Samantha Francis

Helpful votes received on reviews: 95% (35 of 37)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,745,232 - Total Helpful Votes: 35 of 37
Messy Spirituality: Christianity for the Rest of U&hellip by Mike Yaconelli
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The loss of Mike Yaconelli in October 2004 was huge. Not only was he an inspirational speaker, his books are astounding. Every time I read one of them I feel not only closer to the author but closer to God.
His attitude to Christianity is what the organised Church really needs to take on board. This book is essential reading for all sorts of people, from committed Christians needing a spiritual uplift to those on the fringe thinking that to be loved by God we need to be living perfect lives. It just ain't so!!
Buy this book for yourself, for your best friend, for the person you work with who thinks you're a bit batty going to church every week. Spread the word that… Read more
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get the tissues out, 8 Feb 2006
This book was given to me by another author who told me that it was what I needed to stop feeling sorry for myself. Boy it did the trick. This story is so heartbreaking I don't think I have ever cried so much from reading a book.
The previous reviewers have given the basic synopsis - what happens to a family when one child is chosen to be the saviour of another. But it is so much more than that. Families are amazing mixtures of people, personalities, desires and needs. Each member of this family has two distinct but different sides to their story.
I won't give the ending away, but the twists come out of the blue, not what you expected at all.
Parents often have… Read more