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Signs and Wonders (Annie Grace adventures Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Alex Adena
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Annie Grace grew up as the daughter of a faith healing crusader who told her she could perform miracles. But 25 years later, after she has inherited her late father's ministry, Annie's only remaining conviction is that she is a fraud -- a fear she must face when the district attorney confronts her about the ministry's past. As a pesky television reporter hounds her and a U.S. senator subpoenas her to testify before Congress, Annie is forced to reveal the truth to herself and to the world. When she does, mysterious things begin to happen. What is the meaning of these signs and wonders?


About the Annie Grace books: "Signs and Wonders" is novella and "Finding Grace" is a novel that picks up six months later. The ebook of  "Signs and Wonders" contains the first chapter of "Finding Grace" so you can decide if you want to continue the journey with Annie. The series, though, is written in a way that you can start at any point in the series and enjoy it. Each book is a single adventure.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1330 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 119 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1466219688
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : Alex Adena (1 août 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005FFTMTU
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Entertaining and thought provoking 30 octobre 2011
Format:Format Kindle
Signs and Wonders by Alex Adena is a fascinating book. Annie Grace is a fraudulent faith healer, although when she was a young child, she once performed a miraculous healing. Her father, Daddy, exploited this and became a very rich man through healing roadshows.
Annie feels like a fraud. A ghost from the past rears its head - Annie faces prosecution for her part in a little girl's death five years before. Two of her employees turn against her. A client secretly taperecords her making tactless remarks. It seems everyone is trying to bring Annie down. But when it looks like things can't get any worse, her amazing powers return. The question is, will Annie use them for good this time?
The characters in the story are all rounded and believable. The book is very well written. It's hard to put down. And events most certainly don't follow a predictable path.
But there's more to Signs and Wonders than the story of Annie. As the author says, he wrote it 'for everyone who has felt pre-defined by their upbringing and family expectations'. This comes across strongly in the book. Can we change as we grow up, or are we cast in permanent roles as children by the adults around us, whether rightly or wrongly? Should we try and make other people change?
Brilliant book, hugely entertaining and very thought provoking. A definite must-read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Entertaining and thought provoking 19 septembre 2011
Par S. J. Dagg - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Signs and Wonders by Alex Adena is a fascinating book. Annie Grace is a fraudulent faith healer, although when she was a little girl, she once performed a miraculous healing. Her father, Daddy, exploited this and became a very rich man through healing roadshows.
Annie feels like a fraud. A ghost from the past rears its head - Annie faces prosecution for her part in a little girl's death five years before. Two of her employees turn against her. A client secretly taperecords her making tactless remarks. It seems everyone is trying to bring Annie down. But when it seems things can't get any worse, her amazing powers return. The question is, will Annie use them for good this time?
The characters in the story are all rounded and believable. The book is very well written. It's hard to put down. And events most certainly don't follow a predictable path.
But there's more to Signs and Wonders than the story of Annie. As the author says, he wrote it "for everyone who has felt pre-defined by their upbringing and family expectations". This comes across strongly in the book. Can we change as we grow up, or are we cast in permanent roles as children by the adults around us, whether rightly or wrongly? Should we try and make other people change?
Brilliant book, hugely entertaining and very thought provoking. A definite must-read.
Alex Adena has an excellent website here [...]
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 IRREVERENT, CLICHED, AND SPIRITUALLY IGNORANT 9 juillet 2012
Par S. K. Norman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Unlike many who have read Alex Adena's novella SIGNS & WONDERS, I was extremely dissatisfied with the book. Reading the brief book description before purchase, I thought it could be a good cautionary tale about blindly following faith healers, which in itself is a good lesson in spiritual discernment. However, the book ends up being about the chief protagonist, Miss Annie's, crisis of faith in blindly following her errant father's means of bilking the ministry's blind followers simply because that was how she was raised. Again, that's also not a bad lesson to learn.

However, my complaint with the book is that the author seems to be writing from preconceived notions, personal prejudices, and religious ignorance rather than attempting to convey a thought-provoking work that has substance or meaning for anyone with true crisis of faith. Chances are very good that the bulk of the faith healing ministries were BEGAN with right intent. However, along the way, with the growth, glitz and glamour, the minister starts losing focus and gets hooked by the greed and the money. So I have a hard time accepting the premise that Miss Annie's father started out with a ministry business plan to bilk and deceive. Nevertheless, I could have accepted that part of the story, if the remainder of the story had retained any authenticity. But it didn't. Adena didn't bother to research Branch Davidian and Catholic themes enough to have a story with accuracy (see Amazon Review titled NOT TOO BAD for detailed examples). He also had Miss Annie embrace almost every single Christian taboo i.e., drinking, sexual promiscuity, greed, deception, lack of modesty, etc. without absolutely no remorse or sin consciousness--which is not remotely believable for even the most apathetic of Christians. This once again demonstrates that the author didn't bother to understand the heart and mind of a Christian either. So why's he writing about religious and spiritual issues he has an uninformed grasp of in the first place?!?

The book then ends with Miss Annie experiencing a change of consciousness and seeing the error of her ways (so far so good), starting to use her healing gift anonymously for good (okay...still with you), and becoming personally accountable by admitting her guilt and serving her prison time (ve-ry good). Yet on her way to turning herself in to the authorities, Annie performs what can only be presumed to be a personal baptism of sorts ...in a lake along the side the highway ...naked as a blue jay ...with her faithful, embarrassed male employee on shore with a rope to haul her back out of the water. (Huh?!?) The storyline went over the top ludicrous for me at that moment, and there was no further hope of redemption for the book in my eyes.

At the end of it all, I was simply left terribly confused and annoyed. No where in the book is the reader made privy to a true inner struggle with issues of faith and Christianity. It was only AFTER I finished the book and found an author's note somewhere that implied Miss Annie leaves Christianity as well as the healing ministry--thereby throwing out the proverbial baby with the bath water--that I finally understood the story's ending and why it sounded new age spiritual from beginning to end and totally void of any real connection with Christian beliefs.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Facinating glimpse into faith and the South 19 août 2011
Par S. Asawa - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I was quite impressed with this novella. The author has a keen insight into sometimes fake world of "faith healers" and managed to spin a fascinating tale around this setting. Personally I have no experience with Southern Baptist culture nor the regional idiosyncrasies of the South, but after reading this story, I felt like I had been given a glimpse into a whole new world. The protagonist of the story, Annie Grace, was a likable character, despite the fact that she was living a flashy charlatan lifestyle. This story had the right blend of mystery, Southern charm and real miracles to keep me reading until the end.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thought provoking 2 août 2011
Par cyn - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Alex Adena brings the reader into the life of Annie Grace. She is a healer and her father was an evangelist. Annie traveled with her father as he preached to congregations everywhere from the time she was a very little girl until her father's death. His dying wish was for her to continue the ministry.

Not only does Annie face the crowds who love her dearly, but faces those close to her that wish to take advantage of her. Mr. Adena approaches this issue without being "preachy" and has the reader thinking about their own lives.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Too Bad! 7 avril 2012
Par Padrina - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is generally a good, little book about personal redemption. The Kindle version seemed well-formatted, too, thankfully. I did have some "issues," though:

1. I found it a little hard to believe that the David Koresh-type religious group which figures briefly in the book had "first communion," as is implied.

2. During a Catholic Mass in a small town in northern Mexico, the priest reads from the "Book of Corinthians." WHICH book of Corinthians, First or Second? Even Catholic Bibles have TWO books of Corinthians! Also, the narrative implied that Father Garcia decided on his own just that morning what Scripture to read. This is not likely; there is a "lectionary" that is usually followed, in which specific Scripture readings are systematically assigned for each day. There is a little leeway for special occasions, but this does not seem to be one.

3. This Mass is violently interrupted by drug cartel thugs, and a little girl is wounded. Father Garcia is trying to help her, when Miss Annie "pushes his hands away" to impose her own in their place on the bullet wound. This, too, is unlikely; Father Garcia would have Anointed the child immediately while waiting for the paramedics. Annie might have put pressure on the wound so he could do that, or she might have held the girl's hand and prayed. (We see in a later scene that simply holding someone's hand is sufficient.)

There were other minor points, but nothing terrible, there, either.
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