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Post by Cecilia_L » 03 Feb 2019, 08:37

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Bare Feet, Chicken Beaks and Blackberry Pie" by Marti J. Powell Shrigley.]
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"Memories, no matter how large or small, by themselves seem insignificant. But when collected and placed in a mental collage, they manifest into an intricate picture of what we call life."

Bare Feet, Chicken Beaks and Blackberry Pie by Marti J. Powell Shrigley is a collection of "modern-day parables." Written in first-person narrative and from a Christian perspective, Shrigley shares memories of her family, childhood mischief, school, holiday celebrations, and life on a farm. She reflects on her feelings as the middle child between two sisters and her struggles with typical sibling rivalry and jealousy, as well as learning acceptance of herself and others. Some chapters are peppered with humorous family anecdotes while others address life’s challenges. Though Shrigley has faced loss and illness, she chooses to focus on the positive while sharing her faith with those she encounters along the way.

With 146 pages and occasional family photographs, this uplifting collection is a relatively short read that I finished in one sitting. While mediocrity is the term Shrigley uses to summarize her life, " ...the middle child of three sisters in the middle of the century to middle-class parents," I found nothing mediocre about the book. It's well-written, exceptionally edited, and entertaining. Shrigley's conversational writing style reads as though she might be sharing her story over a cup of coffee with a friend. Readers will be amused by the mischievous antics of three sisters living on a farm during simpler times, as well as the nicknames Shrigley gives her teenage boyfriends, "Mr. Muscles," and "Green Eyes." Her insight is also impressive; Shrigley describes looking through opposite ends of an old pair of binoculars and offers a poignant comparison of their views with aging and looking back over one's life.

I particularly enjoyed the author's light-hearted approach and positivity despite having faced some formidable challenges in her life. Shrigley is outspoken about her Christian beliefs but doesn't sugarcoat her experiences or flaws, and readers will appreciate her transparency. Shrigley consistently prioritizes sharing her faith with those who cross her path and practices what she preaches by forgiving those who have wronged her.

I honestly can't name a thing I disliked about this inspirational book. I am pleased to rate it 4 out of 4 stars. It's a reflective read with a touch of humor--perfect for curling up with on a quiet afternoon. I recommend the book to readers who appreciate Christian memoirs. It will also appeal to those who enjoy stories related to farm life and growing up during the fifties and sixties. On the other hand, readers who dislike reading scriptural references will prefer to pass on this one.

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Post by Rose Harebate » 07 Feb 2019, 05:16

It seems like a great read that holds the author's memories of her family, childhood mischief, school, holiday celebrations, and life on a farm. Nice review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 07 Feb 2019, 08:51

Oh I'm definitely intrigued!! Modern day Christian parables? I can't wait to see what the author comes up with! I think parables are a great way to get a point across, but I think we miss some from the Bible because we just don't live in that society any more. Thanks so much for introducing us to this book!
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Post by kdstrack » 07 Feb 2019, 11:06

I like the author's perspective of writing parables about her experiences on a farm. People who work with the earth often have a different perspective on life. Her positive outlook is also motivating. This book sounds like it would be a good weekend read as you suggest it can be finished in one sitting. Thanks for this wonderful recommendation.

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Post by PGreen » 07 Feb 2019, 11:31

I love parables as an entertaining way to convey a life lesson. Combine parables with memoir, and this sounds like an amazing book. I just moved it to the top of my list!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 07 Feb 2019, 13:18

Rose Harebate wrote:
07 Feb 2019, 05:16
It seems like a great read that holds the author's memories of her family, childhood mischief, school, holiday celebrations, and life on a farm. Nice review!
Thanks, Rose.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 07 Feb 2019, 13:18

kandscreeley wrote:
07 Feb 2019, 08:51
Oh I'm definitely intrigued!! Modern day Christian parables? I can't wait to see what the author comes up with! I think parables are a great way to get a point across, but I think we miss some from the Bible because we just don't live in that society any more. Thanks so much for introducing us to this book!
Thanks for your comment. :tiphat:

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Post by Cecilia_L » 07 Feb 2019, 13:19

kdstrack wrote:
07 Feb 2019, 11:06
I like the author's perspective of writing parables about her experiences on a farm. People who work with the earth often have a different perspective on life. Her positive outlook is also motivating. This book sounds like it would be a good weekend read as you suggest it can be finished in one sitting. Thanks for this wonderful recommendation.
You're welcome. I appreciate your comment.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 07 Feb 2019, 13:20

PGreen wrote:
07 Feb 2019, 11:31
I love parables as an entertaining way to convey a life lesson. Combine parables with memoir, and this sounds like an amazing book. I just moved it to the top of my list!
Thanks for your comment.

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Post by Jessacardinal » 07 Feb 2019, 15:33

I am drawn to others who are able to speak of the misfortunes in their lives without seeming defeated by them. These types of people are inspiring to be around.
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Post by Mbrooks2518 » 07 Feb 2019, 16:29

Sounds like a well written memoir, but not one I'd want to read. Great review, though!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 07 Feb 2019, 16:48

Jessacardinal wrote:
07 Feb 2019, 15:33
I am drawn to others who are able to speak of the misfortunes in their lives without seeming defeated by them. These types of people are inspiring to be around.
I agree. Thanks for your comment, Jessa.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 07 Feb 2019, 16:49

Mbrooks2518 wrote:
07 Feb 2019, 16:29
Sounds like a well written memoir, but not one I'd want to read. Great review, though!
Thanks for your comment.

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Post by CLM1978 » 16 Feb 2019, 17:40

This sounds like a good read. I will check it out if I get the opportunity. Thank you for sharing!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 18 Feb 2019, 17:40

CLM1978 wrote:
16 Feb 2019, 17:40
This sounds like a good read. I will check it out if I get the opportunity. Thank you for sharing!
You're welcome. Thanks for your comment. :tiphat:

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