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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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The NIV Bible for Journalliing and Verse-Mapping is a beautifully presented Bible for you to treasure. The New International Version of the Scriptures is printed in clear, easy-to-read 9PT British Text on thicker than usual Bible paper, with a five centimetre margin on every page, giving you lots of extra room for notes, reflections, illustrations or Bible studies. A 32-page concordance can be found at the back. The Bible text is interspersed with 32 pages introducing the art of verse-mapping. This Bible study method encourages you to prayerfully choose a verse, compare it with other translations, study the context, including the history and characters mentioned, and then reflect and allow the Spirit to guide you in application. There are also verses to colour in, with lots of space around them for you to add your own illustrations, and many other pages with creative prompts for Bible journalling.

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NIV Bible for Journalling and Verse-Mapping

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The NIV Bible for Journalliing and Verse-Mapping is a beautifully presented Bible for you to treasure. The New International Version of the Scriptures is printed in clear, easy-to-read 9PT British Text on thicker than usual Bible paper, with a five centimetre margin on every page, giving you lots of extra room for notes, reflections, illustrations or Bible studies. A 32-page concordance can be found at the back. The Bible text is interspersed with 32 pages introducing the art of verse-mapping. This Bible study method encourages you to prayerfully choose a verse, compare it with other translations, study the context, including the history and characters mentioned, and then reflect and allow the Spirit to guide you in application. There are also verses to colour in, with lots of space around them for you to add your own illustrations, and many other pages with creative prompts for Bible journalling.

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NIV Audio Bible in One Year (Jul-Aug)

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NIV Audio Bible in One Year (May-Jun)

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Acclaimed British actor David Suchet, best known for his TV portrayal of Agatha Christie's Poirot, reads the New International Version - the world's most popular translation in modern English. In this audio digital download, you will cover John 2-21 and Acts 1-20 from the New Testament and Joshua 19-24, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings and 2 Kings 1-2 from the Old Testament. There is also a selected passage from Psalms or Proverbs each day.The full NIV Bible in One Year is also available as an MP3 CD set, a digital download, and a hardback Bible.(P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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NIV Audio Bible in One Year (Mar-Apr)

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NIV Audio Bible in One Year (Jan-Feb)

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Was it your New Year's resolution to read the Bible in one year? If so, why not make it that bit easier and listen instead. Here are the first two months to start you off. Acclaimed British actor David Suchet, best known for his TV portrayal of Agatha Christie's Poirot, reads the New International Version - the world's most popular translation in modern English. In January and February you will cover Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus 1-5:13; Job, Matthew, Mark 1-10:31 and a selection from Psalms and Proverbs each day.The full NIV BIBLE IN ONE YEAR is also available as an MP3 CD set, a digital download, an app, and a hardback Bible.(P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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NIV Audio Bible in One Year read by David Suchet

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The Complete NIV Audio Bible

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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. In between filming the final episodes of Poirot, David Suchet spent over 200 hours in the recording studio to create the very first full-length audio version of the NIV Bible spoken by a single British actor. This 80-hour recording comes on six MP3 CDs. It 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. It is also available separately as an audio digital download. Ebooks of each section of the Bible - enhanced with Suchet's audio narration - are also available.

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NIV/KJV Parallel Study Bible Amber/Rich Red Duo Tone

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The NIV and KJV Side-by-Side Study Bible combines three powerful study resources into one. First, there's the complete text of the clear, accessible New International Version, the world's most popular modern-English Bible. The NIV brings you as close as you can get to the reading experience of the original audience. In every verse it seeks to offer the optimum combination of transparency to the original text and transparency to the original meaning. Next, there's the iconic grandeur and poetic language of the King James Version Bible. This classic translation of Scriptures has been beloved by Christians throughout the centuries for its dignity, poetic language, and timeless expression of truth. Finally, 10,000 study notes from the pages of the bestselling NIV Study Bible are combined with these two texts to create a wonderful study tool for anyone who wants to dig deeper into God's Word.

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NIV Bible for Teens Charcoal/Blue Duo Tone

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This extra-thin Bible contains the complete text of the clear, accessible New International Version, the world's most popular modern-English Bible. The NIV brings you as close as you can get to the reading experience of the original audience. In every verse it seeks to offer the optimum combination of transparency to the original text and transparency to the original meaning. Font size 8.5.

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NIV Bible: the Poetry Books

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NIV Bible: the History Books - Part 2

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The history books of the Bible, from 2 Kings to Esther, using the New International Version 2011 translation. This ebook has an incredibly simple and fast navigation system to help you jump between Bible passages seamlessly. Also includes quick links to key people and events in this section of the Bible, and helpful summaries of each Bible book. This ebook is also available as an enhanced ebook with audio Bible readings for every chapter by Poirot actor, David Suchet.

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NIV Thinline Reference Bible Indexed, Black Bonded Leather

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The slim, transportable Bible for on-the-go inspiration.The NIV Thinline Reference Bible packs the study tools you want into a slender, convenient size. This Bible is as travel-ready as you are, providing a centre-column reference system for quick and easy study. Don't let this Bible fool you - it may be small and portable, but it's a heavyweight when it comes to searching the Scriptures.

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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 Thinline Large Print Leather Bible

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NIV Popular Hardback Bible with Cross-References

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NIV Popular Cross-Reference Black Leather 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.

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NIV Popular Burgundy Hardback Bible

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NIV Popular Paperback Bible

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