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The Dearly Beloved Charles and Lily, James and Nan They meet in Greenwich Village in 1963 when Charles and James are jointly hired to steward the historic Third Presbyterian Church through turbulent times Their personal differences however, threaten to tear them apart.Charles is destined to succeed his father as an esteemed professor of history at Harvard, until an unorthodox lecture about faith leads him to ministry How then, can he fall in love with Lily fiercely intellectual, elegantly stern after she tells him with certainty that she will never believe in God And yet, how can he not James, the youngest son in a hardscrabble Chicago family, spent much of his youth angry at his alcoholic father and avoiding his anxious mother Nan grew up in Mississippi, the devout and beloved daughter of a minister and a debutante James s escape from his desperate circumstances leads him to Nan and, despite his skepticism of hope in all its forms, her gentle, constant faith changes the course of his life The Dearly Beloved follows these two couples through decades of love and friendship, jealousy and understanding, forgiveness and commitment Against the backdrop of turbulent changes facing the city and the church s congregation, these four forge improbable paths through their evolving relationships, each struggling with uncertainty, heartbreak, and joy It s a poignant meditation on faith and reason, marriage and children, and the ways we find meaning in our lives. Best Download The Dearly Beloved [ By ] Cara Wall [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – quickpaydayloansonlineuk.co.uk

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  1. A tremendously well done first novel Two couples whose lives will become entwined for better and worse Charles, whose faith in God is all inclusive and Lily his wife who after the loss of her parents, no longer believes Jan, a pastors daughter, whose faith is the mainstay of her life, and her husband James, who wants to change things, so becomes a pastor for this purpose One church, two pastors.This is not a subject I m usually drawn to, liturgical matters and this is a subject that is front A tremendously well done first novel Two couples whose lives will become entwined for better and worse Charles, whose faith in God is all inclusive and Lily his wife who after the loss of her parents, no longer believes Jan, a pastors daughter, whose faith is the mainstay of her life, and her husband James, who wants to change things, so becomes a pastor for this purpose One church, two pastors.This is not a subject I m usually drawn to, liturgical matters and this is a subject that is front and center It is the struggles of these four very different people that for me was the draw, characters that one finds real and h...

  2. This is a stunning debut novel taking place in the 1950s and 1960s featuring Charles, who has a steadfast belief in God his wife Lily, resolute in her non belief James, who joins the ministry to do worldly good and his wife Nan, devout and sweet Their lives become entangled when Charles and James are hired as co pastors at a New York City Presbyterian church, and over the years struggle through faith and beliefs, and marriage and friendship conflicts.I don t often gravitate towards books wi This is a stunning debut novel taking place in the 1950s and 1960s featuring Charles, who has a steadfast belief in God his wife Lily, resolute in her non belief James, who joins the ministry to do worldly good and his wife Nan, devout and sweet Their lives become entangled when Charles and James are hired as co pastors at a New York City Presbyterian church, and over the years struggle through faith and beliefs, and marriage and friendship conflicts.I don t often gravitate towards books with religious themes, but the author s writing was so engaging, and she was so fair in presenting both sides without judgment or bias toward any belief system that I didn t want to stop reading about these people and their church families It also had a satisfying...

  3. This is a strong debut by Cara Wall She can definitely write Her metaphors are beautiful, and her characters are multi dimensional and complex This book felt relevant even though the story takes place in the 50s and 60s Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement and The Vietnam War, The Dearly Beloved follows two married couples, Charles and Lily, and James and Nan In the beginning chapters, we are given a rich and rewarding backstory for each character separately, from their This is a strong debut by Cara Wall She can definitely write Her metaphors are beautiful, and her characters are multi dimensional and complex This book felt relevant even though the story takes place in the 50s and 60s Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement and The Vietnam War, The Dearly Beloved follows two married couples, Charles and Lily, and James and Nan In the beginning chapters, we are given a rich and rewarding backstory for each character separately, from their childhoods, to their years at university, and to each couple meeting and falling in love The main focus of this novel deals with religio...

  4. ,, , ,, I m still somewhat processing my feelings with this book, but it definitely pulled at my emotions and gently pushed the issues of religion, which I ve rarely seen done so eloquently before.The Dearly Beloved is a debut novel, with the woven story of friendship, grief, love, fai ,, , ,, I m still somewhat processing my feelings with this book, but it definitely pulled at my emotions and gently pushed the issues of religion, which I ve rarely seen done so eloquently before.The Dearly Beloved is a debut novel, with the woven story of friendship, grief, love, faith, doubt, and perseverance I knew little about this book other than it involved two couples that would meet through their husbands line of work as pastors I quickly fell in love with the stories of James, Charles, Lily and Nan, as I learned of their pasts, won...

  5. The Dearly Beloved is a beautifully written story about the complex relationship of two couples Charles and Lilly and James and Nan have been brought together when the men are assigned as ministers of the Third Presbyterian Church in Greenwich, New York in 1963 The four individuals are from varied backgrounds well described by the author As the reader, I was fully immersed into the lives of the characters as they experience the joy of new love, the isolation and despair of loss, and the somet The Dearly Beloved is a beautifully written story about the complex relationship of two couples Charles and Lilly and James and Nan have been brought together when the men are assigned as ministers of the Third Presbyterian Church in Greenwich, New York in 1963 The four individuals are from varied backgrounds well described by the author As the reader, I was fully immersed into the lives of the characters as they experience the joy of new love, the isolation and despair of loss, and the sometimes difficult journey of introspection and enlightenment The book challenges the reader to think about faith what it personally means to each of us, and how to better ourselves as compassionate humans to care for one another.The dynamic between the women in particular was intriguing I appreciated the compassion the women provided to each other when most needed,...

  6. The Dearly Beloved is a stunningly thoughtful debut about two couples and their journey through life together The couples meet when the men are jointly hired as co pastors for the Third Presbyterian Church Yes, this is a book about faith, but do not be deterred I know faith and fiction can be a tricky one but Wall has managed it brilliantly with imperfect characters Whether you are a firm believer, still searching or a non believer you will find this story impossible to turn away from.I love The Dearly Beloved is a stunningly thoughtful debut about two couples and their journey through life together The couples meet when the men are jointly hired as co pastors for the Third Presbyterian Church Yes, this is a book about faith, but do not be deterred I know faith and fiction can be a tricky one but Wall has managed it brilliantly with imperfect characters Whether you are a firm believer, still searching or a non believer you will find this story impossible to turn away from.I loved the juxtaposition of each couple and their faith journey I saw a little of myself in each of these complex characters Charles is calm, strong and steadfast in his faith James is loyal, hopeful and is driven by guilt and the need for change Nan is the nurturer and a tad na ve Lily is stubborn, independent and determined Charles and Lily, James and Nan Each of these characters hold a special place in my bookish heart and I m so sad to say go...

  7. What a lovely book this turned out to be A serious complex gorgeously told dramatic work of fiction following two couples for decades through all the trials and tribulations of their lives Charles and James are connected through their work, when they become co ministers of a New York City church But we meet them before that, when they are young men, we follow them through college, as they discover their calling and fall in love and look for their place in the rapidly changing world of the ear What a lovely book this turned out to be A serious complex gorgeously told dramatic work of fiction following two couples for decades through all the trials and tribulations of their lives Charles and James are connected through their work, when they become co ministers of a New York City church But we meet them before that, when they are young men, we follow them through college, as they discover their calling and fall in love and look for their place in the rapidly changing world of the early 1960s Charles and James are very different, both as ministers and as men, but their differences mesh well together, allowing for a great friendship and working relationship Their wives, though, are different in a way that can t be reconciled, which creates for some turbulence throughout the years Charles marries an emotionally distant academic who doesn t share his faith, James marries a wealthy Southern...

  8. Have you ever finished a book, and your foremost reaction is that it was a privilege to have read it That is how I felt about this book.Most writers are great at entertaining and storytelling But then there are a few elite authors that just GET humans It is clear that Cara Wall is an elite author Ms Wall has crafted a cast of completely different characters that are each so relatable I have never identified so strongly with a character as I did with Lily I have a new answer to Who is you Have you ever finished a book, and your foremost reaction is that it was a privilege to have read it That is how I felt about this book.Most writers are great at entertaining and storytelling But then there are a few elite authors that just GET humans It is clear that Cara Wall is an elite author Ms Wall has crafted a cast of completely different characters that are each so relatable I have never identified so strongly with a character as I did with Lily I have a new answer to Who is your favorite literary character I don t want to go into the plot not only is the book description pretty thorough, when I read saga s like The Dearly Beloved, I like the tale to unfold for me as it does for the characters I absolutely do not want any spoilers But I will say this do not pass this up because you don t want to be preached at , because it doesn t happen ...

  9. 4.5 stars Thanks to Simon Schuster for an advanced copy of this book.The Dearly Beloved is a yet another gorgeously written character driven novel we ve been swimming in riches with these this year and I m not mad about it involving two families The writing style reminded me of Mary Beth Keane s in Ask Again, Yes But, I wasn t sure if I d like this novel in the beginning would be it too much religion I m not a super religious person Or, too quiet It is relatively quiet and is mo 4.5 stars Thanks to Simon Schuster for an advanced copy of this book.The Dearly Beloved is a yet another gorgeously written character driven novel we ve been swimming in riches with these this year and I m not mad about it involving two families The writing style reminded me of Mary Beth Keane s in Ask Again, Yes But, I wasn t sure if I d like this novel in the beginning would be it too much religion I m not a super religious person Or, too quiet It is relatively quiet and is most definitely a story about the characters inner lives But, it gradually got under my skin, really made me think, and I wanted to know what would happen to these people Each...

  10. The Dearly Beloved is a historical novel set primarily in the 1960s that follows the lives of two couples and their struggles Charles and Lily are one couple and James and Nan are the other They come from various parts of the country and from various backgrounds to the Presbyterian Church in New York that Charles and James spend their careers pastoring The backdrop of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement mirror the upheaval in the main characters lives in The Dearly Beloved Charles The Dearly Beloved is a historical novel set primarily in the 1960s that follows the lives of two couples and their struggles Charles and Lily are one couple and James and Nan are the other They come from various parts of the country and from various backgrounds to the Presbyterian Church in New York that Charles and James spend their careers pastoring The backdrop of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement mirror the upheaval in the main characters lives in The Dearly Beloved Charles is the son of wealthy, erudite parents He always thought he would follow in his parents footsteps until college when he felt the call to become a minister Lily s parent s died when she was 15 and she wears her grief like armor, keeping everyone at bay James grew up poor in Chicago and decided to become a minister to fight injustice Nan grew up a minister s daughter in Mississippi and attended Wheat...

  11. The Dearly Beloved is a love letter to a life of ministry, and to those who minister, specifically in a church setting It is told from a secular worldview, but handles the themes of community, loyalty, faith, commitment and especially calling, with a knowledge so true that I found myself nodding and underlining all the way through because I live this life everyday and I appreciate the loving yet honest picture of it portrayed by the author Beautifully written and well plotted, it is the story The Dearly Beloved is a love letter to a life of ministry, and to those who minister, specifically in a church setting It is told from a secular worldview, but handles the themes of community, loyalty, faith, commitment and especially calling, with a knowledge so true that I found myself nodding and underlining all the way through because I live this life everyday and I appreciate the loving yet honest picture of it portrayed by the author Beautifully written and well plotted, it is the story of two couples and the road that leads them to a church in which they will eventually serve together for 40 year...

  12. Oh my This is the best novel I ve read in a while.Its quiet premise seemed promising the story of two couples whose lives intersect when the minister husbands are called to co pastor a Manhattan church It sounded something like Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner, which I appreciated I liked this one even better There s a slow build as Wall introduces each character, from childhood Her writing sparkles and the descriptions hit the sweet spot of authentic, granular detail combined with st Oh my This is the best novel I ve read in a while.Its quiet premise seemed promising the story of two couples whose lives intersect when the minister husbands are called to co pastor a Manhattan church It sounded something like Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner, which I appreciated I liked this one even better There s a slow build as Wall introduces each character, from childhood Her writing sparkles and the descriptions hit the sweet spot of authentic, granular detail combined with stepping back to provide some overview For me the narrative picked up pace once the characters got to college, met and married.Without any plot spoilers, suffice it to say that while this is a quiet, c...

  13. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I know I m the minority for this rating, but this book did not speak to me I went into it with such high hopes because of the glowing reviews and I had heard from others I did not feel connected in anyway to the 4 main characters, I thought they were all very flat I would have not finished this but was too far into to give up I did not feel the premise of the novel was realistic at all The marriage between Charles and Lilly seemed forced I cannot believe that a man called to preach could m I know I m the minority for this rating, but this book did not speak to me I went into it with such high hopes because of the glowing reviews and I had heard from others I did not feel connected in anyway to the 4 main characters, I thought they were all very flat I would have not finished this but was too far into to give up I did not feel the premise...

  14. In 1963, Charles and James are hired to jointly minister the Third Presbyterian Church in Greenwich Village, New York City which means that their wives, Lily and Nan, are also forced to interact How will their similarities and differences set the pattern for the next few decades of their lives Will they be able to work together companionably, or will their unique set of beliefs keep them forever divided I was utterly fascinated by the serious, realistic, and thoughtful look at friendship, as w In 1963, Charles and James are hired to jointly minister the Third Presbyterian Church in Greenwich Village, New York City which means that their wives, Lily and Nan, are also forced to interact How will their similarities and differences set the pattern for the next few decades of their lives Will they be able to work together companionably, or will their unique set of beliefs keep them forever divided I was utterly fascinated by the serious, realistic, and thoughtful look at friendship, as well as the way each character s faith in God ebbed and flowed As life s gifts and hardships were granted, each character struggled with their beliefs in a unique manner The story...

  15. I liked the idea of this novel exploring how these characters both individually and collectively wrestle with faith and doubt in God and each other Unfortunately, the characters feltlike vessels for viewpoints or plot devices t...