On Shifting Sand

On Shifting Sand Long before anyone would christen it The Dust Bowl Nola Merrill senses the destruction She s been drying up bit by bit since the day her mother died leaving her to be raised by a father who withhold

  • Title: On Shifting Sand
  • Author: Allison Pittman
  • ISBN: 9781414390444
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Paperback
  • Long before anyone would christen it The Dust Bowl, Nola Merrill senses the destruction She s been drying up bit by bit since the day her mother died, leaving her to be raised by a father who withholds his affection the way God keeps a grip on the Oklahoma rain A hasty marriage to Russ, a young preacher, didn t bring the escape she desired Now, twelve years later withLong before anyone would christen it The Dust Bowl, Nola Merrill senses the destruction She s been drying up bit by bit since the day her mother died, leaving her to be raised by a father who withholds his affection the way God keeps a grip on the Oklahoma rain A hasty marriage to Russ, a young preacher, didn t bring the escape she desired Now, twelve years later with two children to raise, new seeds of dissatisfaction take root.When Jim, a mysterious drifter and long lost friend from her husband s past, takes refuge in their home, Nola slowly springs to life under his attentions until a single, reckless encounter brings her to commit the ultimate betrayal of her marriage For months Nola withers in the wake of the sin she so desperately tries to bury Guilt and shame consume her physically and spiritually, until an opportunity arises that will bring the family far from the drought and dust of Oklahoma Or so she thinks As the storms follow, she is consumed with the burden of her sin and confesses all, hoping to find Russ s love strong enough to stand the test.

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    1. 3.5One thing I really appreciate is when authors take the hard topics head on While it doesn t always make for an easy read, I don t think we can ignore them Our friends, our neighbors, our co workers, our church going friends these are things that happen and I m thankful for authors who want to bring that to light.As I ve said, I really appreciated the topic because it s one never really spoken about in church circles from this point of view Is adultery the end of a marriage How could a Christi [...]

    2. This is my first time reading an Allison Pittman novel so I wasn t exactly sure what to expect I did know what I was getting into, however, with the synopsis so nothing really surprised me I knew Nola was going to be unfaithful to her husband I knew they were living through the Dust Bowl, of which I knew practically nothing And I knew that somewhere in this story, the seed of redemption and forgiveness would be planted I was right on all three counts.I suspect that a lot of readers will struggle [...]

    3. Since the day her mother died, Nola Merrill has been drying up inside Left with a harsh father that withholds affection, Nola escapes into a hasty marriage to Russ, a young preacher Twelve years and two children later, Nola can t shake the dissatisfaction that is once again seeping into her life When Jim, a drifter and long lost friend from Russ s past, appears, she can t help but find life under his attentions, leading her to commit the ultimate betrayal of her marriage and Russ s love In the s [...]

    4. Long before the Dust Bowl hit their small town in Oklahoma, Nola Merrill feels like she s been drying up bit by bit ever since the day her mother died, leaving her to be raised by her stern father A hasty to marriage to Russ, a young preacher, didn t bring her the escape she desired, and twelve years later, with two children to raise, dissatisfaction with her life takes hold of her once again.When Jim, a mysterious drifter and a long loss friend of her husband s takes refuge in their home during [...]

    5. It isn t often that I can t decide what to say about a book I m still not sure what I think of this one It s a good story, it s quite well written, and yet I just didn t like it Most of that, I know, is because it s written in the dreaded present tense, which I really dislike reading It often makes me confused, and it annoys me so much that it s just plain distracting I know I would have gotten much from this book if it hadn t been written this way Another reason why I didn t particularly enjoy [...]

    6. On Shifting Sand was a modern day story of Job While I enjoyed that parallel and the symbolism throughout the story, I never fully connected or got engaged in the story Nola was difficult to relate to.This is my second Allison Pittman novel I enjoyed the first one much than this novel and look forward to reading her other works.

    7. The afternoon that I began reading this book, my town received its first genuine spring rain cool, sweet, persistent The noise of falling water made a strange counterpoint to the scenes I was imagining as I read The Oklahoma Dustbowl a world without rain, where the sky darkens with flying sand and grit filters through every sheltering wall That is Nola s world when this story begins She is a thirsty woman living in a parched place The earth doesn t seem to produce life here instead it chokes it [...]

    8. On Shifting SandAbout the Book Long before anyone would christen it The Dust Bowl, Nola Merrill senses the destruction She s been drying up bit by bit since the day her mother died, leaving her to be raised by a father who withholds his affection the way God keeps a grip on the Oklahoma rain A hasty marriage to Russ, a young preacher, didn t bring the escape she desired Now, twelve years later with two children to raise, new seeds of dissatisfaction take root.When Jim, a mysterious drifter and l [...]

    9. I could almost feel the sting of dust particles as I read Allison Pittman s newest release On Shifting Sand Novel after novel, Pittman proves herself than adept at creating plots that will impact readers into the depths of their hearts Every aspect, from the history to the setting to the characters, is created in fully developed detail I never know what path one of Pittman s novels will take, but I know that I will always find history, pain, depth, hope, and faith along the way Set during the D [...]

    10. Very impressed with this book The depiction of Oklahoma in the trying days of the Dust Bowl are unbelievable I can t imagine living under those conditions and I am from Oklahoma The horror of drowning from sand just from being outside when the storm came Just the visualization of people having to place wet cloths in or around their mouths and nose just to keep the sand out when a storm came But I think the author does give an accurate account of what life was like living in the Dust Bowl, a very [...]

    11. I was struck by the intensity of this book, both by the emotional, physical and spiritual struggles for survival that the characters endured, but also for the captivating story line.This is than a story of hardship, but also of the undying faith of one, and the hard fought battle of the mind and heart of the other.As a woman I could deeply relate to the character of Nola for she struggled with many emotional issues that women face everyday, the consequences of our choices for good or bad, and t [...]

    12. Denola is trapped in 1930s Oklahoma with a bitter father, a husband who makes major decisions without consulting her, and a congregation who hasn t accepted her as their beloved pastor s wife She s losing the battle against dust storms and against her attraction to a drifter Such a grim story is only made readable by the adept writing of Allison Pittman.

    13. I think this is the first book I ve read that takes place during the dust bowl I learned a lot which is a given in historical fiction for me anyway The first person narration drew me into the story immediately Seeing life through Nola Merrill s eyes made me feel her angst, and understand her disgust She is a flawed character, and she ll stay with me for some time Dealing with adultery not a topic I usually read about the story offers an emotional rollercoaster, and showcases mercy and redemption [...]

    14. Very powerful story about forgiveness Loved how it was written in first person Living in Oklahoma I especially found the dust bowl interesting.

    15. Nola Merrill is dissatisfied with her marriage, which is true to her character as she clearly has never been truly satisfied with anything in her life Her life with her father was not what she wanted it to be, and her escape from him to her husband Russ did nothing to permanently ease her dissatisfaction Because she is so selfish, it is hard to care about her We can partially understand the reasoning behind her behavior, given her past, but Nola clearly uses that as an excuse for her sins Althou [...]

    16. SummaryNola Merrill longed to leave her small hometown in Oklahoma long before the Dust Bowl first barreled through But her husband, Russ, is the town s preacher, and maintains that they need to keep their family rooted in the community To Nola, everything is slipping away she once dreamed of going to college and having adventures twelve years after their hasty marriage, Nola and Russ have two children, they live above a shop that makes no money, and Nola watches everyone and everything in her l [...]

    17. While engrossed in Allison Pittman s latest novel, On Shifting Sand, I continually found myself heading to the kitchen for a tall, cool glass of water to slake my thirst Yes, it s been a dry, hot summer here in Idaho, I told myself, but what gives Then I realized that the cause of my thirst was Allison s vivid, you are there descriptions of daily life in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s We feel thirst everywhere, she writes in protagonist Nola s viewpoint, our parched throats, of cours [...]

    18. Thursday, May 7, 2015On Shifting Sand by Allison Pittman, 2015I crane my neck, looking for any kind of a familiar landmark, but there are none No furrowed fields, rippling grass, no head of cattle wandered far from the gate All the time growing up here, what I liked best was that our family house sat in the deepest part of a shallow valley Coming in on the road, you might think there was nothing to be found, but then one, two turns of the tire, and there it was spread out like the preface art i [...]

    19. What I liked Learning about the dust bowl and the perils that face that particular part of the country leading up to and during the Great Depression I remember hearing the term in school, but I don t think we learn about it in any great detail.It s an easy read pages go by quickly, but at almost 400 pages, it s a little bit longer book.The storyline and the outcome of the book is pretty on target for the time period, I feel I mean it was taboo at that time to have a child out of wedlock, thus th [...]

    20. SUMMARY Long before anyone would christen it The Dust Bowl, Nola Merrill senses the destruction She s been drying up bit by bit since the day her mother died, leaving her to be raised by a father who withholds his affection the way God keeps a grip on the Oklahoma rain A hasty marriage to Russ, a young preacher, didn t bring the escape she desired Now, twelve years later with two children to raise, new seeds of dissatisfaction take root.When Jim, a mysterious drifter and long lost friend from he [...]

    21. Title On Shifting SandAuthor Allison PittmanPages 416Year 2015Publisher TyndaleRating 4 out of 5 stars.The story is told from the main female character named Nola who lives in Oklahoma with her husband Russ and two young children As I began reading I remembered a movie I watched which depicted quite realistically the Dust Bowl conditions of the land many years ago The Dust Bowl is used as a setting by the author to depict both a physical as well as spiritual realities of what life is like withou [...]

    22. ON SHIFTING SAND is the first novel I ve read by Allison Pittman For anyone who balks at reading Christian fiction thinking the characters or plot are going to be flimsy backdrops for some whiny preaching should pick up ON SHIFTING SANDS Oh yes, there is a message and it is powerful, as Nola s story will bring life to the powerful destruction of infidelity and the unbelievable beauty of mercy and forgiveness Nola s unfaithfulness seems to rise up out of the dust that permeates every aspect of he [...]

    23. Actual rating Closer to 3.5On Shifting Sand is an intriguing look at the effect a buried secret has on a person and on a marriage Allison Pittman does a great job of balancing the sympathy that the reader feels for Nola as a first person narrator with the insights that lead us to understand that Nola is an unreliable narrator In other words, we feel sympathetic for Nola, but not so much that we fail to see her own mistakes and her own self delusions.I thought it was a pity that the summary of th [...]

    24. On Shifting Sand is a difficult book to read but not because it is poorly written In fact, in many ways it may be a literary masterpiece The difficulty is the way Nola gets under your skin and forces you to look at yourself and what drives you possibly closely than is comfortable.There are many who probably should not read this novel because it will not meet their standards of what should constitute a Christian novel After all, the primary character sins repeatedly and for some reason, quite a [...]

    25. I had a really hard time with this read It us written in first person POV, and I usually like that when well done However, after reading 400 pages of Nola talking, I don t in the least feel drawn to her nor do I really feel I know her Selfish is an obvious trait, but she isn t ever happy and nothing gives the reader a clue as to why She cheats on her husband willingly, is supposedly sorry, but does it again for reasons that remain vague and unknown Not that there is ever a good reason was just s [...]

    26. Nola Merrill is wasting away, blowing away like the dust that rolls in with every storm from all across the country The wife of a small town, Oklahoma preacher, raising two kids, Nola struggles to please her family, and live up to the high expectations that she has set up for herself But that takes it s toll as she begins to question her worth.When an old college friend of her husband s drifts into town, she feels an uncanny connection to Jim and the temptation of the freedom he represents.Will [...]

    27. Stuck in a deep pit of dirt and filth and nothingness in the dust bowl of Oklahoma Nola feels she has no purpose in life, no meaning She is trapped in this awful place feeling alone and useless Can She get past the sin and see God s love and forgiveness or will she slip away, just like the dust in the Oklahoma air As I read this book I struggled through the whole thing, trying to decide if I liked it I knew I couldn t stop reading it Wanting to read it everyday to see what was happening So, why [...]

    28. This was a romance history story unlike any I ve ever read before I did not learn until I d gotten through part of the book what time frame it was in I also had never heard of the dust bowl, so I looked it up to learn It was called the Dirty Thirities by some Drought, frequent dust storms and depression hit a small town in Oklahoma that wife Nola and husband Russ endured with their two children Russ was the town s minister and Nola was a housewife In spite of her upbringing with a very critical [...]

    29. Nola Merrill is a mother, daughter, neighbor, preacher s wife, and a very lonely person Despite having a loving, handsome husband, two wonderful children she feels isolated, unaccepted by the congregation, and unloved by her father When Jim, an old friend of her husband Russ, comes to town, she is vulnerable to his advances and finally succumbs to his attention Coupled with this story is the tale of rural America in the midst of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl Nowhere in the country were the [...]

    30. On Shifting Sand by Allison Pittman is a complex book, but one that is sure to pull at your heartstrings The story is set in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl and with no rain and constant dust storms plaguing the town, Nola feels like her life is just as dried up as the land Nola married Russ, a young preacher, in attempt to get away from her heartless father She did not find the happiness she desired and now twelve years have passed and she has two children and is unhappier than ever She is good a [...]

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