Angels in the Landfill (Mixed Blessings and Saving Graces)
by C Carlynn
||August 4, 2009
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a compilation of essays sutured together with the golden threads of hope and faith. Many are amusing and anecdotal, while others crawl around the rough edges of the philosophical and theological realms. The author addresses how dogmatism can club others with its 'singular truths' and how in contrast, Jesus was toward all he met. It will make you LOL and perhaps too, but in the end leave you profoundly hope-full!
Angels in the Landfill is for anyone who loves children, dogs, horses, gardening, fishing, issues facing women today, wildlife and /or environmental stewardship. and laughter.These short stories are echoes of the author's life experiences - from sorrowful and contemplative to deliriously delightful - and in the end, you'll bask in the unflinching love of the God who catches every sparrow that falls from the sky, and catches every single tear we cry. It's a book for everyone: those searching for answers and truth in this broken world, as well as those who who are on the journey toward grace and mercy, and just want to laugh at the antics of dogs, horses, cats, wildlife (including children!) and life in general.
My life had splintered like kindling and I was trying to organize it into a semblance of recognition or sanity. It was the summer of 2001, but I’d been so numb with grief and grasping for a new ‘normal’ that I could barely remember the day or month. Time sped by like billboards on the autobahn, torn snapshots of a former life carelessly strewn about. My daughter had been recently murdered and the last vestiges of my marriage died with her. The former had slam-dunked me to the ground in anguish; the latter was an inevitable conclusion to the avalanche of events.
My then-husband had just siphoned off the last of our money and I was literally losing the farm to the bank and to my pastor-neighbor who had always coveted my forty acres (sans mule) and was suing me for the land. Adding salt to that serrated wound, this neighbor had informed me that my daughter may not be in heaven since she hadn’t, in his opinion, been ‘born again.’ A line from a Rick Elias song leapt to mind: ‘please get your faith out of my chest’ (Elias 1991), but I was too stunned to speak and devastated by this possibility. His words did
irreparable damage to my slivered heart and I spent many terrified hours
begging God to give me a sign that He held my sweet child. I wanted to query this pastor: how do you presume to speak for God? Furthermore, why would you voice these thoughts to a mother already reeling with sorrow??
But deep in the places where fear resides, I wondered: could it be true
that my child was damned for all eternity?
Tim Perry, author of Blessed Is She; Living Lent With Mary
Very few of us have walked the tragic road that Carlynn has...perhaps even fewer have come through it with the confidence and grace that underwrite this book and shine. Hers is a testimony not only to the goodness of God, but also to the quiet voice of God who speaks in teh most remarkable ways.
- Tim Perry (Morehouse Press/Continuum)
Nancy Demos, technical reader/writer
I LOVE this book! I keep it with me all the time. I never let it out of my sight; it contains eternal truths, and a message everyone needs to hear.
Review by Cindy Bauer/ Cindy Bauer Books
Though described as a collection of essays, I felt while reading this truly inspirational book that it is more along the lines of a memoir.
Through the well-written chapters, the reader is taken along for the journey the author has endured. It's a collection of memories and passions deeply felt by and/or experienced by the author.
Carlynn has been through so much in life already. Most of us will, in our lifetimes, experience only a small dose of what this author has and yet, each page, each story, reveals the uplifting soul of the heart behind the words.
Through sadness, joy, and a passion for the gifts the Lord has bestowed upon us, the author sheds light on the many areas of life we normally might walk by, unnoticed by the naked eye, and though not unscathed, she has miraculously risen above it all--triumphant with an even deeper faith.
I found this to be a truly inspirational and informative read, where not only are we shown the troubled life of the author, but a deeper, more passionate side of her insight into the wonders of the world, blessings given to us, and everything about the author which makes up her uniqueness.
I'd highly recommend this book, no matter the reader's preference, as it touches on so many areas of interest, tugging at our heartstrings, instilling a deeper faith, a broader vision and a defining realism and perspective.
reviewed by: Cindy BauerThe Memory Box Trilogy (Chasing Memories, Shades of Blue and Crystal Clear)
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