus who has his dreams wrapped around following in his father's footsteps to be a pastor of a church. They both come from backgrounds that didn't have the best role models to learn how adulthood should be. It made it interesting to see how each reacted to becoming an adult and overcoming the obstacles that come with responsibility. A Christian fiction work that wasn't all rainbows and perfection, with real life problems that couldn't just be prayed away - I liked that there was realism in Christian fiction. This book isn't for the faint of heart. I would only recommend it to readers who are ok to go to a sad place and don't mind a read that is heartbreaking and devastating.
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caeb19 More than 1 year ago
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I felt invested in the characters from early on, and I couldn't stop reading until I saw how it all came together in the end. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading this book I had a hard time putting it down. I wanted to keep reading to see how these characters would make it through each trial. As a Christian, I enjoyed reading a book that addressed questions of faith and the imperfections we all have. Even though I didn't agree with some of the character's decisions, I still liked this couple enough to want to keep with them till the end. I am glad I did.
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terri14560 More than 1 year ago
Great read for summer time. What happens when two young "just married" people are not truthful or respectful to each other? What happens when selfishness comes before Godfulness? Wow!
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Schnoods More than 1 year ago
I saw a lot of myself in this book. Amelia and her husband grow tremendously throughout the book and Marcus never loses his focus on God. A must read.
anemulligan More than 1 year ago
Alison Strobel keeps getting better and better. Composing Amelia is a novel I consider to be a lasting work of fiction. Within its pages, Strobel plumbs the depths of emotion in a subject fraught with prejudice and misinformation within the church. With characters your heart will embrace, it is a story of pride and depression without being depressive. From the first page until the last, I was caught up in Marcus and Amelia's world, unwilling to stop reading. A beautiful love story, you'll see God's grace through unconditional love. Alison Strobel is quickly proving she has what it takes to be a bestselling author, book after book. Novel Rocket and I give it our highest recommendation. It is a 5-star must read. Bravo, Alison!