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Can one little note, read at midnight, really trigger a chain of events that could shake the very foundation of Zara Heymer's life? Can she even grasp the horror of what has happened within her family? The shock of discovering that evil, cleverly disguised, has penetrated her home and her church has left Zara reeling. Feeling a total failure, she looks for a way to resignCan one little note, read at midnight, really trigger a chain of events that could shake the very foundation of Zara Heymer's life? Can she even grasp the horror of what has happened within her family? The shock of discovering that evil, cleverly disguised, has penetrated her home and her church has left Zara reeling. Feeling a total failure, she looks for a way to resign as a mother; a way to stop this nightmare.But her daughter, Issy, desperately needs a good mother as she attempts to face life. Can Zara put aside her grief, her own need for acceptance, her narrow thinking, and deeply ingrained religiosity in time to help Issy? Will Issy even survive?How could God allow this to happen? Is God even there? Is her faith relevant or is it just a false crutch she has lent upon all these years? Could it possibly be that this nightmare is the way God has answered her prayers?...

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ISBN : 13634718
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Number of Pages : 261 Pages
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  • Kathryn
    2018-11-17 19:06

    This was a heartbreaking read dealing with issues of sexual abuse by a trusted family friend and the fallout - for the girls who were involved, for the parents and families, for the other friends of the family who were caught between the families of the victims and the perpetrator trying to decide how best to support each family.It is difficult to fully comprehend how abuse can affect someone’s life so completely, but this book does give some insight.The writing of the story itself could have been a bit tighter - it felt like there was too much going on at some points, and sometimes the story felt like it got a little side-tracked. I understand that this is the factional account of the author’s story, so I see how this could have happened, but think a bit more judicious editing may have resolved this. I thought the author gave some great insight into the main character’s thought processes at times, and her confusion and anger and disappointment with God showed through in her conversations with Him. I also enjoyed reading the revelations that God gave to the main character.

  • Andrea Grigg
    2018-12-13 18:20

    Not for the faint-hearted! A very thought-provoking and honest account of how abuse can affect not just a victim, but their whole family and a community. Really enjoyed it.

  • Michelle
    2018-11-29 21:58

    Oh my goodness! Though the Bud Be Bruised was the most heart breaking, gut wrenching book I've ever read. As the story unfolded, I read through squinted eyes because I didn't want to know the painful details. Thankfully, Jo Wanmer has written this book in such a charming way, that my mind was not bombarded with visual images I’d rather not see. Jo has written a real life story in a fictional frame. This book is a faction.I admit, I had to put the book down not once, but twice because though compelling to read, Though the Bud Be Bruised sent me off into my own life, thinking about my relationship with my children, my relationship with God, my friends, my involvement at church, and the big one... my parenting ability. I was moved emotionally and challenged to my core over and over throughout the book.If you have the slightest desire to protect anyone from sexual abuse – this book is for you. If you know someone who has been abused and want to understand them or be there for them (or anyone in their family) as they heal – this book is for you. If you are a Christian – this book is for you. If you aren’t a Christian – this book is for you.I attended the release of this book where Jo’s husband took the microphone and encouraged men to pick this book up too. This book is filled with stories that will touch and encourage everyone.

  • Adele Jones
    2018-11-26 21:02

    Though the Bud be Bruised is the factional (fiction based on a true story) account of Zara Heymer, a mother struggling with her Christian faith and life in the fallout of her young daughter’s severe sexual abuse. Raw and confronting, this book will be an uneasy read for anyone who has in any part witnessed the consequences of paedophilia. Further, through Zara’s grappling with life, some common reactions of Christian establishments and their members to such offenses are challenged. By contrasting the concept of a personal relationship with God against perceptions of the faith relationship within the church context, this story also exposes how these perceptions can, at times, impose misconceptions upon the believer’s understanding of Christianity. But this is not a story about abandoning faith. Rather, this honest and imperfect account unveils the far reaching grace of a God who, even when His children let go in the midst of disaster, are never out of His hands. Highly recommended. Four and a half stars.

  • Mazzy Adams
    2018-12-04 18:01

    I am very glad I read 'Though the Bud Be Bruised'. It's a rare and honest reflection of truth in fictional format as Jo Wanmer tells the story of the brutal fallout resulting from sexual and spiritual abuse and a family's arduous journey struggling under an enormous weight of grief towards a seemingly elusive hope.No two journeys through despair and grief are exactly alike, but I have to say the raw honesty of both Zara and Issy's experiences as related by Jo Wanmer resonated with my own. Given the statistics surrounding the frequency of childhood sexual abuse and the life-long physical, mental, emotional and spiritual effects resulting from its trauma, I'm sure I'm one of many others who would glimpse their own experiences mirrored in these pages and find encouragement from reading the story.Thanks Jo for having the wisdom and the courage to share the whole harsh and wrenching process towards God's healing and restoration, rather than settling for a trite testimony. Your book is powerful and beautiful.

  • Kayleen West
    2018-12-13 18:18

    A powerful rescue story! This book is based on a shocking true story of a couple’s resolute love for their daughter against the most heart wrenching attack on their family. Isobel’s violent abuse explodes into years of drama none could have imagined possible.As a reader the events blew my mind and broke my heart but the victory was exhilarating! I loved the raw and honest fight with Zara’s faith walk. There are no words adequate enough to endorse this amazing book. Jo Wanmer’s courage has inspired me to step out more courageously in my own trust and reaffirm that God is more powerful than the worst situation.It also reaffirms that churches and people may fail us but God is always faithful. ANYONE challenged in ANY area of their life should put everything down and read this book. Again I reiterate that no words I write will do it justice - I love it!

  • Paula Vince
    2018-11-29 16:20

    What I appreciate most about this book was the honest, raw Christianity. Not an easy read but certainly unforgettable.

  • Carol Preston
    2018-11-29 19:22

    Very powerful and moving story of the devastation sexual abuse and betrayal can cause in a family.

  • Omega Writers
    2018-11-29 21:18

    Three reviews from our CALEB reviewers:Four and a half stars.(1)Though the Bud be Bruised by Jo Wanmer is really two books for the price of one. One book is the fictionalised account of a real life tragedy of the molestation of thirteen year old Issy. The other book woven throughout the pages is the personal and often painful account of the spiritual journey and transformation of Issy’s mother Zara. Zara, over a period of years changes from a religious, church going involved person to a more deeply spiritual Christian - not nearly so much concerned with what others think. Issy’s journey is also painful - even more so - but ultimately what Satan meant for evil, the Lord changed to His glory.The book serves as a timely warning that all is not always well in the Christian Church. It highlights that just because a person is in church every Sunday, is upfront and involved in all manner of church activities it does not mean that s/he lives what the church proclaims. It is a warning to parents to be on the alert - that their precious daughters and sons are at risk and we have no way of knowing who the offender may be - no, not even when we are committed Christians.This book is also a call to the church to become a healing community and to learn how do deal with abuse within the ranks. It is also a call to learn how to support the abused as well as the abuser and the families of both.Though the Bud be Bruised is a ‘must read’ by every parent of children aged from infancy to teenage. DS(2) Based on actual events, this fictionalised account of a family’s struggle to deal with the reality of uninvited evil in their lives, is an honest attempt to address some of the ways the church often fails to confront the presence of destructive forces within its ranks. This is a very raw account of one family’s journey through darkness and their struggle to discern God’s truth amidst the clamour of voices who vie to either contribute to, or contaminate, the situation. A book which will confront, question, and inspire further discussion, as it highlights an unpalatable ‘hot potato’ so often side–stepped by the church. KL (3)Challenging!Volunteer reviewer - Bookseller's Prize section of CALEB Awards

  • Rose Dee
    2018-12-01 22:00

    Not the easiest book to read due to the emotional content - but well worth it.

  • Ruth Bonetti
    2018-12-11 17:26

    This is a fictionalised version of a true story; the challenging topic of abuse is handled with honesty yet sensitivity. It reveals the damage not just to the victim but of their family and extended friendships. A must-read for any who have experienced abuse, especially those involved with church fellowships.

  • Jeanette Grant-Thomson
    2018-12-10 16:17

    An important book for everyone to read, especially sincere Christians. Jo Wanmer tells of the immediate effect of abuse on a family and the ongoing effects on their relationships, their church life, even their faith - and on the life of the girl abused. Not light reading - but well written.

  • Lynne Stringer
    2018-12-04 22:11

    Well written and confronting novel based on a true story. Though the Bud be Bruised is not for the faint-hearted, and may be an especially difficult read for those who have experienced sexual abuse. However, it is a deep, thoughtful and ultimately hopeful story.

  • Mary Hawkins
    2018-11-26 23:24

    This novel takes us to "places" in a Christian family's life that are very painful and yet a must read for Christians actively involved in their local church.

  • Adam Collings
    2018-11-19 15:58

    This was a powerful and thought-provoking book. The main theme is sexual abuse, but the book covered so many other themes as well. One that really made me think was the idea of praying God's will rather than our own.The book is fiction but based on real life events. Jo Wanmer has taken a very painful life experience and turned it into a compelling novel.The characters lived and breathed in a realistic way. I really felt the emotions of the protagonist.As a father, I have been challenged to think about my responsibilities to protect my daughter and my son.A must-read book and winner of the caleb prize for unpublished fiction.

  • Anne Hamilton
    2018-11-17 18:14

    The true impact of this book comes home when it's clear the story is simply a lightly fictionalised account of true life events. And because it is based so firmly in real situations, some incidents remain veiled to protect both the innocent - and the guilty. A powerful sense of betrayal pervades the unfolding drama as Zara discovers her daughter has been abused by a trusted family friend. No easy answers are delivered here in a story that moves from simple to complex - Zara begins to wonder if her Christian forgiveness of the perpetrator was too quick, too trite, too facile.A book that grapples with many topics people of faith would rather avoid.Full disclosure: after this book won the CALEB Prize for Unpublished Manuscript in 2011, I was one of the editors who worked on it.

  • Charis Jackson
    2018-12-09 23:02

    While I initially found it hard to engage with the characters, I was soon swept up in a story so unbelievable it had to be true. If you find yourself going through a difficult season and you're questioning yourself on where God is amidst the pain and hardship. Read this book and let it refresh you. Jo you are a courageous woman to write this compelling story. I found myself deeply touched by Zara and Sam and their incredible and enduring love.

  • Nicki Edwards
    2018-11-26 21:06

    “Can one little note, read at midnight, really trigger a chain of events that could shake the very foundation of Zara Heymer’s life? Can she even grasp the horror of what has happened within her family? The shock of discovering that evil, cleverly disguised, has penetrated her home and her church has left Zara reeling. Feeling a total failure, she looks for a way to resign as a mother; a way to stop this nightmare. But her daughter, Issy, desperately needs a good mother as she attempts to face life. Can Zara put aside her grief, her own need for acceptance, her narrow thinking, and deeply ingrained religiosity in time to help Issy? Will Issy even survive? How could God allow this to happen? Is God even there? Is her faith relevant or is it just a false crutch she has lent upon all these years? Could it possibly be that this nightmare is the way God has answered her prayers?”I’ve just finished reading this book (you can purchase a copy from Amazon) and I have to say the author Jo Wanmer did a great job of tackling a very difficult subject – the one of sexual abuse of a young girl that occurs in a church setting.As I turned each page the story got worse, and I’m not talking about Jo’s writing ability! As young Issy finally divulged her secret, day by day more of her story was revealed to those around her. As her mother was shocked afresh with each new revelation, so was I. There were also some things I didn’t see coming as I read the book and I liked that.This book has some very explicit content in terms of the abuse and is also very heavy in terms of scripture and theological ideology so be prepared for that. I waded through some very heavy “Christian” themes that certainly made me stop and ponder my own prayer life and views on the issues that Jo raised.If you’re looking for a book that will shock with its storyline and yet have you crying with joy at God’s redemption at the end, this will be a book you will enjoy reading. If you know someone who has been abused and want to understand them or be there for them (or anyone in their family) as they heal – this book is definitely for you – especially if you’re one of the Christians in the church that just doesn’t get why the abused can’t just forgive and move on.

  • Bethany
    2018-12-05 20:26

    This book was okay, but I didn't really enjoy it. It's for a mature audience since there are some things that come up that are probably best read by older people.

  • Jessica Kate
    2018-11-29 23:23

    Heartbreaking circumstances, powerful story, good writing. Made all the more impressive because it's based on a true story.

  • Amanda Deed
    2018-12-13 20:26

    From reading other reviews, I knew I was in for a powerful read with Though the Bud be Bruised. I didn't know that it would become one of my top reads so far this year. The fact that this story was based on true events had me gasping many times. I'm sure I groaned 'oh my goodness' on several occasions, and I know my hubby heard me sniffing from another room and said, 'don't cry, baby.'Though the content is confronting, dealing with issues that most people like to keep hidden, it is actually filled with hope. While it could seem to be quite a horror story when you look at the events, it is in fact, a powerful testament to the profound love and grace of God. Jo Wanmer did an exceptional job of dealing with this issue, without leaving me feeling weighed down with grief. I was enthralled with the journey the Lord took Zara on as she dealt with her daughter's abuse, and I identified with some of the lessons she learned, even though my own circumstances are quite different.There is something in this novel for everyone -- from becoming aware of the evils of sexual abuse, to a new understanding of God's love and grace. But, be prepared to have your ideals challenged and your thought processes provoked!

  • Kate Hilly
    2018-12-06 19:01

    This book had a huge impact on me. It was heart wrenching and unforgettable. The honesty of the mother's journey through this unique challenge and the thoughtful way that the story is told makes this book such a good reflection on the depths of hurt abuse causes and the long road back. Can't recommend this book highly enough. Not an easy read because of the subject of the story but so well written and so authentic.

  • Crystal Green
    2018-11-28 23:58

    You can read my review of this book on my blog at http://www.tidbitsofexperience.com. (Click on link that states book reviews.)