Believe

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Believe. A message that still taunts her years after the passing of her daughter. In the days of her daughter's illness, she considered herself a seeker, open to the possibilities of prayer and faith. Now cynical and guarded, she is forced to reexamine her beliefs and relive her past when an old love resurfaces, with a sick child of his own. Believe is a story that examines fractures to our foundations in the face of tragedy. It is a story that asks if prayers are always ...
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Overview

Believe. A message that still taunts her years after the passing of her daughter. In the days of her daughter's illness, she considered herself a seeker, open to the possibilities of prayer and faith. Now cynical and guarded, she is forced to reexamine her beliefs and relive her past when an old love resurfaces, with a sick child of his own. Believe is a story that examines fractures to our foundations in the face of tragedy. It is a story that asks if prayers are always answered, but often in ways we do not see.
NOTE: Despite the spiritual tone of this work, please be aware it contains strong language.
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Editorial Reviews

Lexington Literature Examiner - Jesse Coffey
There is hope in this book, there is a positive message of remembering those who have crossed on and those who are still living, finding a reason to draw breath each day and welcoming the sun. And when you need a good reminder of that message, this book will give it to you. It will help you believe in a higher power and a purpose for each of us.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781493726387
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Living in Las Vegas since she was two, Shelly Hickman has witnessed many changes in the city over the years. She graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor of Art in 1990, and in her early twenties worked as an illustrator for a contractor for the Nevada Test Site. In the mid-90s, she returned to school to earn her Masters degree in Elementary Education. She now teaches computer applications and multimedia at a middle school in Las Vegas. She loves to write about people, examining their flaws, their humor, spirituality, and personal growth. Shelly lives with her husband, two children, and their dog, Frankie.
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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    I was nervous to read this story because I knew it would be an e

    I was nervous to read this story because I knew it would be an emotional read. I was right! The journey of the characters pulled at my heart strings so strongly that I cried, laughed, and cheered for them.

    I can't imagine going through that much emotional turmoil: doubting your faith, holding on to hope, risking second chances, and looking towards tomorrow. WOW!

    It's a wonderful story of hope, faith, and love!

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    I have just finished reading "Believe" and as I sit ba

    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.

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  • Posted July 6, 2012

    Good Read!

    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.

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