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In Lisa Samson's moving novel, the wife of a popular televangelist discovers a family secret that threatens to destroy her marriage and her husband's ministry....

Title : Songbird
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ISBN : 9780446615181
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 480 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Songbird Reviews

  • Kristie Kercheval
    2019-04-10 22:31

    Being in vocational ministry, I felt a connection with the character Charmaine. There are expectations you place on yourself that are unrealistic, and others place expectations on you that are unrealistic. It is sometimes hard to know when you are to be content, and when you need to speak up. The scene where she thinks they are moving into a house, but it turns out to just be a bigger motorhome is classic. She is so disappointed, yet she doesn't want to complain. Things after all, reasons Charmaine, could be worse! And some things do get worse for Charmaine. Some of her worst fears come to pass. Yet each time there is a way out of the darkness through her faith and the love of those around her. Even her husband who preached against modern psychology eventually comes to accept her need to take medication to combat her ongoing struggle with depression. He becomes like Christ to her when he brings her homemade chicken soup and her prescriptions during her darkest hours. I found her husband's transformation in the story to be especially touching. He's not perfect, but he is willing to change and is always supportive of Charmaine.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-27 23:47

    A sweet and inspiring story, with some humorous moments as well, with a likable protagonist you just can't help but root for. Charmaine Whitehead was abandoned by her mother at the age of eleven, but Charmaine has a strong spirit, and a close relationship with God, thanks to her first foster family and their belief in Charmaine and her beautiful voice. Despite all odds, Charmaine enters adulthood with her virtue intact and the beginnings of a career in the gospel music industry. As Charmaine struggles with the fact that her mother has no intention of ever finding Charmaine again, she begins to learn things about herself and the power of love and its ability to heal and allow forgiveness.

  • Pr Latta
    2019-04-20 23:42

    I tried to soldier through this domestic Christian fiction title -- 9 weeks later, I'm halfway through and still haven't gotten to the point the library's summary describes. This is a book of process not plot. Gentle read, inspirational but not primarily in a religious way. First person enhances the story. I enjoyed the sense of place (Lynchburg & New Jersey & and even on the road) and the characterizations. Though it has received a Christy (Christian fiction) award, it is not evangelical -- Samson is just telling the story -- which makes it a good crossover for people who enjoy domestic fiction.

  • Heidi
    2019-04-19 22:38

    Absolutely beautiful, lyrical, story of a woman who from childhood experienced heartbreaking events, and yet through her middle-aged eyes as narrator, traces God's care and grace throughout her life, to her salvation, and her ministry with her husband in later years. I've read 3 of Lisa Samson's books so far, loved each one of them, but loved this one the most. The writing is so engaging, the voice of the character is unique and fits a singer/poet. Realistic, redemptive, inspiring novel.

  • Megan
    2019-04-10 02:32

    Lisa Samson puts other Christian Fiction writers to shame. Her characters are real, and not everything winds up in a perfect, predictable way. Samson is brave enough to show Christians with flaws, which is actually more refreshing and encouraging than the sickenly sweet, perfect Christians often portrayed in typical Christian fiction. Songbird was the first book by Samson that I read, and it is one of her best!

  • Charmaine
    2019-03-27 00:51

    It's pretty hard not to like a book when the protagonist has your own first name - especially when that name is rare and you've only met a handful of other women with the same name in your entire lifetime. But, aside from the fact that Charmaine and I have the same name, this was also a very good story. Lisa Samson is able to portray the ups and downs of the Christian walk in a realistic yet hopeful way. Clean readers: yes, this one is fine.

  • Stacia
    2019-03-25 00:33

    This is a very fun book to read. You can totally hear the southern, bubbly voice in the way it is written. It is also written in 1st person, which is different from most books I read, but definitely made the book better. Its an engaging story. I laughed and cried. I really enjoyed it and will be looking into more Lisa Sampson books.

  • Hildy Peterson
    2019-04-21 04:56

    Grade: A-Very much enjoyed this one. The author was amazingly successful at stepping away from her own voice and getting head the head of a poor, uneducated southern girl! The turn of phrase and language used was completely unlike other Lisa Samson novels I have read! And the story was good too!

  • Beth
    2019-04-02 22:44

    It's definitely a girlie book. A little mushy, but Lisa Samson is the first Christian fiction writer I have come across whom I can stomach. It tells the story of a girl who has a very tragic life. She loses me a little towards the end in her choice of a mate for the main character (very cheesy). But is a good read, no kleenex needed.

  • Debbie Marshall
    2019-04-11 22:41

    This was the first book I read by Lisa Samson. I found the characters quite believable. I have recommended this book to others to read, because of the way the main character was ashamed of needing to take antidepressants because of her Christian faith.

  • Jan Ackerson
    2019-03-25 02:45

    I love Samson's writing! She's got great skills with dialog and characterization, and a wonderful way of combining wit with drama. This was the first of hers that I read, and still one of my favorites.

  • Ccobb
    2019-04-17 21:50

    A good read...the story is about a young girl's tragic life after her mother abandons her, the people God brings into her life during fostercare stays and how the God-given singing talent she has heals her emotional wounds.

  • Eunira
    2019-04-02 00:45

    I did not read this book - I sent it to the UK by BookMooch.

  • Valerie Teeling
    2019-04-11 02:43

    Wonderful! Lisa Samson's writing never disappoints!!

  • Anne
    2019-04-01 22:36

    Lisa Samson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors right now.

  • Marty Bridges
    2019-04-19 03:35

    This book was well written as all of hers are and insightful. I gained some wisdom from this book and highly recommend it.

  • Sharon_S
    2019-04-04 01:51

    I liked this book. I thought the author created the setting well and I really related to the time period in which it takes place. I would (and did) recommend this to a friend.

  • Rick
    2019-04-10 04:46

    better than I expected. kept me fully engaged.

  • Julie Mihevc
    2019-04-12 01:51

    Enjoyable story.

  • LettyT
    2019-04-15 23:51

    It's a nice story of a woman with a sad childhood but keeps her faith in God while going through life. The main character annoyed me at times. For those that like Christian books you will enjoy it.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-03 03:57

    This story was awesome and quirky and made me think of the movie Beaches.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-26 21:50

    It was interesting; a sad soulful story of a little girl growing up in the South with mental illness in the family.

  • Shelly♥
    2019-04-06 00:55

    I love Lisa Samson's writing. This character was also in a couple of her other books, so I knew some of the outcome based upon that. This is a story of hope and the love of Jesus for everyone.

  • Kim Faires
    2019-04-05 05:27

    Good book. Really easy read.

  • Katrina
    2019-04-04 04:42

    This was an easy read with endearing characters and an interesting look at the intersection of psychology and Christianity.

  • Kara Mayfield
    2019-04-15 00:28

    This is my least favorite of Lisa Samson's books. It got a bit long at times.

  • Dana
    2019-04-04 03:46

    I really enjoyed this book. Found much to love about Charmaine Hopewell!

  • Sheryl Faulkner
    2019-03-27 01:57

    This was a great book for a quick, fun read. I loved the voice of the main character. Samson writes with honesty and humor and some poignant moments.

  • Candice
    2019-03-30 01:43

    Lisa Samson really made the main character easy to feel for. She is great at making the situation seem real, and anyone can easily relate to this book with all the various characters