City of God

City of God

The only way I'll even get close to Rio this summer is through this book

  • The story of Beauty and the Beast has fascinated me since childhood. I was swept away by La Belle et la Bete - still am every time I see it - but it wasn't until the following incident occurred in my own life that the seed was pla... The story of Beauty and the Beast has fascinated me since childhood. I was swept away by La Belle et la Bete - still am every time I see it - but it wasn't until the following incident occurred in my own life that the seed was planted which later took on literary form: Some years ago, one of my sons and I were having a midday drink in a City of London tavern. A group of fellow customers, lunch break evidently over, started to head our way - making for the exit, which happened to be close by us. We stood aside to make room for the party to leave. Checking for pretty girls - one does in such moments - while the troupe filtered by, my attention was snagged by the appearance as she passed of the ugliest female I had ever seen in my life. The words just came out - too loud: "How ugly is that?" "She heard you, Dad, she heard you," my son protested, appalled, and disgusted. And I knew she'd heard me - I had seen it in her stricken eyes. I never will forget that look. The incident will haunt me to my dying day. I often wonder how she is - how life has treated her, how she's coping with the burden of her looks. I hope she's found love and happiness, someone to adore her. This novel is a tribute to her, that stranger, and personal act of exorcism. The following is the book description taken from Amazon: Beauty: Chloe Lambert is used to men looking at her twice, but for all the wrong reasons - they cannot believe how ugly she is. Her first encounter with Park Delafield leaves her with no grounds to suspect he is any different; his first words in her presence constitute a slur on her appearance. Beast: For Park, spiritual bankrupt with the perfect looks, only beautiful women count until he insults a stranger in a pub and is at once struck down by one of her companions. On his knees, Park perceives in an epiphany that solely with the help of the woman he has offended can he find deliverance from the bonds of nihilism and self-regard. The chase: He sets out to involve Chloe in his spiritual rebirth but she, bewildered by his attentions and repelled by his egotism, wants no part in his quest; until his persistence and her own curiosity about his motives lessen her distrust of his sincerity. The reckoning: Warily, all too conscious of the risks incurred in getting involved with a man whose vulnerability and isolation echo her own - and whose looks and nature make him so liable to stray - she allows him into her life. Thereby initiating trajectories of self-discovery, betrayal, and commitment and along which both hazard toward nemesis . . . or mutual redemption.

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  • What’s Under Your Hood? A couple of weeks ago, our dog indicated she wanted Jon to take a look under the hood of his car. Sophie pranced and jumped until he clicked on the button of his key bob. Jon’s Impala had been sitting in th... What’s Under Your Hood? A couple of weeks ago, our dog indicated she wanted Jon to take a look under the hood of his car. Sophie pranced and jumped until he clicked on the button of his key bob. Jon’s Impala had been sitting in the driveway for a few days instead of its normal space in the garage. Still Jon thought he was being silly giving in to the whim of a very cute dog.

  • Christian author, Joy DeKok takes the reader into the hearts of these two women as they journey closer to the heart of the One who offers hope and healing. What happens when a Christian woman facing a childless future and a woman ... Christian author, Joy DeKok takes the reader into the hearts of these two women as they journey closer to the heart of the One who offers hope and healing. What happens when a Christian woman facing a childless future and a woman seeking an abortion are waiting to see the same doctor? What if, in spite of their drastic differences, they find themselves drawn together by their surprising similarities? What if, they somehow find the courage to become friends?

  • Did you know that every year in this country, 200 mothers kill their living child/children? While I dealt with this topic briefly in my novel Rain Dance I was again recently asked how I felt these mothers should be treated. In the... Did you know that every year in this country, 200 mothers kill their living child/children? While I dealt with this topic briefly in my novel Rain Dance I was again recently asked how I felt these mothers should be treated. In the next few days, I’ll take you with me on this journey into my heart.

  • My fantastic web designer reminded me during a recent update we needed an “about Joy” page. She’s right. She’s also a very talented designer.

  • Recently I chatted with Jeremy Green, Editor for Glass House Books, about the latest novel Sacrifice and a bit about Bloodline: Alliance. We even covered some advice for writers of fantasy.

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  • Shenna, a thief and outlaw, impulsively rescues a group of strangers from certain death, and is seriously wounded for her trouble. Now in her debt, the group nurses Shenna back to health. They offer her, and the wolf that never le... Shenna, a thief and outlaw, impulsively rescues a group of strangers from certain death, and is seriously wounded for her trouble. Now in her debt, the group nurses Shenna back to health. They offer her, and the wolf that never leaves her side, safety until she is well enough to leave them.

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  • I can't remember a time I wasn't writing. From the moment I bought my first notebook and started writing a novel at age eight, I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life.

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  • Books were such an intrinsic part of our family, that it was hard for me to imagine that both of my parents grew up without them, or that there were people out there who just didn't like to read.

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  • Recently read and reviewed this. Loved it. It's a slow, thoughtful story very deftly handled. About family and reconciliation.

  • A great Daniel Day Lewis movie about oil. It is kinda long but other than that it's really good.

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  • A bluesy tune about redemption and resisting the devil. This was the song featured on the opening credits of The Wire. Can't remember which season.

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  • TIM robbins is so young and handsome in this GREAT movie. Robbins plays a banker in jail on a murder charge. He believe he was also nominated for an academy award. Extra points for Tim!

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