REVIEW ☆ Conceived Without Sin


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REVIEW ☆ Conceived Without Sin » No contemporary writer draws you into the lives of the people who populate his stories the way Bud Macfarlane does Conceived Without Sin his long awaited second novel was showered with positive reviews from thousands of actual readers It established Macfarlane as a master Catholic storyteller who is not afraid to chIll take you on an addictive journey alongside real people who struggle with real problems Sharply funny always unpredictable and with characters so real you'll swear you know them from your own life You are in this story. Before today I had only given a 1 star rating to one book here on GoodReads and that was Bud McFarlane's first book Pierced by the Sword I was talked into considering his second book Conceived without Sin since after all Pierced by the Sword was his first novel and of course a novelist will get better with experience I gave it a try and read Conceived without Sin cover to cover I honestly have to say that it is arguably worse than Pierced by the SwordConceived without Sin has all of the faults of Pierced with a Sword The dialogue is horrible with 1950s TV slang and banal conversations that go on for pages CWS actually has a much weaker plot than PWAS In PWAS the Catholic SuperFriends characters came together in South Bend Indiana to face the forces of evil 1 dimensional contrived villains for an apocalyptic battle on the uad of Notre Dame University In CWS a different set of Catholic SuperFriends characters gets together in Cleveland OH to win a local basketball tournament see one of the SuperFriends through a wedding another SuperFriend into a convent and a third SuperFriend through a suicide attempt If that sounds confusing to you it is even confusing when this unravels through almost 500 pages of annoying textBesides these annoying characteristics there were several very disturbing aspects to this novel which makes it truly worthy of the 1 star rating GoodReads only gives me a limited number of words to spell this out for you but I'll try in my alloted space The first disturbing element of this novel is the impression that I got that McFarlane really has no clue what conversion is all about In his novels people who become Catholic turn into brand new people It's almost as though the body snatchers have kidnapped the convert and replaced him or her with a perfect facsimile of his former self that never sins never has a negative thought and is totally dedicated to prayer and the sacraments There is one character in particular Buzz who is described as a former baddie who used to beat his ex wife cheat on her and was an alchoholic and a drug addict to boot However for most of CWS Buzz hangs out constantly with people who drink and smoke cigarettes around him but it doesn't faze him at all He isn't even tempted to drink Further at one point in the book Buzz spends a few days in a beach house with a young woman and is never tempted to sleep with her This just doesn't happen in real life especially with people who had serious struggles with temptation in the past But in CWS it's everywhereAnother disturbing characteristic of CWS is McFarlane's treatment of women In his books McFarlane's female characters are only significant in that they pair up with the male characters or tempt the male characters in some way In CWS there are two significant female characters One of them marries a male character while the other one who was in love with this same male character enters the convent after the male and female characters get married McFarlane has a married character who goes through counseling after he separates from his wife it is significant that this character went to counseling alone without his wife In counseling this married character is told that he should treat his wife like a fine violin and play her like a virtuouso He is told that he should think of his wife as though she is a famous movie star Now if I came home to my wife and said to her honey you are a fine Strativarius and I want to learn to play you like a virtuoso my wife would slap me from here to Canada It's just wrong to compare a woman to a musical instrument or any other tool Likewise no woman will be flattered if she discovers that her husband treats her well because in his mind he has turned her into Jennifer Lopez It's really a clueless individual that would even suggest this This of course is Bud McFarlane JrThe last distrurbing characteristic of CWS is the role violence and warfare plays in this book Of course violence and warfare took a major part in PWAS but that novel was about apocalyptic warfare so violence is to be expected In CWS there is no war no battle but warfare analogies are everywhere Buzz and Sam the two main characters meet with Buzz pummels Sam on the basketball court Throughout the novel there are beatings described on the basketball court the wrestling ring the football field and other places In one particularly horrible scene a male character describes a flashback to his childhood where he was beaten senseless by a pair of public school boys who happen to be brothers The male character who was of course a Catholic school kid gathered up his father and brothers and formed a deranged gang of thugs to exact revenge on the public school boys McFarlane describes this senseless violence with approval He seems to think that devotion and manhood are about fighting and struggle This analogy extends to romantic relationships as well McFarlane's characters don't love each other the way that characters in a great novel would love each other They use their prayer time to gather up spiritual warfare weapons to fight for their beloved or fight against their beloved To McFarlane love is war and relationships are a battleground It is truly a bizarre outlook especially for a Catholic writerI would truly not recommend this book to anyone For Catholics this novel presents a skewed and disturbing perspective on spirituality and relationships that will not be uplifting at all For non Catholics this novel will give a very bad impression of the Catholic faith Bottom line avoid Conceived without Sin at all costs

Conceived Without SinIll take you on an addictive journey alongside real people who struggle with real problems Sharply funny always unpredictable and with characters so real you'll swear you know them from your own life You are in this story. Before today I had only given a 1 star rating to one book here on GoodReads and that was Bud McFarlane's first book Pierced by the Sword I was talked into considering his second book Conceived without Sin since after all Pierced by the Sword was his first novel and of course a novelist will get better with experience I gave it a try and read Conceived without Sin cover to cover I honestly have to say that it is arguably worse than Pierced by the SwordConceived without Sin has all of the faults of Pierced with a Sword The dialogue is horrible with 1950s TV slang and banal conversations that go on for pages CWS actually has a much weaker plot than PWAS In PWAS the Catholic SuperFriends characters came together in South Bend Indiana to face the forces of evil 1 dimensional contrived villains for an apocalyptic battle on the uad of Notre Dame University In CWS a different set of Catholic SuperFriends characters gets together in Cleveland OH to win a local basketball tournament see one of the SuperFriends through a wedding another SuperFriend into a convent and a third SuperFriend through a suicide attempt If that sounds confusing to you it is even confusing when this unravels through almost 500 pages of annoying textBesides these annoying characteristics there were several very disturbing aspects to this novel which makes it truly worthy of the 1 star rating GoodReads only gives me a limited number of words to spell this out for you but I'll try in my alloted space The first disturbing element of this novel is the impression that I got that McFarlane really has no clue what conversion is all about In his novels people who become Catholic turn into brand new people It's almost as though the body snatchers have kidnapped the convert and replaced him or her with a perfect facsimile of his former self that never sins never has a negative thought and is totally dedicated to prayer and the sacraments There is one character in particular Buzz who is described as a former baddie who used to beat his ex wife cheat on her and was an alchoholic and a drug addict to boot However for most of CWS Buzz hangs out constantly with people who drink and smoke cigarettes around him but it doesn't faze him at all He isn't even tempted to drink Further at one point in the book Buzz spends a few days in a beach house with a young woman and is never tempted to sleep with her This just doesn't happen in real life especially with people who had serious struggles with temptation in the past But in CWS it's everywhereAnother disturbing characteristic of CWS is McFarlane's treatment of women In his books McFarlane's female characters are only significant in that they pair up with the male characters or tempt the male characters in some way In CWS there are two significant female characters One of them marries a male character while the other one who was in love with this same male character enters the convent after the male and female characters get married McFarlane has a married character who goes through counseling after he separates from his wife it is significant that this character went to counseling alone without his wife In counseling this married character is told that he should treat his wife like a fine violin and play her like a virtuouso He is told that he should think of his wife as though she is a famous movie star Now if I came home to my wife and said to her honey you are a fine Strativarius and I want to learn to play you like a virtuoso my wife would slap me from here to Canada It's just wrong to compare a woman to a musical instrument or any other tool Likewise no woman will be flattered if she discovers that her husband treats her well because in his mind he has turned her into Jennifer Lopez It's really a clueless individual that would even suggest this This of course is Bud McFarlane JrThe last distrurbing characteristic of CWS is the role violence and warfare plays in this book Of course violence and warfare took a major part in PWAS but that novel was about apocalyptic warfare so violence is to be expected In CWS there is no war no battle but warfare analogies are everywhere Buzz and Sam the two main characters meet with Buzz pummels Sam on the basketball court Throughout the novel there are beatings described on the basketball court the wrestling ring the football field and other places In one particularly horrible scene a male character describes a flashback to his childhood where he was beaten senseless by a pair of public school boys who happen to be brothers The male character who was of course a Catholic school kid gathered up his father and brothers and formed a deranged gang of thugs to exact revenge on the public school boys McFarlane describes this senseless violence with approval He seems to think that devotion and manhood are about fighting and struggle This analogy extends to romantic relationships as well McFarlane's characters don't love each other the way that characters in a great novel would love each other They use their prayer time to gather up spiritual warfare weapons to fight for their beloved or fight against their beloved To McFarlane love is war and relationships are a battleground It is truly a bizarre outlook especially for a Catholic writerI would truly not recommend this book to anyone For Catholics this novel presents a skewed and disturbing perspective on spirituality and relationships that will not be uplifting at all For non Catholics this novel will give a very bad impression of the Catholic faith Bottom line avoid Conceived without Sin at all costs

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Conceived Without Sin ↠ No contemporary writer draws you into the lives of the people who populate his stories the way Bud Macfarlane does Conceived Without Sin his long awaited second novel was showered with positive reviews from thousands of a. review I wrote for back in 2000 Readers of Bud Macfarlane Jr fall into two categories haters and lovers Both positions are understandable Haters contend that Macfarlane is a terrible writer His style is sophmoric and obvious and occasionally contains typos His subject matter is fantastic and fanatical; at least to people who aren't fervent Catholics Lovers reply that the characters that Macfarlane comes up with are among the most real and most personal that they've seen in a long time I'm personally among the lovers although as a literature student I understand the haters' point of view Conceived Without Sin MacFarlane's second novel contains some of the the most rounded expertly portrayed characters that I've ever seen in a popular novel; they far outshine the cardboard cutouts in Cricton and Grisham I don't want to give away the ending but let me just assert a few things; first that Macfarlane writes with an instinctual untrained talent that is both accesible and passionate; he tends to drag on at times but readers who stick it out will be well rewarded by the conclusion which is both surprising and satisfying There are approximately seven subplots that occur and link together and the many characters are rounded out by entertaining and realistic conversation Macfarlane has an uncanny knack for portraying an interesting character at first glance and then revealing the inner workings of that character through conversation and interior monologue The best example of this is Buzz Woodard who is first portrayed as a devilishly funny orthodox Catholic and then is revealed as a desperately lonely man haunted by his demons who nearly falls into despair before returning to his faith Conceived Without Sin is not without flaws; there are some subplots and some discussions that could use a little editing and they dimminish some of the power of the main story involving the three friends Buzz Sam and Donna But readers who plow through some of the duller parts will be amply rewarded by the ending Although Bud Macfarlane's first book Pierced by a Sword will grip you and excite you Conceived Without Sin will stay with you longer FREE READ å MONEYEXPRESSCARD.CO.UK ò Bud Macfarlane Jr.

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Bud Macfarlane Jr. ò 1 REVIEW Ctual readers It established Macfarlane as a master Catholic storyteller who is not afraid to challenge readers to uestion basic assumptions about faith marriage and friendship With over 200000 copies in print Conceived w. ove hanging out with characters that are so thoroughly Catholic but it was slower moving and didn't seem as inspired like Pierced by a Sword One of the best treatments of marriage anywhere however of what makes a good marriage work 2013 3rd time reading2007 2nd time reading1998 1st time reading