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Keeping Faith

A Novel

By Jodi Picoult

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| Paperback | 9780688177744

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For the second time in her marriage, Mariah White catches her husband with another woman, and Faith, their seven-year-old daughter, witnesses every painful minute. In the aftermath of a sudden divorce, Mariah struggles with depression and Faith be Continue

For the second time in her marriage, Mariah White catches her husband with another woman, and Faith, their seven-year-old daughter, witnesses every painful minute. In the aftermath of a sudden divorce, Mariah struggles with depression and Faith begins to confide in an imaginary friend. At first, Mariah dismisses these exchanges as a child's imagination. But when Faith starts reciting passages from the Bible, develops stigmata, and begins to perform miraculous healings, Mariah wonders if her daughter--a girl with no religious background-might actually be seeing God. As word spreads and controversy flares, Mariah and Faith are besieged by believers and disbelievers alike, caught in a media circus that threatens what little stability they have left. Building inexorably to a climactic battle for custody, Keeping Faith explores a family plagued by the media, the medical profession, and organized religion in a world where everyone has an opinion but no one knows the truth. Fascinating, thoughtful, and suspenseful, this extraordinary novel is Jodi Picoult at her best: controversial and compelling.

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    有個小女孩在父母離婚之後,開始看的見上帝,她開始說出聖言和聖經的字句,治癒了自己的外婆、醫院附近的病人、愛滋病的嬰兒、身上甚至出現聖痕。可是他們家是猶太教教徒,而且還是很不虔誠的,過著幾乎可以說是沒有宗教的生活,更別說是看聖經。

    她的媽媽曾經因為先生外遇,出現自殺、憂鬱等狀況,因此在懷孕初期未發現時,被送到精神醫院療養。後來先生第二次外遇,剛好被自己抓姦在床,這段婚姻也只好離婚收場。
    一開始父親放棄監護權,直接讓這個母親帶著女兒生活。但當他看見自己的女兒被瘋狂的信徒追蹤和報導後,認為這個母親是 ...(continue)

    有個小女孩在父母離婚之後,開始看的見上帝,她開始說出聖言和聖經的字句,治癒了自己的外婆、醫院附近的病人、愛滋病的嬰兒、身上甚至出現聖痕。可是他們家是猶太教教徒,而且還是很不虔誠的,過著幾乎可以說是沒有宗教的生活,更別說是看聖經。

    她的媽媽曾經因為先生外遇,出現自殺、憂鬱等狀況,因此在懷孕初期未發現時,被送到精神醫院療養。後來先生第二次外遇,剛好被自己抓姦在床,這段婚姻也只好離婚收場。
    一開始父親放棄監護權,直接讓這個母親帶著女兒生活。但當他看見自己的女兒被瘋狂的信徒追蹤和報導後,認為這個母親是佯裝代理徵候群,正在企圖傷害自己的女兒,於是決定將女兒的監護權搶回來。

    在一堆駐紮在草皮外的人群中,有一個反信仰的激進者,想來搓破這些看的見上帝或靈療的傳言,最後自己雙胞胎的重度自閉症弟弟,被小女孩(信念)靈療後稍為復原。因此他開始動搖,最後還跟小女孩的母親交往。

    這本書除了在探討信仰、神跡、佯裝代理症候群、精神疾病的汙名化,最後結尾的部分,
    寫的很特別:
    小女孩上樓休息,在房間裡面輕喚著上帝,但她知道整個房間裡面只有自己,沒有別人。
    她聽到母親上樓的聲音,所以她開始假裝正在跟上帝說話,正如大家所相信的。
    屬於開放式的收尾。

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    我一直覺得很奇怪, 為什麼上帝應該是父親, 父親永遠希望你符合某個標準, 母親才是無條件愛你的人, 不是嗎?

    對我來說正確度百分百的一句話!!!

    本想寫讀後心得,不過拖拖拖....拖太久,算了
    我只是在想
    很多讀者會批評這一本書跟《換心》很像吧?

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    TinaRay-歡迎換書! said on Dec 10, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    *** This comment contains spoilers! ***

    老梗王Jodi Picoult在台灣的出版商以迅雷不及掩耳的速度火速又出了一本1999年的作品keeping faith,這本書談的是神蹟、上帝、信仰,書的前半段談了猶太教、基督教、天主教等,我不是教徒因此在閱讀前半段時著實覺得無趣沉重,展現神蹟的小女孩Faith在書中為了更切合宗教主題,將名字譯作信念,通常中文會譯作費絲。
    書名keeping faith除了是一個離婚的母親極力保有監護權、留住女兒在身邊,亦暗指一個人能否保有其信仰與信念、是否真相信有神蹟?書中不只一個人對信仰這件事抱持懷疑的態 ...(continue)

    老梗王Jodi Picoult在台灣的出版商以迅雷不及掩耳的速度火速又出了一本1999年的作品keeping faith,這本書談的是神蹟、上帝、信仰,書的前半段談了猶太教、基督教、天主教等,我不是教徒因此在閱讀前半段時著實覺得無趣沉重,展現神蹟的小女孩Faith在書中為了更切合宗教主題,將名字譯作信念,通常中文會譯作費絲。
    書名keeping faith除了是一個離婚的母親極力保有監護權、留住女兒在身邊,亦暗指一個人能否保有其信仰與信念、是否真相信有神蹟?書中不只一個人對信仰這件事抱持懷疑的態度,也不認為身為父母親就可以幫孩子決定信仰、決定要過什麼樣的生活,然而在某些惶惶無依的時刻卻在嘴裡喊出oh~my god!或許這就是作者想表達的意思,你或許不信神不信上帝不信耶穌,但在你脆弱的時候,卻會不自覺向某種god求助。

    按照作者一貫的風格,我一直覺得Faith應該會在最後被瘋狂信徒殺死,不過可能因為這是早期的作品,難得官司勝訴後被爭奪的那個人沒死啊~倒令我意外

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    性情中倫 said on Jul 24, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    *** This comment contains spoilers! ***

    ???

    I'm an atheist but I don't dislike reading this kind of books, but this one has not an ending! I kept reading til the end looking forward for some kind of explanation, rational or not, but at least a sort of ending! Instead the book ends without expl ...(continue)

    I'm an atheist but I don't dislike reading this kind of books, but this one has not an ending! I kept reading til the end looking forward for some kind of explanation, rational or not, but at least a sort of ending! Instead the book ends without explaining anything... is Faith really seeing God? Is just her imagination? Were the miracles real or not? Does the crowd of people keep staying in front of their house or do they go away? Will Faith live a normal life? This Ms Picoult doesn't tell us. So why writing this book? Is it about spirituality? But if this is not an essay and you introduce a plot with a start you should end this plot or at least write a sequel...
    Maybe it's just me, I didn't understand the "message" of this book. Two stars because it's well written.
    Please feel free to answer this comment, I would like very much to know your opinion!

    PS: I'm sorry for my poor english...

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    ♪ La Spalmatrice ♫ said on Aug 18, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    Good enough for 5 stars. That says it all!
    Quite a strange story with funny and unrealistic courtroom's dialogues.

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    jelabino said on May 4, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    小女孩Faith說自己看的到上帝
    不過是童言童語 卻引來一堆成人信眾以及娛樂新聞的追趕
    我討厭這樣荒謬的社會

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    Sarah Wang said on Jan 27, 2011 | Add your feedback

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