This book was great I hope that Zora Nicky s story will continue that we will see it on the Big Screen Claudia Mair Burney is truly gifted This might be the dgiest Christian fiction I ve read Loved it The novel revolves around the relationship between Nicky a young white college graduate surviving on minimal means and Zora a self described Black American Princess who drives a Lexus and Naked Choke enjoys her designer labels They meet at a bible study and though the relationship gets off to a rocky start their love grows despite incredible opposition from friends and families Burney unflinchingly takes on the issues of race and religion challenging the reader toxamine one s own subtle prejudices An intriguing read The story was so simple and realistic Every one of the characters could have been someone that I knew They were flawed and genuine people Confused about themselves the people they loved and their relationship with God The story manages to deal with all these issues very wellHowever the main reason I gave this one 5 stars was that poem Beautiful Mosaic This is so cheesy but I actually cried It just spoke to me WOWSoI ve been trying to read romances for awhile right And kind of hating it because I keep getting slapped in the face with horrible writing And I ve also tried to read contemporary Christian books for awhile too and hating the bad writing and getting slapped in the face with the love of Jesus Last but not least I ve been trying to read interacial romances and besides carrying over the bad writing from the romance genre I ve been getting slapped in the face with all levels of black vs white racismSo how the heck did I Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good end up loving this Christian interacial romanceGoes to show anything goes when it s done well I thought I had racism fatigue but this book made me simply not careven when it was dialed up to dent my head in with a mallet HarshThis book is so full of Bible verses hymn songs and people talking nonstop about love of God love of man love love love and forgiveness that you could probably print a biblical study guide out of Murder at the Mansion excerpts It also went into church cultures that were way out of my realm ofxperienceAnd I ate it up Why Because of the characters The characterization They had such distinct yet recognizable voices The author has a gift for dialogue The people are genuinely funny sassy cute and interesting The hero despite being gorgeous and all that jazz turned out to be different somehow approachable and adorable ven when he s so messed up The author has a great gift of portraying the dirty underside of Christian people nay of HUMANS Hypocrisy is verywhere The main characters were so full of flaws that it s a wonder they could still walk with all the crap they carried and the author doesn t let them get away with it The characters call Seductive Surrender each other out on their nastiness or if not they see it in themselves and hate themselves for it They struggle and founder and when they re about to give up God hauls them up by the hair and makes them keep going This book is PG but this is no fluffy bunny Amish girl romance This deals with many painful raw issues that should be covered in Christian media rather than the hyper sanitized insular crap that it generates for itselfNot to say this book is perfectThending does rush into an ugly last minute resurgence of Racist Crazy that feels tacked on as if an Seductive Surrender (Highland Heather Romancing a Scot, editor s checklist said there must be one last conflict to keep the hero and heroine apart Then it gets resolved uickly and the closing scene is so bizarrely cultish weird Kumbaya thatwellit was kind of amusing But hey what do I know My faith life is so dried up compared to these characters I m not really sure I can judge Whatlse By the nd the hero finally says I suck one too many times But overall I think I can live with that just fine Now all I hope is that this book will hold up to re reading All I can say is WOW Amazing I had no idea that this was a Christian novel What a wonderfully written and beautiful love story There are actually two concurring story lines the first is the obvious interacial couple However most importantly the second underlying story line has to do with finding one s niche with Christ and what it means to be a Christian Although one can grow up in the church how does one actually set out and stablish their own personal relationship with God How does one handle learning that God really does love sinners like us I would recommend this novel to anyone who has had this doubt or uestion this within themselves I believe at some point in all our lives we all uestioned this as we go through this journey It is good to see that we are not alone others have the same inuiries If I knew of a Christian youth group I would recommend this book for them also All ages can relate to the subject matter What do you do when you feel like a stranger in your own landThat s the uestion that Zora and Nicky face They both grew up in the church children of ministers Their whole lives were about living and walking in the footsteps of Jesus But when did it become a matter of trying to please their fathers than Jesus When did this reuire the sacrifice of their ntire identitiesBoth Zora and Nicky are adrift Nicky is the prodigal son returned to the fold to Two Hearts One God Should Anything Else MatterZora Nella Hampton Johnson knows xactly where she comes from and her daddy won't let her forget Of course for that privilege he keeps her in Prada and Kate Spade Coach and YSL He chooses her boyfriend her car her address and ignores her love of painting art and the old ways of her grandaddy's soulful AME church where the hymns pleaded cajoled and raised the roof Her daddy may be
Em for their good and for their The Deepest Sin emotional wholeness and healing I didn t much care forither Nicky or Zora s father Actually I think they failed in very profound ways I did feel that at the nd of the day their mothers did show the love that both Zora and Nicky needed ven though it wasn t nough to balance out the pain that ach father caused them I also liked Zora s relationship with her friend MacKenzie They stood by ach other through tough times ncouraging ach other to reach for their dreamsI really appreciated the characters of Linda Rick and Billie who are members of the bible study Also Ms Pamela one of the members of Zora s congregation Who all represent Christians who are filled with the love of Jesus and have made it their mission to show it ven though some Christians wouldn t find them fitting or good nough to represent the faith However they represent Jesus in the purest way Jesus was the despised rejected man who owned nothing but the robe on his back was born in a manger and died on a cross And He is the one who is able to save and love veryone So that s alright with me if a shabby person shows me Jesus in my veryday life And they were there to show that love when Nicky and Zora needed it Just writing this review is making me cry I just loved this book It was so meaningful to me I can t recommend it highly nough This is the most amazing Christian romance story I ve read It is real Le valeureux guerrier edgy raw and authentic It takes real issues sex lust faith racism parents relationships that real single Christians deal with while dating Nothing is glossed over The reader lives the struggles with the characters The writing is beautiful The characters are honest flawed broken and searching for Christ I loved that it was written for the Christ following readers I doubt non believers will get it The author doesn txplain the faith stuff she assumes you know where the characters are coming from Look at all the bad reviews Snowflakes on the Sea especially on and you ll see the complaints about the religionfaith aspects If you don t have the Holy Spirit in you when you read this book you miss the most amazing story and struggle You ll only see half of the love story and complain because there s no sex scene The beauty is in Christ s love played out on these pagesIt is my prayer that I can find novels like this one thatncourage and challenge my faith in real life settings So much of Christian fiction is safe I love that the publisher wrote a defense note before the story began I m assuming that is because they were afraid this story would offend Christians It is not a pretty little story with a simple conflict that gets wrapped up with a pat answer and Wrathful Chaos: Five Books of Satanic Philosophy ends with a nice prayerI loved itI want Zora and Nicky two people with similar backgrounds but racially different Zora is a youngducated woman that has her life planned out for her if it is not marrying the man that her Father has chosen it is becoming the first lady of the church Now it is apparent that she hates to be seen in the church with her many secret sins yet she feels justified knowing that others feel the same she does Miles her ver patient boyfriend thinks that she needs to be focused about her relationship with God than her artistic talent However she thinks that he is only the spokesperson of her legalistic Father who wants her to be pure before God and the church Little does she know she is going to have a bigger burden to bear when she meets NickyNicky is a Caucasian man who has a lot of skeletons of his past that he does not want to be resurrect Prior to meeting Zora he is already taken but wants to xplore other options Forced against his father demanding wishes he wonders if there is actually a God out there that actually cares about his well being or can talk about anything other than staying in his will Unsupported by his Father the two of them do not get along if they are not talking about religion or his role in the church Faith joins Nora and Nicky together in this pic love story about the church and loyaltyHOLY SShut your mouth This book felt too close to home it brought back memories of me growing up in a religious household Every thing was a sin I uestioned that there was a loving God in Heaven but a raging bipolar monster who wanted my money in churches and for me to believe verything the good book tells you Thank God my perception of God changed cause that perception of God will turn anyone to an agnostic or an atheist I WAS Nicky I too worried that I could not have a conversation with my love ones without them mentioning God or Jesus Humanism: The Greek Ideal and its Survival every five seconds Back to the book it wasmotionally gripping and unforgettable Usually I do not like Christian romance cause of how cheesy it can be but this book was so raw deep and authenticHighly recommended to all people regardless of the faith you are in or if you have little or no faith in itThe best book I read this year so far and I am HARD to please Hands down my favorite book IN THE ENTIRE WORLD Words cannot describe the intoxicating blend of race sex faith and honesty in such a raw and beautifully developed format READ THIS BOOK I read it in one sitting and it changed my life profoundly I read snippets of it veryday and I ve had this book for 5 years it never bores me. Yriad prayers to Jesus is the way Zora looked the first time he saw her Like Nefertiti Only better When they meet at a bible study far from their respective home churches the first churlish sarcastic sparks that fly sizzle with defensiveness But God has a special way of feeding the flames and though of different flocks these two lost sheep will find Him and much much Click Here to listen to an interview with Claudia Mair Burne.
Ry to rebuild his troubled relationship with a father who never showed him the loving mbrace that a dad should show his son like Jesus loves His church Nicky wants to be a writer but the words won t come He feels so alone and trapped His girlfriend is the perfect girl for the life that his parents want for him But not for Nicky And Nicky is dealing with three years of celibacy and sobriety after wild teenage years of leading church maidens astray when he was asking for help from a family who left his cries unheard When he goes to a bible study held by his boss he The Fix encounters the beautiful dark skinned Zora and feels a mix ofmotions that do not strike him as healthy with verything lse on his plate Is it just lust or he could he be in loveZora is the daughter of a minister who preaches prosperity to those who can proclaim God s word with faith He has no tolerance for poor Christians or those who just want to get by Although he gives her verything material she could wish for designer furniture clothes and a Lexus he controls very aspect of her life and seems blind to the true unrest in his church Zora walks out of church one day praying that God would show her how to be poor in spirit She goes to a bible study full of white people and feels that intense Desire in Seven Voices emotional connection with God that she feels like has been absent but she smbarrassed by the way she breaks down in front of the other bible study members And then there is the gorgeous blue yed blond rogue that she s been warned about although they truly love Nicky How can she be drawn to a troubled and rascally white man when she doesn t ven love the perfect black man hand picked by her father and groomed to be the future minister of his church What does she do when her father takes The Casa Mono Cookbook everything away because he feels she s in rebellion just by trying to be herself And to her surprise the white folks from her bible study and the roguish Nicky come to her aid when her family and most of her church turns a blindyeZora and Nicky is a very moving romantic story but it also strikes at the heart of a reader who grew up in the Christian faith but is trying to find out where she or he fits into the flock of God s church I loved how Ms Burney wasn t afraid to get real She showed how church is full of people who do one thing and say another but it s also clear that there are many who love God so much but they just don t know how they are supposed to go about doing that I just loved both Nicky and Zora s characters Not because they were perfect but because they were real and hurting and damaged They both had a genuine love for Jesus and they wanted to be wrapped in His arms in all their wounded flawed selves Not only that they wanted to have fathers who knew how to love them and accept them for who they were Their troubled relationships with their fathers clearly affected their relationships with God because they didn t know that unconditional love that Jesus has for us unused to feeling that in the model for His love that one s father and minister should showThe racial issues in this story are pertinent and handled well Ms Burney addressed the ugly things that normal people think and do on both sides of the racial issue Although the way Nicky s grandfather and father act about Zora was absolutely chilling Ms Burney also shows that black folks can be just as racist in their thinking as white folks And neither is okay Because humans are just human And no person should be seen as the stand in or representative for their race It isn t fair because you can only be you And Christians of all people should know better than to judge someone for the outside the mere difference in melanin that means nothing to God Although it was clear how powerful the bond was between Zora and Nicky they had to work out their own issues about race so that they could see ach other with the love that God put in their souls for ach other Even with the sometimes mean things they said to ach other I loved how they seemed to get who ach other was deep down and supported that ven when people who should have loved supported and understood ach other didn t I loved that their relationship was passionate Lachlan's Protg (English Edition) even with no sex taking place just very passionate kisses how they talked toach other fought for ach other and dreamed together I loved that they both shared a powerful love for Christ that was another thing that bound them together They had the makings of a relationship I could truly see flourishing fifty years in the futureZora and Nicky was a book that made me cry It made me angry in some scenes It affected me deeply and probed into the hurting places that I have regarding my own walk in the Christian faith dealing with that feeling that you don t fit into the body of Christ the way you should That ven though Jesus loves you the way you are and wants the best for you others don t think you measure up Also seeing the superficial Christianity that seems okay for most and how you want something deep and true and it feels like you can t find it I could identify so well with those aspects of this book And the romantic in me loved the beautiful story of love found between Zora and Nicky I felt that God did bring them together and He was working in both of th. Preacher but some where among the thousands of church members the on site coffee house and the JumboTron Zora lost God And she wants Him backNicky Parker a recent graduate of Berkeley and reformed playboy also suffers the trials of being a preacher's kid and he can't remember the last time he saw ye to ye with his white racist Southern Baptist father What he does remember and it will be forever burned in his brain despite
Claudia Mair Burney is the author of the novel Zora and Nicky A Novel in Black and White as well as the Amanda Bell Brown Mysteries and the Exorsista series for teens Her work has appeared in Discipleship Journal magazine The One Year Life Verse Devotional Bible and Justice in the Burbs She lives in Michigan with her husband five of their seven children and a uirky dwarf rabbit