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“A triumph. This novel’s haunting strength will hold the reader until the very end and make Faith and her story impossible to forget.” —Richmond Times Dispatch“Extraordinary.” —Orlando SentinelFrom the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult (Nineteen Minutes, Change of Heart, Handle with Care) comes Keeping Faith: an “addictively readable” (Entertainment Weekly)“A triumph. This novel’s haunting strength will hold the reader until the very end and make Faith and her story impossible to forget.” —Richmond Times Dispatch“Extraordinary.” —Orlando SentinelFrom the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult (Nineteen Minutes, Change of Heart, Handle with Care) comes Keeping Faith: an “addictively readable” (Entertainment Weekly) novel that “makes you wonder about God. And that is a rare moment, indeed, in modern fiction” (USA Today)....

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Keeping Faith Reviews

  • Alana
    2019-04-30 20:45

    11/10/08Ugh!! I finished this last night because I couldn't bear to spend another day of my life with this in my purse. So why did I read it? For the same reason that many young women read books they might not be thrilled with... I had to read it for my book club (...which normally picks much more intelligent and interesting books). As I mentioned to the person selecting the book when she solicited comments about her short list of options, I've never been tempted to read a Picoult book. I doubt that I shall read another.The short summary is this: after her parents' separation and divorce, Faith White starts talking to God (who she sees as a woman and calls "her Guard"). Faith starts healing people and develops what appears to be Stigmata. Divorce, medical things, custody battle. In short, complications ensue for father, mother, daughter, and the hot Southern television guy that's supposed to be proving Faith to be a fraud if he wasn't falling for her mom.My irritation at this book exists on many levels. As far as being pertinent in a GoodReads review, here are a few. Oh, and I'm not too concerned about spoiling things for anyone reading this review, as I hope you don't pick up this waste of trees, so if you really don't want me to spoil the incredibly obvious and uninteresting ending... Don't read any further. 1. This was an incredibly formulaic book... It's as though Picoult had worked out a system for churning out books with interchangeable characters geared to a female marketplace (Working on her seventeenth book and she's only 42, is she? You don't say!). Names and details were changed, but otherwise it was like you might see: [Insert protective mother example here!] [Insert love scene here!] [Insert courtroom drama here!] I'm betting that if I picked up another Picoult book, I'd find myself in a book with the names and situations slightly changed, but ultimately, the exact same outline.2. For a book that is essentially beach reading, it took itself way too seriously. You realize mass markets are made for beach totes, right? Pure and simple. That's the level of the writing, the intricacy of the characters, etc. I have nothing against beach reading or silly books, believe me. I find them to be delightful when that's what you want. But this book wants to pretend that it's about religion and protecting children... and funnily enough, she gets way more preachy about what children need in the courtroom scenes rather than being preachy about the religion (where everyone seems to be rational and accepting, aside from one small spectacle on Larry King). Oh and speaking about the focus on children... 3. For a book where characters kept insisting that the main story here (be it in the media frenzy, hospital scenes, or custody case) was about Faith (the child), I actually didn't think Picoult paid much attention to Faith until the last page of the book. (And then it was to do something incredibly inconsistent with the story she was writing.) Instead, the real drama centered around Mariah, the mother. (Maybe because Picoult is aiming for a middle-aged female market of wives and mothers, who want to know that just because they're not a gold-star mom and life isn't going smoothly, they're still great and could have a happy ending?) Picoult put way more effort into the relationship between Mariah and the tele-atheist Ian (though certainly not enough to convince us that their coupling is anything but unbelievable). Faith just wanders in occasionally to talk about drowned kittens and spurt blood from her hands and side.4. I didn't find any of the characters to be deep or complicated... Or particularly likable. The mother is needy and spineless. The grandmother is a stereotype of a strong grandmother figure. The father is an adultering asshole that the writer wants to pretend like she's not depicting as an ass, so she throws in a moment or two where he sees other kids and misses Faith, or he worries a bit about diving right into a new family. The tele-atheist is way too simplified, would never actually be interested in Faith's mom, and his big secret was incredibly obvious. And for a story where "everything is uncovered" in these people's lives by detectives and media snoops, they conveniently miss a few things which, surprisingly enough, benefits the characters you're supposed to be rooting for.5. Picoult wants you to think she's giving you a book where things might not be what they seem, and issues are complicated... She just doesn't want to put the effort into writing that book. There came a point where I stopped and wondered if Picoult was ballsy enough to do something (aka make this not about a kid hearing God, but make this about whether or not Faith or Mariah was lying and was mentally unstable). But that was a fleeting moment. I then remembered what a predictable book this had been up to that point and sure enough, we had to endure a hundred pages or so of courtroom scenes where Picoult desperately wanted us to think that the happily ever after for mother/daughter was in jeopardy.Those are just a few things that bothered me. Thankfully, this book club meeting isn't for another month or so. I'll rant here and to my friends for a few more days, but perhaps by the time we meet, I'll have come up with something constructive to say or have thought of some interesting questions to pose for discussion. But right now, the only thing I'm left wondering is how many times Picoult watched Contact and how hard she thought about covering up the idea that Ian's character was really just Matthew McConaughey playing for the other side?11/06/08Sigh. Not what I would be choosing for a book club of intelligent young women.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-25 20:21

    Ay yi yi..ok, no more Jodi Picoult books..I always say that and then end up reading more...I WANT to like her books...and they always have sooo much potential...then, always...always always...they disappoint...I was especially excited about this one because of her latest interveiw she talked about this book and how it's her favorite and most challenging so far because of it's ground breaking subject matter...Stigmata? Are you serious Jodi? Ay yi yi. This book wasn't so much about having and excercising faith as it was embracing fantasy and calling anything and everything "religion" and a call to embrace all ideas about God as relevant and true...sigh. I DO like Jodi's characters though,the Ian Fletcher atheist characte was charming, but I was really hoping for some "come to Jesus" moment for him after his experience with his brother. HAHAHAAha Oh well...

  • Heather
    2019-05-11 18:47

    This book was pretty good, overall. Definitely kept you reading, wondering what was going to happen next and, of course, WHY!? There were a few things that bothered me about it though. I think there were too many questions left unanswered. I understand that maybe this was purposeful, but I didn't like it, personally. I was also put off by the fact that the story was told 'about' several different characters, in the third person, but ONE character was told in first person. It didn't make sense and was a bit confusing at first. Overall though, it was a powerful story that made you think, whatever your personal beliefs are.

  • Bethany
    2019-05-16 17:46

    I loved this book while I was reading it, and I was very disappointed by the ending. It was a fast read, it was engaging, I absolutely didn't want to put it down. A mother who has just discovered that her husband is cheating on her (several years after another cheating incident lead her to a suicide attempt) finds out that her daughter has an imaginary friend--God...who happens to be a woman. Faith performs some miracles and a media circus rises up around her--reporters camped out on the lawn, etc. Faith's father sues for custoday, and there's some question as to whether the mother might be forcing her daughter to do this for attention.But they never actually say whether Faith is actually seeing God, or whether she's making it up, or whether her mother planted the idea in her mind somehow. The ending is actually DESIGNED to keep you guessing, which is pretty infuriating. Read at your own risk!

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-08 19:46

    4.5*Absolutely fascinating. I love the mixed religion, religion in court, stigmata, psychological and medical, and family dynamics themes that arise while reading this book. This was one of my favorite Jodi Picoult books so far. My marathon continues with Change of Heart!My short and sweet overall: interesting story and entertaining characters!

  • Erin
    2019-05-15 18:48

    When Mariah and her daughter walk in on Mariah's husband with another woman, she thinks that this is the ultimate shock in her life...that is, until her daughter starts speaking in Bible passages. In any other child, this may not be startling; however, Mariah has raised her seven-year-old with no religion present in the household.Things go from strange to miraculous as Faith begins spontaneously healing people, developing stigmata, and speaking with her "guard." Could Faith truly be speaking with God, or is she delusional?Atheist Ian Fletcher is a cynic, and decides to investigate the story for his anti-evangelical television show. After awhile, he finds himself drawn to Mariah...and after further investigation, he's not ready to draw any conclusions about her daughter.Not as compelling as some of Picoult's other books; it had a slow start, but was intriguing and made me want to know what happened in the end.

  • Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
    2019-05-08 17:48

    Keeping Faith is primarily a story about a young girl who suddenly starts seeing God and performing miracles. My impression was that readers would be allowed to come to our own conclusions about this (whether it was real, invented by Faith, invented by her mother for attention, etc.), but it doesn't work out that way: clearly, within the context of the story, Faith is healing people, experiencing stigmata and so forth. The story of how her mother Mariah, the local churches and the media react to this phenomenon is somewhat interesting, but hardly requires a book of this length. And the romantic side-story involving Mariah and the television atheist, Ian, is terrible. Can you say "wish-fulfillment fantasy"? I'm sure every middle class, newly-divorced woman fighting for custody of her child would love the ego boost of a rich, handsome single man falling madly in love with her for no apparent reason, but.... yeah right. It's unclear why he's even interested. I've read two Picoult novels now, to give her a fair chance, but don't kid yourself: the unique-sounding plotlines are really just a cover for poorly written melodrama and even more poorly written romance. Unless this is your taste in guilty-pleasure reading, I'd recommend moving on to books of real quality.

  • Bev
    2019-05-19 21:47

    I think this is my FAVORITE Jodi Picoult book. I love her other books, too, but this one hit me profoundly. This book captivated me right from the beginning. I read it for several hours straight, and when I could no longer stay awake to continue, I found myself constantly thinking about it throughout the next day. I couldn't wait to get back to it! All of the main characters were compelling, but I was especially drawn to Ian Fletcher, whose transformation from the beginning of the novel to the end unfurled so beautifully. At first, you could not help but hate this atheist preacher with his pomposity and narrow-mindedness. Ugh. But then you discover Ian's twin brother Michael, which reveals a completely different side of him and partly explains the distant person he has become. I think I fell in love with Ian just when Mariah did—when she and Faith saw him interact so sweetly with Michael. Afterwards, when Mariah shows him just a little care and concern, she cracks his brittle exterior, and we discover this loving soul underneath. I don’t think I will ever forget the scene of Ian visiting Michael early in the morning, when he receives that incredible gift. I am tearing up again just thinking about it! Totally by accident, I happened to read Keeping Faith right before the release of Change of Heart, and I was delighted to discover that Ian Fletcher was 'resurrected' in that novel. To me, Change of Heart was worth reading just to learn about how Ian, Mariah and Faith were faring since I last left them. Although I liked Keeping faith better than Change of Heart, I found both books captivating. As is the case in all of Picoult's stories, her meticulous research and character development make the story quite compelling. (And in Change of Heart, it was so refreshing to see Maggie, who is bright and funny but also overweight and insecure, land a handsome, sensitive guy. Hooray!) Was anyone else moved by Ian Fletcher? I'd love to hear some other comments about him.

  • Vasia
    2019-05-12 15:47

    Compared to her other ones, so and so.

  • Sonja Arlow
    2019-05-23 14:44

    3 ½ starsThe story is a bit formulaic as most Jodi Picoult books are but sometimes that makes for comfort reading.The story: Seven-year-old Faith is caught in the middle of her parents crumbling marriage and in much need of a friend to confide in. That is when her imaginary friend steps in. Not long after, miracles start to occur around Faith, and her mother starts to realize that Faith is not only speaking to "God", but that her God is a woman. And then the media and church gets wind of this…There is a definite hook that made me listen to this even while I was not driving (which is where I normally listen to my audio books). Picoult writes well and chooses interesting and controversial issues to work through and I also appreciate the fact that she kept the ending slightly open to interpretation so readers can draw their own conclusions.I have no hesitation recommending this as a nice and easy read however, for me, it was not completely flawless.As the majority of the story focuses on Mariah and her struggle to keep her daughter with her, I think an opportunity was missed to flesh out Faith’s character and not just use her as the catalyst to create controversy and momentum. The same goes for Ian Fletcher.But I also have to mention that I bought the abridged audio version by accident so perhaps I missed some of the buildup and nuances that would have been present in an unabridged version. I added the extra ½ star as the narrator Megan Dodds did a stellar job with this audio version.

  • Maria João
    2019-04-25 16:46

    7,5 de 10*Em “Uma Questão de Fé”, Jodi Picoult aborda um tema bastante controverso, uma criança que supostamente faz milagres com todo o circo mediático à volta da situação.Gostei muito desta leitura, mas terminado o livro fiquei com a sensação de ter as minhas expectativas defraudadas, porque não obtive as respostas que pretendia. O livro está bem escrito (como é habitual nesta autora) e as personagens estão muito bem construídas, mas parece-me que Jodi acabou por fugir à questão principal. Eu, pelo menos, esperava um final mais concreto e diferente do que foi. Comentário completo em:http://abibliotecadajoao.blogspot.pt/...

  • Telma Oliveira
    2019-05-01 16:40

    Não gostei da maneira como a historia evoluiu e detestei o final, fiquei com a sensação que não me deu quase respostas nenhumas e que a autora acabou por se perder na historia.Uma desilusão visto esta ser uma das minhas autoras favoritas.

  • Britta
    2019-05-23 17:26

    "I figured that motherhood would be something that descended naturally, the same way my milk came in - a little painful, a little awe-inspiring, but part of me now for better or for worse. I waited patiently... any day now, I told myself, I am going to wake up and know what I am doing.""My mother used to tell me that when push comes to shove, you always know who to turn to. That being a family isn't a social construct, but an instinct.""Being a father... is not AT&T commercial, no simple feat of tossing a ball across a green yard or braiding a length of hair. It is knowing all the words to 'Goodnight Moon'. It is waking a split second in the middle of the night before you hear her fall out of bed. It is watching her twirl in a tutu and having one's mind leap over the years to wonder how it will be to dance at her wedding.It is maintaining the illusion of having the upper hand, although you've been powerless since the first moment she smiled at you from the rook's nest of your cradled arm.""Uxorious: Excessively fond of one's wife.""This is the codicil of motherhood: like it or not, you acquire a sixth sense when it comes to your children - viscerally feeling their joy, their frustration, and the sharp blow to the heart when someone causes them pain.""My mother... she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.""How could she even be considered remotely qualified to be a mother, knowing that she was every bit as fallible as this baby was perfect? In the stitch of a moment, anything could go wrong... she would look into her daughter's face and see accidents waiting to happen. And then her vision would clear and she would see only love, a well so deep that you could try and try and never know its bottom, but only suck in your breath at its frightening depth.""Suddenly [she] wonders if moments like this are what qualify you as a good parent: realizing that no matter how you try, you will not be able to protect a child from the tragedies or the missteps or the nightmares. Maybe the job of a mother is not to shelter but to bear witness as a child hits full force... and then cushion the fall when it's over.""Children are the anchors that yhold a mother to life." ~Sophocles - Phaedra"And, like the Wizard of Oz, he's learned if you hide long enough behind a curtain of bluff and principle, people stop trying to find out who you are in the first place.""Maybe there is more to a person than a body and mind. Maybe something else figures intot he mix - not a soul, exactly, but a spirit that hints you might one day be greater, stronger than you are now. A promise; a potential.""I remember thinking of my heart, balanced just above the baby's feet, like the ball on a trained seal's nose. And then there was the remarkable drive that came when I realized the only way to stop the pain was to get it out of me, to push and push until I was certain I'd turn myself inside out, even as I felt her head widening and changing me and the small knob of her nose and chin and shoulders as they slipped in succession, streaming between my legs in a shuddering rush of breath and blood and beauty.""Motherhood isn't a test, but a religion: A covenant entered into, a promise to be kept. It comes one-size-fits-all, and it camouflages flaws like nothing else... [my child] is the one thing in my life I got right on the very first try.""I can feel my daughter's eyes on me, like the sun that touches the crown of your head when you step outside.""Sometimes there aren't words. The silence between us is flung wide as an ocean. But I manage to reach across it, to wrap my arms around him."

  • Discoverylover
    2019-05-26 16:49

    This book had a bit of a slow start, but I was hooked by the ending... I was up till 2am with 'just a little bit more', until I had finished it!! One of those ones where I wish there were half stars, so this could be a three and a half!"As Mariah White struggles with depression her seven-year-old daughter Faith seeks solace in a new friend - a friend who may or may not be imaginary. Faith talks to her 'Guard' constantly and begins to recite passages from the Bible - a book she's never read. After a succession of visits to psychiatrists, all of whom conclude Faith is not hallucinating, the unimaginable starts to seem possible: perhaps Faith may actually be seeing God. When Faith's cachet is enhanced by reported miracle healings and alleged stigmata, she is touted as a prophet.Amidst the gathering storm of controversy, most disruptive of all is the arrival of two men: one a renowned television atheist who plans to debunk faith's claims and help boost his flagging ratings, and the other her divorced father whose fear for his daughter's safety leades him to battle for custody. As Mariah finds herself fighting to keep her daughter, she has to push past her own insecurities and stand up for herself and her competence as a parent.Keeping Faith explores a family plagued by the media, the medical profession, and organised religion in a world where everyone has an opinion but no one knows the truth. At her controversial and compelling best, Jodi Picoult explores the moment when boundaries break down, and when the only step left to take is to take a leap of faith."

  • Meghan
    2019-05-09 21:28

    This book, like all of Jodi Picoult's books, deals with sensitive subjects. This one questions whether God is real or not, it dicusses different faiths and non-faiths, it talks about supposed miracles and believing in them or not, but most importantly it discusses the power of love. While the majority of this book questions faiths, and what's happening to the little girl, Faith, I think that this story, instead of being about believing in Faith, is really about Mariah, her mother. About her strength and her journey to believe in herself. She's hurt twice in the same way within seven years of each other and she deals with the same situation in two very different ways. Above being about Faith and her "miracles." I think that this story is about Mariah's strength, her becoming the mother she's always wanted to be and her willingness to do all that she can to be able to hold onto the ones she loves the most.

  • Suzie Quint
    2019-04-29 19:48

    I've only read one other Picoult book but I've already figured out that what they're not just stories. They're stories that induce you to think about their topic. Picoult likes to leave the door open just a bit, so the endings tend to be a bit ambiguous. The intent, I'm sure, is to force you mull over what the story means to you. In that light, the story was a success for me, but I'm not sure I really liked it because I'm not completely sure if I interpreted the ending the way the author intended it. Did Faith stop having visitations and just decided to pretend she still did? Or were the visitations ever really real? And maybe Picoult wants me to have these doubts. If it's the latter, I kinda think the book should have been more ambiguous all the way through so I didn't feel so jarred by the ending. Regardless, I'm glad I read it.

  • Jessica Ashe
    2019-05-05 20:22

    Very interesting & thought provoking Jodi picoult never ceases to grasp my complete attention with her writing and this book was no exception. She writes with such passion and knowledge about her subjects you can't help but praise her for all the research she has done even if you don't agree with the subject matter.Keeping faith will evoke many feelings some of which are anger, passion, love, respect, frustration, and pure joy. These are just a few. I am not even a mother to a human child and I thoroughly enjoyed his book. I would recommend Keeping Faith to anyone who has children, enjoys religious books, or just enjoys Jodi picoult in general. Great read!

  • Beth
    2019-05-05 14:47

    Kinda typical J.P. novel...lawyers trial at the end, etc. It wasn't bad and I like to read her books every now and then as a "break" more serious literature. Her books are an easy and fast read and her characters are interesting and (generally) likable. This book had a unique twist in that the 7 year old child supposedly "sees God" and performs "miracles" - good topic, made for some interesting reading about how crazy religion really can be and how it divides people. I liked how the Rabbi and the Priest kind of end of as buddies...LOL

  • Jessica
    2019-04-28 21:33

    It was okay. I thought the characters in My Sister's Keeper were better written, but this book is older than that one. The relationship between Ian and Mariah was kind of annoying. The portrayal of autism is probably very offensive.

  • Adham Kamar aldeen
    2019-04-25 15:36

    This book just took me aloot of time !! it is totally not what i expected " not in a good way " , over dramatic !!!, but i don't want to hide the fact that it tickled the back of my brain in several beautiful points !!

  • Missy
    2019-05-14 20:44

    could not get into - one of main characters was so depressed I stopped reading it

  • Mel Ann
    2019-05-17 20:20

    I feared for Mariah and Faith. I teared up from worry, the pain, the not knowing what would come next. I was not expecting that ending and I was seeing the worst case scenario at every turn of the page.I am not a religiously educated person nor am I a non believer of God, Jesus, The Virgin Mary. Jodi Picoult did something with this book. She really did her research on every aspect and made the reader feel like they were going to gain something in keeping Faith.

  • Ioan Nascu
    2019-04-27 14:31

    “Give, and it shall be given to you. For whatever measure you deal out to others, it will be dealt to you in return.” Luke 6:38Well, Miss Picoult, I hope you will waste the next few hours of your life. And by this, I do not dare instill the idea that Keeping Fate is a complete and utter waste of time, just that time would somehow prefer a more pleasant way of being spent.1. Storyline: 6/10I really do think that the story has been stretched out on way too many directions, and this for the simple wish of making it seem far more complex and complicated than it is. Fail. Maybe less pages, but more consistent and about what we really care would have been better,Next, let's see what the author has tried to do. So, some of us have read a few of really good detective stories, and others have at least heard of them. The evolution of the story. the "omg... so that's how it was". This is what Picoult also tries in her wondrous book. Fail again. What she actually does, is, in my opinion, murky the water. She just adds some stuff there in the idea that confusion will spread, although, let's face it, we know the idea is so stupid it couldn't be possible. Not even in fiction.2. Characters: 5/10Again, who was the main character in this book? Faith. Wrong answer. It was Mariah (in my humble opinion), and all the stress she is under and all the other 'stuff' (in a politically correct language) that happens to her surroundings. And she is not a very good character at that. I find her, inconsistent at the very least. I myself could not identify myself with her; as far as the other characters go, they are all fairly weak ones, none of which could make me love him/her. Well, except for Faith. Maybe she isn't that of a great character, but I do think she had potential. Not to revolutionize the genre, but to make the book much more pleasant. But apparently the author doesn't think so, and thus doesn't work so much on her.Whilst threading through a blog, I found a very neat idea. "The Idiot Plot Device". As the author describes it, and I myself agree very much, it's the thing lazy/ untalented authors use to make their plots. It's when characters chose extremely infidel choices (infidel to their personality) for the sole purpose of making the plot go further. There have been at least a few around here, and they merely make me think "what the hell is happening here?". Like when Mariah takes her daughter to Kansas after Colin threatens her with a custody trial; Mariah never risks. But it was vital, wasn't it? How else (unless with a complicated maneuver that requires skill) would she have fallen in love with Ian and another bunch of stuff.3. Lasting appeal: 5I do not like the ending. And i re-read it like 3 times, because I couldn't believe that it wasn't at least better. I think an ending has one of two purposes: make you want to read the continuation of the story, or gives you a sort of feeling of, accomplishment. Of "I'm glad I read this book", or sympathy, or something that lasts even after the last page has been turned. No such thing here.I also disliked another thing about the edition I read. At the end are "Book Club Discussion Questions" where the author, or the editor, or I really don't care, offer these very idiotic questions book clubs should discuss. Just because your book has I don't know how many copies sold, doesn't not make you a smart person, Miss Picoult, nonetheless a smarter person than those that read them. I do think that writing talent does not necessarily mean you are necessarily very intelligent. You are good at writing books. Off course, please notice the premise (you = talent) is fairly wrong. Perhaps other books are good, by this author, but personally I won't try and find out by myself. Final Score: 5/10

  • Stella Marie
    2019-05-25 19:41

    February 24, 2013I started reading some of Jodi Picoult's books and I must say, I'm loving it. I love Keeping Faith and I love how I always can relate to a book that I choose. Keeping Faith is about broken marriage. When I started reading this book, all I could think about is my family. What if I had to go through broken marriage of my parents? In this book, it's like one of those book that gives you a slap in the face; realizing that when it comes to broken marriage, we should never dwell on it, but we should always move forward. "Keeping Faith," however is a good title for the book. It is not just about "Faith" a daughter's name but it's about the other meaning of faith (strong belief in something)March 3rd, 2013Keeping Faith has been the book I have longed to read for years. All the books that I have read so far, aren't so deep like this book; which is good for my case. I'm a very religious person and I believe in Faith. This book makes me wonder through the impossibilities in life; especially bringing me closer to God. For me, as of now, reading this book gives me the good kind of goosebumps. It helps me calm myself down especially going through broken marriage. March 10, 2013Keeping Faith is definitely one of those "life learning" book. It gives off inspiration and motivation for us readers to see that things do happen for a reason. Faith's parents marriage broke for a reason, and when Faith started to see God, or in other words calling God closer to her, miracles started to happen. What I don't like about this book is even though most of the books we read would make us wonder what would happen in the next chapter just like watching tv series, what will happen in the next episode? I didn't really like it when it kept me wonder even though books can sometimes be mysterious! But still, due to the pile of work I have, I wanted to continue reading this book because of the curiosities or questions I have in the next chapter. I guess I just don't like controlling myself especially when you're about to find out what happens next!

  • Lain
    2019-05-12 17:50

    There is so much to recommend this book -- a unique, unexplored topic, great writing, realistic characters. The story of Faith, a seven-year-old who suddenly seems to be talking with God and working miracles, keeps readers enthralled as we attempt to figure out if she's the real thing or a charlatan. But as with several of Picoult's books, there are glaring holes in the plot that beg to be poked at and prodded. While I'm willing to suspend disbelief in favor of a great tale, I'm only wililng to go so far, especially if the writer wants me to get lost in the story. A few examples: The idea that Ian would risk so much to hide his brother is ludicrous, as is the thought that a judge would bar a mother from her critically ill child. As is the thought that even if she were barred, any mother on this earth would be camped outside the hospital door, or no further than the cafeteria... And I have to say that I didn't particularly even like Mariah for the first half of the book, as she was too self-absorbed and pitiful for me to spend much time or energy on. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that this novel had the potential to be a real masterpiece, a la Donna Tartt's The Secret History or The Little Friend, but instead lost much credibility by not paying attention to the details.

  • Alyssa
    2019-05-09 19:44

    I have read other Jodi Picoult books, but this one was different than the others. While I haven’t read all of her books, I notice similar patterns. One is that she likes the plot to focus around a child. She also likes to switch points of view between other characters (in this book, between Mariah, Ian, Colin, and Millie), and finally includes the child’s point of view in the last chapter (in this case, Faith). However, what was strange about this one was the lack of a surprise ending. Not to give much away in Picoult’s other books, but usually there is a twist ending that no one see coming. At first, I thought Keeping Faith was going to have a large surprise, that Faith wasn’t really talking to God and that there was some scientific and plausible explanation for all the strange events that happened. I felt a little cheated when I got to the end and was suppose to believe that Faith really was experiencing something. Overall, it was very anticlimactic. If I learned something about writing from this book, it’s that you have to be faithful to your readers. You have to give them a good conclusion. I was expecting something really cool, not something I could predict from reading the summary on the back cover.

  • Thomas
    2019-04-26 22:24

    “Keeping Faith” is about seven year old Faith White, who has been conjuring visions of what seems to be God. Actually, this book is not just about Faith, but about her entire family as well. After Mariah White, Faith’s mother, catches her husband cheating on her with a woman named Jessica; that is when Faith begins envisioning God. So afterwards a whole bunch of legal drama occurs, including Colin, Faith’s father, wanting custody of her, Ian Fletcher, a television star atheist who has a sudden interest in the White family, and a whole bunch of other religious popes, priests, and what not.I actually am very tired right now as I am writing this review, so I’m going to make this short. I enjoyed this novel as much as any other Jodi Picoult novel, the only thing I didn’t like so much was how the book focused a little bit too much on religion and little bit too less on Faith. Although she was the main character, I would’ve liked to get to know her a little better. Otherwise, this was another great novel by Jodi Picoult, it included a lot of interesting plots and twists, great characters, and a storyline that had me hooked until the end.

  • Marge
    2019-05-18 19:48

    This was recommended by Goodreads buddies, Angela and Meg. As Jodi Picoult said in her Acknowledgements page, the subject matter is controversial. Still it is fiction and one can go anywhere where one's imagination leads him/her. I will admit that I found it a compelling read (specially close to the ending). It is not heavily literary, true, but I enjoyed it a lot. I liked the characters - they are very real - the grandmother, the rabbi, the priest. I could actually see them in my mind the way they are described in the book. What I found difficult to get into is the love story of Ian and Mariah. It was a bit forced and contrived, not entirely believable. It reminded me of romance stories in Mills and Boon pocket books I used to devour in my early college years (yes, I was that immature). Also the ending was a bit hokey. It was like the author did not know how to end the story. I actually felt like I was taken in for a ride. Overall, I enjoyed it. For the ending and the shaky love story, I am going to give it three stars.

  • Saba Rehmat
    2019-04-28 18:35

    My most favourite excrept from this book:"Let me tell you what you feel like when you know you are ready to die.You sleep a lot, and when you wake up the very first thought in your head is that you wish you could go back to bed.You go entire days without eating, because food is a commodity that keeps you here.You read the same page a hundred times.You rewind your life like a videocassette and see the things that make you weep, things that make you pause, but nothing that makes you want to play it forward.You forget to comb your hair, to shower, to dress.And then one day, when you make the decision that you have enough energy left in you to do this one, last, monumental thing, there comes a peace. Suddenly you are counting moments as you haven’t for months. Suddenly you have a secret that makes you smile, that makes people say you look wonderful, although you feel like a shell-brittle and capable of cracking into a thousand pieces. "- Jodi Picoult(Keeping Faith)

  • Jessica
    2019-05-15 17:27

    I liked this book. It is a story about a woman who gets a divorce from her husband because he continues to cheat on her. They have a little girl named Faith who starts manifesting strange religious related behavior after her parents get the divorce. It is even more strange because the father is Christian, the mother is Jewish but neither one taught their daughter anything about religion and never once went to church. It then turns into an ugly custody battle between husband and wife. I recommend reading it because I am not very good at writing reviews. All I know is that it kept me interested the entire time and it was a quick read for me. It was intriguing along the way but the ending kind of let me down. Maybe because I was holding bigger expectations. You'll have to read it for yourself.