The Visionary

The Visionary

by Pamela S Thibodeaux

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The Visionary by Pamela S Thibodeaux

A visionary is someone who sees into the future Taylor Forrestier sees into the past but only as it pertains to her work. Hailed by her peers as "a visionary with an instinct for beauty and an eye for the unique" Taylor is undoubtedly a brilliant architect and gifted designer. But she and twin brother Trevor, share more than a successful business. The two share a childhood wrought with lies and deceit and the kind of abuse that's disturbingly prevalent in today's society. Can the love of God and the awesome healing power of His grace and mercy free the twins from their past and open their hearts to the good plan and the future He has for their lives? Find out in...The Visionary ~ Where the power of God's love heals the most wounded of souls.

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BN ID: 2940016578248
Publisher: Pamela S Thibodeaux
Publication date: 04/10/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 276
File size: 255 KB

About the Author

Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana and the Owner/CEO of The Wordsmith Journal Magazine. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”

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Blog: Bayou Writers Group: The Wordsmith Journal Magazine

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Twitter: @psthib

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The Visionary 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
This book was captivating from the start.  The characters will grab your heart. Taylor and her brother Trevor grew up in a home filled with any kind of abuse you can imagine. Although they are both in their adulthood now, the past still has a fierce grip on them. They have also kept the past a secret. None one has been allowed to enter that territory with them. They desperately need to heal and be able to move on so life can be stable. Together, they have built a successful construction and renovating business. Enter Alex, a business man himself, looking for someone to fix up an old home he owns. Taylor has a gift -  the ability to envision what places looked like in the past. That gift, although at times, a curse, enables her to design the most magnificent homes and renovate them true to their previous state. As Alex gets to know Taylor better, his heart slowly becomes involved. But can Taylor move past the abuse she has suffered and allow herself to love and be loved? This book is loaded!! Pam is know as an author of "inspirational with an edge". I would definitely say this book has an edge.  It is wonderfully written, but I would caution on age due to what I felt was a bit graphic content of the abuse itself. It doesn't take away from the story, but a may be difficult for young readers to grasp. Trevor and Taylor have been extremely emotionally damaged by their abusive father, and because of that have a difficult time trusting God. Taylor seems to slowly grasp the faith, but Trevor struggles. He especially cannot comprehend why God would allow such horrible things to happen if He is a loving God.  Pam handles it beautifully, and presents the gospel openly.  She does a wonderful job with the faith aspect of the book. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 
Tanya_Stowe More than 1 year ago
In The Visionary, Pamela Thibodeaux tackles the toughest of topics, child abuse. Twins Taylor and Trevor have been severely abused by their father. By holding onto each other, they manage to survive. But the events of their past are so traumatic, even their bond as twins can't keep the nightmares and terrors at bay. Only the love of Jesus can heal wounds so deep. Step-by-step, Thibodeaux shows us how the love of God can heal the darkest tragedies and lead to love and peace.
barbjan10 More than 1 year ago
The Visionary is a story very detailed about all types of love, and particularly those identified in the Bible. From my younger memory, I can recall four – Agape, selfless or unconditional love; Phileo, love of friends; Eros, erotic love and Storge, family love. Of course, love can be described in a variety of ways, from fierce, intense and blazing to gentle, tender and soft. While some of the characters in this story want to be controlling in their own right, author Pamela S. Thibodeaux’s emphasis in her story is on God’s unconditional love proving HE is in control. Emotions ebb and flow as far heavenward and as far downward as can be humanly expressed. Familiar emotions are expertly articulated; while other emotions unknown by some human souls are eloquently voiced for a deeper understanding. The moment I began reading of The Visionary, my mind, which usually doesn't respond "speechless" too much of anything...was in complete awe to Pamela’s writing. Immediately I became deeply infatuated with her clever use of words. She caused sparks to flit around my mind and tickled my fancy for easy recall of what my eyes read. There's that age thing creeping into my reading enjoyment – folks at my age are inclined to blank minds and memory loss, well forgetfulness! LOL I was filled with wonder at how adept author Thibodeaux is in the “show and tell” method of writing, like it is a natural thing for her. I admire her wonderful descriptive power and can feel the aura of each personality by her use of words. Pam Thibodeaux can show an instantaneous mood or inner physical feeling as though you are “seeing, hearing and feeling” every movement and thought of the characters. The Visionary is indeed a novel written “on the edge.” But then again….wasn’t the Bible? I was not offended or thrown off with the manner in which this story was written. Within each sentence flows God’s truth and grace emphatically within the structure of decency and refinement. Having said that, I’m positive you would like to know a bit about the story and the characters that live it. Twenty-seven year old twins, Taylor and Trevor Forrestier are the main characters and both suffered evil in their childhood. They are as close as Siamese twins in their dependence and attachment to one another. Both have been endowed by God with beautiful physical appearances from their thick honey colored hair, green and gold flecks in topaz eyes, trim firm frames, right down to gold hoop earrings dangling from perfectly shaped earlobes (on the girl, of course). One very basic difference between the twins is that one believes in God; yet the other is like Thomas or Thomasina in the Bible…a doubter that Jesus is real. The story takes place in Lake Charles, Louisiana where Taylor and Trevor are the owners of T & T Enterprises. Taylor is an interior designer and Trevor is an architect and landscape architect for urban planning and design – in less Ivy League terms….a builder. Taylor has received magnificent reviews as the designer with vision. I don’t intend to give away any of the interesting secrets regarding Taylor's gift….you will need to discover them on your own. On the down side, Trevor is extremely over protective of Taylor, which causes jealousy of anything or anyone that interferes personally with their closeness. Enters Alex Broussard, a financial analyst, who currently bought a large piece of historical real estate called The LeBleu Estate which dates back to the original settlers of the area. It was rumored to have been a favorite visiting spot of Jean LaFitte during his excursions in and out of the area. There is much curiosity over the rumor that he left his initials carved on a board inside the barn where he slept at times. Alex is a very sensitive man and is stunned upon his first meeting with the twins, but all I will tell you here is that he went seeking their company to restore The LeBleu Estate. Pam LeBlanc, secretary to Taylor and Trevor is a sweet, vivacious young woman, highly skilled in dealing with the office scenarios; on top of everything else to make the twins jobs easier. Pam is also a love interest to a main male character in this story. No secrets now! I must admit my curiosity as to Pamela Thibodeaux giving a main player in this story her first name. Perhaps she will clue us in to that one day. Just asking, Pamela! I felt such emotion and prayed for all the characters often…not that I could have changed Pamela’s story…but perhaps God heard them as for someone else to bless. One of my favorite tv channels to watch is HGTV – which made my visions of the estate purchasing and refurbishing so much fun. Working jigsaw puzzles is another pleasure of mine….and there are many puzzles of mystery in Pamela’s story to engage your curiosity. Some scenes raised my ire and others made me sniffle and sob. This book may very well bring someone from riding the fence to making a decision to follow Christ. The Visionary is one of the better books I have read. I vehemently recommend that you acquire a copy of this novel to meet and enjoy the story yourself. Some parts of this book I've wanted to read over and over and didn't want the story to end. Pamela, I sincerely hope you'll be writing more about this rare and wonderful community of people. I will remember and recall this story for a long time because it meant so much to me. I could relate to the evil things written about, as well as the healing and redemption. There has been grief and tragedy also, as in others' lives, which brought about memories of sadness. I can also say honestly….that my wisdom of life and scripture has grown and I’m much wiser now. I hope in my old age I can remember that! I want to thank our Abba father for Pamela. She is indeed guided by His Holy Spirit that indwells her. What a holy imagination she uses to write God’s word! This is some of my perception of Pamela S. Thibodeaux. May our Creator’s grace and creative power be with you always.
KathiMacias1 More than 1 year ago
The Visionary by Pamela S. Thibodeaux is a moving story that will transport readers across the gamut of emotions, keeping them on the edge of their seats as they turn page after page of this fascinating yet meaningful story. I can’t encourage you enough to get a copy of this excellent book, read it, and then tell others about it. It’s life-changing.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Advertised as “Inspiration with Edge,” Pamela Thibodeaux’s The Visionary offers an intriguing tale of adult twins Taylor and Trevor as they struggle to bury past hurts under present success. Taylor’s curious visions make her an ideal artistic partner in the design and renovation of old homes, and I might have liked to see more of them in the story. Meanwhile Trevor deals with the finances and together they promise to create the home of Alex Broussard’s dream from the wreck he’s inherited. Set in present-day Louisiana, the beautiful descriptions of scenery and houses certainly convince me there’s more there to be seen than just the remains of passing hurricanes. Author Pamela Thibodeaux shares enticing visions in her novel, peopling the countryside with interesting characters and very real issues, from workmen staring at a female carpenter’s scarcely clad curves to a young man remembering horrific violence. The “aroma of fresh-brewed coffee” fills the air in a well-appointed office, and the reader is content to sit and listen and learn. Violence rears its head in remembered pain, and The Visionary is fueled by a story of overcoming and forgiving past hurts—a house rebuilt on the memory of its past, but redesigned and repurposed to its present. Edgy in its honest depiction of sin and its wise retreat from denominational faith, definitely Christian in its message and purpose, fiction in its fast-flowing story-telling and well-woven characters, this is a story with wise lessons well-told; not one for non-Christian readers I suspect, nor for readers who want their Christianity pristine and unwounded, but a fine tale whose wounded location matches the healing and forgiveness in its core. Disclosure: I won a free copy of this novel during the author’s blog tour and am delighted to offer my review.
JacquelineSeewald More than 1 year ago
Review for The Visionary Pamela Thibodeaux has a flare for writing romantic description. Possibly this is part of her Louisiana heritage. I would describe The Visionary as a book of several parts. First, it is a romance with a sympathetic heroine and hero—in fact, there are actually three romances. Secondly, it is a religious novel, a testament of Christian faith. Third, there is a philosophical element implicit in the story. Why do bad things happen to good people? The fraternal twins, Taylor and Trevor seek to deal with this, each in their own way. The twins have been emotionally scarred by the sexual abuse suffered as children. It’s left them both emotionally fragile. Taylor considers her visionary gift God-given and turns to religion for support. Trevor agonizes and suffers trying to find his way by holding obsessively to his twin. Love helps them both recover. This is a thoughtful novel which makes us ponder the human condition.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
The Visionary is a powerful story about healing, forgiveness and dealing with the effects of childhood trauma. I've never read a novel before that included such clear scriptural references combined with realistic tension and struggles within the characters' lives and their minds. While there were a lot of tears and pain expressed in this novel, I can see this story being very effective toward healing the emotional lives of people who have been severely abused. I found the way the information was slowly revealed over time, and the damage done to Taylor and Trevor as very believably written. The emotion was powerful and realistic. The overwhelming shame, guilt, and the sense of being dirty or damaged, as well as the feeling of being unworthy of "real" love was excellently shown. Trevor's anger and irrational behavior was typical of men, and so well done. Having worked for over two decades with abused children and adults, and in particular sexually abused children and adults, I can say with assurance that this author portrayed it well. The portayal of their enmeshment, their fear, the clinging behavior toward each other, the inability to separate emotionally and trust people other than themselves, was all evident in their portrayal. And anger doesn't begin to touch on the feelings of the victims, especially when they felt helpless to protect not only the other person, but were made to participate in the abuse as well. Rage describes the emotion better and the author did an excellent job showing how rage, bitterness, and distrust were slowly destroying their lives. She also showed how this kind of intense pain cannot truly be repressed for long. It still leaks out and severely damages whatever it touches, like battery acid. It makes the sufferer feel crazy and irrational at times. But there is healing that can be found at the foot of the cross. I was blown away by the realism of the emotion in this novel and am thoroughly impressed with this author's ability to capture restrained passion and the fear of that very same passion because of how it had been expressed in such a twisted way when they were victims. I loved the message that they weren't to blame. That was so true. Sibling sexual abuse isn't as uncommon as people would want to believe. I've known at least twenty cases both personally and professionally where this has occurred. It hadn't been forced in those cases, but it still caused a lot of damage. At the same time the abused siblings (even when they were sometimes the abusers) caused an inseparable trauma bond between the kids. It's profound, deep, and difficult to address in therapy. Trust is difficult to earn in these relationships. The whole thing with Taylor's gift of visions was a nice touch, but not really needed. The story was compelling without it. I can see this book as a useful tool for counselors to offer victims, especially Christian counselors. I found the story inspiring and demonstrating that their is hope even for the most severely traumatized people. I loved this book! It's making my top fiction list for 2011.
Writer777 More than 1 year ago
The Visionary tackles two common questions facing much of humanity - 1) the conundrum between trusting God and questioning why He allows bad things to happen to good people, and 2) the act of forgiving those who clearly don't deserve it. The story follows a brother and sister, severely damaged by childhood trauma and abuse. One turns to God, the other away. Taylor is lovely and blessed with a special gift. Her brother, Trevor is handsome and will do all in his power to protect his sister. No limits. While Taylor is still tormented by night terrors and past grief, her ability to move slowly forward with God's help contrasts her brother's heart rending struggle as he confronts a living, loving God. The Visionary beautifully lays out the nature of forgiveness, including the resistance against it, the need to understand before forgiving, and the freedom available to all who give as well as receive it. This is my first read from Pamela Thibodeaux, but it won't be my last.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Fraternal twins Taylor and Trevor Forrestier establish T & T Enterprises in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Their firm focuses on architectural and interior design. However, each remains haunted by a horrific abusive childhood that they fled from when they came to Louisiana. Alex Broussard hires T&T to renovate an old stately home. Taylor uses her uncanny skill to "see" what the interior once looked like in its heyday and sketches it as she would prefer to return the house to its glory past. As Taylor and Alex fall in love, she struggles with caring for someone besides Trevor, who is very protective of her. He worries about her though she insists she has found God. When Trevor is hurt he looks inside himself and how he feels about office worker Pam and God. Still in spite of each twin finding love, neither can let go of their emotionally crippling childhood even as a hurricane threatens the area. This is an engaging inspirational family drama with two romantic subplots. The story line is character driven by the twins who never moved passed their abusive childhoods until forced to confront feelings for God and people besides each other. Readers will appreciate this fascinating tale as the child is the adult; summed up by Trevor who always had love with his sister, but now finds love with Pam and the Lord but fears taking chances on the latter two as he will always suffer from nightmares. Harriet Klausner
KMDaughters More than 1 year ago
Eerily "identical" fraternal twins, Trevor and Taylor, are talented, utterly devoted to each other and living furtive half-lives concealing their past. Switching towns and "starting over" doesn't provide them the distance from their secrets or the fresh start they had hoped. Besieged by the horror of abuse and the evil environment of their childhood, they falter in normal relationships and peace alludes them. But God beckoned them to this new town where true friends, true loves and healing await - if they can open their hearts to the majestic, awesome healing power of the Lord. I loved this book and HIGHLY recommend it.  K.M. Daughters
MarianneEvans More than 1 year ago
With a deft hand, Ms. Thibodeaux mixes angst, faith, love and hope into a novel I'll not soon forget. You become firmly engaged in the lives and challenges of the characters in this story and I found myself racing through the pages to see what would come next...and discover this very unique story's resolution. I highly recommended, and can't wait for more from this talented author.
WinonaBCross More than 1 year ago
Pamela S. Thibodeaux debuts her inspirational women's fiction novel, THE VISIONARY in time for Christmas. Fraternal twins Taylor and Trevor Forrestier share a successful architectural and design firm in Lake Charles, LA. The twins are close, but closed to others. Their successes and outward appearances belie a nightmarish past. Alex Broussard, a client, and Pam LeBlanc, their office manager, fall in love with Taylor and Trevor. They are strong support systems for the emotionally fragile twins. THE VISIONARY is a story of surviving hell, dealing with hatred, lack of trust, betrayal of the utmost sort, and pain. The paths Taylor and Trevor traverse are never smooth. Faith and forgiveness through tragedies in their past and the present lead each of them on separate healing journeys. They finally find and accept unconditional love at the end of the tortuous road. THE VISIONARY was clearly divinely inspired. Writing about abuse in any form must be done delicately and cautiously. The messages within the covers of THE VISIONARY offer hope to readers who have experienced or are experiencing abuse. It offers insight to readers who have not experienced such things. It offers healing. Most importantly, it delineates the path toward hope and healing. This reviewer, a retired Registered Nurse, believes this novel can successfully be used by crisis centers, counselors, psychiatrists, and others who work with those suffering abuse. The words crafted by Ms. Thibodeaux are filled with promise. Ms, Thibodeaux has been tagged as "inspirational with an edge." Her words portray real-life issues for Christians. Her characters are human. THE VISIONARY reviewed by Winona Bennett Cross, President of the Red River Romance Writers-Chapter 124 RWA, Wichita Falls, TX. THE VISIONARY releases on 11/16/2011. It goes on sale 12/7/2011. The publisher is Five Star, a part of Gale Cengage Learning. The ISBN number is ISBN-13:978-1-4328-2549-2.
DeliaLatham More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing writing! I read The Visionary without benefit of any kind of blurb, so I had no idea what it was about when I started reading. Now I've decided I may do that more often. This book slammed me with a force I was totally unprepared for, and left me breathlessly turning pages, forced to keep reading until I knew more.and then more. Trevor and Taylor's mind-shattering secrets could destroy them. Only the twins' love for each other, the devotion and dedication of loyal friends, the prayers and counsel of a wise minister.and the perfect plan of God keep them sane, sober, and stubbornly determined to rise above their past and make a better future for themselves and each other. Thibodeaux leads the reader through from the first page to the last without once relinquishing control. She hooks them, holds them, and keeps them enthralled until the last line. Having reached it, they're saddened to know they must part company with the intricately developed and beautifully portrayed characters. That said, this is not a storyline for the squeamish. The author grapples with troubling subject and handles it with the utmost grace and finesse. Child abuse in any form is horrifying; the kind depicted (without being graphic) in the pages of The Visionary is beyond the ability of a sane mind to understand. That children can survive such cruelty and manipulation and still grow up to be productive, caring, normal individuals is a tribute to the healing power of God. I salute this author for her expert handling of a difficult, heart-rending topic. I can promise you this: The Visionary is not a book you'll finish and forget. It will hold your attention while you hold it in your hand, and then haunt your mind long after you reach "the end." My hat's off to Pamela S. Thibodeaux. way to write a book!
DBSnow More than 1 year ago
This was one story I didn't want to put down. I fell in love with Trevor and Taylor right from the start. The love between this brother and sister drips from the pages as they look out for each other, sharing their heartaches - then learning to let go. But still, Trevor's over-protectiveness is no match for Alex's fast-growing feelings for Taylor. I couldn't help but root for Alex. I could feel the attraction between them, that instant attraction when two souls connect. The patience he shows as he gets to know her and understand all she's been through can only come from God. I loved the detail of Taylor's interior designs also. The warmth of the description, colors and textures, made me feel like I was there. So beautiful! And then the additional romance between Trevor and Pam is just icing on the cake. The Visionary is a Christian romance unlike any other I've read. I think Ms. Thibodeaux is a visionary herself.
Robin_Bayne More than 1 year ago
There are many subjects that seem to be taboo in Christian fiction -- sexual abuse, especially against children, is one of them. Ms. Thibodeaux has handled this loathsome subject with class in her fictional tale of love, forgiveness and redemption. Trevor and Taylor, twins with an unthinkable past, grow and find love in the course of this novel. They not only have to forgive their father, but also themselves, and learn to trust and be intimate with their new loved ones. The author blends in secondary stories with ease, tying all the loose ends up easily. Their story is told with sensitivity against a rich, colorful background of southern style and history. This story was a journey I feel richer for taking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Forrestier twins, Trevor and Taylor, attempt to leave behind their haunting childhood, but neither realize how they're paralyzed by their past. They are both ambitious and articulate bosses at T & T Enterprises but their fierce loyalty to each other lets few others enter into their personal realm of anguish. Pamela S. Thibodeaux has artfully set this gripping novel in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The old, stately mansions of the area serve as an appropriate backdrop when twins have been hired by Alex Broussard to restore an old house thought to be visited by pirates. Taylor uses her insight and visionary senses to sketch the home as it once stood and how, if left to her, it would look again. Trevor and Taylor's careful plan to start over erupts when they quarrel over Trevor's overprotective attitude. He's constantly worried about Taylor and she's found a peace with God that Trevor cannot fathom. An accident leaves Trevor hospitalized and dealing with his past. As Taylor and Alex fall in love, Trevor deepens his relationship with Pam who works at the twin's office. The restoration project continues as the twins struggle with the very thing that locks them away from trusting and loving others. With hurricane Gustav threatening to make landfall, Alex is forced with the decision to let his love for Taylor go and bargains with God promising he will follow Him the rest of his life. Ms. Thibodeaux handles multiple story lines well within this novel. This intriguing story encourages the reader that all things are possible when we turn our lives over to God.