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It Is Well Audiobook

It Is Well: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Jonathan Beecher, a middle-aged widower and small-town store owner, has never asked for much. But lately, all too much is being asked of him. The bombing of Pearl Harbor plunges America into World War II and deeply fractures Jonathan's own family. His eldest son, a civilian contractor, is trapped on a Japanese-occupied island in the Pacific. Jonathan's feckless younger son ignores his father's pleas to stay home and joins the army. And his bright, devoted daughter, who Jonathan hoped would go to college, elopes with a brutally abusive man instead.

Jonathan has always met adversity with quiet faith, but as his emotional and financial losses accumulate, so do his doubts. In the midst of his pain, Sarah, a widow herself, emerges as a kind, compelling friend. Powerfully drawn to Sarah, Jonathan struggles to remain true to his late wife.

James D. Shipman's tender, wise novel examines the paradox of human suffering: how irrevocable loss, if we are willing to let it, begets spiritual gain.

©2016 James D. Shipman. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Sara
    03/01/18
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    "WWII Homefront Struggles"

    I'm of two minds about this book. On one hand I think the author captured the rigid, dire and harsh realities of loss, war and grief. This story had all of the elements needed to portray WWII homefront life with historic accuracy. The blend of religiosity, domestic violence, and the paternalistic approach was probably how many people actually lived at the time. Grim but true.

    On the other hand, the characters seemed so one dimensional and undeveloped. I never felt that I understood what motivated the actions and behaviors of these unlikable and almost card board cutout beings. There were places in the book where I really hated the story. I dreaded the predictable interaction between several of the family members.

    To make this book work the author needed to find a way to breathe life into the characters. Instead it became just like the joke about the people we all know who love to regale you with what I call the litany of disaster. You know the stuff--and then his right leg fell off, and then the dog died and then the house burned down--and then...and so on.

    In the end, while this was probably an accurate portrayal of life during WWII for some people, I had trouble feeling empathy and connection with the characters and the story.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • MoonBeamDreamZ
    16/01/18
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    "Don’t waste your time"

    I thought this was a terrible book. I am a spiritual person, but this really leaned too hard on the God issue. It jumped back and forth from the fathers life and his issues, to his children’s lives. There was no real gripping substance with the story. Not even the narrator could pull me in. Depressing. blehhhhh

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer McMurtrie
    04/12/17
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    "Adequate to tell story"

    This book told a story, but there was no real artistry to it. The characters were one dimensional and fell flat. If it weren't for my weird desire to know how it ends (with all books in general, not just this one) I wouldn't have finished the book. It isn't often I feel that way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph
    Somerset, Kentucky, United States
    15/11/16
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    "Just a Good Story of the Pain of Real Life"
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    The book is a good story, well told, and superbly read of the pain and ordeals of real life in a small town. A bit overdramatic at times, but that was ok. I think most people will really enjoy. I am glad I tried something a bit different.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Esther Patterson
    20/02/18
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    "It is Well"

    Wonderful tale of a family in WW 2. Very sad and yet uplifting story of faith, family and community and in Luke's story growing into honor and manhood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ONE WAY
    Alaska
    17/02/18
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    "Great read!"

    I loved it. I laughed and I cried and I identified with so many of the emotions they were feeling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jami
    13/02/18
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    "Excellent story!"

    The story was engaging from the beginning and heartwarming to the very end. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judy
    08/02/18
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    "More than just a love story! "

    This book gave me an education of the World Wars which made it more enjoyable. I thoroughly enjoyed this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Connie Werner
    Boise, Idaho USA
    04/02/18
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    "Mediocre writing, reader did his best"

    This is a simplistic story. The faith part of it is misleading as to true Christianity. Unblie

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie
    31/01/18
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    "Overall Good"

    I liked this book overall. The tone and story and chacacters. A little slow a few times but once I was in the story i couldn't put it down. Not for the faint of heart but can be of interest for those who study WW2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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