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Posted July 20, 2012
I have just finished reading "Believe" and as I sit back and contemplate its relevance and its meaning I find myself feeling refreshed at its "realness". The book doesn't attempt to be overly artistic, overly dramatic, overly anything that demands attention for itself...it simply and humbly "is"; a quality that is lacking in today's media. What I mean by this is that the book is honest, frank, and willing to admit that there are just bad things--like the death of a beautiful little daughter--that we cannot make sense of in this world. But, as per the title, it is the "belief" in a seemingly unobtainable good (as impracticable, illusive, or irreverent it might appear to be at the time of suffering) that gives one the strength to keep going when nothing else will suffice. That simple hope.
As the main character, Rachel, says: "Whether belief works or not. Whether positive attitude works or not. Whether prayer works or not - it doesn't matter. Because regardless of the outcome...you have to believe that everything will be fine... [This] is the only way you will get through [life's sufferings]."
This book does not provide answers. I don't think the author intended it to. The characters that occupy this book are as flawed, stubborn and confused as the rest of us. Does that mean it is all meaningless? No. For, though the answers sought are often hidden, this book fosters in the reader the HOPE that they are there...and shows that real strength comes from the slow, and sometimes painful, process of believing this. A worthy read.
Posted July 6, 2012
I'm usually not into these types of books, but as I sat down to read it, I noticed that even though I knew what would happen, I wanted to keep reading it. This story focuses on how one woman deals with the loss of her daughter, and how that loss has made her bitter. Throughout the novel, she's having to deal with life one disappointment and unexpected experience after another. It teaches her to believe and have hope that eventually all things will come together.
Although I think this novel was fast paced and in some parts confusing, I enjoyed the read.