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Some Wildflower In My Heart by [Turner, Jamie Langston]
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Margaret Tuttle's story is one of love unsought, for she had been perfectly content with the well-ordered and conveniently predictable life she had arranged for herself.But something dark lurks beneath the surface of her placid and uncluttered being, something dusty with neglect, yet painful to the touch. Birdie Freeman is everything Margaret is not: homely, humble, and generous. It is Birdie who manages, through nothing but acts of love, to dredge up Margaret's memories of things better left buried. Then Margaret discovers that Birdie harbors secrets of her own.

About the Author

Jamie Langston Turner has been a teacher for more than twenty-five years at both the elementary and college level. She has written textbook materials as well as stories, articles, plays, and poems for a variety of periodicals including Faith for the Family, Kids, Moody, Plays, The Christian Reader, and Living With Children.

Born in Mississippi, Jamie has lived in the South all her life, currently residing with her husband and son in South Carolina, where she teaches Creative Writing and Poetry Writing at Bob Jones University. Some Wildflower in My Heart is her second novel. The Suncatchers, published in 1995 by Thomas Nelson, was her first. Jamie is an active member of Heritage Bible Church. Her hobbies include reading, tennis, and needlework. size : 5.4 x 8.3


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1701 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (Sept. 1 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00997YECK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved that Margaret used big words that I could not understand. I hope at sometime to go back through this book and look up the meaning of many of them.
She is a wonderful storyteller. Her characters come to life. You will fall in love with Birdie.
It was different than anything that I have ever read before. Makes you think. Makes you laugh.
I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did.
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By A Customer on May 14 2004
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This is my review of SWIMH
I loved it and yet I felt the author went overboard in making Birdie breast-less and then dying that sudden death. As I was reading I felt a real "shock" when this happened and I felt a little strung along as a reader. Besides... don't we have enough real life tragedy without having it unnecessarily in our fiction reading. It was an over done development and an unnecessary one at that in my opinion. Birdie could have gone off to be a missionary in Africa or something. What a waste. Plus I have REAL issue with blaming everything that happens on God. I do not believe that at all.
After all that criticism I would like to say that Ms. Turner is a stupendous writer. Her gift for words and storytelling is lovely and enriching. (most of the time)
I loved Birdie (though she didn't have to be THAT homely) and the thaw and growth of Margaret was wonderfully captured and surprisingly understated ... unlike most writers who let all glory and amen show through.
Though anyone suffering from the same fate as Margaret should read LOVING WHAT IS. It coudl have saved Margaret 35 years of her life.
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This is a very well-written and readable tale, with a good and convincing story at its heart.
Margaret, the protagonist, is a meticulous, overly controlled, cold and unfeeling woman. She is distanced from her fellow humans in three ways. For one, she is more intelligent, well-educated, and far more well-read than the average. For another, she was home schooled by her mother until her teens, when her mother died. But lastly, she has closed herself emotionally after terrible emotional traumas through her teen years.
But a warm and giving woman who is determined to win her friendship gradually forces Margaret to re-examine herself, and begin, slowly, to change.
Unfortunately, the writer's Christian evangelical intent becomes quite blatant, and long tracts of unconvincing dialogue are used as an excuse to deliver evangelical speeches. If you are not a "born-again" Christian of the appropriate type, some of the scenes will make you cringe. Also, in an attempt to lighten the delivery of the religious message, she has created some unconvincingly (and unremittingly) humorous characters.
Still, the writing is good, the literary references are good, and the main story is good. I found myself compelled to read to the ending in order to "find out what happens next." And isn't that, after all, the very definition of a good book?
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I just finished reading this novel today, and must say that it is one of the most realistic stories of the power of a friend's love that I have ever read. The main character is a sweet 50 yr old lady named Birdie who through lifestyle evangelism and genuine love wins the heart of the narrator, Margaret. Margaret's life is forever changed by the small kindnesses of Birdie, and it is a real testimony to each of us who profess Christ as Lord to really take Jesus' commandment to heart. "Love one another as I have loved you." It is also a story of healing, though not in a way you might expect.
I must warn you that the book is a little more difficult to read at first because the author writes in a very classical, descriptive, yet unconventional style, but avid readers like myself will love it in the end. (One person commented that "this author breaks all the rules of writing fiction -- with amazing results". I agree!)
Anyways...it was a great book so go borrow it from your church library or buy it here at Amazon.com!
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By A Customer on March 25 2002
Format: Paperback
I was given this book and put off reading it because the cover was so delicate. I was expecting a light Christian romance. You certainly cannot judge a book by its cover. I, too, was profoundly changed by this story. Margaret's reaction to the losses and abuses in her life is one of isolation and cynicism. She keeps others at a distance with a superior attitude and cruel words. As I read, I often cringed at her words, calling to mind people I have known who behaved in like manner and wondering what secret hurts they harbor. It was painful to watch her mistreat Birdie, but inspiring to watch Birdie perservere. I was also fascinated with Margaret's often referring to books she had read. Although some reviewers found this distracting, it showed me that fictional characters in books were more palatable to her than her husband or her flesh-and-blood co-workers. This is the best work of Christian fiction I have ever read.
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Some Wildflower in my Heart supposedly tells the story of Birdie, an interesting woman who, despite lots of suffering, shows the love of God all the time. In ostensibly telling the story of Birdie, however, Margaret, the narrator, actually ends up telling the story of her own troubled life also full of suffering. The example shown by Birdie is not only an example for Margaret, but also for anyone who reads this book. Margaret's dark and troubled past has made her into a brusque, no-nonsense woman who shows no emotion to anyone, even her husband. When Birdie comes along and inadvertantly becomes Margaret's friend, that shell begins to crack. Through Birdie's friendship, Margaret learns that the God that she had rejected long ago still does love her and want her in His kingdom. Some Wildflower in my Heart is a wonderful story of friendship and the love of Christ breaking down the barriers to someone's heart.
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