Crooked Lines

Crooked Lines

by Holly J. Michael


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692259894
Publisher: AMDG Publishing
Publication date: 07/21/2014
Pages: 382
Sales rank: 851,754
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Holly Michael, published in various magazines, newspapers, and in Guideposts books has released her debut novel, Crooked Lines. She and her husband, Anglican Bishop Leo Michael, regularly travel from their home in Kansas City to India. She has a grown daughter, Betsy and two sons. She enjoys watching football, especially when her two sons are playing-Jake (NFL) and Nick (Rajin' Cajuns).

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Crooked Lines 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
2boyzmommy More than 1 year ago
Crooked Lines by Holly Michael is a wonderful story about 2 lives that are oceans apart, but have much in common. We are introduced to Sagai Raj and Rebecca Meyer, 2 people living very different lives, one in India and the other in America. They each have hopes and dreams that don't turn out the way either of them expected. It is amazing how similar yet different their stories are and how they are brought together, seemingly by the hand of God. Both of them suffer serious disappointments in life, but neither of them let those circumstances deter them from their goal. The ending of the book definitely left the door open for a sequel, which I greatly look forward to reading one day should it be written. I received a copy of this book from AMDG Publishing and The Book Club Network, Inc. All opinions are my own.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Crooked Lines by Holly Michael is an enthralling novel with parallel stories of two people, continents apart and culturally different. This debut novel is powerful and poignant. I highly recommend it. Rebecca, who lives on the shores of Lake Michigan in America, has lived most of her life with an enormous guilt that she should not have had to assume. This causes her to choose a path that both hinders her from her goals but also makes her stronger and more independent to later pursue her dreams. Sagai Raji, a young man from South India, has always felt the high calling of God on his life. He wants nothing more than to love God and to serve people. The strict, authoritative priests who have power over his journey and life thwart his pure, simple dreams. One priest, Father Michael, befriends both Rebecca and Sagai. He remains the one constant in each of their lives and is the one person who totally and loving supports their separate goals. Through him, their paths cross, as he enlists each one to pray daily for the other. Each is faithful to that commitment, although they have never met. Rebecca has dreamed of a dark-skinned, handsome man and has not known what this could mean. The last chapter leads the reader to hope for a happy ending for these two struggling, admirable souls and to anticipate another satisfying work by Holly Michael, as to the lives of these two charming characters. I recommend this great story that I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Crooked Lines by Holly Michael. This book drew me in and kept me there, and with the last page, I can’t wait until the sequel to find out the rest of the story. Thankfully I don’t have to wait long as the sequel is available now. I loved how she took me on a journey with two different people and showed how their lives intersected throughout, through the common denominator of prayer. I loved how she showed that God is alive and personal in our lives, never letting us go but continually asking us to draw closer to Him. There were many parts in the story that were unexpected with twists and turns I didn’t see coming. It was a thought provoking, encouraging, inspiring book. And God used this book to speak to me at this specific time in my life as well. Couldn’t have read it at a better time. I received this book for free from The Book Club Network and the author in exchange for my honest review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Crooked Lines, a debut novel by Holly Michael is a fascinating story of two parallel souls who are cultures and countries apart, yet each seeking for a peace that comes only through living the life God intends one to live. Rebecca, a young American teen, disillusioned and downtrodden, longs to go to India where she might find her peace. Sagai, a young South Indian teen, seeks for peace by entering the priesthood. Their struggles mirror each others and their lives are entwined by a marvelous character, Father Michael. Difficult choices with equally difficult consequences plague both characters and yet through it all there is a sense that God is at work...that the path to our goal is often not straight and yet God is there to help us find our way. The author's writing is evocative and compelling, realistic and intense, heart-wrenching and heartwarming. A great book and this reader hopes there is a sequel in the works.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
This book title is from the old saying "God writes straight through crooked lines". It is the stories of a young girl in Michigan who dreams of going to India and a boy in India who leaves home to train as a priest. Each chapter consists of Rebecca's life at that point and then a section telling of Sagai's life. I felt like I was reading two different books at the same time until they connected at the end. Both of these characters took crooked roads to reach the place where God wanted them. I found Sagai's story interesting but I am sure a Catholic would find it even more so. Crooked Lines is informative about Anglican and Catholic religions. I received Crooked Lines from in exchange for my honest opinion.
psoccermom More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a powerful read. Two worlds drawn together by God's plan. This book was well written and completely drew me into the story. Each of these characters have gone through great trials in life. On one side of the world you have Sagai Raj in India getting ready to enter the priesthood and in the US you have Rebecca Meyer being drawn to India. Sagai has been feeling pressure from superiors in power. All he wants is to help people and show God's love. What does God have planned for him? Rebecca on the other hand has been dealing with many things in her life too. She is dealing with the unexplained death of her little sister, an abussive husband and a devistated family dynamic. Meanwhile she is trying to figure out her path in life and what God has planned for her. This author had me hooked from the first chapter! The characters, the plot, and most importantly the Spiritual journey is beautiful. Can't wait for book two. I recieved this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. Holly does an excellent job of drawing the reader in from the first page. What I found even more amazing was how she made the process of Sagai becoming a priest very interesting. I mean that really could have been boring but the way she wove other elements and struggles into the story really made it very interesting and I learned a lot along the way. I couldn’t wait for Rebecca to find her way to India. Holly dropped hints about Sagai and Rebecca’s paths crossing but it doesn’t happen for a long time and after many bumps in the road. I loved the truth in the book, that even though we may feel something laid on our hearts we can often get sidetracked by life and poor choices. Overall, an excellent book. Holly definitely has a talent for crafting an great novel. A copy of this book was given to me by The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Crooked Lines is Holly Michael's debut novel. The story is about two young people, Rebecca who is growing up in Wisconsin and Sagai, who is growing up in India. Both come from large families and both have dreams they want to follow. Rebecca is troubled by her little sister's death and feels her parents blame her for the death. Her dream is to travel to India and then attend college. But due to an accident, she does not get to India, and she attends across Wisconsin from her family. Rebecca becomes engaged and in trying to decide if marrying Nate she spends a weekend with his family. While with his family, they attend church and a visiting priest from India is there. Rebecca become friends with Father Michael and over the next 20 years they correspond. Rebecca marries Nate and life is not at all what he promises her it will be. She has many struggles during her life and the one that resurfaces in the story is her faith in God. While in India, Sagai has always wanted to be a priest. He helps the local Priests serve mass and ends up going to seminary. Father Michael recommends Sagie for training to be a priest. Sagie spends many long hard years away from his family taking orders from unfair superiors. This is the life he was born for. He wants to serve God and help others. Father Michael corresponds with both Rebecca and Sagai. He asks each one of them to pray for the other even though they have not met each other. I like this book. There is a lot of twists and turns that take place and most of the time it really was not what I thought would happen. It was hard to read the constant trial both Rebecca and Sagai were constantly going through. I felt Rebecca's character was a little weak. She gave up her dream of traveling to India and went through with a marriage she was not excited about. While Sagai's character was very strong, enduring more unfair treatment than more would. I was disappointed with the part in the story where Sagai and his two friends have a mud fight. Had it happened when he was younger it would have been more reasonable. The book ends in such a way I hope there is a sequel. I received this book from Book Club Network for an honest review.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
Heart-Wrenching, Hauntingly Beautiful... Heart-wrenching. Tear-jerking. And hauntingly beautiful, as two very distinct individuals' lives on two continents are presented,juxtaposed against opposing cultures, yet with a common thread. Holly Michael serves up two lives in Crooked Lines, one of American Rebecca, who lives a life of tragedy upon tragedy. When Rebecca's special needs little sister dies, her family turns dysfunctional and Rebecca seems to lose her way in life, choice upon choice. Holly also introduces us to Sagai Raj,who starts down the long journey to priesthood. The harder and more compassionate Sagai becomes, the more the church leaders seem determined to undermine his efforts and to blacklist him. Yet Sagai has been taught blind obedience to the church. The real question comes in, can one please God, yet disobey the Church? Is the church the pure arm of God, or can some serve him in that possibly restrictive avenue, while others find God's Will in a path separate from the church, while still representing Christ's pure love? While God hates divorce, is there ever a time for it? The Church needs to be very careful to make the truth attractive, rather than a hindrance by making life all about laws that no one can keep on his own. Father Michael is the ribbon that ties the two ends together. It is he who urges Sagai to join the priesthood and he comes to America and becomes a pen pal confidant to Rebecca. He is a constant in the midst of the storm of both protagonists' stormy lives. Says Father Michael:"Peace is not a place. It's in your heart. Peace is when you are living the life God intended you to live." and... "However life gets entangled, entwined, God straightens the lines because he loves us." Due to subject matter, I would give this book a PG-13. But What an excellent story of real life, real dilemmas, and soul searching it is! Absolutely fabulous! Out to find the sequel! I had bought this book before I also was gifted the book through in exchange for an honest review.
Christine_Lindsay More than 1 year ago
I suppose it's no surprise to some that I would absolutely LOVE Crooked Lines. It's set in modern-day India. But that's not the only reason. Sure the setting takes me back to the land I fell in love with over the years when I dreamed of exotic India from afar (like the main character in the book) and from my one and only visit.  But my reasons for highly recommending this book have more to do with the beautiful entwining of two characters and two cultures over decades. I was mesmerized reading the life of a young Indian man, Sagai Raj, as he prepares for the priesthood, and the despair he feels over the years, trapped under the harsh situation regime of politically driven superiors. Sagai's love for Christ and to serve people with that loving heart is nearly snuffed out of him and he wonders what God could have for him, if not the priesthood.  On the other side of the world in the US, Rebecca Meyer, suffers her own suffocating despair--unanswered questions to how her little sister died, the cruelty of an abusive husband, a dysfunctional family that takes decades to come to healing, and all along her desire to go to India and how God captures her heart.  The author's fast-paced but musical prose drew me along into these lives that I became so quickly invested in. I can't wait to read the sequel to this novel. This was the kind of love story I want to read. Realistic, gritty in places, yet full of poetic truth.  This is one of the best books I've read in the last 12 months.
Sydney_Peters More than 1 year ago
Crooked lines follows the lives of Rebecca Meyer and Sagai Raj from childhood through their thirties. It chronicles their trails through Sagai’s vocation and Rebecca’s relationship. In her early years, Rebecca lost her sister Kara, the baby of her 6 siblings, and the one she was closest to. During this trial, Rebecca feels as if she lost her connection to a God whom she had known so well. Despite the guilt she feels for the tragedy involving Kara, she makes a plan for peace and happiness in life, but it doesn’t work out. A large factor in this is the fact that after her sister passed away, her family shows a great disregard for her, her father going so far as not speaking to her. Sagai is also a the 7th child in a large family. He is born in South India and is raised as a Catholic. From a young age, Sagai knows he is called to serve God. His path to Priesthood is marred with loneliness and prejudice from his superiors. He yearns for a deep connection to someone else. Sagai has some very difficult assignments, but he handles them with grace and love, never straying from his Godly path. Sagai develops a passion for people struggling with depression and mental illness and eventually has to decide whether to to follow God or the Church. An integral character, Father Michael, is the thread between the two. He serves as a mentor to both Sagai and Rebecca through visits and letters, eventually bringing the two together. Father Michael is a great father figure to both, and a person I think most would love to have in their lives. I went into this book expecting an epic romance. I wanted to be disappointing about half way through, when our main characters had not even met yet, but I was so enthralled with the story that I couldn’t be. What this story lacks in romance, it makes up for in heart. This book was so fulfilling in the end. I walked away with a sense of peace about the world and the people in it. I give this book a 5 out of 5. It was amazing!
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Holly Michael's debut, Crooked Lines. I loved her unique writing style. Crooked Lines is a story not like any other book I have read. That's what is so unique about it. I enjoyed reading about the lives of two different people from two different cultures and living in two different countries. And still their lives intertwine with one another. I thought it focuses on real life problems that Christians face today and I loved how it was told in a way a Christian reader can read and enjoy. Great book! 5 stars.
SallyJadlow More than 1 year ago
In Crooked Lines Holly Michael weaves a touching story of two people from diverse parts of the globe who struggle with disappointment, rejection, and guilt over a nineteen year period. Through many twists and turns they press on toward their goals. A great read. Hope a sequel is in the works.
mustlovetoread More than 1 year ago
Crooked Lines By: Holly Michael This is a very interesting story. While Rebecca Meyer is going through life and what’s happening to her, on the other side of the world, in India, Sagai Raj is going through the procedures to become a priest. Both are following different paths, but they both end up asking the same question: Where do I go from here? By the end of the story they end up at the same place-relying on God for their futures. Rebecca Meyer has had a difficult life and just wanted to get away. She goes farther than she ever dreamed, but life’s realities draw her back home, the same place she tried getting away from. After growing up, you see things in a different light. In her case, it gives her relief, a peace. I enjoyed reading her story so much. Her growing up, getting married, moving away from home will keep you turning the pages seeing where her life is going. She has always had one wish: to go to India. Will she get there? How can that come about after the way her life turned out? You’ll have to read to find out, but this is a great coming of age story and how God can orchestrate things from the beginning, even when you don’t know or think He even cares. Sagai Raj has always dreamed of being a priest. It is a long, tiresome journey that takes many years of being in obedience to superiors and living a life being a servant to others. Sagai was born for this life. He wants to teach, to lead others to Jesus, to counsel, but how can he get there if the ones over him don’t see his potential and try to thwart him along the way? Reading his story brought all his struggles to life; all the accomplishments, the breaks sent to serve elsewhere that his superiors probably meant for punishment but he turned to doing good, made me see his heart for God and hoping he would finally become a priest. Can he hang on? Can he become a priest when his superiors say he isn’t qualified? What happens when you let God have control to do His will? Amazing things, as Sagai and Rebecca will find out. As their lives become intertwined through a mutual acquaintance, the end of the story becomes the beginning. Can’t wait to read more! One part that stayed with me: Peace is not a place. It’s in your heart. Peace is when you are living the life God intended you to live. These characters are brought to life and their struggles are so real you feel like you are there with them. I laughed, cried, and wished for more once the book ended. Enjoy! I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.