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The Butterfly Key
     

The Butterfly Key

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by Andrew Neudecker
 

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The Butterfly Key – Winner of a MIPA award - Book Length 60k -

Sometimes the greatest gifts in life are little miracles you’d never expect to receive. - Nicole is a strong-willed, thirty-five year old wife and mother who is still trying to cope with her devastating loss. A year earlier she had suffered a miscarriage shortly before Christmas,

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The Butterfly Key – Winner of a MIPA award - Book Length 60k -

Sometimes the greatest gifts in life are little miracles you’d never expect to receive. - Nicole is a strong-willed, thirty-five year old wife and mother who is still trying to cope with her devastating loss. A year earlier she had suffered a miscarriage shortly before Christmas, and now, her once indelible faith in God has all but vanished. Concerned about his wife’s distress, Nicole’s husband decides he must gather his family around the Christmas tree and weave a story—a tragic tale of two families who are also struggling with God’s baffling providence—in the hopes that Nicole can find forgiveness and understand that God has a plan in all He does, even the heartrending events in life. After finishing his allegory, Nicole’s husband is still unsure if she can forgive God. That is until a mysterious gift containing something extraordinary is discovered under the Christmas tree that helps Nicole rediscover what she thought she had lost—her faith.

* The inspiration behind The Butterfly Key and why it was written: Shortly before Christmas of 2008 my wife suffered a miscarriage of what would have been our 4th child. Devastated, she experienced not only a loss of faith in God, but also a vast range of emotions toward Him. The hardest part for me was to watch all this transpire and feel completely helpless to allay her pain. I wanted to somehow show her that God has a plan in all He does, even the heartrending events in life. I wanted my wife to find her faith in God once again. And that’s when I decided to sit down and write her a story, a heartfelt novel that I gave to her as a gift the following Christmas which she would then entitle “The Butterfly Key” (Yes, I let her pick the title). *

Editorial Reviews

Author Joy Dekok
Author Andrew Neudecker is a true romantic. His guy friends might laugh at that comment, but female readers will not. Since most buyers of books are women and romance is the hottest seller in fiction, the debut novel stands an excellent chance of finding lots of readers. Because Andrew wrote this book for his grieving wife, he was free to pour himself into the story heart and soul. His writing voice is unchained by expectation.
Blog Booksnob
The Butterfly Key is a heartfelt, heart wrenching book that will twist your emotions and make you cry. It is a beautiful tale that connects every life and decision with divine providence. The butterfly key is deeply hopeful and makes you rejoice in life and all of God's gifts. If you have ever loved and lost someone, this book will touch your heart.
Blogger Justine Dell
The dedication of the book is heartwarming. And to be honest, it made me cry.

The symbolism in "The Butterfly Key" is what struck me the most. The powerful message is entwined in all the pages. Through the words, you learn what it is to truly live, love, sacrifice, and die. Andrew has done a wonderful job writing a story that will lift spirits and show you the reason God works in mysterious ways. It's eye opening story and it will remain in my heart for years to come.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012396778
Publisher:
Butterfly Publishing Press
Publication date:
03/23/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
871 KB

Meet the Author

Andrew Neudecker is a husband and father to three daughters and one son (newborn). He lives just north of the Twin Cities in Hugo, Minnesota. Andrew is an avid reader who loves many genres of books. When He’s not too busy reading or chasing after his wife and kids, one might find him writing anything from poetry to his next heartfelt novel.

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The Butterfly Key 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
mars76 More than 1 year ago
The Butterfly Key is a beautifully written story and I thoroughly enjoyed the tale. Neudecker created a personal story for his wife who was experiencing a loss of faith and reading the prologue and epilogue will make a reader's heart swell. As I read about Christian, Abigail, Alexander and their families, I came to love them - they are endearing characters. Characters that readers will want to aspire to; characters for which readers will root, cry, and rejoice. In addition to the characters, the story itself is one readers won't want to miss. One will find danger, mystery, intrigue, insight, faith, loyalty, and so much more - it really packs a punch. Once I really got into the book, I simply couldn't put it down; I had to know the outcome - all the details. I will note that there were times when the communication between characters seemed oddly formal for instance: use of first names in abundance; sometimes a reader not only can but should infer the participants in a conversation. However, knowing that this tale is a personal one for the author and one he wrote for his wife in a time of faith crisis made me overlook any formalities or other writing style issues I may have found. The story will override anything a reader might notice. Secondly I will note that there are elements of theology here that I do believe, elements I desperately want to believe, and then even others that I just can't fully grab onto. However, once again the story overrides this issue - the author is not preachy or cliché, there are just times I wasn't totally on the same page theologically. Regardless of a reader's stance on religion, theology, or faith, I recommend this book - in a world filled with pessimism and intolerance it offers a quick break - a refreshing glimpse of joy, hope, and fulfillment!
Tracyd223 More than 1 year ago
Definitely one of the best books that I have read this year. Very emotional, moving and inspiring. This is the kind of book that will stay with you for a very long time. I highly recommend to everyone to read this!!!!!!!!
JV-me More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a good book. Someone loaned it to me but I had to have it in my Nook Library so I purchased it after reading it. It was such a display of unselfish love. I'm looking for more stories from this author.
lmnass More than 1 year ago
Never expected this would be as good as it was. Surprising and interesting the whole way through.
JA_Beard More than 1 year ago
Tragedy is one of the constants of human existence. In Andrew Neudecker's The Butterfly Key, the author explores the impact of tragedy on both the relationships between family members and their belief in God. The semi-biographical tale of Nicole provides only a minor bookend to the major events of the book. The bulk of the interior story focuses primarily on young National Guardsman Christian Bryson, his life-long love, Abigail Havily, and their respective families. The novel is competently written and well-edited. The author has a clean writing style, though on occasion slips a bit too much into exposition for my taste, but it's nothing that seriously retracts from the novel. The main strength of this novel is the development of its likable, realistic characters. With one notable exception, every character in this book does feel like someone you might know. They are good people, just trying to make their way through life, that have to confront life's natural tragedies. At the same time, the author doesn't shy away from showing the painful and often hurtful side of tragedy: the blame, the suffering, the lashing out at those close to you. This goes a long way to establishing the members of the Havily and Bryson families as credible human being and allows the author to explore the kind of a love required when a still emotionally unstable family member has to comfort another who is also suffering. Anyone who has ever dealt with family tragedy can instantly identify with the situations that arise in the novel. While I did find the characters interesting, the overall pacing of the novel was somewhat uneven. The initial plot starts out strong with a number of engaging events, but things end up slipping into what comes off as a little bit too slice-of-life to be fully engaging. In an attempt, I think, to maximize the dramatic value of certain events, the timeline of certain events seems slightly off. This results in some plausibility issues early in the novel. In addition, the author spends a bit too much time lingering on certain sections lacking a certain amount of tension. Although some of this was intended, I believe, to set up a greater contrast with some of the later more dramatic events, there was a good stretch in the middle of the novel where things felt a lot more like denouement than rising action despite the specter of certain plot events in the background. Once we get through the slow middle section, a series of incidents again re-injects the plot with dramatic tension and provides a lot of excellent, engaging character interaction. I found myself emphasizing with the characters and their travails, and most importantly, caring about what happened to them. The themes of sacrifice, faith in the face of the tragedy, and love are repeatedly explored, were explored in an engaging way The final few chapters, however, presented a rather surprising and major change in the general tone and character of the plot. Even after thinking about it for several days, I'm still not so sure how I felt about this shift. Though the final chapters were interesting in a way, they also were so different from what had come before, that I felt as if I was totally unprepared for what occurred in them. Arguably, they marked too strong a departure from the expectations that had been raised in the rest of the book. Overall: 3.5 Stars
SheriBaby More than 1 year ago
Along the lines of "The Shack" this story will keep you riveted until the last page!
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SerendiptyKarma More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me on my Nook and I fell in love with it. It pulled at all my emotions - love, hate, pain, sadness, joy, it was a tremendous book. I enjoyed every moment of it. I have never cried tears of sadness and joy through out an entire book before. I cannot stop talking about this book and When I finished it I recommended it to about 10 other people immediately. This is one book that I can read over and over - it has made my faith in God stronger. Would love to see it become a movie and would love to see more by this author <3
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peace2pits More than 1 year ago
THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT READ,HAD ME CRYING THE FIRST 10 MINS INTO IT,THEN HOPEFUL THE NEXT. THE READER IS MAGICALLY PULLED INTO THE LIVES OF THESE FASCINATING PEOPLE. I WILL DEFINITELY READ THIS AGAIN. PLEASE PLEASE GET THIS BOOK, YOU'LL THANK ME FOR IT!
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Angela Brown More than 1 year ago
Story seemed too surreal and I could not make the connection between the wife's healing and the story line. Overall story was unusual and hard to follow.