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Dr. Jean B. Raffa "author and seeker" (Maitland, Florida United States)

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The Bet
The Bet
Price: £2.90

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Journey Through the Human Soul, 27 Jun. 2013
This review is from: The Bet (Kindle Edition)
The Bet opens with a mysterious man on a mysterious mission that makes no sense to the reader. Nothing about this novel makes sense at first, and this piques your curiosity. You have to read just one more chapter to try to figure out what's happening. And then before you know it, you're hooked and can't put it down.

Vivienne Tuffnell's produced another winner with this compelling story about the daunting challenge of healing a deeply wounded psyche. As the history and personality of the mysterious young man are peeled away, layer by layer, we meet one of the saddest, loneliest, most likeable and unforgettable protagonists I've run across in contemporary literature. One minute you want to shake some sense into him and the next you just want to give him a warm hug. And his nemesis, an oh-so -innocent-looking beauty whose mask covers up a mercilessly sadistic monster, is right up there with the worst of them.

Once again, Tuffell's strong sense of place anchors the plot and furthers the characterization. Antony's home is almost as vast and musty as the museum in which he works. Both places are testament to a past whose antiquated values are of little help to this clueless young man. Likewise, the Yorkshire moors, home of the retired priest enlisted to help Antony make peace with himself and his past, are as wild and mysterious as his inner ghosts.

I loved this story of family secrets and wounded souls. I loved its twists and turns and unexpected nuggets of insight. Most of all I loved the author's psychological awareness, compassion and love of life that shine through every page. Thanks for the fascinating journey through the labyrinths of the human soul, Ms Tuffnell. I look forward to your next.

the story of Q.: Inspired by Actual Events
the story of Q.: Inspired by Actual Events
by N. M. Freeman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book!, 26 Jan. 2012
As a seeker of spiritual meaning and self-knowledge, I have a library full of books I dearly love about philosophy, theology, mysticism, biblical history and psychology. Written by experts in their fields, most of these books are tough going for the average reader. Being a scholarly type, I have a high tolerance for this style of writing which has opened the door to ideas that have changed my life.

But this book! This Story of Q. written by a layperson with no formal theological credentials other than the most valuable one of all: a passion for truth! This amazing book! It takes on humanity's age-old question, "What is the meaning and purpose of my life?" and in compelling stories about four people, written in terms anyone can understand, lays the answer out as clear as can be for anyone who's interested. Although it's about the origins, flaws and symbolic meaning of Christianity, it contains perennial truths that underlie and transcend every religion. And as an added bonus, it's a page-turner! I've already bought seven copies (six for gifts) and will no doubt be buying more soon. If you're at all interested in this sort of thing, I'm telling you, you really need this book! This refreshing, groundbreaking book.

Strangers and Pilgrims
Strangers and Pilgrims
Price: £2.90

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From friend to fan, 26 Jan. 2012
Six wounded strangers, each with a unique story of broken relationships and lost dreams, are brought together by a common need for the healing waters of a mysterious Wellspring. Unlike their 14th century forebears who tell their stories on the road to Canterbury for the prize of a free meal, these pilgrims seek something far more vital: a reason to keep living. What they discover about each other, and most importantly, themselves, makes for a compelling, page-turning read. I was very drawn to Tuffnell's characters who are as real, complex and confused as you and me, and I have a passion for the inner journey to self-knowledge that was the essence of their quest. But it is her extraordinary sensitivity to the mysterious beauty of the world around her and her passion for the legends, traditions and sacred spaces of her beloved England that took me from interested internet friend to ardent fan. I couldn't recommend this book more highly.

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