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Keeping Faith Paperback – 2008

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Perennial / Harper-collins (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340960558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340960554
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,299,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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KEEPING FAITH by Jodi Picoult
This was my second book by Jodi Picoult, and I will definitely be reading more by her. As with THE PACT, KEEPING FAITH centered on a controversial topic, something that would be seen in today's headlines. In KEEPING FAITH, there are two themes - one of a family being torn apart by infidelity and divorce, and the other one centering on the child that is caught in the middle. But this is not any ordinary child custody story. What happens here is something that is only seen in Catholic history books and other religious literature: Seven-year-old Faith is discovered to have powers that are akin to miracles performed by Catholic saints.
Faith's news brings the media to their home town, everyone wanting to witness and spread the tale of this little girl who can bring back the dead, who is suffering from stigmata (spontaneous bleeding from the hands and feet), and can perform other miracles. Her mother Mariah is trying her best to deal with this plus deal with her broken marriage. With the help of her mother, Mariah tries to make sense of what is happening. When her ex-husband Colin finds out what is happening to Faith, he uses this to point fingers at Mariah, telling the world she is causing her own daughter to suffer and become a media circus. He files for custody, when only a few months ago he had walked out the door, not bothering to look back. Faith is torn between her two parents, and at the same time finds herself in the middle of this mystery about herself, not knowing why she is able to do what she does.
KEEPING FAITH is a riveting, complex story that will keep the reader interested till the very end. It is what I definitely call a page-turner. Highly recommended!
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I am not one to rail against novels; if I don't like something, that's well and good, but I'd rather let others form their own opinions on things. I so disliked this book, though, I have been driven to say something to counter all the positive reviews. The novel is entirely trite and predictable. I could anticipate the events, the actions, what the characters would say (no shock when the Jewish grandmother would exclaim "oye!") - even the last page of the book. Every hot topic was pulled out to drag in the reader: an affair, a divorce, an attempted suicide, a possible god-sighting, miracles, stigmata, love, good vs. evil, Christian vs. Judaism, exploitation, mental illness, gender empowerment, and a court room climax. Eye-rolling plot aside, it did not read well, either. The speaker would often shift from first person to third with a pattern that I couldn't pick out. Chapters would begin with feeble assertions ("The Priest had never seen a crowd so large." or "The Private Investigator had learned never to trust anyone." etc.) that sounded as if a high schooler was composing his first creative writing paper. The book screams for a Lifetime adaptation for movie of the week, and begs to be chosen for Oprah's book club (though it is not of that caliber). Spiritual novels about love and family can be a joy to read, but everything rang so false in this book that I'm still kicking myself for wasting time on it.
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Annotation: For the second time in her marriage, Mariah White catches her husband with another woman, and Faith, their seven-year-old daughter, witnesses every painful minute. In the aftermath of a sudden divorce, Mariah struggles with depression and Faith begins to confide in an imaginary friend, which leads to reciting passages from the Bible, developing stigmata, and beginning to perform miraculous healings, Mariah wonders if her daughter-a girl with no religious background-might actually be seeing God. As word spreads and controversy flares, Mariah and Faith are besieged by believers and disbelievers alike, caught in a media circus that threatens what little stability they have left.
Author Bio: Jodi Picoult grew up in Nesconset, New York. Her previous novels include "Plain Truth," "Mercy," "Keeping Faith," and "The Pact." Jodi Picoult received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton and a master's degree in education from Harvard. The recipient of the 2003 New England Book Award for her entire body of work, she is the author of ten previous novels, including "Second Glance", "Perfect Match", and "Salem Falls." Jodi Picoult's novels center on family, relationships, and the balance of love. Riveting plots bring to light questions and issues that remain with a reader long after the last page is turned. Eleven of her published books have been critically acclaimed.
Evaluation: Many people have their own opinions of Mariah and Faith. When it came to the custody battle between Mariah and Colin, Mr. Metz took advantage of the fact that Mariah was institutionalized. He made her out to be a mentally unbalanced person, as well as an unfit parent. Many people as well as the media felt that Mariah was the one who made Faith pretend she was seeing God.
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By A Customer on April 11 2004
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Keeping Faith was an awesome and incredible book. I read this book at a very good time. I started reading it during Lent and finished it a few days before Easter, on Good Friday. Everything that Faith experiences in this book comes to life. I absolutely loved this book. The plot was awesome and some of the sudden changes in events were very surprising.

This book is about a little girl who's father has once again cheated on her mother and the trials that she experiences throughout the divorce. When everything seems to be going wrong and the world turns its back on Mariah, Faith develops an imaginary friend whom she says is "her guard" . Soon Faith begins to experience stigmata, perform miracles, and recite Bible verses that she has never heard or seen before. Pretty soon everyone thinks that Faith is seeing God and instead of being a normal child, Faith is turned into and international icon. Religious people, show hosts, and news crews are all outside camping in the Whites' front yard. The story goes on to explain about the people that help Mariah and faith get through this hard time when all they want is to be a normal family again. On top of Faith's visions, her father sues her mother for custody of Faith. The story is suddenly turned into a double situation. Mariah does everything she can to keep Faith safe and in her care. In the end everything turns out okay, but I won't spoil the ending for you.

Because my family and I are very religious, this book really hit home for me. I could relate and understand what the child was experiencing. Although it is very hard to believe that something like this can happen, I feel as though I was in the book and believed in Faith and her visions. I could almost feel Faith's confusion, frustration, and her pain.
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