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The Flower of Grass
     

The Flower of Grass

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by James E. Robinson
 

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This powerful, romantic novel depicts a prodigal's return to a small town in Tennessee—and the emotions that lay buried there just beneath the surface.

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This powerful, romantic novel depicts a prodigal's return to a small town in Tennessee—and the emotions that lay buried there just beneath the surface.

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ISBN-13:
9780825462863
Publisher:
Lion Hudson
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

James E. Robinson is an award-winning singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by many country, Christian, and rock musicians. He has written one previous book, Prodigal Song, and also works as a professional recovery counselor in Nashville, Tennessee. He and his wife Teresa have two children.

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The Flower of Grass 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
DeclarationArts More than 1 year ago
With all of the Christian fiction that is out on the market today one would think that tales of salvation come a dime a dozen. One would be sadly mistaken.

"The Flower Of Grass" presents real characters, real people, facing real life dilemmas. These are not perfect people with simple issues to overcome. These are real individuals who struggle with real challenges, real temptations, real pain, and mercifully, real recovery. Perhaps the characters are sometimes hard to embrace but that is not because they are unsympathetic. Rather, it is because they reflect a frighteningly accurate image of true humanity and therefore, perhaps show us a reflection of ourselves that we prefer to keep hidden.

Within the grime and grit of these characters thoughts, struggles, and choices we find ourselves. Only, we do not find the selves that we neatly portray to the world. We find the true self, uncertain and flawed. But as we follow the story through to completion we also find that within our own failings and trials is the stuff of which true victory is made.

The struggles are powerful, the lure of temptation, provocative, and the danger, real. This leaves the reader with a sensational triumph at the end. The potential loss was immense, so the victory is truly felt.

This is a story of new beginnings bought at a great price. That is the true message of salvation.

Elise Lael Kieffer
Author of "The Littlest Star"
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ChandraLynn More than 1 year ago
What happens when a successful singer/songwriter writes his first novel? You read a work of literary fiction titled The Flower of Grass. The music of the story sings to your heart as you read.

James Robinson created characters that will make you laugh, cry, fill you with compassion and longing for that happy ending. John Allen is going home for reasons he cannot fully explain. Can he make amends with his dead father? Can he help his careworn sister and lost younger brother come to terms with their childhood? Or is it he that needs to come to those terms? Then, there is Jessie. She waited for him, until he stopped writing. Now she is married.

James Robinson takes you on a journey home. Within the pages you will hear the heartbeat of the house in the old grandfather clock and possibly even hear your own heartbeat. With passion and depth, James brings his characters into your life and into your heart, and leaves you contemplating your own time and journey. Grab a blanket, a cup of spiced tea, and curl up for a peaceful, touching Sunday afternoon read. You'll not be disappointed with the way you spent your afternoon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the Flower of Grass! It is a beautiful story about how our thoughts and feelings of love are always in the changing context of our life histories. Change sometimes happens when we are not paying attention. This is true for Jessie. She loves John, but really in the same way that she loved him at 17, when he left her in the small town of Tranquility. She talked herself into hating John, but in the back of her heart, she held on to his memory. Tuck, she loves as a mature woman in the context of their life together, which she comes to understand as the more valuable love. However, she does not come to this insight without the reappearance of John and further reflection and pain. While I connected more with Jessie, I appreciated John's struggle with his own family story. He did wrestle with his demons while in Tranquility (a pretty safe place that Tranquility) and left after coming to terms with some of his family drama (can't say we ever resolve all of it). And, here is the best part--he left with hope for his own future! My favorite books are those that pull emotion out of me. If I laugh, cry, and become involved in the characters and their lives, then it is a keeper. The Flower of Grass is a wonderful story that had me crying with sadness, crying with joy, and crying for the peace that can be ours.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Flower of Grass ¿ Rarely do I find a book that captures my heart so much that I cannot wait to get home from work to continue reading. Jim¿s magical writing brought all my senses alive, passionately walking me through the lives of John, Jessie, Tuck, and their families. With hope, originality, and reality, Jim has created an ethereal reading experience with his gift of writing that will be sure to touch your heart in a special and unique way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have a heart, you'll love this book. Both real-to-life in its subject matter, and artistic in its imagery, you'll be drawn into the lives of Robinson's characters the moment 'the man (drives) across the bridge' and will leave their hometown of Tranquility with your heart soaring. If his first fictional offering is any indication, I hope this author will be around for a long time to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Flower of Grass was a unique story, not quite what I expected, but enjoyable nonetheless. Robinson uses awesome imagery and description. The phrasing is beautiful and vivid, some of the best I¿ve read. The characters are well done, likable, but with flaws, making them all the more realistic. The ending fits the novel well and I enjoyed that Robinson didn¿t try to squish one of those ¿everybody-and-the-dog-lived-happily-ever-after¿ into the end. Check it out if you get a chance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This powerful novel deals with themes of bereavement, addiction, and lost love but through them Robinson manages to weave a wonderfully healing story. I was drawn into the drama though the author¿s poignant prose and imagery and loved the way he allowed me to experience both the pain of existence and the hope of redemption through his characters. Robinson¿s writing kept me transfixed. I wanted to be in the story, to experience the place and the people. To borrow the words of his character ¿Miss Ruth,¿ this book ¿had considerable beauty in it. Considerable beauty.¿ The Flower of Grass is both tragic and triumphant. Its surprise ending left me with the assurance that healing of deep soul wounds is possible for all of us--what we need to truly be whole comes from the truth we hold within.