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    Free Unlimited eBook alone, and before long they are affecting everything else her marriage, her husband, the things they thought they agreed on, the beliefs they thought they shared Soon Frank, who was to be Maddie s rock throughout her treatment, is finding fault lines of his own In this exquisitely written narrative, Stevenson explores the questions of honesty and commitment, of disease and isolation, and of the many shapes healing takes."/>
  • Paperback
  • 310 pages
  • Healing Maddie Brees
  • Rebecca Brewster Stevenson
  • English
  • 13 May 2018
  • 1611531748

10 thoughts on “Healing Maddie Brees

  1. Beth Beth says:

    I heartily agree with Mairead Hearne in the above review This novel, like all good novels, makes you think It gives rise to conversation long after the first reading is finished, as you mull over the ideas of faith, healing, grace and marriage It also compels you to consider how memory of these things affects your present view of them Combine this quality with well rounded characters and precise and flowing prose and you have a great first novel from the author Well worth the read.


  2. Aisling Aisling says:

    I don t read Christian fiction or even religious fiction on purpose I don t mind it, but I don t seek it out My few experiences have always left me uninspired or even bored and I admit I believed there was a white washed sort of feeling to them no sex, no swearing etc which put them in the same category as YA fiction to me Apparently I was wrong This book was in no way bland I would say the author and the book are much closer to five stars than four but I was a little disappointed in the I don t read Christian fiction or even religious fiction on purpose I don t mind it, but I don t seek it out My few experiences have always left me uninspired or even bored and I admit I believed there was a white washed sort of feeling to them no sex, no swearing etc which put them in the same category as YA fiction to me Apparently I was wrong This book was in no way bland I would say the author and the book are much closer to five stars than four but I was a little disappointed in the ending too much thrown in Where the majority of the book is wonderful in description and plot, the ending seemed rushed and not as thoughtful BUT I still highly recommend this book to anyone who likes Christian fiction or even just plain fiction This book exposed me to a branch of Christianity I knew nothing about The Holiness branch of Methodists, part of the Evangelical denomination.It was fascinating to read Stevenson also handles relationships, illness, and the element of mystery supremely well She also insistently makes the reader consider some very interesting questions about faith She is a terrific writer and I will absolutely readby her I won this book through Goodreads giveaways, this is my honest opinion


  3. Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com) Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com) says:

    Healing Maddie Brees is the debut novel from Rebecca Brewster Stevenson It is published by Light Messages Publishing and is due for release September 2016 I received my ARC from NetGalley in return for an honest review.A truly unique novel, Healing Maddie Brees is not quite what I had expected It is the story of one woman s fight to survive using every bit of both mental physical strength that she has What surprised me so much about this book was the the very heavy referencing to the churc Healing Maddie Brees is the debut novel from Rebecca Brewster Stevenson It is published by Light Messages Publishing and is due for release September 2016 I received my ARC from NetGalley in return for an honest review.A truly unique novel, Healing Maddie Brees is not quite what I had expected It is the story of one woman s fight to survive using every bit of both mental physical strength that she has What surprised me so much about this book was the the very heavy referencing to the church and to God I have never read a novel that was so influenced by religion.Maddie was reared in a family that held it s faith very strongly She was lead to believe that the way of her church, Bethel Hills Church of Holiness, was the only way to live one s life Sin was not tolerated in any way This way of life absorbed a lot of Maddie s time growing up, attending numerous religious services every week It is where she developed her close friendship with Justine and it is where she first encountered Vincent Elander.Vincent Elander is a memory from Maddie s past She is now married to Frank with three children Their life is as she expected, until the day she discovers a lump in her breast Her life changes beyond recognition as she attempts to overcome the shock of the news Frank is at her side every step of the way but their relationship moves on to a different level Maddie goes through the motions of the cancer treatment but old memories start to surface She recalls her relationship with Vincent when she was a teenager and of her witnessing, of what she perceived, to be miracles Now that she herself is ill, she wonders what if Frank too, begins to think of Vincent Up to this point Vincent s healing ways had been stuff of dinner party banter, a story to tell Now he too wonders..what if Maddie tries to process what happened when she was younger and is not so sure of the reality of it Her frustration at the time with Vincent s attitude toward his healing hands is very evident, as is her changing beliefs in God, in religion.Maddie Frank reach a crossroads in their lives As much as Frank wants to be part of the journey with her, Maddie realises that it just can t be so She no longer sees her body in a sensual way Her body has been prodded poked, exposed for all to see in the medical environment.It is as though they are both on different sides of the fence Frank begins to feel isolated from Maddie which stirs up long forgotten memories of his past loves He remembers with an uncomfortable pleasure, Francesca, the girl who broke his heart in college Frank begins his own journey of discovery, independently of Maddie.Throughout the novel, we are constantly drawn back to the religious upbringing of both Frank and Maddie Frank is a Catholic and rediscovers his religion after college where he makes a very close friendship with the local priest Tim Maddie, on the other hand, distances herself from her own strict Church and joins Frank, raising her children within the teachings of Catholicism Both of them now question their faith and find it is tested throughout Maddie s fight with cancer.I have to admit, when reading Healing Maddie Brees, I did find some of the religious overtones in the book a bit heavy for me In saying that it is a book that evokes thought discussion It has challenged me in how to rate it I have been back forth to Goodreads changing my rating from a 4 to a 3 and back again.That s why I eventually decided on 4 It has caused me to think and isn t that what all novels hope to achieve Please read it yourself when it becomes available and see what you think.I would love to hear your views.Til next time.Mair adxx


  4. Cindy Cindy says:

    This is a beautifully written story The characters are real people, experiencing real life and dealing with their past, present and future as best they can Especially Maddie s memories of her teen years feel so true Wow What a pleasure to read this remarkable story in such elegant language.


  5. Marnie Ginsberg Marnie Ginsberg says:

    From myreview Healing Maddie Brees is an unexpected feat that I thoroughly enjoyed and has me still mulling over days later It s a book I d like to discuss with a friend On the surface, it s about a 38 year old wife and mom to 3 boys who gets cancer The illness draws back to the surface buried memories of her high school boyfriend, Vincent, who miraculously healed people As the main character Maddie recallsandof her 16 year old self first discovering love Vincent take From myreview Healing Maddie Brees is an unexpected feat that I thoroughly enjoyed and has me still mulling over days later It s a book I d like to discuss with a friend On the surface, it s about a 38 year old wife and mom to 3 boys who gets cancer The illness draws back to the surface buried memories of her high school boyfriend, Vincent, who miraculously healed people As the main character Maddie recallsandof her 16 year old self first discovering love Vincent takes on a mythic role, reminiscent of Phineas in A Separate Peace The author expertly weaves high school memory true and, perhaps , untrue with the contemporary unraveling of a life via cancer As a plot girl, I just had to know, Who IS this Vincent What is his power And yet, there sto the novel Stevenson catches you off guard by the stunning confluence of foreshadowed mysteries, perpetual theological knots, oh, and, yeah, teenage angst How could a writer compel me forward with the intriguing plot while still stirring such ponderings on God and suffering, first loves, and the American church Such is what I want from a great work of fiction to sense that the author is peeling backabout the truth of humanity, our weakness and our bravado Many books amuse only few provoke Healing Maddie Brees is decidedly a provocative work that entrances with both unfolding mysteries and unanticipated meditations on suffering, memory, sexuality, God, marriage, church culture, and friendship An unforgettable read


  6. Deborah Hining Deborah Hining says:

    Rebecca Stevenson s debut novel, Healing Maddie Brees, is a stunning work, both deep and lofty There are several themes to the story, all related and intertwined With a sense of wonder, the book explores the deep connection between the corporal and the spiritual Life dwells in the flesh and radiates inward to the spirit the life of the spirit affects the health of the body Physical intimacy changes the heart, just as ingestion of the Host changes the spirit, and the crucifixion of Christ s Rebecca Stevenson s debut novel, Healing Maddie Brees, is a stunning work, both deep and lofty There are several themes to the story, all related and intertwined With a sense of wonder, the book explores the deep connection between the corporal and the spiritual Life dwells in the flesh and radiates inward to the spirit the life of the spirit affects the health of the body Physical intimacy changes the heart, just as ingestion of the Host changes the spirit, and the crucifixion of Christ s body changes our state of salvation The bond between spirit and flesh is so unyielding that one becomes a reflection of, and perhaps a continuation of the other Our yearning for life is nothingthan our yearning for God, our yearning for intimacy with another is really a yearning for the spirit to be completed One reoccurring refrain within the pages is that Everybody just wants God, although we chase after the merely ephemeral freedom from bodily pain, escape from bodily death Everyone wants atonement, perfect intimacy with God, but seeks it as at one ment with another human Within the context of the flesh spirit parallel, Stevenson points out that sex is, in a real sense as well as a metaphysical one, a kind of communion, irrevocably connecting one human to another for all time The repercussions, for good or ill can never really be outlived.The Healing of Maddie Brees is beautiful, honest and hard, sometimes painfully so as it explores how sin or guilt invades and grows, cutting off life, miracles, healing, how the sin of one person ripples out with devastating effects on others, and then others still Maddie s tumor, how it affects her, her family, her loved ones, her community, is an apt metaphor for the wages of sin it eats the very body that feeds it, affecting ever expanding circles beyond a single person, a single body Slowly, Stevenson peels away carefully constructed layers of conventional thought, human defenses, small bits of armor, half held beliefs, and ultimately reveals truths about what is to be found within the deepest recesses of a flawed, hurting heart How deftly Stevenson plumbs closely held secrets and brings them to light is astonishing, and in a way, almost embarrassing, as if the reader becomes an unwitting voyeur, watching a soul in all its pitiful vulnerability, stripped bare, reduced to helpless surrender And yet, in no way is this book depressing or particularly preachy It is not about religion It is about the needs of the human soul While it provokes us to delve deep into ideas that may be uncomfortable or seemingly erudite, it ultimately ends with the triumph of life, the glory of the spirit, the healing to be found in human love By the end, we are satisfied, not necessarily in the happiness of all the characters, but in the sure knowledge that healing always comes it s just a matter of when


  7. Margaret Margaret says:

    When Maddie is diagnosed with breast cancer and begins treatment she reflects back to her life and a past she would just as soon not revisit Recalling her experiences with organized religion and her friendship with Vincent and Justice took up much of this story Frank also goes back in time as he struggles while trying to support his wife through this difficult time.This was very much a tell book, with both Maddie and Frank recalling their life Usually I am not a big fan, I like the show p When Maddie is diagnosed with breast cancer and begins treatment she reflects back to her life and a past she would just as soon not revisit Recalling her experiences with organized religion and her friendship with Vincent and Justice took up much of this story Frank also goes back in time as he struggles while trying to support his wife through this difficult time.This was very much a tell book, with both Maddie and Frank recalling their life Usually I am not a big fan, I like the show part of any story, where you can connect and really get to know the characters With Healing Maddie Brees it did really work, I was able feel the emotion this story invoked While I found the writing style mesmerizing and at first hard to down I did find it to be a little repetitive a number of times and drag a little here and there When I first starting this book I thought it was Christian fiction, but as it progressed and finished, it is a fiction book with strong religious elements.Saving Maddie Brees is a solid debut for Rebecca Brewster Stevenson, my thanks to the publisher for an advanced copy for review purposes


  8. Emily Emily says:

    I had the privilege of reading a Review copy of this book First of all, the writing was lovely though I devoured the book because I was so eager to find out what would happen, I was aware of perfect sentences, evocative and beautiful descriptive passages, and wonderful words The main characters were interesting and believable, and the way that the events unfolded was convincing Themes of faith, healing, desire, and the nature of God were thoughtful and thought provoking This will be an exc I had the privilege of reading a Review copy of this book First of all, the writing was lovely though I devoured the book because I was so eager to find out what would happen, I was aware of perfect sentences, evocative and beautiful descriptive passages, and wonderful words The main characters were interesting and believable, and the way that the events unfolded was convincing Themes of faith, healing, desire, and the nature of God were thoughtful and thought provoking This will be an excellent book discussion book I could say , but you ll just have to read it for yourself Highly recommended


  9. Sheila Garry Sheila Garry says:

    This book deals with religious beliefs,cancer, relationships both in and out of marriage, trust and faith It was a good story, centering on a woman s diagnosis of cancer and how she deals with it One of the things I took away from the book is how someone with cancer can feel so isolated and shocked that they withdraw into themselves to try and process their feelings of mortality and frailty This can leave loved ones feeling shut out and pushed away Of course it s not intentional, but opening This book deals with religious beliefs,cancer, relationships both in and out of marriage, trust and faith It was a good story, centering on a woman s diagnosis of cancer and how she deals with it One of the things I took away from the book is how someone with cancer can feel so isolated and shocked that they withdraw into themselves to try and process their feelings of mortality and frailty This can leave loved ones feeling shut out and pushed away Of course it s not intentional, but opening oneself up to the love of others can be so helpful in the day to day living Dark subject matter and too much emphasis on the religious question of why God let s bad things happen to people leads me to give this 3.5 stars I felt compelled to read it as it hits close to home with friends and family


  10. Pamela Crane Pamela Crane says:

    It s a reckoning moment the day you find a lump The C word, cancer With addictively grueling detail the narrative pulls us into Maddie s diagnosis and discoverybutso a self discovery The story flashes back and forth in time, shedding glimpses of Maddie s first boyfriend, who stumbles upon a suspected gift of healing Can he heal Maddie now, twenty years and a cancer diagnosis later Maddie s husband yearns to find out Butthan her physical healing is the looming question of It s a reckoning moment the day you find a lump The C word, cancer With addictively grueling detail the narrative pulls us into Maddie s diagnosis and discoverybutso a self discovery The story flashes back and forth in time, shedding glimpses of Maddie s first boyfriend, who stumbles upon a suspected gift of healing Can he heal Maddie now, twenty years and a cancer diagnosis later Maddie s husband yearns to find out Butthan her physical healing is the looming question of her emotional scarring Did she ever really get over her old flame With poetic prose the author brings the scenes to life, upping the ante of gorgeous, meaningful writing Meanwhile, the toll her journey takes on her marriage drags her husband into dark waters that he can t easily tread The story unburies her past, erupts her present, and gives hope for ahonest future where pain may leave jagged scars but true healing comes from within A must read slowly unraveling tale that you ll savor until the last word


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Healing Maddie Brees[BOOKS] ✭ Healing Maddie Brees By Rebecca Brewster Stevenson – Thomashillier.co.uk A debut novel from a promising new voice in fiction, Healing Maddie Brees is the story of a marriage and the memories that pit themselves against it, of the uncanny power of the body in both disease a A debut novel from a promising new voice in fiction, Healing Maddie Brees is the story of a marriage and the memories that pit themselves against it, of the uncanny power of the body in both disease and desire, and of whether true healing ever really happensMaddie Brees has been given bad news She is seriously ill But she also has an old friend, an ex boyfriend who might be able to heal her She was witness to Vincent Elander s so called miracles in the past But that was a long time Healing Maddie PDF or ago, a memory that she would rather stay buriedNow she is happily married to Frank and mother of their three young boys The religion of her past is behind her, along with any confidence she once had in it With the onset of her cancer, the memories of Vincent won t leave Maddie alone, and before long they are affecting everything else her marriage, her husband, the things they thought they agreed on, the beliefs they thought they shared Soon Frank, who was to be Maddie s rock throughout her treatment, is finding fault lines of his own In this exquisitely written narrative, Stevenson explores the questions of honesty and commitment, of disease and isolation, and of the many shapes healing takes.


About the Author: Rebecca Brewster Stevenson

To connect with Rebecca, visit her at rebeccabrewsterstevenson or follow her on Instagram rebeccabrewsterstevenson Follow her here on GoodreadsRebecca Brewster Stevenson is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania She has a master s degree from Duke University and has lived in Durham, North Carolina for over years with her husband and three childrenBefore dedicating herself to writing full time, Rebecca worked with Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill to develop the curriculum for their humanities department she also worked as an English teacher at public and private middle and high schools in Healing Maddie PDF or Durham and PittsburghRebecca s debut novel Healing Maddie Brees was published in to literary acclaim Wait Thoughts and Practice in Waiting on God is her nonfiction debut and will be released June Her beautifully crafted personal essays on her blog Small Hours have earned her a strong audience of readers who enjoy her explorations of themes relating to family, marriage, faith, writing, language, literature, and film Rebecca Brewster Stevenson s writing is consistently powerful, complex, honest, and hopeful Andy Crouch, author, Culture Making and The Tech Wise Family Rebecca s writing has also been called exquisite Stephen Chbosky , thought provoking Barbara Claypole White , and gorgeous Kirkus Reviews.