Pocketful of Pearls

Written with beauty and grace, award winning author Shelley Bates pens the compelling story about the unstoppable force of the emergent self.Dinah Traynell is trapped in a life that is not her own Raised in a toxic church, she is forced to surrender mentally and physically to her sociopathic pastor s every demand Even while mourning the loss of her father, Dinah must holWritten with beauty and grace, award winning author Shelley Bates pens the compelling story about the unstoppable force of the emergent self.Dinah Traynell is trapped in a life that is not her own Raised in a toxic church, she is forced to surrender mentally and physically to her sociopathic pastor s every demand Even while mourning the loss of her father, Dinah must hold strong to this role she s reluctantly played all her life And though she dreams of escape, this is the only world she s ever known When Dr Matthew Nicholas appears on Dinah s doorstep in the dark of night, he s burdened with troubles of his own Leaving behind his university position, Matthew has been traveling to escape the trauma of his old life that is, until he s robbed of what means he has left for his journey Stranded, penniless, and still ill at ease with his life s turn of events, he d rather lend a helping hand on a stranger s ranch than go home Instantly drawn to Dinah, Matthew is torn between his desire to help her and the fear of getting too involved But as Dinah struggles with the realization that the faith she grew up believing in is not real, and an abandoned baby is unexpectedly dropped into their lives, they must learn to open up and trust one another if either ever hopes to break free of the past.
Pocketful of Pearls Written with beauty and grace award winning author Shelley Bates pens the compelling story about the unstoppable force of the emergent self Dinah Traynell is trapped in a life that is not her own Rai

  • Title: Pocketful of Pearls
  • Author: Shelley Bates
  • ISBN: 9780446694919
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Pocketful of Pearls”

    1. Whew, this book is HARD to read.There are some serious, difficult to digest, issues of sexual abuse in this book. From my limited experience with this genre, this book is a definite departure. This is not a pat Christian love story.Dinah Tryanell's father has just died, when we meet her she is about to encounter Matthew Nicholas a former University professor who is basically walking cross country as he tries to dwal with some personal issues that have arisien in his life.Dinah has been terribly [...]

    2. Most Christian authors soothe their readers with what they want to read - inspiring words and a struggle or two that wraps up nicely in the end. Few would tackle the subject of a "toxic church" and its affects. Shelley Bates is one.Her first novel, Grounds to Believe, won a Rita from Romance Writers of America. It laid the foundation for the second book in the series, Pocketful of Pearls. Bates allows the reader to interface with this strange world of the Elect, both with the heroes from outside [...]

    3. I didn't notice that this was a Christian book until I was a few pages in, but kept reading just to see how it was. Not bad, but not great. The premise was interesting (from an outsider's standpoint) as it's Christians vs. Christians, determining whose denomination is better. No complete heathens (like me) were saved, which would have been the book's death knell from my standpoint. Anyway, I'm unlikely to pick up another, unless, like this one, I just don't notice until I've got it home from the [...]

    4. Christian based. OMG. You're not human if you don't grab for the Kleenex box while reading this one. Well written, highly engaging, detailed character development, and the main character is inspirational, faithful, and unforgettable.

    5. Started out as a creepy religious cult molestation story, but ended up being a Christian themed message that ended great. Sad, but good.

    6. Didn't realize this was #2, will have to try to find #1. Enjoyed this, different, not as easy as some I have read.

    7. "Pocketful of Pearls" is a love and rescue story. Dinah is a young woman raised in a strict and unsavory religious group. They are led by "The Shepherd" who is anything but a loving leader. The order has more rules of behavior than true Christian teachings. Along comes Matthew, an unemployed university professor who has had a troubled past of his own. He's hired by Dinah to be a ranch hand after Dinah's father's death.I enjoyed the story. Was happy that the ending, although happy, wasn't sacchar [...]

    8. After picking this up on a whim (and for a good price), I was blown away by the storytelling and the volatile, emotion-evicting setting focused around a country cult. With my own turbulent past with Christianity and organized religion in general, I really identified with the themes and issues addressed in this book, like the power that a figurehead holds over his/her followers, the pressures that family imposes on one's actions, the moral dilemmas encountered when living in a closed religious se [...]

    9. Ever start a book and hate what you are reading yet you cannot put it down? That's how this one. The subject matter is heartbreaking but the writing is superb.I found myself totally engrossed in the storyline and kept hoping things would improve for Dinah. There is so much I want to say about this novel but I don't want to give anything away. Let's just say that I'm thankful that I never got involved in a cult nor have I gone through what some of these folks have.I strongly recommend this story [...]

    10. A deep and satisfying read. The book is mufti-faceted, tackling a tough topic--sexual abuse within a cult--dysfunctional family relationships, and romance. Her writing makes me wish for a shelf full of her books. I'm impressed with her writing skill as well as her storytelling. I have only kudos and no criticisms. Bates has since jumped genres to YA, writing as Shelley Adina, and I miss her adult writing. Her teen novels are excellent, but she's left me hungry for more grown-up books. I can't be [...]

    11. This is totally NOT the type of book I normally read, as I prefer to get my religious philosophy from more.eastern sources. But I picked it up off the shelf in the living room where my mom had laid it after buying it off the bargain rack at B&N, and started leafing through it. The story, once I got past the rather preachy parts, was decent, and the book was well written. And the over all message is something that I agree with- no matter how damaged you might be, if you put your faith in what [...]

    12. The story of Dinah as she travels through her way out of sexual and emotional abuse at the hands of those who claim to be messengers of God. She is blessed with help from matthew, who has scars of his own. Togeather they work through a maze of lies and fear.I think many people will think this is about groups like the FLDS. Maybe it is but it cautions against giving any one person the caveate to "Speak for God". Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    13. Excellent story line. Almost impossible to put it down. The story of a young lady who was raised in a very unorthadox chuch. The church was her whole life. it owned her body and soul. Her only way of rebelling against it was to become Bulimic. A stranger comes to her door asking for food and becomes her savior,helping her to see how wrong her life was. I don't want to tell the whole story, so you'll have to read it for yourself.

    14. I liked the fact that the pace of the story was quick. I have read many books that have emotionally troubled characters. Lots of times the character stubbornly spends 85% of the book refusing to change/heal even though that metamorphosis is crucial to the plot of the book. In this novel the author keeps the story moving along by having her heroine progress all along the way. Dinah is slowly changing and healing. And you can tell by how she is handling things.

    15. Bought it off of title alone, as I often do. I applaud tackling some very difficult topics but the "big reveal" was predictable and its wraps up too tidily and too hastily after really a lot of re-hashing through out the book. I've done better, I've done worse.

    16. I re-read this a month or so ago. Even for a re-read it was good, although a tad depressing at times. It was interesting to revisit, but I don't plan on reading it again, so I gave it away.

    17. Decent, but not great. I picked it up at the library and didn't know it was a religious book. Still, readable, and definitely interesting.

    18. 2.5 stars--Girl caught in a toxic church, has been sexually abused for years. Interesting, but very down for most of the book.

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