Paint Chips

Paint Chips

by Susie Finkbeiner


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ISBN-13: 9780983455691
Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
Publication date: 04/11/2013
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Susie Finkbeiner is the writer of fiction, both short and long. Her deepest desire is that her fiction reflects the love of Jesus in a broken world. She and her husband are raising their three children in the beauty of Michigan.

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Paint Chips 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
A journey toward healing & redemption "Paint Chips" reveals the painful life stories of three women whose lives were very nearly destroyed as young children. Their stories are interwoven in a remarkable manner, each sharing a common thread. Abuse is no stranger to these women as their childhood lives were brutally torn from them, innocence and youth destroyed. These atrocities are all too common in our society, emotional, verbal, physical and sexual abuse. As the stories of these three women unfold realism becomes so profoundly cruel that you'll never see life the same way again. The atrocities of what these women suffered are happening all around us, in the slums, in the suburbs, in our own backyards, even here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Due to the risk of spoilers I am not going into further detail regarding a description of this book. Susie Finkbeiner has researched a very difficult topic, sex trafficking in all its basal forms, how it begins, where it is found, how it travels, the effects of this ever-growing cancer in our society. This is a Christian reality fiction story that you need to read for yourself. The author is very careful in not becoming graphic in her descriptions of the abuses that occur throughout this story. Openness and honesty are at the core of this difficult tale told with compassion that encompasses the lives described throughout "Paint Chips," and those who reach out to help them. When I took "Paint Chips" off the shelf I knew I was in for a ride into the dark side of life, but I found the hand of God within the pages of this book. At times I felt I couldn't read fast enough, and then I had to stop, lay the book aside, and process the images that raced through my mind.  The author is very gifted at painting a realistic portrait of life at ground level. Mental images created through her descriptive talents revealed authentic impressions of the various locations throughout the book. The inhumanity of life in its most barbarous form is revealed in a very tasteful and sensitive manner. The brutal honesty in "Paint Chips" occurs in every community, today, tonight, tomorrow and until our society puts a stop to the practice.  Pick up a copy of this book and educate yourself to the activities going on around you, and take a stand to help cure this cancer of the human spirit. I highly recommend this book, particularly to those who work with children. You could be the one to identify an issue that may be happening to a child in your life. Disclaimer: I purchased a copy of this book for my own reading pleasure, with no expectations from the author or publisher to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Lisa_Lewis_Koster More than 1 year ago
Characters you'll care about - that's what you'll find in this excellent book by Susie Finkbeiner. To be honest, this isn't subject matter I'd normally choose to read. I started reading this book not knowing the hard truths it would deal with because I hadn't read the description (I was reading it on Kindle). Susie is a master at crafting characters you care about, so by the time I realized where the book was headed I was emotionally attached to Cora and Dot and couldn't leave them without knowing how things turned out. Fantastic book I highly recommend reading!
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Bruins More than 1 year ago
The emotional roller-coaster of someone who has been abused and trafficked and in treatment for healing is huge. One moment, they are strong and taking steps towards success, and the next moment, they are emotionally back in the brothel. Paint Chips by Susie Finkbeiner shares the healing journeys of a mother and daughter, Cora and Dot respectively, and their family members. Both have traveled the road of being abused or trafficked and are at different areas of healing. Cora is in a mental institute and Dot at a safe house. The safe house director, Lola, keeps a tight rein on all the girls there for their protection. The community of the safe house offers  protection to the women who live there.  As Cora and Dot relive their nightmarish lives to head towards healing, new opportunities arise for both to give them encouragement to go on. Dot has the possibility of going to college and having a boyfriend. Is she ready for that? Cora has the opportunity to live with her counselor, Lisa, who has been a supportive friend to her. Cora has never had such a friend in her life. Is she ready to leave the institution?  There is reality in the story and I believe Finkbeiner has captured the essence of the evil of sex trafficking along with the possible ways to help. Information, resources and prayer are great ways to start in the fight. Human trafficking is not an easy topic to write about, but this book is laid out to equally be inside the minds of both main characters, and shows God's love and grace throughout the story. This book is an encouragement to the great work God is doing through his people.
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
What lies beneath the layers of hurt?  Though haunted by her troubled past, Dot has found a safe haven. She has a fierce protector and a colorful collection of friends...but sometimes she wonders if her life will ever be normal again. Though college and romance await her, embracing them requires a new kind of strength one she isn't sure she has.  Emerging from years of confusion, Cora struggles to latch hold of the sanity she needs to return to the real world. She yearns to find a place of peace...but first she must deal with the ghosts of her past.  Can this mother and daughter overcome abuse, betrayal, abandonment, and the horrors of sexual trafficking, and make it back into each others arms? Facing the past is never easy. But as they chip away the layers, they might just find something beautiful beneath the mess. This is Susie's debut novel as an author. She masterfully tells the stories of a mother and daughter's journeys starting with the present, back tracking to the past, and coming full circle to the present again. It may sound confusing, but it keeps your flipping each page wondering how these two women ended up where they found themselves. Full of raw emotion, redemption, renewal and never ending love, Susie's book is one you won't want to put down. Heart gripping and eye opening, this novel not only tells a story, but brings awareness of sex trafficking and how anyone can help stop this horrible crime. It's not an issue "out there somewhere in the world", it's happening right here in the city I live in. Full of raw emotion, redemption, renewal and never ending love, Susie's book is one you won't want to put down. Keep an eye out for Susie's next book. I purchased this book to support my friend Susie. This review is my honest opinion. You can purchase this book at Amazon in print form or ebook form. 
Life4Boys More than 1 year ago
I do not know if Susie Finkbeiner has written any more books but if she has or does I will not hesitate to pick it up. Paint Chips delves into the nightmare that is child enslavement and prostitution.  And through it all it talks about how God can take the ugly, scrape it away and make it beautiful again. A story that stays with you days after you have finished it is a strong story.  And this is not a story I will soon forget. Also, on a lighter note, it is mentioned to sprinkle cinnamon on your coffee grounds when you brew your coffee.  I had never heard of such a thing!  So, I tried it and, oh my, it makes my coffee extra special and every time I make it I think of how this book again. One of the best chapters in the book is one page long. "I had a dream.  I was eleven years old and wore a bright pink dress.  My hair fell in sausage curls around my round, freckled face.  I sobbed and smiled at the same time.   Cans full of paint sat all around me.  Different colors.  Green. Orange. Blue. Yellow.  They filled the living room of the mountain shack.  I stuck my hands in the cans and covered my hair and face and body with layers of paint.  The more I spread across myself, the less recognizable I became.  A glob of ugly color, misshpaen and stiff. Suddenly, Jesus walked near me.  I couldn't see His face or robe.  I just saw a shape that glowed.  I knew it was Him, though. He used His fingers to break off the paint. Little paint chips fell away and onto the floor.  Soon, discarded color mounded all around my feet. And after all the paint chips had been pulled away, there stood the adult me.  I looked like myself, but more alive, more radiant.  It took Jesus breaking all the layers off to see the glory of what God created me to be. With all the weight stripped away I began to run alongside Jesus." Great visual. As an added bonus, this story takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan (partly) and it sure changed the way I view the city I often visit.  It also was fun to suddenly say "I know where that is!"
Christine_Lindsay More than 1 year ago
I knew from the get-go that Paint Chips would not be a fluffy read. I expected it to be deep and profound, but before starting to read, I secretly cringed that it might be just too sad. To my surprise, the book held me from page one and would not let go. Yes, it started out sad, but in each sentence lay the nugget of hope. I turned the pages quickly salivating for that hope that I knew was coming. The author did not keep me waiting long. Hope shone through the chapters. Paint Chips was all I expected--deep, profound, and I loved the way the author wove the past with the present, in a very enjoyable read. Not only does this book deal with a realistic topic we all need to be aware of, but it is entertaining, and ultimately a truly feel-good book. I loved it. As a woman who has given up a child to adoption, I am familiar with the miracles that happen in everyday life when God reunites people in extraordinary and quixotic ways. This fictional telling is simply showing the truth of such miracles of healing. Highly recommend it to all broken people, and those who know broken people. That ought to cover about 100% of the audience.
LukeHass More than 1 year ago
 Susie Finkbeiner writes Paint Chips with poise and courage. The stories of Dot and Cora will simultaneously break and encourage you as they work through unimaginable suffering towards beautiful healing. Paint Chips exposes the brutal realities of abuse and exploitation in our world. It is not a book to be taken lightly. Finkbeiner displays an astounding capacity to write in a way that speaks to the heart. She tears away the facade of perfection and completion, and let's the reader dwell in the rawness of the ways we wound each other. But this story is not without hope. An authentic process of redemption is at work in the pages of this book, and can open up the messy way of Jesus to us all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was simply amazing. I could not put it down. The writing pulls on your soul as you read. I was laughing and crying at the same time when I finished. Paint Chips is a must have for any library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago