Woman of God

Woman of God

Book - 2016
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"St. Peter's Square, Rome. White smoke signals that a new Pope has been chosen. Is it possible that the new Pope is a woman? The world is watching as historic crowds gather in Rome, waiting for news of a new Pope, one who promises to be unlike any other in the Church's history. Some followers are ecstatic, but the leading candidate has made a legion of powerful enemies. From a difficult childhood with drug addled parents, to a career as a doctor on the front lines in Sudan, to a series of trials that test her faith at every turn, Brigid Fitzgerald's convictions and callings have made her the target of all those who fear that the Church has lost its way, dangerous adversaries who abhor challenges to tradition. Locked in a deadly, high-stakes battle with forces determined to undermine everything she believes in, Brigid must convert her enemies to her cause before she loses her faith and her life"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780316274029
031627402X
Characteristics: 362, 17 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Paetro, Maxine - Author

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OMG what a lot of schmaltz. She is a modern "Jobe" who is tortured, friends are killed child dies, two husbands die and she keeps turning to god for meaning in her suffering. Readers who are secularists will find this apology for women in the church to be a puerile trivial story couched in martyrdom with a heroic ending with a soupçon of Catholic feminist ideology.

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mimmerca
Oct 17, 2017

I listened to the audio book and loved it! The person who read the book deserves an award for the emotion and personality she poured into the story! It made the 10 hour road trip fly!

a_terc Jul 24, 2017

This was such a compelling novel. Once I started it, I couldn't bring myself to put it down. I felt as if I were really there with Brigid as she made this journey of faith through her life. It was extremely relatable, real, and moving. To see her struggles, and the questioning of her faith to ultimately end having a stronger faith than many of us will ever know in a lifetime. Amazing novel that I would recommend to anyone and everyone, especially those of us who are struggling to truly know God.

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trcookIIImddmd
Jun 10, 2017

A weird read. Patterson seems to say, "I am a master writer, hear me roar." He has a little something for everyone in this: do-gooder bullshit for the liberal snowflakes who like to pretend to do good, but mostly just talk about it; and religion for those so disposed--even outright mysticism for the desperately ignorant who point their fingers skyward as if there was a man up there who cared one whit about their small unworthy lives. George Carlin got it so right in his skit: "Religion is bullshit." Patterson roars through this novel like the big queer in Fast and Furious garbage, speed-shifting like Richard Petty with more scene shifts and subplots than obama has lies.

katarina_biblio May 13, 2017

For a quick, compelling (and heart-wrenching at times) read, this book fits the bill perfectly. The narrator's experiences with God tie the sometimes fragmented narrative together, making the reader wonder what her visions mean and what is next for her. The first half of the book is its strongest, leaving what should have been the most compelling portion lacking. Time jumps became bigger and bigger as the book went on, and it seemed like the authors were in a hurry to wrap it up. The journey towards priesthood and the breakaway religious movement that she is a part of are in fact the least developed and lack depth.

Pick up the book for the emotional journey of its protagonist and heartbreaking situation in South Sudan, and her compelling wrestling with God. Unfortunately, it doesn't fulfill its promise of a thrilling political drama coming from the potential of a female pope.

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Jackie_63
Mar 06, 2017

Another great book by Patterson. I liked his spin and taking off into religion and women's place in it.

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UnionvilleMama
Mar 04, 2017

This could have been a really great book. The overall plot/theme was ok but there were too many subplots that I didn't think were required.

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caj1222204441801
Mar 01, 2017

I was disappointed in the book. I expected more than was given. I would give it a 1 out of 10 for quality and content.

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MillieBT
Jan 21, 2017

Is there a possibility of a woman being named the next pope......it deals with faith but with
twists and page turning chapters........enjoyable......an extremely fast read

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MelissaJW
Dec 20, 2016

Deceptively large book! While it clocks in at 362 pages, it really has about 200. There are over 150 chapters. No, that number is not a typo. Each chapter is 2-3 pages long. On the first page, the chapter number is half way down the page, leaving half a page blank. The last page of the chapter is a paragraph or two. As a result, one full page is split over two. Each time. So you can take 150 pages out. As well, the book is also padded with a long excerpt from his next book at the end. On the plus side, it'll take you much less time to get through it than you thought it would! The second result of the way these chapters are laid out is that the story skips along instead of flowing. It's choppy, each friend/co-worker/lover dying scene is fast and undeveloped. Seriously, who has this much tragedy around them and doesn't go jump off a cliff? Not nearly as good as it could/should have been.

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Sep 06, 2017

St. Peter's Square, Rome. White smoke signals that a new Pope has been chosen. Is it possible that the new Pope is a woman? The world is watching as historic crowds gather in Rome, waiting for news of a new Pope, one who promises to be unlike any other in the Church's history. Some followers are ecstatic, but the leading candidate has made a legion of powerful enemies. From a difficult childhood with drug addled parents, to a career as a doctor on the front lines in Sudan, to a series of trials that test her faith at every turn, Brigid Fitzgerald's convictions and callings have made her the target of all those who fear that the Church has lost its way-- dangerous adversaries who abhor challenges to tradition. Locked in a deadly, high-stakes battle with forces determined to undermine everything she believes, Brigid must convert her enemies to her cause before she loses her faith, and her life.

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