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Before I Wake: A Novel de Robert J. Wiersema
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Before I Wake: A Novel (edição: 2007)

de Robert J. Wiersema

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One gorgeous spring day, three-year-old Sherry Barrett is injured in a hit-and-run accident. Her devastated parents, Simon and Karen, wait by her bedside, hoping for a miracle. Told that she will never recover, they agree to remove her from life support. And then the miracle occurs. Sherry doesn't die. But neither does she wake. Meanwhile, Henry Denton, who was driving the truck that nearly killed Sherry, attempts suicide. Unable to die, he finds himself in a place of darkness, somewhere between this world and the next. Haunted by his own guilt, Henry struggles to understand this limbo, and what he must do to free himself. Under the pressure of caring for their child, Simon and Karen's marriage is pushed to the point of collapse. And then pushed even further by the undeniable fact that their little girl, trapped in her living death, has become a healer.… (mais)
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Título:Before I Wake: A Novel
Autores:Robert J. Wiersema
Informação:St. Martin's Press (2007), Hardcover, 320 pages
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Another covid-19 book that was ok. I liked that it was a Canadian book set in Victoria, BC. I’m an agnostic and was surprised when the book took a religious turn. I kept reading since I wanted to know how the story would play out. ( )
  janismack | May 3, 2020 |
A three year old girl is the victim of a hit and run. Left in a coma, she has the ability to heal the sick.

Each chapter has sections told through the different points of view of the characters. The ending was disappointing (too rushed), but overall this book was really good. ( )
  jenn88 | Apr 25, 2017 |
Before I Wake by Robert J. Wiersema

Before I Wake by Robert J. Wiersema is praised as being a “Globe and Mail best book”. After reading this book I can see why it has this designation. It was a great story which forced me to ask myself some important questions.

One of the things I took a look at in myself was how I view miracles. Do I believe in miracles? In angels? Do I believe that there is someone, or are some persons, who are looking out for me? How about you, do you believe in miracles?

It wasn’t just my feeling about miracles which I questioned during the reading of this story. I also had to ask myself how I felt about forgiveness. Is there anything I would not do or some line that I would not be able to cross to show forgiveness to someone else? These were some very big questions for me.

Here are some of the answers I came up with: there are times in life when I believe it is probably easier not to forgive and not to believe that strange things happen every day. To forgive releases one from bondage to a past. Bad things happen even to good people. There are times when we all must face up to tragedy and learn something from it. Sometimes what we learn is what type of people we really are. Are we loving and kind or hateful and mean? Can we forgive even when something very dear to us is taken away?

In Before I Wake, when tragedy strikes the Barrett family has a lot on their plates to deal with, from adultery to watching as their beloved daughter is caught in a coma due to a hit and run accident. This book takes us on that journey with them and hopefully awakens in us a new faith or hope for something miraculous.

Before I Wake by Robert J. Wiersema has left me looking at tragedies in a whole new way and has helped me to refocus my efforts toward forgiveness. A great read with a surprising ending. Before I Wake is a story everyone should read and any who reads this story will enjoy it.
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  carfor12 | Jan 10, 2014 |
Well written and great pace. Sherry Barrett is left in a coma after being hit by a truck when walking to the park with her mother one morning. She survives after the life support system is stopped, but remains in a vegetative state at home. This book explores making the choice about maintaining life support, the impact on family relationships, and surprisingly also religious beliefs, miracles, purgatory and forgiveness. A very interesting book. ( )
  CarterPJ | Mar 4, 2013 |
Before I Wake from Canadian author Robert J. Wiersema is a story about young Sherry, a 3 year old girl who is seriously injured when she is involved in a hit and run accident on a traffic crossing by a pickup truck driver.

Sherry's parents Karen and Simon Barrett face their worst fears when their only child won't wake from her coma and unfortunately their marriage fractures under the pressure. Karen takes Sherry home, hires a nurse and settles into a steady routine with daily visits from Simon.

The plot really starts to pick up pace when Sherry's nurse Ruth begins to suspect that Sherry has had a role in curing the painful arthritis in her hands. Ruth's sister is dying of cancer so she brings her to Sherry's bedside and places the comatose little girl's hand on her chest in an attempt to heal her.

Before long, news crews, journalists and pilgrims are outside the front of Karen's house asking for statements about the reported miracle healings and asking to see Sherry. However, along with them come religious protestors led by a shadowy figure, Father Peter who claims Sherry is a false idol.

He threatens the Barrett family and is never far away when bad things start to happen. Father Peter travels all around the world, following reports of miracle healings, and shuts them down by whatever needs necessary. Father Peter believes he's doing God's work and clearing the way for the return of Jesus. However as one character put it, "how do you know you haven't already met Him?" Wiersema has given us an interesting look here at religion, in terms of the Church, faith and miracles.

Meanwhile the driver of the truck is consumed with guilt, but when he decides to take his own life, he jumps from a cliff only to find a mysterious hand pulling him back. The driver finds himself living in the 'in between' and must find himself and his purpose. I enjoyed the supernatural/fantasy element to this novel and the so-called true identities of the truck driver's mentor Tim, and Father Peter.

Before I Wake isn't a sunny, bright story. This is a 'what would you do' story, and a thought provoking tale that makes you think about bigger issues. I especially liked the identity twist and the men living in the 'in between' at the library. I was really curious to know their stories and to be left wanting more at the end of a book is certainly the mark of a great read. ( )
  Carpe_Librum | May 16, 2012 |
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In this impressive debut, Wiersema crafts an intelligent, contemplative supernatural thriller replete with well-rounded characters, artless dialogue and a plot that, while imbued with the unexplained, develops organically, revealing its secrets at just the right pace.
adicionado por Nickelini | editarPublishers Weekly (Mar 19, 2007)
 
An engaging and unusual story—a debut with promise.
adicionado por Nickelini | editarKirkus Reviews (Mar 1, 2007)
 
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One gorgeous spring day, three-year-old Sherry Barrett is injured in a hit-and-run accident. Her devastated parents, Simon and Karen, wait by her bedside, hoping for a miracle. Told that she will never recover, they agree to remove her from life support. And then the miracle occurs. Sherry doesn't die. But neither does she wake. Meanwhile, Henry Denton, who was driving the truck that nearly killed Sherry, attempts suicide. Unable to die, he finds himself in a place of darkness, somewhere between this world and the next. Haunted by his own guilt, Henry struggles to understand this limbo, and what he must do to free himself. Under the pressure of caring for their child, Simon and Karen's marriage is pushed to the point of collapse. And then pushed even further by the undeniable fact that their little girl, trapped in her living death, has become a healer.

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