Thursday, March 28, 2013

Keeping Faith

Keeping Faith
by Jodi Picoult

Genre: Women's Fiction

Synopsis: Somewhere between belief and doubt lies faith. 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 seeks solace in a new friend… a friend who may or may not be imaginary.

Faith talks to her "Guard"constantly; begins to recite passages from the Bible— a book she's never read. Fearful for her daughter's sanity, Mariah sends her to several psychiatrists. Yet when Faith develops stigmata and begins to perform miraculous healings, Mariah wonders if her daughter-- a girl with no religious background-- might indeed be seeing God. As word spreads and controversy heightens, Mariah and Faith are besieged by believers and disbelievers alike, caught in a media circus that threatens what little stability they have left.
What are you willing to believe? Is Faith a prophet or a troubled little girl? Is Mariah a good mother facing an impossible crisis— or a charlatan using her daughter to reclaim the attention her unfaithful husband withheld? As the story builds to a climactic battle for custody, Mariah must discover that spirit is not necessarily something that comes from religion, but from inside oneself.
Fascinating, thoughtful, and suspenseful, Keeping Faith explores a family plagued by the media, the medical profession, and organized religion in a world where everyone has an opinion but no one knows the truth. At her controversial and compelling best, Jodi Picoult masterfully explores the moment when boundaries break down, when illusions become reality, and when the only step left to take is a leap of faith.
Review: Wow!  I just finished this book (I read it in about a day).  It was not a book that I could put down.  It has been a while since I've read a Jodi Picoult book and I think that helped me keep reading.  After reading several books of hers in a row, you may become bored and things will become predictable.  This book raises such interesting questions.  Do you believe in miracles?  Can someone who has no religion have God come to them?  Can people heal others?  I was really intrigued by this concept of a little girl who has God visit her and perform healings through her.  It reminded me a lot of The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn.  I haven't read that book for a while but the topic is the same.  Of course, there was a legal trial like every Jodi Picoult book but I was quite happy with the ending which is not the case with many of her books. I would recommend this book if you are looking for a Jodi Picoult book.

Rating: 4 stars

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