This is an older book that has been on Mt. TBR for a couple of years. I’m so glad I picked it up and read it finally.
Heather Curridge is frustrated with her life but afraid to show her discontent. She has a beautiful home. A surgeon husband. An amazing son. She buys and remodels and volunteers in an effort to prove to herself, and to God, that she is a good person and deserves her blessings.
But she knows better. She knows that her son being bullied at his private Christian school is God paying her back. And her inability to find contentment is rooted in her need to lose twenty forty pounds. Heather and her family stopped going to church a year or so ago and they just can’t find a new one to fit their needs.
A chance encounter in a rough part of town introduces Heather to Sister Jerusha, a nun making a difference. Then Heather has an accident on one of her evening drives and is rescued by two elderly sisters with a vibrant faith.
Heather begins to see that her faith is not about her. After spending time with the sisters and the Sister, Heather sets out on a journey to set her crooked world back on its firm foundation.
I really loved this book. I think it speaks to many women who know they are blessed, know they are called to something more than running car pool and delivering cupcakes, but don’t know where to start or where to go.
I believe Lisa Samson is one of the most relevant and provocative writers of Christian fiction today.
Her books continually challenge and inspire me and Embrace Me is no different.
I’d had it on my Kindle for quite a while and delayed reading it for several reasons.
I knew I’d be hooked from the beginning.
The cover didn’t entice me – it reminded me a bit of Water for Elephants (which I liked) and I was afraid it would be derivative of that novel.
The subject matter sounded too dark: a circus freak show.
I was right about one of those. I was hooked right away. And, by the way, Embrace Me is nothing like Water for Elephants. Some of the characters do make their living by exhibiting their differences in a freak show, but they are all so much more than the sum of their oddities and differences.
It’s hard to write a review of this one without giving away too many spoilers.
Drew Parrish is a pastor with big ambitions. His church is large and growing.
Daisy is one of Drew’s parishioners and he believes the two of them can rock the world. For Jesus. Mostly.
Valentine’s face was burned by acid and she’s retreated from the world to hide behind scarves when she’s not at work as the Lizard Woman.
Gus is a street preacher trying to get to know the Valentine behind the scarves.
Their paths cross with Charmaine Hopewell from Samson’s novel Songbird in a lovely and uncontrived way.
I highly recommend this book, but only if you’re willing to have your perception of what it means to be a “good” Christian challenged and maybe even upset.