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Jenny Blake has a theory about life: big decisions often don't amount to much, but little decisions sometimes transform everything. Her theory proves true the summer she's 14, when she makes the decision to pick up a penny embedded in asphalt and consequently ends up stopping a robbery, getting a job, and meeting someone who changes her life forever-Miss Shaw. Together theJenny Blake has a theory about life: big decisions often don't amount to much, but little decisions sometimes transform everything. Her theory proves true the summer she's 14, when she makes the decision to pick up a penny embedded in asphalt and consequently ends up stopping a robbery, getting a job, and meeting someone who changes her life forever-Miss Shaw. Together they form a friendship that dares both of them to confront secrets in their pasts-secrets that threaten to destroy them. Jenny helps Miss Shaw open up to the community around her, while Miss Shaw teaches Jenny to meet even life's most painful challenges with confidence and faith. This unexpected relationship transforms them both in ways neither could have anticipated, and the ripple effect that begins that summer goes on to bring new life to the people around them, revealing how God works in the smallest details-even in something as small as THE PENNY....

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Number of Pages : 243 Pages
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The Penny Reviews

  • Laura
    2019-04-08 15:02

    I didn't realize when I picked this up that it was by a "Christian author." I have nothing against a nice wholesome story, or even a story to teach you a nice little lesson. But it seems this was written mostly with the lesson in mind, with less care being given to the story or the story telling. Rather than just telling the story and having faith that the reader would hear the underlying message, the underlying message was spelled out for you in big flashing letters (actually italics). Even Jesus told Parables and left it up to you to figure it out.I have to admit that the book did start out promising. It was a decent enough story, I liked the developing friendships between Jenny and Aurelia then Miss Shaw. It's really the last 1/4 of the book that lost me. It was so neat and tidy how all Jenny, Jean, and Mama had to do to stop Daddy was to just stand up to him. It was just way too "happily ever after." And the reading guide in the back just shows even more that the purpose was not just to write a good novel, but for it to be some "After (church) School Special."

  • Laurelle
    2019-04-07 15:20

    This was a book my husband bought for me for my birthday! Such a special gift, as I am a big Joyce Meyer fan! I enjoyed this novel, Joyce's first ~ it was a very neat story and gripped me until the end! I haven't looked at a penny the same since I read this book! In God We Trust!

  • Dottie
    2019-04-10 17:09

    To me the book was very slow paced until about half way through. I couldn't read fast enough to get to the good parts. It focused on not taking God's presence for granted. He puts peolple in our lives for a reason and we need to be ever so conscience of that fact.The book took a penny to resemble even a small thing like that can have a big impact on our lives. Faith and forgiveness played a big part of this book. Life is to short and we need to focus on the little things God gives us and watch what he does in our lives with that.I would highly recommend this book.

  • Karen
    2019-04-08 14:24

    This book is hard to read. The beginning of it is almost as hard to read as The Lovely Bones. There is emotional, mental, physical, and sexual abuse of two sisters. Since it's Joyce Meyer (loosely based on her life story), I know it will get better, but it is hard to read about such things.I have a new respect for Joyce Meyer. I always have sort of kinda liked her, but when I watch her on T.V., she rarely, if ever, alluded to her very bad beginnings. Now that I have read this book, I realize she truely has come from the pit of hell and back again. Three cheers to Joyce Meyer and it was a really good book.

  • Donna
    2019-03-22 14:14

    Have you ever found a penny and picked it up for luck? Well, Jenny Blake finds a penny one hot day as she was on her way with her sister, Jean, to the movies to see a Grace Kelly movie. She retrieved the penny from the hot asphalt street. The penny laid wheat side up, so dirty it was almost invisible. Jenny walked past the penny at first; but thought that she should pick it up as "little things make a big difference." Picking up the penny, a chain of events began: the Presley Dairy truck braked to keep from hitting Jenny, a woman came out of the five and dime with her baby in a car bed just as 3 bottles of milk from the truck fell and swung the car bed toward the building to protect her child. When the woman swung out of the way she blindsided a teen who had his favorite record "That's All Right Mama" by Elvis Presley under his arm. Now the disk hit the sidewalk and wobbled on it's edge and headed downhill toward the line waiting at the movie boxoffice. Bennett, the teen, took off after his record, grasping for it with all his might hoping it would come out unscathed. Then, Miss Shaw of Shaw Jewelers, was putting out her display in the window when a thief came along and grabbed all the jewels right out of her hand and took off. Right then Bennett fell attempting to get his record and tripped the would-be thief. Pete Mason went into the crowd after the thief and scooped up the jewels and asked Miss Shaw if they were indeed hers. This chain of events led to Jenny getting a job and Miss Shaw's jewelry store.Jenny and Jean's home life was a disturbed one. Their father did things to them that no father should do to their children. Jean about to leave home for secretarial school was glad to be leaving that house. Only now Jenny had to live with it alone.Jenny had befriended some negro children and families and had gone to their church. Her father so disagreed with this, threatening bodily harm. The mother just looked the other way.Because of the penny, so much changed for Jenny in her life.I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down until I had it all read.

  • Maureen
    2019-03-23 15:14

    God certainly does move in mysterious ways. Although the content can be quite depressing, the very clear message is that God is always there , even when you've given up hope, and believe that no-one can help. The subject of child abuse never makes for an easy read, but there is another message also, that of forgiveness, which makes for(eventually) a real feel good ending.

  • Laura
    2019-03-23 15:18

    Expected heavy-handed, poorly written Christian fiction. Pleasantly surprised by interesting story, well written, although a little too neatly tied up in the end.

  • Bailey Jane
    2019-03-25 14:59

    I myself am not a religious person, but I came upon this book by chance a couple of weeks after I had my daughter 4 months ago. It's a cute story:My boyfriend is good friends with this couple that I find completely repulsive. They represent just about everything I detest and I have never held back in letting them know it. The female half of this couple had told me plainly to my face before that she doesn't like me either and we probably will never be friends. I agreed and was happy we saw eye-to-eye on this. One day a couple of weeks after I had my daughter and was home by myself while everyone else was at work, my phone rang and it was this woman. We'll call her "Anne." Anne wanted to know if she could come over and spend some time with me and asked if I needed anything from the store while she was out. I was blown away, and said of course I'd appreciate the company.When she arrived, she brought everything needed for pedicures, manicures, fruit smoothies, some prenatal vitamins, nursing pads, and a book called "The Penny." Inside the book was a piece of red cloth with a penny glued to it. I asked her what this was and she said it was a bookmark made out of her favorite shirt and I would understand once I read the book. We ended up having a spectacular afternoon and really enjoyed getting to know one another and see past some of the differences we had by focusing on the things we have in common.I hadn't read the book because I was too busy trying to figure out this motherhood thing, but now that things have fallen a little into place, I have begun reading again and so far, it's very good! I can't wait til I get to the lesson I'm supposed to take from it. :-)11.24.10 - I finished this today and it was the first book I've gotten to read since my daughter was born. What a great "first-book-in-a-long-time" to read! Although I'm not a believer in organized religion in itself, the message this story conveys is really beautiful. Even without believing in God or Jesus, the message of forgiveness is one that should be shared and enjoyed. Forgiveness is one of the hardest concepts to grasp, and I myself could really practice the art of forgiveness, tolerance, and patience more in my own life. I am glad "Anne" recommended this book to me and I will always appreciate that she did. Not that we'll ever be best friends, but it shows that somewhere in that rough exterior of hers that I have trouble appreciating, there lies a soft spot in her heart to which this novel spoke. Hopefully I can pass along that same feeling to someone I have wronged or who might be in pain or trouble, like she did for me when I needed a friend most after having my daughter. :-)

  • Lori Beach
    2019-03-30 15:56

    Book club pick for September.This is the first book of fiction by Joyce Meyer that I have read. Several ladies in my book club that voted for this book did not know who she was. I am bummed to be in Hawaii and miss the conversation for this book. It is the first faith based book that our club has read. I loved the way she spoke of hands and what they represented in her life from pain to love. I loved that there was a definite story line of unconditional love. I love that there was a definite story line that it doesn't matter what has happened before in your life but Christ washes it all away and you can and will be whole. Hurt people hurt people is relayed very well. Forgiveness is the final message. It always is......Favorite lines in the book""Have you forgotten that there's just hurts you got to give over to the Lord, child? Because if you don't figure out how to do that, a body bigger than the whole world still won't be big enough to hold it all in."And..."I was beginning to understand the truth. The one prince who cared for me more than his own life wanted to take me by the hand and make me whole."That is the truth for us all. We all may not have lived this story but we all have something and the truth is OUR SAVIOR died for us to make us whole and accept HIS unconditional love. We must accept and give forgiveness to be whole. Give our hurts to the Lord and let him grow us and make us whole........

  • Debby
    2019-03-26 10:23

    A very well-written and thought provoking book set in racially divided St. Louis in 1965. Jennie sets off a series of events that have life-changing implications when she stoops over to pick up a penny imbedded in soft tar while crossing a street one afternoon. The people she meets, the decisions she and others make and the life lessons she and others leearn are all set in motion by her decision to turn back to stoop down to pick up that penny. How often does life n general or in teh specifics seem merely a matter of chance; just coincidental and dismissable. Yet is it? Can something so simple as listening to a thought about picking up a penny in the road really be a step toward life altering change for the good of many people?This is Christian fiction; however, don't dismiss just on that basis. This book is well worth reading from a faith perspective, as well as a human nterest perspective regarding being a victim of abuse, racism and bullying and how people are given the opportunity and teh power to change and to impact others for good. I highly recommend this book and I'm really glad I read it. I'll be thinking about this book for quite a while and may even read it again.

  • Suzanne Williams
    2019-03-26 10:01

    Some books are worth more in their affect on the heart than they are on the senses. This book is one of those. Though I've read many stories, some of them splendidly written, this story touches a place inside that changes you. The storyline itself was at time ponderous. Much detail was given to the city of St. Louis, to the main character's friends, and to her school and her job, and though this did set the stage for the overall personality of the character, for me, someone now familiar with that time period of that city, it was a little much. Yet oh how the truth of God's Word shines though. I have been at the bottom of life, and although my story is different from this particular one, the battle upward is the same, and it was brilliantly portrayed. I cried that any child anywhere would ever have to go through something so horrible as physical and sexual abuse, and rejoiced that there is a God who cares. Wonderful writing, this is a book I highly recommend.

  • Amy
    2019-04-07 12:01

    what an amazing story. this book definetly made me see things in a whole new perspective. this book goes a long way to proving that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover. I cried for so many fo the characters. I actually feel like I understood their pain in some instances. I have always believed that even a small thing that you do can cause a chain reaction but the way it was written in this book, not just in one circumstance but on so many different pages just made this book a delight to read. I actually could not put this book down. I READ IT IN 2 DAYS. I have never read a book by this author before but i will certainly start looking for more of them. i don't know if it was 1 writer that took the lead or if it was because it was a com bination of the two but it was a breathtaking book.

  • Connie
    2019-04-08 10:00

    I liked this book for many reasons but found it a bit unrealistic, which is why I only gave it 3 stars. It was well-written and a quick read. The narrator/protagonist was an appealing and realistic character.What I found slightly annoying about the book was the conclusion. Without giving too much away, I'll simply say that as a child of a slightly abusive parent, I can tell you that codependent spouses do not turn on a dime and suddenly make a change. And I'm a Christian who prayed often for this kind of thing. I agree whole-heartedly with the main points of the book -- that God gives us both good and bad experiences for reasons, and that we have to forgive even those who don't deserve it -- but the resolution for all of the characters was just a little too pat for my liking.

  • Laura Radniecki
    2019-04-10 11:02

    This book was bittersweet for me to read. The subject matter was tough and I felt unsettled and angry throughout the whole book. That's the nature of that topic though, and that type of reaction is what should come from terrible situations like that.I was captivated right away and could hardly put this book down. I read it in a day and a half, and stayed up late to finish it last night. I think the authors did a good job of combining the complexities of sisters, the racial issues of the times, faith, a little mystery and terrible, awful situations that are all too common even today, and braided them together in a beautiful book that left me exhausted of hopeful at the end.

  • Dominique
    2019-03-24 18:11

    Wow. I was surprised to find I did not like this story. I found the descriptions distracting as if the authors worked too hard at them. I found myself repeatedly cocking my head to the side and wondering what the descritive prhase meant or how it looked. Odd.I also felt like I basically had the jest of the story at the opening and so struggled through the story because I had a pretty good idea where it was going. I would have preferred to have seen more fore-shadowing that would entice me along in the story.Unfortunately, this will not be one of my favorite Joyce Meyer books.

  • Elaine
    2019-03-25 18:15

    (book, novel based on fact)a. This is by far the best book I’ve read in a long time. It had me crying or close to crying throughout most of it. The love that was shown to the deeply hurting main character by a woman is enough to bring even the hardest heart to tears. I think everyone that borrowed this book from me loved it. It’s a book to read in one sitting because you can’t put it down. 5 STARS

  • April
    2019-04-03 13:07

    I enjoyed this book. It was a very deep book that made me cry. It definitely teaches you about inner strength, forgiveness and never giving up. Your future is not written by your past. This book is also about accepting those who are different and not judging others. I was glad that I read this one.

  • Tillie
    2019-04-11 14:05

    Excellent book about God's grace and how one small incident can change your life forever. A story of having someone believe in the greatness inside you in spite of how you feel or what you've been told.

  • Kim Faires
    2019-04-06 15:03

    This story is based on the Author Joyce Meyer's summer when she was 13 and the events that changed her life path. Joyce Meyer is a Christian author. It was a good book although very sad with the things that happened to her. Uplifting in the end though.

  • Anna Mart
    2019-03-24 16:56

    loved it!

  • Bonnie
    2019-04-13 15:08

    Fantastic. Gave it as a gift

  • Cassidy
    2019-03-24 16:59

    This book was a really great book, I couldn't put it down! It was a bit hard to read at first, but it got a lot better as the story progressed.

  • Lia
    2019-03-29 18:02

    As a fan of Joyce Meyer, this book was a great read.

  • Kim
    2019-04-20 12:23

    Joyce Meyers first foyer into fiction should not be her last.

  • Nora St Laurent
    2019-03-23 17:01

    The 50’s; fun and care free images of girls in ponytails, poodle skirts, bobby socks and saddle shoes, and boys trained their hair into greased back duck tails, wearing rolled up t-shirt sleeves, and black leather jackets. The “Happy Days” with the Fonz; come to mind. The 50’s also had a dark side with images on TV of policemen fighting civil rights demonstrators, the challenge of integrating public schools,and racial tension. On another front scaring Americans even more Soviet Union and the US created the “H” Bomb. Many expected our world to blow up. Amongst scenes of “Happy Days” some really disturbing stuff was going on in the world Jenny Blake lived in. Until the day she bend down to pick up a penny. Her life would never be the same.“You know what I think? I think that you picking up that penny was more than part of a random chain of events. I think God was giving you a message. I think he wants you to know that he’s watching over you all the time.” Miss Shaw says to Jenny who is having a really hard time believing that one. If Miss Shaw only knew what her life was really like she wouldn’t be saying these things to her.Jenny had her doubts about the penny and about God. Things were starting to look different but how could she trust herself or anyone else for that matter? There was too much pain in her life; she couldn’t get close to anyone right now. When a thought came to Jenny. She was desperate to talk to someone or bust; maybe she could be friends with Aurelia Crockett; a negro girl at Harris School. Crazy thought she knew but somehow it seemed right. This girl would never ask to have a sleep over. A negro girl would never expect to be invited to a white girls house. This seemed like the perfect set up. Jenny wouldn’t be expected to let Aurelia get too close because of the racial situation they lived in. Her dad wouldn’t allow a friendship or anything else with Aurelia for that matter. Jenny would be able to keep her secrets safe and still have a friend. This could work . She just couldn’t let her dad find out.Jenny’s sister is obsessed with Grace Kelly the movie star of the 50’s. Because of Jenny’s love for Grace Kelly I learned a great deal about the actress in this book. How she became a big movie star, what movies she was in and how she went on to marry Prince Rainer of Monaco. Every little girls dream in that day and age was to marry a Prince. One of Jenny’s friends says “With all the talk of Grace Kelly. It sounds like your sister Jean wants to life someone else’s life instead of her own.” How true that was. If only Jenny could do that too.At age 14; Jenny finds the courage to stand up for things she really believes in . She steps out to do the right thing, counting the cost, no matter how scary things got. Jenny knew deep inside herself she was not alone. I remember doing that in my life as well and things were never the same. This book is definitely a story of hope, courage, and God’s redeeming love for us. It’s about the process and courage of giving God control over our lives. Giving control to no one else but Him. That’s when our world changes forever. It did for me. You will discover in this book as Jenny did it’s all about the little things in life that really matter. You’ll learn like she did how to smell the flowers and see with new eyes the beauty around you every day.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”Nora St.LaurentThe Book Club Network www.bookfun.orgThe Book Club Network blog Book Fun Magazine

  • RJ McGill
    2019-04-07 12:19

    How many times have you walked past a penny on the ground without so much as a second thought? Jenny Blake did just that, and then for some unexplainable reason, turned, ran back and retrieved the penny from the hot asphalt. At the tender age of 14 Jenny had no way of knowing the significance of her actions on that blistering summer day in 1955. The Blake family lived in St. Louis, which during the 50’s and early 60’s was a hotbed of racial tension. So when Jenny, a white girl, befriends Aurelia, a black girl recently integrated into the same school, she must keep the friendship a secret. Although Aurelia’s family welcomes Jenny into both their home and church, the same acceptance could not be found within the Blake household. Jenny’s father in an abusive, horrible man, that mistreats his daughters in every conceivable way. Working for Miss Shaw, the local jeweler, Jenny begins to see Christianity at work, in small ways that others barely notice. Yet, no matter how hard she prays, her fathers abuse continues and she struggles to understand why God seems to be ignoring her pain. With Miss Shaw’s guidance, and Aurelia’s unwavering friendship she continues building her faith, one step at a time. Little by little God’s truth is revealed to her…..”God doesn’t always make something go away because we pray, He often gives us the strength to stand up to it.” And that knowledge changes her life and that of those around her.The authors indelible ability to recognize the miraculous wonders of God, even the smallest of details, is but one of the many things that makes “The Penny” a beautifully moving reading experience. Despite your religious convictions, this is a wonderful story where the authors reveal their inspirations subtly and slowly, never preachy, over-bearing or offensive, “The Penny” is much like the soft-spoken, loving direction one receives from a beloved parent. There’s something for everyone in this heart-felt, inspirational story. The narration is exceptionally well delivered, adding depth and conviction to the reading experience. I highly recommend this novel to any reader that simply enjoys a strong, powerful story. (Just make sure you don’t start listening (or reading) until you have several hours of free time… you will not want to put it down.)Happy Reading!

  • Jenny
    2019-04-03 12:21

    I give this book 4.5 stars. It's not the most well-written book I've ever read, although it is well-written, but it's a book that I will remember for a long time. The characters are strong and well-developed, and although the plot moves slowly and isn't necessarily riveting, it kept me interested for over 200 pages, wanting to know what came next for Jenny, Jean, Aurelia, and Miss Shaw. The "mystery" of Miss Shaw, the jewelry shop owner, is a nice touch. I like that Meyer and Bedford incorporated cultural history into the novel (Grace Kelly's marriage to Prince Rainier and the race issues of the 1950s and 1960s). The authors handled the relationship between Jenny and Jean and their father with delicacy and respect, never being crude or unnecessarily specific. My favorite aspect of the book is the theme, the way the authors develop the idea of God's love and grace existing in our everyday lives through the subtle and individualized messages that He sends us. While the book is inspirational, the message is never trite or overdone. For Jenny, God's love and purpose are revealed through a penny that she finds in an extraordinary manner. For other characters, the message is more difficult to learn or much easier. But like the pennies that the characters pass around, the message itself spreads throughout the novel, reminding the reader as Jenny herself remembers it.I'm already a Christian and blessed to know God's love, forgiveness, and grace, but for those who aren't, this book is a great introduction and explanation of their power in everyone's lives. I recommend this book to anyone suffering physically, mentally, and emotionally, to anyone who is unable to forgive, who feels powerless and unworthy, and who wishes there was someone out there they could speak to or that cared about them.

  • Ellen
    2019-03-22 14:06

    In 1950's St. Louis 14-year-old Jenny Blake has known little but fear her entire short life. Her abusive father rules Jenny, older sister Jean and their mother with a literal fist of iron. Jenny fears her father's rage and even more she fears the visits he makes to her room at night but she also feels despair as her mother turns away from what is happening and says nothing. While headed to the movies with Jean one afternoon Jenny spots a penny on the sidewalk and when she stops to pick it up she inadvertantly stops a robbery at Shaw's Jewelry Store. The grateful Miss Opal Shaw offers Jenny a job in her store but in time she offers Jenny so much more. Jenny and Miss Shaw share dark secrets and painful memories which helps them both to begin to heal.Jenny also befriends Aurelia, a black girl who attends their 'integrated' middle school (although the black children are relegated to portable buildings outside of the brick schoolhouse, and Aurelia's loving family who readily accept Jenny into their lives and their church. Unfortunately for Jenny this is just one more reason for her father to beat her as he feels that she has shamed him in the eyes of the town. Jenny begins to see every penny as a promise from God that he will always protect her and love her and she spreads her message of faith by giving pennies to those she feels need God's help.Jenny is a great character as are Miss Shaw and Aurelia but Jenny's father and mother are just horrible, horrible people. I suppose it happens outside of books that some mothers stand by while sickening abuse of her children happens right under her nose but I can't even begin to imagine how that could be. Yes, I understand that she is a victim as well, but I honestly don't get it. Other than that the story was a fairly good one but the penny metaphor started to wear thin after awhile.

  • Carla
    2019-03-22 16:17

    oh my gosh! this book far exceeded my expectations. this is the first fictional book that i have read by this author and it did not disappoint. what i am taking away from this book is to not overlook what appear to be the small, insignificant things that i come across in my path, because they just might very well be the things that God chooses to use in my life to not just change me and my life, but also to be a blessing to others.some of my favorite quotes from this book are:"God's willing to show you your own heart if you want to see it. God's willing to take hold of what's there and fix you up when you're ready. Every trek starts with putting one foot in front of the other, just one stride at a time." pg. 193"Reaching out to hurting people even in small ways helps to heal our own hurts." p. 204"Sometimes confronting somebody is the only way to overcome fear." p.231"God doesn't always make something go away because we pray. When we pray, he often gives us the strength to stand up to it." p.231"God puts his love right in the middle of your path. He drops it right there to catch your eye, to show that he can change your life if you'll just let him." p.243by no means is this a "preachy, Jesus" book or story. it's a great illustration of how, if we're willing, God can and will get our attention and take the ashes of our lives and turn them into something beautiful, amazing and useful. i think this might actually be a book that i will re-read again and again. it's timeless and just touches your heart.

  • Jessie Weaver
    2019-04-12 14:15

    Jenny Blake has never known anything but push - her father, pushing her and her sister Jean around. Pushing friends away. Never letting anyone get close, for fear they might encounter her father's wrath. And then she finds the penny.It is the mid-1950s in St. Louis. While waiting in line at the Fox Theater to see a Grace Kelley film, Jenny sees a penny in the street. Something tells her to go and pick it up, and with that a string of events begins, so peculiar than even Jenny knows it must be fate. Along with free movie tickets and a job that comes forth from that eventful day, Jenny also starts to gain a sense of faith that is only perpetuated by her strange friendship with Aurelia, a black student at her school.So many issues arise from this novel that it seems made for the big screen. Sexual, physical, and verbal abuse; civil rights in the 50s; and Christian themes all fight to be the center of attention in the novel. Throughout the majority of it, I felt somewhat confused by all of the issues and cared less about Jenny than about their resolution. By the end, however, the characters of Jenny, Aurelia, and Jenny's benefactor Miss Shaw had started to cling to my heart and make a home there. I was sad to see the story end.