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Atheists Who Kneel and Pray: a romance novel: The bestselling love story that will make you swoon Kindle Edition
She dates men who need her, but always moves on to something new, never staying in one place for very long.
David Lisey is in need of a muse.
A talented musician lacking lyrical inspiration. When he first sees her, he knows he's found what he's been looking for.
Yara believes she can give David exactly what he needs to reach his full potential:
A broken heart.
David’s religion is love.
Yara’s religion is heartache.
Neither is willing to surrender, but religion always requires sacrifice.
About the Author
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Tarryn Fisher is cooler than you, but not one to rub it in your face. She graduated first in her class at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She is a lover of human nature, and a real life villain (House of Slytherin). Her heart is dark, but she loves you with it anyway. Currently she lives in Washington with her son and daughter, and just finished her ninth novel, Bad Mommy, which is now available.
Alexander Cendese is a New York–based actor/narrator whose credits include roles on and Off-Broadway, in films, and on popular television shows, including Law & Order: SVU and All My Children. He holds a BFA from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B073XBBCT9
- Publication date : July 13, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 7475 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 337 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #202,663 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2017
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Since the Love Me With Lies series, her books have become nothing more than rambling, meandering drivel with no decent, cohesive plot. Her books just do not make sense or seem to have a purpose. It’s irrefutable that she’s a damn good writer, it’s awe-inspiring what she can do with words. But I feel like she’s trying too hard now to come up with tattoo-able phrases for her fans to scribble all over their skin.
AWKAP tries so hard to be deep when really the book was superficial and meaningless. Unfortunately, you won’t find the truth in all these glowing reviews because her fans don’t seem to know how to separate their love for HER—her personality—from her books.
Tarryn is a marketing genius, I’ll give her that. She markets herself more than she markets her books. So whenever she releases a book, she gets five stars by default, regardless of whether the book is garbage or not.
Like I said, I love TF, just like everyone else. She’s awesome and kickass…on Instagram. But I really am tired of her injecting herself into her books. It makes it that much harder to connect when you are constantly picturing the heroine as the author. I mean, lots of authors put pieces of themselves into their stories, but they don’t tell us. They keep that secret to themselves. But TF feels the need to tell us, each time she puts out a book, that this was part of her life or whatever.
Why not just write a memoir and get it over with?
I was bored to hell and back for the first half of this book. Zero connection to the characters and too much blah blah blah, “look at me being all deep and stuff!”
The second half was a little better, I became invested, finally, we’re getting somewhere, and the next thing you know Yara’s mother dies, and the book just… ends. The messy, MESSY issues between the H and h not dealt with. Just like that.
What was the point of this story? Is there supposed to be a book two or something? Because I really don’t get it! I feel like I’ve wasted hours of my time that I will never get back. And you know what, this is exact same feeling I had after finishing Bad Mommy. Like, WTF?
Again, TF is a good writer but she hasn’t an inkling how to plot or tell a story. In my honest opinion, I think she is HIGHLY overrated as a writer.
Will I continue to read her books? Yes. Because I‘m hopeful. After the LMWL series, we all know what she’s capable of. But I have been seeing people saying this is her “best book to date”. So, hey, maybe I’m just a hater who doesn't know what real art is. F me, right?
I probably won’t be jumping to purchase her books as soon they are out anymore. I’m tired of being disappointed.
I’ll leave you with this glorious WTF quote:
"If a man introduces his male friend to his extraordinary new girlfriend, his friend will think-- I want a girl like that. If a woman introduces her new boyfriend to her female friend, the friend will not think-- I want a man like that, but rather, I want that very man."
Now to the point: I liked this book as the personal journey of inner growth that Tarryn did herself, I actually love it in that sense. But I didn't love it as literature itself. I believe I like Tarryn's writing more when she's writing darker stories. Mud Vein and Marrow are still on the top for me. I love the writing style of those ones. Mud Vein is, for me, the better written, most poetical book of hers. And Marrow has a pace so accurately written I could cry. Just perfect. I can't say the same about AWNAP. It came out as a bit informal and not during the times that it needed to be informal given the characters points of view, but during the rest of the narration and I usually enjoy a poetical language a bit more. There were, either how, some passages and phrases that I completely love! I secondly couldn't connect with so many inner monologues going on. I believe more in show rather than tell and I know that she does as well, so this confused me as well.
Regarding the characters, I have to say that I had a hard time connecting with them, I believe I did it almost at the end, but it was too late for me to fall head over heels for them. It's not that I didn't like their flaws (they were really flawed characters and I was totally okay with that, we're humans, right? Keep it real), but I just couldn't personally connect enough to fall in love with them. I did felt sad about them many times, but as they wrote their paths, not so much. However, I did love and fangirled about the ending and the previous parts that lead to that. I think that part three was my favourite from the book. I believe Yara getting a grip of her life was a breath of fresh air. Let's say I was kind of mad at her during the other parts of the book because, just as her friend said to her, I always believed she was putting excuses not to take responsibility for her existence and grew the ovaries to go after what she wanted. So I did enjoy her development. I liked David sometimes, didn't agree with him some others. I disliked Petra at first, until I started disliking David instead. I maybe liked Ferdinand more than the others even when we didn't get to know a lot about him.
Regarding the plot I do remember we were told it was going to be TO styled, and I liked it even though I couldn't quite connect with the characters for a long part of the book. Either how the third part of it made the book worthy for me.
Finally, though I'm on the minority with this book, I have to say that I do know why everyone loves this, many people needed a story like this as a wake up call and I'm glad they're feeling healed by it. The amazing thing about Tarryn is what she causes with her writing and though she didn't do it for me this time she did it for lots. So I did like the background of the story and the message it left.
I'll leave you here with my favourite quotes now:
° I'm in love with cities, all of them. Each one had their own thing going on, a unique spice they add to the world, but they all had one thing in common: energy.
° Beauty was deceiving in the same way credit cards were.
° Relentless. There's something about a relentless man. You couldn't ignore them. If they asked long enough, eventually they wore you down. Women looked for that, persistent interest. An investor. We were, in ourselves, an entire universe.
° That was the thing about artists, they didn't often think of you. Their energy had a narrow focus, a spotlight on their art... their insecurities... the unfairness of the world.
° How often do we lie to ourselves and say we don't care about something when we do?
° There's no moving on when you're truly in love. You try and you keep trying, but that love is a stain in your life. It's just not that easy.
° It's the simple things that tell the most about our complexities.
° Someone should take you as you are, not have and agenda for how they want to change you.
° David was hesitant to talk about himself, he preferred to listen. To me, that was the mark of a true artist -someone who gathered instead of took.
° Men had a thing for female vulnerability. They wanted to be their hero.
° You can't just threaten kids with their futures when they don't understand the gravity of time.
° The spectrums of pain were meant to be felt and they were beautiful in their own way because they caused change.
° When you set out to find someone, you don't stop until you do. And then you have to deal with what you find.
° Love was a leap of faith, and love was just a word until someone gave it definition.
° It's not true what they say, that you can only give your heart away once. That's the philosophy of the young. The old know better, they know it's not your heart that you give away, but the mind. The mind is a powerful thing. It controls the heart but most people don't know that.
° It's okay to be you Yara, she says. The people who love you will work with your shortcomings, not against them.
° - Tell me, David Lisey, what's the meaning of love?
- It's when you can't get someone out. They crawl inside you and they just live there for the rest of your life.
° When you're unhealthy, healthy things are frightening.
° You don't forgive because they deserve it. Most of the time they don't. You forgive to keep your heart soft. To move forward without bitterness. Forgiveness is for you.
° Even to your old age and grey hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have loved you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
I would definitely recommend this book to someone who's in need of a soul lifting story about love. If you're in a place were you're afraid of love, or holding old resentments, then this is for you.
As I've said before, I can't wait for Tarryn's next work no matter what, her words are my spirit animal.
Top reviews from other countries
Reading her books you find familiarity with the characters they resonate with you on a deep and personal level.
Why, because she writes with her heart and soul, with every journey she takes as an author, we feel it and embrace it as a reader. To see a rare glimpse of ourselves, a trait, a similarity she shows us fear, vulnerability, confusion, flaws, that some of us are socially awkward and introvert where others can be extroverts. She shows you that you can be brave, embrace love even through adversity and loss.
It's all there intricately woven, kneaded within her writing, within her pages, what she shares is raw, real and emotional.
She manages to show you true beauty even in the most ugliest of circumstances, to live, to learn, to really see, to forgive but most of all to love and to be loved.
I savoured reading Atheists who kneel and Pray, embraced it in its entirety.
I knew it was going to be epic and I wasn't disappointed. I didn't know I needed this book, not really, not until now. I mean this title alone, then the most beautiful and magnificent cover I've ever seen.
Some people wear their hearts on their sleeves, whereas Tarryn wears it in her writing, she comes in like a hurricane tearing down walls, leaving an earthquake in her wake, and yet you adore her for it.
She gives you something different every time, you think you know the journey she's taking you on, but you don't and that's what makes so many of us feel so passionately about her writing.
This book had my heart racing, there were moments my stomach plummeted and my heckles rose. I cried for Yara and David and I cried for myself, this journey had me going through so many emotions, I was at times afraid to continue but at the same time desperate to finish.
I can't say anything that's anyone hasn't already said or have words that can truly do this book justice but like The Opportunist this book was a game changer for me, it's left me feeling hopeful. You did it again Tarryn, so thank you, really thank you.