Review of The Passion of Mary-Margaret by Lisa Sampson

7:50 AM

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 10, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1595542116
ISBN-13: 978-1595542113

Description (Publisher Website)

Mary-Margaret yearned to dedicate her life to the Lord. Jesus had another idea.

When Mary-Margaret Fischer met Jude Keller, the lighthouse keeper's son, she was studying at a convent school on a small island off Chesapeake Bay. Destined for a life as a religious sister, she nevertheless felt a pull toward Jude--gorgeous, rebellious, promiscuous Jude. But Jude, driven by demons no one really understood, disappeared into Baltimore's seamy red-light district. Mary-Margaret moved on with her life, preparing to serve God with her sisters as a teacher and artist.

Then Jude comes home--but now he's bitter, dissolute, and diseased. And Mary-Margaret receives a divine call that shakes her to the core, a call to give up her dreams for the troubled man who befriended her so long ago. For Jesus' sake, can she forsake the only life she ever wanted for a love that could literally cost her life?

About Lisa Sampson

Lisa Samson is the award-winning author of twenty-six books including Quaker Summer, Christianity Today's Novel of 2008, and Justice in the Burbs, which she co-wrote with her husband, Will, a professor of Sociology. When not at home in Kentucky with her three children, one cat, and six chickens, she speaks around the country about writing and social justice, encouraging the people of God to "do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God." She loves nothing better than sitting around her kitchen table, talking with family and friends, old and new.

This is one of those books that makes you think about it for days after reading it.  It's an insightful book that delves into so many interesting, forgiveness, redemption, etc. As the book progresses and you learn more and more about MM's life, you understand more her conflicts and her commitments both to Jude and to Jesus. It's about having faith and courage to change directions when God tells you.  The book is intriguing and witty and full of great lines like " "I'm the most me I ever am around my son." This is a wonderful book that will really make you look at the relationships in your own life.  I'd recommend this one whole heartedly!

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