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Most Christian authors soothe their readers with what they want to read inspiring words and a struggle or two that wraps up nicely in the end Few would tackle the subject of a toxic church and its affects Shelley Bates is one.Her first novel, Grounds to Believe, won a Rita from Romance Writers of America It laid the foundation for the second book in the series, Pocketful of Pearls Bates allows the reader to interface with this strange world of the Elect, both with the heroes from outside Most Christian authors soothe their readers with what they want to read inspiring words and a struggle or two that wraps up nicely in the end Few would tackle the subject of a toxic church and its affects Shelley Bates is one.Her first novel, Grounds to Believe, won a Rita from Romance Writers of America It laid the foundation for the second book in the series, Pocketful of Pearls Bates allows the reader to interface with this strange world of the Elect, both with the heroes from outside and the heroines inside who face tough, faith shattering choices.The reader feels each sharp pain of Dinah in Pocketful of Pearls, as if they themselves were enmeshed in the tight web of the Elect This is a gripping novel, difficult to put down, and heart wrenching Have a box of tissue ready as you cheer on the heroine s brave attempts to deal with the inconsistencies of her world and fight to survive.I m not a fan of spoilers, so trust me when I say this book is so good it s on my shelf next to LaVyrle Spencer, Sharon Kay Penman, Margaret Lawrence, Judith Merkle Riley, Jane Austen and Margaret Mitchell.The third and last in the series, A Sounding Brass, wraps up the series Bates tightly written prose is emotional and fulfilling, so don t miss any of her books Started out as a creepy religious cult molestation story, but ended up being a Christian themed message that ended great Sad, but good. I didn t notice that this was a Christian book until I was a few pages in, but kept reading just to see how it was Not bad, but not great The premise was interesting from an outsider s standpoint as it s Christians vs Christians, determining whose denomination is better No complete heathens like me were saved, which would have been the book s death knell from my standpoint Anyway, I m unlikely to pick up another, unless, like this one, I just don t notice until I ve got it home from the I didn t notice that this was a Christian book until I was a few pages in, but kept reading just to see how it was Not bad, but not great The premise was interesting from an outsider s standpoint as it s Christians vs Christians, determining whose denomination is better No complete heathens like me were saved, which would have been the book s death knell from my standpoint Anyway, I m unlikely to pick up another, unless, like this one, I just don t notice until I ve got it home from the library Christian based OMG You re not human if you don t grab for the Kleenex box while reading this one Well written, highly engaging, detailed character development, and the main character is inspirational, faithful, and unforgettable. Pocketful of Pearls is a love and rescue story Dinah is a young woman raised in a strict and unsavory religious group They are led by The Shepherd who is anything but a loving leader The order hasrules of behavior than true Christian teachings Along comes Matthew, an unemployed university professor who has had a troubled past of his own He s hired by Dinah to be a ranch hand after Dinah s father s death.I enjoyed the story Was happy that the ending, although happy, wasn t sacchar Pocketful of Pearls is a love and rescue story Dinah is a young woman raised in a strict and unsavory religious group They are led by The Shepherd who is anything but a loving leader The order hasrules of behavior than true Christian teachings Along comes Matthew, an unemployed university professor who has had a troubled past of his own He s hired by Dinah to be a ranch hand after Dinah s father s death.I enjoyed the story Was happy that the ending, although happy, wasn t saccharine or easy The characters grew throughout the story and the plot moved at an even pace There were a few little things about the plot that didn t ring true the mother s new business and there were also moments of predictability But I loved the moments when I wanted to cheer the characters on, when they stood up for themselves and that moment when evil is revealed Overall, I enjoyed reading Dinah s path out of abuse and erroneous Christian teachings Didn t realize this was 2, will have to try to find 1 Enjoyed this, different, not as easy as some I have read. Dinah Traynell has a dark secret As a member of a strict religious organization, the Elect, she weighs every move and decision in light of church rules Even at twenty four, living on her own seems like a dream to Dinah, especially since her father has just died and she must help her mother run the farm Phinehas, the chief Shepherd of the Elect, is both revered and feared Families are deeply honored when he graces them with a visit, and since Dinah s family is favored, Phinehas stays with the Dinah Traynell has a dark secret As a member of a strict religious organization, the Elect, she weighs every move and decision in light of church rules Even at twenty four, living on her own seems like a dream to Dinah, especially since her father has just died and she must help her mother run the farm Phinehas, the chief Shepherd of the Elect, is both revered and feared Families are deeply honored when he graces them with a visit, and since Dinah s family is favored, Phinehas stays with them often He has sexually abused and raped Dinah for over ten years, pushing it all off as her spiritual sacrifice to God.On the day of Dinah s father s funeral, a drifter shows up at their back door desperately seeking food Although it goes against the church rules, Dinah hides him in the barn and feeds him She learns his name Matthew and bits and pieces of information about his life, that lead her to believe there sto this man than meets the eye Dinah takes Matthew on as a hired man and slowly the two learn to trust each other When events begin to spiral out of control, can Dinah finally stand up for herself or will she remain loyal to the Elect The novel has a unique plot with intriguing characters Not having been in a similar situation, it s difficult to identify with Dinah, but it s easy to sympathize with her pain It s frustrating as a reader to be a spectator to such horrific events and feel helpless to do anything about them, except to turn pages Dinah s gradual transformation from membership in a toxic church to independence is slow but very believable The storytelling is straightforward and fascinating Supporting characters, such as Matthew, Dinah s mother, and other members of the church, add dimension and realism.Although God s true hope is eventually revealed to Dinah, a sense of heaviness pervades most of Pocketful of Pearls It s not entirely clear until the last pages whether justice will prevail or if there will just be closure to the horror With such a heavy theme, a thread of levity would have helped to make the novelreadable Overall, Shelley Bates forges bravely ahead with a topic many would shy away from, shining light onto a religious situation that looks, on the surface, like truth but in reality is a giant lie After picking this up on a whim and for a good price , I was blown away by the storytelling and the volatile, emotion evicting setting focused around a country cult With my own turbulent past with Christianity and organized religion in general, I really identified with the themes and issues addressed in this book, like the power that a figurehead holds over his her followers, the pressures that family imposes on one s actions, the moral dilemmas encountered when living in a closed religious se After picking this up on a whim and for a good price , I was blown away by the storytelling and the volatile, emotion evicting setting focused around a country cult With my own turbulent past with Christianity and organized religion in general, I really identified with the themes and issues addressed in this book, like the power that a figurehead holds over his her followers, the pressures that family imposes on one s actions, the moral dilemmas encountered when living in a closed religious setting, and the struggle that is involved when breaking free of it all Even though it s been a while since I read this, I remember finding Diana to be a believable character to follow Her struggles with sexual abuse and the all too trusting nature of her family became a source of frustration with me outside of my reading time I empathized with her and celebrated with her when she began breaking free through the course of the story and when it was all over, I was left with a sense of satisfaction with Diana s victory as well as a lasting frustration with the establishment that had caused her troubles in the first place It s stories that stick with me, like this one, that define my standards {DOWNLOAD EPUB} ë Pocketful of Pearls ⚩ Written with beauty and grace, award winning author Shelley Bates pens the compelling story about the unstoppable force of the emergent selfDinah Traynell is trapped in a life that is not her own Raised in a toxic church, she is forced to surrender mentally and physically to her sociopathic pastor s every demand Even while mourning the loss of her father, Dinah must hold strong to this role she s reluctantly played all her life And though she dreams of escape, this is the only world she s ever known When Dr Matthew Nicholas appears on Dinah s doorstep in the dark of night, he s burdened with troubles of his own Leaving behind his university position, Matthew has been traveling to escape the trauma of his old life that is, until he s robbed of what means he has left for his journey Stranded, penniless, and still ill at ease with his life s turn of events, he d rather lend a helping hand on a stranger s ranch than go home Instantly drawn to Dinah, Matthew is torn between his desire to help her and the fear of getting too involved But as Dinah struggles with the realization that the faith she grew up believing in is not real, and an abandoned baby is unexpectedly dropped into their lives, they must learn to open up and trust one another if either ever hopes to break free of the past Hegel's Epistemological Realism: A Study of the Aim and Method of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit award winning author Shelley Bates pens the compelling story about the unstoppable force of the emergent selfDinah Traynell is trapped in a life that is not her own Raised in a toxic church Simple Stunning Wedding Organizer: Planning Your Perfect Celebration she is forced to surrender mentally and physically to her sociopathic pastor s every demand Even while mourning the loss of her father Urban Legend Detectives Case 4: The Samejima Case Dinah must hold strong to this role she s reluctantly played all her life And though she dreams of escape Und Nietzsche weinte this is the only world she s ever known When Dr Matthew Nicholas appears on Dinah s doorstep in the dark of night Die vier Jahreszeiten he s burdened with troubles of his own Leaving behind his university position Schatten des Gestern Matthew has been traveling to escape the trauma of his old life that is Mituri, rituri, simboluri în societatea contemporană until he s robbed of what means he has left for his journey Stranded The Devil's Double Buch, Deutsch Ausgabe: Ich war Saddams Sohn penniless The Huguenot Sword and still ill at ease with his life s turn of events Manifesto del partito Comunista he d rather lend a helping hand on a stranger s ranch than go home Instantly drawn to Dinah Only Say the Word Matthew is torn between his desire to help her and the fear of getting too involved But as Dinah struggles with the realization that the faith she grew up believing in is not real Con gái thủy thần and an abandoned baby is unexpectedly dropped into their lives Talking Cures and Placebo Effects they must learn to open up and trust one another if either ever hopes to break free of the past Ever start a book and hate what you are reading yet you cannot put it down That s how this one The subject matter is heartbreaking but the writing is superb.I found myself totally engrossed in the storyline and kept hoping things would improve for Dinah There is so much I want to say about this novel but I don t want to give anything away Let s just say that I m thankful that I never got involved in a cult nor have I gone through what some of these folks have.I strongly recommend this story Ever start a book and hate what you are reading yet you cannot put it down That s how this one The subject matter is heartbreaking but the writing is superb.I found myself totally engrossed in the storyline and kept hoping things would improve for Dinah There is so much I want to say about this novel but I don t want to give anything away Let s just say that I m thankful that I never got involved in a cult nor have I gone through what some of these folks have.I strongly recommend this story for anyone who has suffered any type of abuse It really shows God s redeeming qualities and how faith can get you throughthan you can imagine