Pocketful of Pearls (2020)

Pocketful of Pearls Shelley Bates Pocketful of Pearls Written with beauty and grace award winning author Shelley Bates pens the compelling story about the unstoppable force of the emergent self
  • Title: Pocketful of Pearls
  • Author: Shelley Bates
  • ISBN: 9780446562140
  • Page: 142
  • Format: ebook
Pocketful of Pearls Shelley Bates Written with beauty and grace, award winning author Shelley Bates pens the compelling story about the unstoppable force of the emergent self.
Pocketful of Pearls Shelley Bates

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  1. Michelle Robinson

    Whew, this book is HARD to read.There are some serious, difficult to digest, issues of sexual abuse in this book From my limited experience with this genre, this book is a definite departure This is not a pat Christian love story.Dinah Tryanell s father has just died, when we meet her she is about to encounter Matthew Nicholas a former University professor who is basically walking cross country as he tries to dwal with some personal issues that have arisien in his life.Dinah has been terribly ab [...]

  2. Meg Mims

    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 [...]

  3. Jenna

    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. [...]

  4. Shana

    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.

  5. Jenni Adkins

    Started out as a creepy religious cult molestation story, but ended up being a Christian themed message that ended great Sad, but good.

  6. Kathleen Clark

    Didn t realize this was 2, will have to try to find 1 Enjoyed this, different, not as easy as some I have read.

  7. A. R.

    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 has rules 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 Th [...]

  8. Megan

    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 sett [...]

  9. Cindi

    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 [...]

  10. Ann Miller

    A deep and satisfying read The book is mufti faceted, tackling a tough topic sexual abuse within a cult dysfunctional family relationships, and romance Her writing makes me wish for a shelf full of her books I m impressed with her writing skill as well as her storytelling I have only kudos and no criticisms Bates has since jumped genres to YA, writing as Shelley Adina, and I miss her adult writing Her teen novels are excellent, but she s left me hungry for grown up books I can t believe I ve le [...]

  11. Tiffany

    This is totally NOT the type of book I normally read, as I prefer to get my religious philosophy from .eastern sources But I picked it up off the shelf in the living room where my mom had laid it after buying it off the bargain rack at BN, and started leafing through it The story, once I got past the rather preachy parts, was decent, and the book was well written And the over all message is something that I agree with no matter how damaged you might be, if you put your faith in whatever higher p [...]

  12. Dani Moore

    The story of Dinah as she travels through her way out of sexual and emotional abuse at the hands of those who claim to be messengers of God She is blessed with help from matthew, who has scars of his own Togeather they work through a maze of lies and fear.I think many people will think this is about groups like the FLDS Maybe it is but it cautions against giving any one person the caveate to Speak for God Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  13. Judie Dooley

    Excellent story line Almost impossible to put it down The story of a young lady who was raised in a very unorthadox chuch The church was her whole life it owned her body and soul Her only way of rebelling against it was to become Bulimic A stranger comes to her door asking for food and becomes her savior,helping her to see how wrong her life was I don t want to tell the whole story, so you ll have to read it for yourself.

  14. Tammy Reyes

    I liked the fact that the pace of the story was quick I have read many books that have emotionally troubled characters Lots of times the character stubbornly spends 85% of the book refusing to change heal even though that metamorphosis is crucial to the plot of the book In this novel the author keeps the story moving along by having her heroine progress all along the way Dinah is slowly changing and healing And you can tell by how she is handling things.

  15. Karen

    Bought it off of title alone, as I often do I applaud tackling some very difficult topics but the big reveal was predictable and its wraps up too tidily and too hastily after really a lot of re hashing through out the book I ve done better, I ve done worse.

  16. Crystal

    I re read this a month or so ago Even for a re read it was good, although a tad depressing at times It was interesting to revisit, but I don t plan on reading it again, so I gave it away.

  17. Lorene Evans

    Decent, but not great I picked it up at the library and didn t know it was a religious book Still, readable, and definitely interesting.

  18. Melissa

    2.5 stars Girl caught in a toxic church, has been sexually abused for years Interesting, but very down for most of the book.

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