Tender Grace [NOOK Book]

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Audrey Eaton awakes at three in the morning and gets up to retrieve her husband, Tom, from the recliner where he has fallen asleep watching a ball game. But when she enters the living room and looks at his gentle face in the soft lamp light, she knows their time together is over. Grief attacks her until all she can think about is how much she wants her old life back. Determined to find healing, she embarks on a journey to the one place Tom and she always intended to visit but never did. Along the way, she ...
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Tender Grace

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Overview

Audrey Eaton awakes at three in the morning and gets up to retrieve her husband, Tom, from the recliner where he has fallen asleep watching a ball game. But when she enters the living room and looks at his gentle face in the soft lamp light, she knows their time together is over. Grief attacks her until all she can think about is how much she wants her old life back. Determined to find healing, she embarks on a journey to the one place Tom and she always intended to visit but never did. Along the way, she discovers, through shared experiences with friends old and new, the meaning of the "tender graces" God provides each and every day.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The literature of widowhood is compelling-Joan Didion's A Year of Magical Thinking had an impact well beyond her usual readership. Novelist Stark, a retired English teacher who's not afraid to invoke the great classic poets, makes a lovely debut in this story of Audrey Eaton, a widow whose road trip is also a healing journey. That plot device is not new, but Eaton's writing is fresh and delicate, successfully expressing nuance in a narrative that is mostly about emotions, not events. Her dialogue is witty and easy; an interlude at a homeless shelter is nice comic relief. The Christian elements required for the evangelical audience are natural for the plot-lots of bereaved people derive comfort from renewed faith. But they're slightly overdone; God's work can be apparent in a story of transformation even without explicit labeling, especially with a narrator given to dignified understatement. If Stark's next book does more showing and less telling with the elements of faith, she could gain the larger audience she deserves. (Feb.)

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In Stark's debut novel, Audrey Eaton fights her grief over losing her husband by traveling. Along the way, she rediscovers her love of living and the graces God puts in each person's life.


—Tamara Butler
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441204196
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 19,166
  • File size: 1,002 KB

Meet the Author

Jackina (pronounced with a long "i" to rhyme with China) Stark recently retired from teaching English at Ozark Christian College to spend more time writing and traveling. During the twenty-eight years she taught at OCC, she traveled nationally and internationally to speak and teach, and wrote many articles for denominational magazines. She has been married to her husband, Tony, for forty-two years. They live in Carl Junction, Missouri, and have two daughters and six grandchildren.
Jackina (pronounced with a long “i” to rhyme with China) Stark recently retired from teaching English at Ozark Christian College to spend more time writing and traveling. During the twenty-eight years she taught at OCC, she traveled nationally and internationally to speak and teach, and wrote many articles for denominational magazines. She has been married to her husband, Tony, for forty-two years. They live in Carl Junction, Missouri, and have two daughters and six grandchildren.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    Beautiful story

    Jackina Stark has written a beautiful, moving story. Highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    Great, heart wrenching book!!

    This was my first Jackina Stark book and I loved it! I plan on reading more by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2014

    Warriors den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2011

    Wonderful book!

    I had a hard time putting this book down. It is easy for anyone that has lost a much loved spouse to relate to Audrey's agony and grief. The journey she takes is one that is inspiring. Thank you, Mrs. Stark. for writing such a profound book; it is definitely a book I will keep and lend out only if I know for sure I will get it back!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2009

    EXCELLENT READ

    Tender Grace is a phenomenal book. The characters are so true to life. Great rainy day book or to lend to a friend who has lost a love one. Can't wait for the next book.

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  • Posted February 20, 2009

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    One of the best debut novels ever

    Ever read a book that when you finished, the first word that comes to mind is "beautiful"? That's what happened when I finished this book. It was so wonderfully written and just flowed so perfectly. This book was just not at all what I expected. With the subject matter, I thought I would see cliched endings and characters but was instead delighted to see a new direction taken in the novel. It's a sad book as it deals with Audrey having to reluctantly face life after the unexpected death of her husband. It's totally understandable that she does not want to move on. However instead of just moping around and having change come to her, she instead goes out and discovers them on her own. I totally loved that she did that too. It gave her a quiet strength that I really admire.

    This book combined two of my favorite elements in novel. I always like books written in diary/journal format. I feel that they give the reader a better outlook into the mind of the character as you are able to get directly in their mind. Plus, I find them really enjoyable and they make for a faster read because with no chapter breaks, you can't stop reading! I also love books that have road trips in them because I love having the setting of the novel change. It's always good to see a character out of their element and able to explore the different customs, meeting new people and having adventures along their trip. Road trips usually also change the character and have them see things in a different light. That's exactly what happened in this story too. This is a wonderful debut novel and honestly one of the best debut novels I've read in a while. I will be looking forward to Jackina's next book. HIGHLY recommended.

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  • Posted January 27, 2009

    I loved this book!!!

    Tender Grace touched my heart,ministered to my soul,and tickled me to the point of laughing out loud . I devoured it in two days (I had to make myself slow down, so it would last longer!!).I truly loved the story and characters, and I would love to read more about Audrey!!! It is well worth your time!

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  • Posted January 21, 2009

    Waiting for more from this author!

    Just couldn't put this book down and finished it way too quickly! While it is a novel about the loss of a spouse, it is so much more than that. Jackina has beautifully used the story to help anyone who finds herself losing the joy she once knew, regardless of the circumstance that may have brought about that loss. <BR/><BR/>Jackina's sense of humor, as well as her love for art, music, literature and grammar do shine through in little unexpected moments...really delightful! <BR/><BR/>And, for those of us in the Tulsa and Oklahoma area, lots of references to familiar places make it especially fun! <BR/><BR/>We'll be reading much more from Jackina Stark!

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