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Julie Sarkissian blogs about the problems facing the protagnist of her debut novel, DEAR LUCY

Something's Wrong With Lucy - But What?

Lucy is different – that much is clear. She speaks like a child, doesn’t recognize social boundaries, flies into rages, and treasures rotten food. Her cognition is impaired, her vocabulary is very limited and she cannot read or write. But what – precisely – is wrong with her is left up to the reader. Lucy is the protagonist of my novel, DEAR LUCY, and from the first sentence of the book I ever wrote it was obvious that Lucy was cognitively different. The way Lucy describes herself is as “missing too many words.” Her mother calls her “difficult.” Readers of early drafts of the book had a few theories as to Lucy’s condition; autism, Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome. But Lucy’s mother has kept her from going to school and Lucy has never seen a doctor. So in the fictional reality of the book there is no official diagnosis. But as the novel progressed I wondered – should I have one? I was torn. If Lucy was presenting enough symptoms to point to a real condition, was I ignoring the obvious not to fold that condition into my development of her character? Was it insensitive of me to allude to aspects of certain real, life-altering conditions but not assign a specific condition to Lucy? I worried about appropriating aspects of serious conditions without treating those conditions with proper respect and acknowledgement. And though any clinical diagnosis would probably not be explicit in the novel, I wondered if I would be ignoring an opportunity to bring attention to a real disorder when people asked me about Lucy’s condition, the way The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time did for autism. On the other hand, I had concerns that if I chose a diagnosis for Lucy, I would be ascribing to her qualities that she wouldn’t have otherwise presented. Lucy had her own will over my writing and over the novel. I didn’t want to yoke Lucy’s expression by keeping her behavior and abilities consistent with a clinical condition. Accuracy would also become a critical issue if Lucy’s condition was named. Ultimately I chose not to diagnose Lucy, though I worry the artistic freedom provided by that decision comes at the price of being judged for being too liberal with my treatment of cognitive disorders. Now that publication is a few months away, I am apprehensive of how my treatment of Lucy’s cognitive limitations will be judged. I have yet to talk to a reader who has a learning different child, or works with learning different people, and that conversation is one I will be honored, and not a bit anxious, to have.

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NIV Bible for Journalling and Verse-Mapping

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NIV Bible for Journalling and Verse Mapping

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NIV Thinline Cloth Bible

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NIV Study Bible Brown/Tan Duo-Tone Personal Size

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The NIV Study Bible, featuring Dr. D.A. Carson as general editor, is built on the truth of Scripture and centred on the gospel message. An ambitious and comprehensive undertaking, Dr. Carson, with committee members Dr. T. Desmond Alexander, Dr. Richard S. Hess, Dr. Douglas J. Moo, and Dr. Andrew David Naselli, along with a team of over 60 contributors from a wide range of evangelical denominations and perspectives, crafted all-new study notes and other study tools to present a biblical theology of God's special revelation in the Scriptures. To further aid the readers' understanding of the Bible, also included are full-colour maps, charts, photos and diagrams. In addition, a single-column setting of the Bible text provides maximum readability.The accessible and fresh interior design will capture your attention and enhance your study experience.Features include:- Over 60 scholarly contributors- Over 1.2 million words of new content- Over 3,000 pages packed with in-depth study tools- Nearly 20,000 all-new, comprehensive verse-by-verse study notes- Customised, theologically rich, illustrated book introductions- 6 section introductions to literary genres ("The Pentateuch," "The Historical Books," etc.)- Full-color interior with extensive use of over 60 colourful charts, over 90 maps, and hundreds of photos- Comprehensive library of over 30 articles by award-winning scholars on topics such as "The Bible and Theology," "The Glory of God," "Covenant," "Love and Grace," and more- Cross-reference system- Complete text of the New International Version (US English)- Concordance with over 35,000 Scripture references

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NIV Larger Print Compact Single Column Reference Bible

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A single-column, reference NIV Bible with 9.5pt text - larger and easier to read than the NIV Popular range.A handsome leatherbound New International Version Bible from the NIV Larger Print range. This Anglicised edition has 9.5pt text, with a single-column layout, marginal cross-references and a concordance.Please note that the page numbers of this Larger Print NIV Bible do not match the page numbers of the NIV 2011 Pew Bibles. If this is important for you, you may wish to consider the NIV Clear Print Bible (ISBN 9781444745252).This edition uses British spelling, punctuation and grammar to allow the Bible to be read more naturally.With over 400 million Bibles in print, the New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible. It is renowned for its combination of reliability and readability and is ideal for personal reading, public teaching and group study.

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The Psalms

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On this MP3 CD, British actor David Suchet reads one of the most famous and beautiful books of the Bible - the Psalms. The CD also includes the books of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs. Narrated with feeling and flair, David Suchet lends his melodic and unrushed voice to some of the most deeply heartfelt and profound passages of Scripture. Reading from the New International Version, the world's most popular translation in modern English, Suchet's recording is perfect to listen to at home, at church or as you travel.This MP3 CD can be used on any device that displays the MP3 symbol. You can transfer the audio files for your personal use onto your computer, smartphone, MP3 player and other compatible devices. For more information about how to use this product, visit www.hodderbibles.co.uk where you will find a list of frequently asked questions.

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NIV Bible: the Gospels

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Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - the first four books of the New Testament known as the Gospels, narrated by Poirot actor David Suchet.Ever since he became a Christian at the age of forty, it was Poirot actor David Suchet's dream to make an audio recording of the whole Bible. The full NIV Audio Bible is available on MP3 CD or digital download. Scripture is taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, 2011 translation and is the British text version.This MP3 CD can be used on any device that displays the MP3 symbol. You can transfer the audio files for your personal use onto your computer, smartphone, MP3 player and other compatible devices. For more information about how to use this product, visit www.hodderbibles.co.uk where you will find a list of frequently asked questions.

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The Books of the Bible (NIV): New Testament

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The Books of the Bible New Testament is a revolutionary new presentation of Scripture that strips away centuries of artificial formatting, leaving behind nothing but pure Bible text. The result is a Bible unlike any other available today, but more like the original Scriptures. The Books of the Bible is specially designed to be read from start to finish, as if you were reading a novel. Natural literary breaks have been restored and the books have been rearranged chronologically, rather than by length, leading to a more authentic presentation of the Bible. There is also a helpful introduction to each book that sets the text in context, rather than adding explanation or application. The NIV text is also set in single-column format, rather than in two columns as you usually find in the Bible. This aids reading longer chunks at a time, as you would if you were reading a novel for pleasure.Community Bible Experience is about changing the way we read God's Word. By following the reading plan found online at biblica.com/cbent, you'll experience the whole New Testament in just eight weeks. Why not gather together as a book club to share the journey rather than reading in isolation. You'll glimpse more of the Bible's context than ever before. And your entire church community will rally around the one thing that matters most: God's Word.For more information, and for free accompanying resources, visit www.biblicaeurope.com/cbent

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The Complete NIV Audio Bible

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NIV Bible: the Poetry Books

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Ever since he became a Christian at the age of forty, it has been Poirot actor David Suchet's dream to make an audio recording of the whole Bible. Starting with the writings of the Apostle Paul to accompany his BBC1 documentary, 'In the Footsteps of St Paul', Suchet now turns his attention to the poetical books of the Old Testament, Job to Song of Songs. This portion of the Bible includes the famous Psalms of David - some of the most deeply emotional and beautiful passages in biblical literature. Scripture is taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, 2011 translation.(P)2014 John Murray Press

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The Christmas Story

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But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid; for see - I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.'For many people, it's not Christmas without a Christmas carol service - hearing the familiar story of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and the three wise men is guaranteed to get you feeling festive.In The Christmas Story, all the Nativity readings are gathered in one place in an easy to use eBook, so there is no need to flick through the whole Bible. These extracts are taken from the Holy Bible, NIV 2011 translation - the most popular translation in modern English. The NIV is also available as an eBook, and enhanced eBook narrated by Poirot actor, David Suchet.

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NIV Reference Bible Large Print Hardcover

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NIV Bible: the Law

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Ever since he became a Christian at the age of forty, it has been Poirot actor David Suchet's dream to make an audio recording of the whole Bible. Starting with the writings of the Apostle Paul to accompany his BBC1 documentary, 'In the Footsteps of St Paul', Suchet now turns his attention to the Law - the first five books of the Bible - Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Scripture is taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, 2011 translation.(P)2013 John Murray Press

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NIV Men's Devotional Bible

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NIV Couples' Devotional Bible

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An entire year worth of devotions written especially for engaged and newlywed couples. Devotions written by bestselling writers, marriage therapists and pastors to help with dealing with the common issues of married life.

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NIV Tiny White Christening Bible

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With a beautiful foiling pattern on both the book and box, silver gilt edges, family tree and ribbon marker, this Bible marries together the traditional with the modern for an ideal Christening memento.With over 400 million Bibles in print, the New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible. It is renowned for its combination of reliability and readability. Fully revised and updated for the first time in 25 years, the NIV is ideal for personal reading, public teaching and group study.This Bible also features: clear, readable 5.3pt texteasy-to-read layout shortcuts to key stories, events and people of the Bible reading plan timeline book by book overview quick links to find inspiration and help from the Bible in different life situations.Watch the video: http://bit.ly/2egCJYmBritish Text This edition uses British spelling, punctuation and grammar to allow the Bible to be read more naturally.More about the translationThis revised and updated edition of the NIV includes three main types of change, taking into account changes in the way we use language day to day; advances in biblical scholarship and understanding; and the need to ensure that gender accurate language is used, to faithfully reflect whether men and women are referred to in each instance. The translators have carefully assessed a huge body of scholarship, as well as inviting peer submissions, in order to review every word of the existing NIV to ensure it remains as clear and relevant today as when it was first published.Royalties from all sales of the NIV Bible help Biblica, formerly the International Bible Society, in their work of translating and distributing Bibles around the world.

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NIV Gospel of John

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Over 2000 years ago, a man called Jesus spent just 3 years healing the sick and teaching people about God. He was executed by the authorities and miraculously came back to life. He was the son of God.John's Gospel tells the complete story of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.Read by award-winning actor David Suchet, this unabridged version of the NIV account is renowned for its combination of easy-to-follow narrative and accuracy to original sources. This recording uses British spelling, punctuation and grammar to allow the Bible to be read more naturallyWith over 400 million Bibles in print, the New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible.More about the translationThis revised and updated edition of the NIV includes three main types of change, taking into account changes in the way we use language day to day; advances in biblical scholarship and understanding; and the need to ensure that gender accurate language is used, to faithfully reflect whether men and women are referred to in each instance. The translators have carefully assessed a huge body of scholarship, as well as inviting peer submissions, in order to review every word of the existing NIV to ensure it remains as clear and relevant today as when it was first published.Royalties from all sales of the NIV Bible help Biblica, formerly the International Bible Society, in their work of translating and distributing Bibles around the world.(P)2010 Hodder Faith

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NIV Schools Hardback Bible

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NIV Popular Burgundy Hardback Bible

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With over 400 million Bibles in print, the New International Version is renowned for its combination of reliability and readability. The NIV is ideal for personal reading, public teaching and group study. This Bible also features: clear, readable 9pt texteasy-to-read layout maps shortcuts to key stories, events and people of the Bible reading plan timeline book by book overview quick links to find inspiration and help from the Bible in different life situations.British Text This edition uses British spelling, punctuation and grammar to allow the Bible to be read more naturally.More about the translationThis revised and updated edition of the NIV includes three main types of change, taking into account changes in the way we use language day to day; advances in biblical scholarship and understanding; and the need to ensure that gender accurate language is used, to faithfully reflect whether men and women are referred to in each instance. The translators have carefully assessed a huge body of scholarship, as well as inviting peer submissions, in order to review every word of the existing NIV to ensure it remains as clear and relevant today as when it was first published.Royalties from all sales of the NIV Bible help Biblica, formerly the International Bible Society, in their work of translating and distributing Bibles around the world.

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NIV Popular Hardback Bible

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With over 400 million Bibles in print, the New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible. It is renowned for its combination of reliability and readability. Fully revised and updated for the first time in 25 years, the NIV is ideal for personal reading, public teaching and group study.This Bible also features: clear, readable 9pt texteasy-to-read layout maps shortcuts to key stories, events and people of the Bible reading plan timeline book by book overview quick links to find inspiration and help from the Bible in different life situations.British Text This edition uses British spelling, punctuation and grammar to allow the Bible to be read more naturally.More about the translationThis revised and updated edition of the NIV includes three main types of change, taking into account changes in the way we use language day to day; advances in biblical scholarship and understanding; and the need to ensure that gender accurate language is used, to faithfully reflect whether men and women are referred to in each instance. The translators have carefully assessed a huge body of scholarship, as well as inviting peer submissions, in order to review every word of the existing NIV to ensure it remains as clear and relevant today as when it was first published.Royalties from all sales of the NIV Bible help Biblica, formerly the International Bible Society, in their work of translating and distributing Bibles around the world.