The Blackberry Bush

The Blackberry Bush

by David Housholder

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ISBN-13: 9781609361891
Publisher: Guideposts
Publication date: 05/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 210
File size: 808 KB

About the Author

David Housholder, Fulbright Scholar (University Bonn) and international conference speaker, speaks three languages. An avid philosophical-spiritual influencer and surfer, he currently leads an indie-warehouse California beach church, where he dreams and works for a better world.

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The Blackberry Bush 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
MMBevis More than 1 year ago
Walls are built to separate, to guard, or to imprison. Hadrian's, and The Great Wall in China were built to keep the barbarians out. Walls rarely pass the test of time. The day the Berlin Wall fell, a girl child was born in Germany and a boy child was born in America. The narrator of the tale of The Blackberry Bush bore witness to both births. His name is Angelo. What has this to do with a treasure box discovered in an attic; old coins and a collection of priceless old watches? Coins and Time, like breadcrumbs through the forest, follow the money trail. Trace the thread of destinies that intertwine through a complex tangle of generations who dared to look beyond the impenetrable walls of blackberry thickets. Is this a tale, or your backstory? Dive deep into the symbolisms, or skim the surface of The Blackberry Bush. Either way, story telling doesn't get any better than this.
rtwins More than 1 year ago
Faith, like water, will always find its way back to its Source... It takes a crown of thorns and a truly good heart to destroy the wounding thorns of life. ~Angelo The Blackberry Bush by David Housholder is one of the most uniquely beautiful books I have ever read. The author's rhythm of writing is unusual, but his cadence is the beauty of this story revolving around the lives of Josh and Kati. The plot begins with the birth of the main characters, continents apart, November 9, 1989. Josh is born in the United States, a surfer and artist. Kati is born in Germany, an introvert with low self-esteem, due mostly to the verbal abuse from her mother, but has a loving relationship with her grandfather, who also shares Kati's love for watches. Josh and Kati share more than a birthday. Their family trees are linked. Kati and Josh tell their stories. Their ancestors also share their joys and sorrows through day and night dreams seen by these children. Angelo, an angel who has been protecting members of this family, shares the backstory and links the past events to the present of Josh and Kati. The past of this family leads up to one event. The author presents the reader with these questions: ? Are our lives just random encounters? ?Are our lives planned even before we are born? ?Is it possible to say yes to God's truth without being saved? ?Has God ever spoke to you through circumstance or events? Although this book is a treasure full of symbolism, it is also a story of redemption, of God bringing us into His will for our lives once we surrender. The author provided a few empty pages at the close of this book for the reader to write their backstory. There are also discussion questions which make this a perfect book to study in a group setting. Angelo's conclusion provides a hint of future novels which I anticipate reading!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I must say that I really enjoyed this book. I was capivated from the very beginning in how their life's were intertwined and how it all came together in the end. The plot was very good. I really enjoyed the feel of traveling into the past and seeing the characters then. All the secrets, and betrayals they habored, you really didn't think how it would connect with the future characters but it did. It also makes you think a lot. It makes you see how even things done in the past can have such a profound effect in the future generations. As for the characters, I thought they were amazing. Mr. Householder, did a great job capturing all of the characters in all of their stages of life. Young, Old, new. I really could relate to what they were going through. So many families went through so much during the war. It was a great refreshment to read it from all kinds of points of views. Which brings me to my gripe. I really didn't like the pov switching. For me, it did flow well, but you were constantly switching characters views over and over again. It was sort of nerving. I really wanted to stay in one person shoes for longer than a few pages. But, then again, after finishing it, I can see how the pov switches were nesscary. The Blackberry Bush, is real, intense read like no other. The plot and writing is intense enough that is captures you right away. This book is definitely something you want to read if you enjoy war stories that are caught up in the web of secrets, betrayal and hurt.
Aik More than 1 year ago
This is actually a novel about family relationships, interweaving destinies, and journeys of self-discovery. David Householder successfully brings out this story in a creative way - the story is layered with words of wisdom and the plot moves on with a suitable pace with the help of passages of the past and current events. Although this book has something to do with Christianity, it is not written in a "preachy" style, so readers of other religions can read it without problems of any sort. I can totally relate to Kati's hurt that involves her not being pretty and likable enough. She has pale skin, black hair and a big nose, and her mother, mutti is never proud of her. She is always comparing her with her beautiful elder sister, Johanna. She always chastises Kati's appearance without even trying to see her good points. Kati's (only) best friend is her grandfather, Opa Harald who looks past her appearance and loves her unconditionally. Opa teaches her all sorts of things, and she loves hanging out with him. The loving relationship between grandfather and granddaughter is really heart-warming. On the other hand, Josh is a gifted child, but he seems a bit unsure about how he should live his life. I'm not sure how to describe him, but I feel like I'm a little like him in some ways. I'm glad that both Josh and Kati eventually find their ways in life, discover the goodness of God's love and the beauty of life itself. In a few words, The Blackberry Bush is a moving, thought-provoking novel in which lies a powerful message. It is a book to read and keep. "Life is like a coin with two sides--destiny and random chance. The truth is, each side grows out of the other. Quantum stuff. And life spins and spins."
skstiles612 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
First off let me say I didn't dislike this book. I just never found the love for it I usually find. At times I felt lost in the story and I don't mean that in a good way. I don't mind switching POV in a book. the change of POV and time period often left me re-reading to try to figure out what was going on. The character's were believable, yet they almost seemed to be a contradiction. Kati never felt loved or accepted except by her Opa. She felt ugly, yet she tattoos and pierces her body. Josh only feels balance when on a skateboard or surfing yet almost ruins it for himself and his friend.One thing I did like was this book could be read by a Christian and they would see a Christian message and yet I could recommend this to my non-Christian friends and they would see the "good" or "inspiring" message.The questions at the end did make me question how I justify things I do in my life. Out of all of the books this was my least favorite one. I know there is someone out there who would just love this book. I've read other reviews and many people do. It was just not written in a style that made it pleasurable for me. I didn't feel the message I hoped to glean from it since it was an INSPYS pick.
Sugarpeach on LibraryThing 7 months ago
When I first started to read The Blackberry Bush, I thought that it would be an easy read. After all, it is only 176 pages long, the shortest book I¿ve reviewed to date. But I was mistaken. The Blackberry Bush focuses on many realistic, deep issues that it isn¿t possible to just skim through it. Josh and Kati are complex individuals with common problems young people have today. An aspect of The Blackberry Bush I absolutely like is the way the two main characters, despite one being a male and the other a female, they are not romantically involved with each other. I find that very refreshing. Another aspect of The Blackberry Bush I like is that it is not preachy. It will certainly make a comfortable read for those who are not Christians. For some reason, the sentence in the book that stood out for me was this sentence spoken in Josh¿s voice in the year 2031: ¿A generation ago, people had such small families; glad that¿s starting to change.¿ I hope that happens! The only problem I had with The Blackberry Bush was the different switch in scenes. The story alternates between the narrations of Angelo, Josh, and Kati; the setting varies from United States, Germany, and Holland; and the years range from 1943 to 2031. Confuse? I was. Overall, The Blackberry Bush is a compelling story of destiny, the pasts of our families and how we can impact our future generations.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I must say that I really enjoyed this book. I was capivated from the very beginning in how their life's were intertwined and how it all came together in the end. The plot was very good. I really enjoyed the feel of traveling into the past and seeing the characters then. All the secrets, and betrayals they habored, you really didn't think how it would connect with the future characters but it did. It also makes you think a lot. It makes you see how even things done in the past can have such a profound effect in the future generations.As for the characters, I thought they were amazing. Mr. Householder, did a great job capturing all of the characters in all of their stages of life. Young, Old, new. I really could relate to what they were going through. So many families went through so much during the war. It was a great refreshment to read it from all kinds of points of views.Which brings me to my gripe. I really didn't like the pov switching. For me, it did flow well, but you were constantly switching characters views over and over again. It was sort of nerving. I really wanted to stay in one person shoes for longer than a few pages. But, then again, after finishing it, I can see how the pov switches were nesscary.The Blackberry Bush, is real, intense read like no other. The plot and writing is intense enough that is captures you right away. This book is definitely something you want to read if you enjoy war stories that are caught up in the web of secrets, betrayal and hurt.
DubiousDisciple on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I have strong feelings about this book. I just don¿t know what they are. I must endorse it, because it¿s unforgettable.The Blackberry Bush was authored by a Facebook friend, whom I picture as a conservative ¿Christian teacher-leader¿ (David¿s words) living 2,000 miles away. I¿m not sure that¿s how David pictures himself, so I¿ve probably already insulted him. And I¿m not much of a fiction reader; this will be my last for a while¿I¿m burned out. But on a whim, I asked for a copy. David turned out to be quite insightful, and a superb fiction writer besides.The two main characters, a boy and girl growing up on opposite sides of the world, are quite vivid. You¿ll identify with one or the other, and possibly both. They are both very real¿very real!¿and what troubles me most about the book is that I dislike one of them. I don¿t want to, and I don¿t think I¿m supposed to, but I do.I can¿t describe the emotional journey, so I won¿t try. Just read it, and let yourself be immersed in feeling; it might change your view of life. The book is more spiritual than Christian, so it won¿t change your life that way. It¿s certainly not going to talk you into a church building. I¿m not really sure ¿spiritual¿ is even the right word. Honestly, I can¿t put my finger on the feelings it evokes, but there is one word at the root of it all. A word with many definitions, all of them lacking. That word is Faith.I wish the book were true. I wish all that¿s wrong with this screwed-up world could just work itself out, like a rubber band unraveling under its own pressure, perhaps with a little karma, or predestination, or meddling from above, or an intertwining of energies, or whatever your religious bent is, leaving everybody happy in the end. But life is messier than that, and the kinks don¿t always get worked out. There¿s no guarantee of happiness. So where does that leave faith? Faith certainly isn¿t wishing, nor is it holding hands and singing Kumbaya. But whatever it is, David¿s book will strengthen yours.The author thinks this would be a good book for teens and book clubs. Ahh, what do authors know, he¿s flat wrong. It¿s for parents and grandparents.
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KatrinaAZ More than 1 year ago
The story of two lives on two continents that you know are going to cross at some point but you cannot see how. The story line skitters across their seperate lives picking up vital points without loading you down with more details than needed. The symbol of the Blackberry bush weaves in and out with the story and you feel the urge to keep reading to see how the lives of these two interesting characters progress.I loved it. NOT your usual book.
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