Jamie Langston Turner Bibliography Format

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To See the Moon Again - and Other Books

I had given up on fiction.

Especially Christian fiction.

Sure, I knew there was some good fiction out there, but mostly I was disappointed. Either they were bland or sensual, unrealistic or forgettable - mostly I regretted the time spent in its pages.

So for years I stuck with non-fiction and classic fiction.

And I'd be there yet except for a friend's recommendation.

One of my favorite questions to ask a friend is "What are you reading?" I have found many treasures through the years from answers to this question. Sheila is the one who first mentioned Jamie Langston Turner - describing her novels at far different than the typical fiction.

And were they ever. A few chapter into the first book and I was hooked. These were pages to be savored, not devoured. Instead of rushing to "see how it would turn out" I was lingering over phrases, rereading favorite passages, and saddened to turn the last page.

I'm not the best critic on writing but even I know that the literary quality of Turner's books far surpasses the usual fare. I have finished a book only to page back through wondering how ever Turner was able to weave all the various aspects of the story together. These are books that can be read and reread. The layers of the story become richer from digging deeper. The details of life and insight into human character put her books into a category of their own.

Turner takes her readers to the small South Carolina town of Derby. Each of her books stands alone as its own story and her books can be read in any order. But I highly recommend reading her books in the order that they were written. Turner's characters have a way of showing up in the pages of other books. You will want to know who is that eccentric old lady at the next restaurant table. But even better is the sneak peak into the growth of Turner's characters. The struggling main character in one book becomes a mentor in the next book - a reminder that God does bring redemption.

Redemption...if there is any theme through Turner's books it is grace and redemption. Turner doesn't hide the realities of life. Not everything is pretty and idyllic in Derby. But if there were no pain and sin, there would be no grace. Turner walks her characters through their pain into God's redemption - so that you and I that are reading can experience redemption too.

Turner is discreet and tactful but I'll add a warning here that her books are for the mature reader since they do face things like adultery and abuse. I don't want any of you handing these books to your twelve-year-old just because Gina said they were good books!

I'm going to give a brief review of each of Turner's books in order that they were written. This is the order that I'd suggest reading them - though if you can't get a hold of a particular book - don't miss out on the others. I'll try to tell you a little bit about the book without giving anything away - since I hate spoilers when I read a book!

Suncatchers introduces us to the town of Derby and Eldeen Rafferty. Eldeen's neighbor, Perry Warren left the shambles of his home to take an assignment to write about The Church of the Open Door. Through Eldeen, the reader finds laughter and Perry finds hope. Thankfully this isn't the last time that we will meet Eldeen because by the end of the book she became a friend.

Some Wildflower in My Heartis written in a unique first-person style, at times written directly to the reader like a non-fiction book. This was the first of Turner's books that I read and still a favorite. Margaret and Birdie are opposites but forge a friendship that turns Margaret's life upside down. Birdie's unassumming love challenged me in my relationships.

By the Light of a Thousand Stars focuses on four very different women. Each woman is faced with disappointments and trials but as their lives intersect, God's grace is revealed. Creating memorable characters may be what Turner does best. Who can forget Catherine and her crazy son Hardy or her sister-in-law Della Boyd?

A Garden to Keep begins with Margaret reaching out to Elizabeth in the same way Birdie had reached out to Margaret with an offer of God's grace. With Elizabeth's marriage crumbling she would need to hold onto grace - and respond with grace. It is hard to pick a favorite but I think A Garden to Keep is mine, probably because of the focus on communication, family, and  marriage. Poetry lovers will particularly enjoy this one.

No Dark Valley is Turner's only book that could be termed a romance - at least the main characters are a single man and woman. But these two are not looking for romance, they are searching for forgiveness. Celia attends her grandmother's funeral in Georgia and is reminded of how far she has traveled from her grandmother's faith. Just as books are to Some Wildflowers in my Heart and poetry is to A Garden to Keep, hymns are to No Dark Valley. I love Turner's chapter titles in all of her books but with the focus on old hymns, this book is a favorite.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 9781441204424
ISBN-13: 9781441204424
Margaret Tuttle's story is one of love unsought, for she had been perfectly content with the well-ordered and conveniently predictable life she had arranged for herself.But something dark lurks beneath the surface of her placid and uncluttered being, something dusty with neglect, yet painful to the touch. Birdie Freeman is everything Margaret is not: homely, humble, and generous. It is Birdie who manages, through nothing but acts of love, to dredge up Margaret's memories of things better left buried. Then Margaret discovers that Birdie harbors secrets of her own.

"This book reminds me of why I love to read."--Michelle Collings, Editor, Doubleday/Crossings Book Club
Jamie Langston Turner, author of the acclaimed novels Some Wildflower in My Heart and A Garden to Keep(a Christy Award winner), has been a teacher for more than twenty-five years at both the elementary and college level. She has written textbook materials as well as stories, articles, plays, and poems for a variety of periodicals including Faith for the Family, Kids, Moody, Plays, The Christian Reader, and Living With Children.

Born in Mississippi, Jamie has lived in the South all her life, currently residing with her husband and son in South Carolina, where she teaches Creative Writing and Poetry Writing at Bob Jones University. Jamie is an active member of Heritage Bible Church. Her hobbies include reading, tennis, and needlework.
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