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The Rapture of Canaan por Sheri Reynolds
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The Rapture of Canaan (edición 1997)

por Sheri Reynolds

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At the Church of Fire and Brimstone and God's Almighty Baptizing Wind, Grandpa Herman makes the rules for everyone, and everyone obeys, or else. Try as she might, Ninah hasn't succeeded in resisting temptation -- her prayer partner, James -- and finds herself pregnant. She fears the wrath of Grandpa Herman, the congregation and of God Himself. But the events that follow show Ninah that God's ways are more mysterious than even Grandpa Herman understands ...… (más)
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Título:The Rapture of Canaan
Autores:Sheri Reynolds
Info:Amazon Remainders Account (1997), Paperback, 336 pages
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I was skeptical about reading this book because I thought it would have a strong religious bent, but found that once I started it, I simply couldn't put it down. . . Ninah belongs to the Church of Fire and Brimstone and God's Almighty Baptizing Wind- invented by her grandfather who gathered his family members, their spouses, offspring and cousins as his followers. There's about eighty people in the congregation and they live together on a communal farm. (They raise tobacco as a cash crop and the leader divides the profits among the members, but seems to keep most for himself). In this group, strict obedience is required, it seems like any kind of pleasure is forbidden, and harsh punishments are meted out. Infractions such as talking back to elders, drinking alcohol, or women cutting their hair are met with punishments like wearing barbed wire under your shirt, sleeping on nettles and thorns in the bed, having to lie in a freshly-dug open grave all night, or being locked in the cellar for weeks. The followers are taught that they must be pious, constantly pray and wait for the rapture when the righteous will be lifted up to heaven. They speak in tongues during some wild-sounding church meetings, really unlike anything I've read about before. It was something to see- how the author wrote this character made me finally comprehend (a little bit) how a person could get caught up in that kind of belief system.

Ninah isn't sure she believes, though. She's afraid of the punishments and wants to feel close to God but also questions some things and finds herself growing attracted to James, her prayer partner. She's allowed to have private prayer sessions with James because the older folks see them as making a good match someday, and counsel the young people to seek out their hearts in prayer together. This goes in another direction, when Ninah and James convince themselves that their growing feelings for each other are a manifestation of God's love, so thus it can't be a sin when they express those feelings. Ninah ends up pregnant. The community does not react positively, to say the least. What follows is not at all what I expected, and I was gripped to the last page to find out what would happen to Ninah and the baby. Some parts of this story made me scratch my head, or roll my eyes- it's really weird in a few parts- and I wasn't too taken by the weaving metaphor- but the voice is lively, and the story compelling, of this young girl trying to find her way and lift her voice above all the strictures she lives with. (Especially as she sees how other kids are different, because she attends public school). The ending felt rather abrupt, but not enough to make me actively dislike the book. I would have liked to know more about how things worked out, but at least the community was starting to turn in a different direction by then.

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  jeane | Feb 10, 2021 |
The book was extremely boring to me. I did not like the characters one bit. At a point, I had to put the book down and go away from it. the messages in the book were really insightful and interesting ( )
  Dr_Cicle | Nov 4, 2017 |
I now wonder why I allowed this book to sit unread on the shelf, because when I finally picked it up two days ago, I found it next to impossible to put down. I sat up most of the night reading this - I literally could not put it down. ( )
  sdunford | Sep 13, 2017 |
This book is not the type of book I normally read. I usually read sci fi/fantasy/horror or other weird fiction. I couldn't put it down. I kept saying "just a couple more pages, then I'll stop" but kept going. Recommended to everyone. ( )
  ktlavender | Jul 17, 2017 |
A coming of age story set in a Southern fundamentalist Christian community, this novel provides some insight into the often puzzling willingness of people to remain within the confines of such a community. Ninah, growing up in such a community with family all around her, providing emotional support and companionship in a way that is almost unheard of in today's society, reaches an age where, inevitably, she begins to explore her own sexual urges. The experiment ends in tragedy and an unwanted pregnancy. The author's ability to depict characters that you don't even want to like in so even-handed a way that they become momentarily sympathetic (as in Grandfather Herman's willingness to eat Ninah's prunes). The writer acknowledges the cruelty and restrictiveness of such a life, weaves it into her story and still paints a reality that allows us to understand, if not sympathize, with why people might choose such a life for themselves. ( )
  turtlesleap | May 25, 2017 |
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At the Church of Fire and Brimstone and God's Almighty Baptizing Wind, Grandpa Herman makes the rules for everyone, and everyone obeys, or else. Try as she might, Ninah hasn't succeeded in resisting temptation -- her prayer partner, James -- and finds herself pregnant. She fears the wrath of Grandpa Herman, the congregation and of God Himself. But the events that follow show Ninah that God's ways are more mysterious than even Grandpa Herman understands ...

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