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Gretchen is her name. She’s the heroine of the story. Some people call her Gretch the Wretch. Not a very nice thing to say about someone, especially if they suffer from a loneliness so intense it could blow the roof off the sky. Certainly, she’s not to only person in the world who’s felt this way. You might have felt this way yourself. Or you might feel this way at this ve Gretchen is her name. She’s the heroine of the story. Some people call her Gretch the Wretch. Not a very nice thing to say about someone, especially if they suffer from a loneliness so intense it could blow the roof off the sky. Certainly, she’s not to only person in the world who’s felt this way. You might have felt this way yourself. Or you might feel this way at this very moment, just as Gretchen felt at the beginning of her story. This isn’t to say she’s not a wonderful person. If you get to know her, you’ll find out so wonderful she is. If you don’t, you’ll never know.


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Gretchen is her name. She’s the heroine of the story. Some people call her Gretch the Wretch. Not a very nice thing to say about someone, especially if they suffer from a loneliness so intense it could blow the roof off the sky. Certainly, she’s not to only person in the world who’s felt this way. You might have felt this way yourself. Or you might feel this way at this ve Gretchen is her name. She’s the heroine of the story. Some people call her Gretch the Wretch. Not a very nice thing to say about someone, especially if they suffer from a loneliness so intense it could blow the roof off the sky. Certainly, she’s not to only person in the world who’s felt this way. You might have felt this way yourself. Or you might feel this way at this very moment, just as Gretchen felt at the beginning of her story. This isn’t to say she’s not a wonderful person. If you get to know her, you’ll find out so wonderful she is. If you don’t, you’ll never know.

32 review for Theodora's Children

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paul Brandt

    A thoughtful tale full of allegory, mystery, and adventure, Theodora's Children will bring you into the Christmas spirit. In my case, Christmas in August. The Good: A quick but interesting read An effective use of symbolism A clever Christmas story Crafts a story within a story Younger character's I can relate too A imaginative way to bring the Bible into the tale Creates a compelling story which increases my desire to learn more about the land The Bad: Unessential character "attributes" given to the narr A thoughtful tale full of allegory, mystery, and adventure, Theodora's Children will bring you into the Christmas spirit. In my case, Christmas in August. The Good: A quick but interesting read An effective use of symbolism A clever Christmas story Crafts a story within a story Younger character's I can relate too A imaginative way to bring the Bible into the tale Creates a compelling story which increases my desire to learn more about the land The Bad: Unessential character "attributes" given to the narrator. This narrator introduces unneeded lead-ins. The narrator became distracting in chapter 11 when the narrator, for a short time, became a living breath person. The chapter begins with, "Before we discover what Gretchen does next, let's rejoin our storyteller and his great grandchildren ..." The chapter ends with "Now that Jesse has answered his two young listeners, let's go to the next chapter in Gretchen's story." Note: To give a sense of the problem, I recommend showing-not-telling. The narrator told what happened, but the story would have flowed better without being told. Note: There were a limited amount of unusual narrator breaks. The Unsure*: A little too much of the "ly' adverbs. Again, I would show-not-tell. Although I found that sometimes these adverbs are unnecessary. An example: "Along the way her heart thumped so powerfully and loudly that she felt it was going to fly clear out of her body." A rewrite could be: "Along the way her heart thumped like it would fly clear out of her body." *My opinion: what I didn't care for or do not prefer. This will not lower a rating unless it overly distracts from the story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brices Mice Christian Book Reviews

    Theodoria's Children by Rick Nau is delightful story told by a loving great grandfather to his two rambunctious great grandchildren. The story captivates the children with amazing over the top embellishments of a little lonely girl which entices them to ask questions and add their opinions. This novel is a spiritual journey, full of hidden meanings and symbolic imagery about finding faith in God. At first I thought it would be a great read for younger children, but the story of Gretchen took so m Theodoria's Children by Rick Nau is delightful story told by a loving great grandfather to his two rambunctious great grandchildren. The story captivates the children with amazing over the top embellishments of a little lonely girl which entices them to ask questions and add their opinions. This novel is a spiritual journey, full of hidden meanings and symbolic imagery about finding faith in God. At first I thought it would be a great read for younger children, but the story of Gretchen took so many turns that I got confused as to where the tale was going and what the symbolisms were representing. All came together in the end, paving the way for the next in the series. If you love allegories, this is the book for you!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Theodora's Children by Rick Nau is a most beautiful Christian allegory. It's style is reminiscent of C.S. Lewis' Narnia books. For me, it very much had an air of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe about it. I was captivated by its beauty and enthralled with its narrative. The novel drew me in from the start. It is a timeless tale - set yesterday, today, tomorrow. This tale will never grow old. Like Jesus, its relevance is for us all, no matter how old or young you are. The story reminded me of s Theodora's Children by Rick Nau is a most beautiful Christian allegory. It's style is reminiscent of C.S. Lewis' Narnia books. For me, it very much had an air of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe about it. I was captivated by its beauty and enthralled with its narrative. The novel drew me in from the start. It is a timeless tale - set yesterday, today, tomorrow. This tale will never grow old. Like Jesus, its relevance is for us all, no matter how old or young you are. The story reminded me of several Bible stories including the parting of the Red Sea, the wisdom of Solomon and the prodigal son's return to name but a few. As I read, the light of Christ leapt from the novel and captured my heart. The presence of God shone throughout. The saddest words I read were "He never hides, though sometimes people hide from Him." God longs for us to know Him and trust Him. Why would we ever wish to hide? The theme of trust runs within the story. We need to trust others and trust God. "You must trust in Him. He's our only hope." We need to pray at all times - in the good and in the bad. "Keep praying and don't stop." We must pray without ceasing, for we know we have a God who hears us and answers us. The novel is about journeys. For a successful journey through unknown territory "having a compass helps." In our lives, we need a compass and His name is Jesus. We need to keep our eyes fixed on Him. We need to know about God, about His nature and His desires. We learn about Him through His word, the Bible. It is in reading His words that we will draw close to Him and His heart. We are blessed to be able to buy and read God's word in our own language. No longer do we need a priest to draw us closer to God. We can come to Him just as we are, just where we are. There are many images of light and darkness within the story. The light will always overcome the darkness and will shine to reveal the dark corners in our lives. All that glitters is not gold. We need to be discerning in our spiritual walk, just because it looks good, does not mean that it is good. The story shows that we can have it all and still feel empty. No amount of money, power or stuff, will ever fill our God-shaped hole. Goodness shines throughout the novel. It wraps itself around the reader and warms your heart and soul. Theodora's Children is unlike any book I have recently read. It is beautiful but what sets it apart, is an ethereal quality to it. There is a peace imparted to the reader that only God's truth brings. Reading Theodora's Children brings hope and love and peace and light. Whatever genre you normally read - Stop. Pause. And read Theodora's Children today. It is a book I believe will impart more truths, light and revelations on subsequent readings. Theodora's Children Is a book I will keep by my bedside to read again and again. It is a book that just one reading will not satisfy the yearning inside. All truth is God's truth. Let Theodora's Children 'speak' to you today. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Jesse takes his great-grandchildren Daph and Josh to the lake each Sunday to enjoy time together and tell them a story. This time the story is concerning a rich daughter named Gretchen who, while showered with everything her heart could imagine, longs for a brother to share her life, fortune, and adventures with. The brother she longs for is the only present she asks her parents for, but as the years slip by, she cannot understand why they cannot, or will not, answer this request. Sequestered on Jesse takes his great-grandchildren Daph and Josh to the lake each Sunday to enjoy time together and tell them a story. This time the story is concerning a rich daughter named Gretchen who, while showered with everything her heart could imagine, longs for a brother to share her life, fortune, and adventures with. The brother she longs for is the only present she asks her parents for, but as the years slip by, she cannot understand why they cannot, or will not, answer this request. Sequestered on a sprawling estate with a multitude of staff to wait on her, there is not a single child anywhere she can play with. Until the day she is rescued from a fire by a mysterious child on the estate that nobody believes exists. Did Gretchen imagine the child who rescued her from death? Was it the brother her parents would never give her? Or is she losing her mind, as her counselors believe? Content: Drug Content: G - None. Violence: PG - Children are imprisoned, and there is an execution planned. There is a dangerous chase through a mountain pass. Kidnapping, imprisonment, and betrayal are all present, though no real violence, blood or death occurs. Language: G - squeaky clean. Adult Content: G - This is a kids' book. Not even kissing occurs here. Christian content: For most of the book there is very little content that goes beyond moral lessons and classic fairy tale oblique references to wisdom. But approaching the climax of the story the bible plays rather heavily, and the gospel message is clearly presented. Loyalty, self-sacrifice, and generosity are set against pride, malevolence, betrayal, and avarice. Good and evil are crisply defined with little gray area involved. Final analysis: Theodora's Children is a story within a story. And while the outer story with Jesse and his great-grandchildren held little to captivate me, the inner story, after some groundwork, was riveting. Slow to get started, the book gained traction a quarter of the way through, and was a page-turner throughout the remainder. Compelling, enthralling, and meaningful, Theodora's Children is a nice book to read aloud to kids ages 6-13. The setting is realistic, the action gripping, the characters well-defined. Five stars! *I received an electronic copy for an honest review

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    Review coming soon!

  6. 5 out of 5

    S. Beeton

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kathy A.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Casey Masterson

  9. 4 out of 5

    Paul

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gene Reams

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kimberlie

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  13. 4 out of 5

    Judy Beasley

  14. 5 out of 5

    mrs.clyde jones

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Holman

  16. 5 out of 5

    elizabethedwards

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rick Nau

  20. 4 out of 5

    Peg McElhoes

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

  22. 5 out of 5

    Topher Colin

  23. 4 out of 5

    Judy Box

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  25. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

  26. 5 out of 5

    D Dyer

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

  28. 4 out of 5

    CECILIA

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Towns levy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Enarie Mahabir Nancoo

  31. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  32. 5 out of 5

    Terrie Wiederich

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