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It Is Well

It Is Well Jonathan Beecher a middle aged widower and small town store owner has never asked for much But lately all too much is being asked of him The bombing of Pearl Harbor plunges America into World War I

  • Title: It Is Well
  • Author: James D. Shipman
  • ISBN: 9781531834968
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Jonathan Beecher, a middle aged widower and small town store owner, has never asked for much But lately, all too much is being asked of him The bombing of Pearl Harbor plunges America into World War II and deeply fractures Jonathan s own family His eldest son, a civilian contractor, is trapped on a Japanese occupied island in the Pacific Jonathan s feckless younger sonJonathan Beecher, a middle aged widower and small town store owner, has never asked for much But lately, all too much is being asked of him The bombing of Pearl Harbor plunges America into World War II and deeply fractures Jonathan s own family His eldest son, a civilian contractor, is trapped on a Japanese occupied island in the Pacific Jonathan s feckless younger son ignores his father s pleas to stay home and joins the army And his bright, devoted daughter, who Jonathan hoped would go to college, elopes with a brutally abusive man instead.Jonathan has always met adversity with quiet faith, but as his emotional and financial losses accumulate, so do his doubts In the midst of his pain, Sarah, a widow herself, emerges as a kind, compelling friend Powerfully drawn to Sarah, Jonathan struggles to remain true to his late wife.James D Shipman s tender, wise novel examines the paradox of human suffering how irrevocable loss, if we are willing to let it, begets spiritual gain.

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    1. Following the lives of a family in a small town through WWII, we see aspects of life as a storekeeper, a young woman, a civilian contractor and a new army recruit.It wasn't particularly *bad*, but it also wasn't great. The historical facts were obviously researched and somewhat interesting, but there was no life in the story. The characters - with just a couple of minor exceptions - were cardboard cutouts. (view spoiler)[And Luke annoyed me no end, especially with his last prank. (hide spoiler)] [...]

    2. As a free Kindle First pick, I had high hopes that this would be an enthralling historical fiction novel. I was unaware that this would partially be a faith-based romance, and therefore, did not meet my expectations in the least. Perhaps I should have read the product description more in depth. The writing was rather bland and repetitive, and the progression quite frustrating.I have little patience for people using the Bible as an excuse for unacceptable behavior such as domestic violence. The p [...]

    3. enjoyed but too religiousThis book was well written until the end. It was way too religious throughout which I didn't notice in the description. The characters were well developed and the storyline was good. The last couple of chapters were sappy, not as well thought and the ending just didn't fit. It seemed as thought the author just threw it in to get the story done. That was odd

    4. Rating: 4.0/5.0The story follows the members of the Beecher family, Jonathan (a father who lost his wife to cancer), his two sons (Mathew & Luke) and daughter (Mary). The story is set during world war 2 times. Historically I find it to be very accurate. Through the whole book we follow each one of these characters, we see their vulnerabilities and worries. The characters are very well written and unique, you will not see any perfect character here, like us they are very human and have their [...]

    5. WWII: a time when the planet caught fire and God seemed to have turned his back on his children.Today when disasters strike, religious extremists are quick to attribute them to God's wrath, directed at a secular people who've turned away from the Bible. But in December 1941, in the little town of Snohomish, Washington, the majority of the citizens were hard-working, pious, and patriotic. They prayed that the horrible war in Europe would spare them and their sons. Government officials were aware [...]

    6. Historically accurate and written from the sentiment of the time period (WW2), when real men didn't talk about their feelings or cotton such mamby-pamby concepts like "calling the police," "taking out a loan" or "asking others for help." A real man solves his problems with the sweat of his brow, a prayer to God and his own two fists, by Jimminy! And maybe not in that order! And real woman's place is in the home, baking pot roast and apple pies with crust-leaf shapes on top - while waiting patien [...]

    7. Wasted timeThe separate family stories are never actually connected. The characters are all cardboard cutouts. Jonathon is a self-absorbed jerk, and the others are one-dimensional caricatures. Even his faith is cardboard. We are told that he attends church and prays, but neither of those activities are ever graced with any content. God seems to be a teacher with his ruler ever ready for an immediate crack across the knuckles and nothing more. The WWII facts were researched, but not given any rea [...]

    8. Snohomish area author, James Shipman, has told a powerful story of war time (just before the beginning on WWII to the conclusion) in the town of Snohomish, Washington.Jonathan Beecher, 50ish widower, father of 3, owner of the local hardware store, has his life turned upside down with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, his 2 sons caught up (in different ways and places) in the War, his daughter eloping with a local policeman, who is an abuser. When his wife dies (before the book opens) she extracts a " [...]

    9. Historical Fiction That You Can Enjoy Without Your Typical SmutIt Is Well, was definitely shown through James Shipman's story. Since I was so aware how it was in a small town during World War II, I could easily relate. James depicted the struggles our small towns USA had just gone through with the devastating depression, and the hard work everyone was forced to go through. Even with the massive changes because of World War II, individuals still struggled to cope with the shortages resulting in b [...]

    10. This story appears to be based on excellent research and is centered on a widowed father's struggles during World World II. He made a promise to his deceased wife not to remarry and is a good Christian who feels bound by his promise. His two sons are caught up in the war, one in the Pacific as a civilian contractor and the other in Europe when he joins up against his father's wishes. The daughter also goes against her father's wishes and marries a man who turns out to be abusive. The father's pr [...]

    11. It will be ok in the endAnd if it isn't ok, it isn't the end. So the expression goes. 94% into the story and it didn't seem that anything was going to be ok. I suspect this story mirrored many of the times. A simple, hardworking man of strong faith is beset with one tragedy after another. Lost love, lost children, a lost business, a misplaced faith and temporary fall into a bottle, only to be redeemed by his courage and the generosity of neighbors. In the end, it wasn't great, but it was ok. So, [...]

    12. World War 2 is one of my favorite era to read about so I was excited to start reading this. Unfortunately, I didn't finish it for a couple reasons:-I couldn't get into it.-Especially because it was under the Christian fiction genre I was disappointed when there were a couple swear words.*I receved this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

    13. And so I finished this one after all. Thanks, book OCD! It Is Well was my Kindle First pick from October 2016. It was shortly after this I decided I would only download one of ’s free monthly offerings if it really grabbed my attention since I have a lengthy TBR list.Jonathan Beecher is a widower with three late teen/young adult children, a struggling business, and a romantic interest in a widow newly arrived in town. The story follows the actions and subsequent consequences of each character [...]

    14. 3.5 Stars. Intriguing historical fiction.This story is set during World War II. It follows the members of the Beecher family. We learn about Jonathan, the father who lost his wife to cancer, and his sons Matthew and Luke and his daughter Mary. We learn that each character is not perfect that they each have their own vulnerabilities and challenges. They are after all human.Jonathan made a promise to his late wife on her deathbed that he would not marry again and he believes that he has to honor h [...]

    15. Do you know anyone who thinks they can control their lives, keep bad things from happening, and sacrifices all to that end? Well, Jonathan Beecher is one of those who has already met with loss and misfortune but thinks he can prevent tragedy from striking again. He lives in a small town and owns a hardware store. Pearl Harbor has recently occurred and the United States has jumped into World War II. His wife has passed away yet he seems to have moved on with his life and now surrounds himself wit [...]

    16. Some of the reviews suggested this book was "too religious," which really intrigued me. So much of secular literature either ignores faith or tries to discredit it. I actually found it refreshing to see people relying on their faith in their day-to-day life. Plus, given the book's setting during World War II, faith played an authentic role in the book. I was attracted to this story on many levels, but one was because my aunt -- raised in South Georgia -- met and married a military guy who moved [...]

    17. Another selection from that was complimentary. I would have never even looked twice at a book about WWII. Boy would I have missed out on this GEM. This book captivated me from the first Chapter. Firstly it is set in Snohomish, WA in the 40's. A widower and his 3 adult children. One daughter who resides in Snohomish and her life. And one son as a contractor on Wake Island as it is attacked by the Japanese and he becomes a POW. The other son going through boot camp and then later a tank commander [...]

    18. One positive thing about All is Well is the Historical setting. Most especially, the info about Wake Island was informative. However, the character development was shallow and the main character was annoying. I found it quite unbelievable that a husband would remain in the dark regarding the true character of his wife when his children and others in the small village were all aware of her critical spirit and sharp tongue. Even more unbelievable was his pledge to her on her deathbed to never rema [...]

    19. Story takes place in Snohomish, WA during WWII. The main character, Jonathan, is an upstanding/decent (and somewhat righteous) man whose wife died from cancer and he is desperately sticking to an unrealistic promise she made him make about never marrying again. His two sons go off to war, his daughter runs away into marriage, he struggles to make his hardware store run, and he has a close and loving friendship with a widow. The characters were well developed and interesting, but it was primarily [...]

    20. Well written but frustratingI read to “get away.” I do the same in movies. Sometimes I prefer the fairy tale endings. Much like a Nicholas Sparks tearjerker, this story is determined to be realistic to a fault. I found myself hoping the author would give this poor guy a break. However, it seems that everything that could go south does. Moreover, it all seems to finally happen on one day. I was frustrated that there wasn’t at least one character that was able to just have things go right fo [...]

    21. I got this free for my Kindle. I don't remember if it was a monthly download through Prime or just one of the sites I browse for free Christian fiction. I really enjoyed it, although some of the writing did bother me at times (just really short repetitive type sentences in places, hard to explain what it really was). I liked the characters and the storyline. Johnathan Beecher is a recent widower in the state of Washington, not long before the attack on Pearl Harbor. He has three children, Matthe [...]

    22. The story is slow to develop, because it is a thoughtful novel. I liked reading about a different place and time. (Spoiler alert) I particularly enjoyed how the characters matured, and how they define successeven if they did die young. The main character, Jonathan (known in the Bible as a good and loyal friend) struggles with ethical nuances, which I foundd to be thought provoking. Based on the reviews, it could be uncomfortable to non-Christians (and Christians) who do not freely speak about Go [...]

    23. A Great ReadThis was a good read because it. Spurred the hearts of a small town during WW11. It focused in on a family with the love for God, country and each other. There are a few problems of dysfunctional behavior that travels throughout the book making you wish they'd just talk about it. It goes from one chapter to the next leading you down the path of each member in hothead family, taking you deeper into their fates. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a good, clean dram [...]

    24. This was a cute little story to end the year but nothing spectacular or memorable. I liked the WWII setting, thought the characters were well developed and enjoyed the writing style. The end felt rushed though. So much detail and heartache throughout the story, giving it credibility, only to have a hallmark type ending. It just didn’t feel right.I also didn’t realize it was going to be as religious as it was. While I didn’t mind it; I know that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea and though [...]

    25. I'm glad it is fiction based on truthEmotions run deep and wide. Faith is a hell of a thing to hold on to when the seas get rough - everything seems to be going wrong. In the end it is only thing that keeps you from drowning. I'm only sorry that there was no resolution for the Beechers regarding the whereabouts of Matthew. Pretty well-written and engaging, all the more that is is based on actual events

    26. It Is WellIt Is Well was a basic, yet trite story of a man and his family during WW2. Divorce as a horrible scandal, even in the midst of an abusive relationship; the promise to stay faithful after the death of a spouse. Yikes. It was a nice, clean cut storyI finished it, but rolled my eyes throughout. On the other hand, I guess, perhaps that this was what life was like in those days.

    27. It's the beginning of World War II as the story starts. A single father is raising three rapidly growing kids, all of whom become all too ready to leave home. He's a proud, devout man, faithful to a flaw to his promises. When his wife died, she made him promise never to remarry. He struggles to keep his hardware store, without having to borrow, in the face of costs rising from the war. He meets a woman hired by his Pastor-friend to work on the church archives. And it goes from there . . .

    28. This story is about a family in Snohomish, Washington during the period of World War II. Can Jonathan find happiness after the death of his wife, Helen? What will happen to his three children? The future he envisions for his two sons who are at a draftable age and his daughter doesn't happen as he plans it. In fact nothing goes according to plan. How can he match his faith to what he sees that God allows to happen?

    29. A story about a Christian man, a widow, with 2 sons and 1 daughter. Pearl Harbor is attacked and Jonathan's world is turned on end when his older son is sent to Wake Island by the Construction Company he works for and his younger son Luke enlists against his fathers wishes.The story goes back and forth with Matthews story on Wake Island and Lukes story of boot camp and then going to Germany. Well written.

    30. Nice story with historical detailsThank you Mr. James Shipman for writing such a book. More than the history, I enjoyed reading about Jonathan's struggles, always wanting to please the Lord. Yes, he continued in the Faith, but sadly misplaced his faith, himself. We never see success if we constantly try to make it on our own. To Go be the glory. He offers and gives us full grace and mercy!

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