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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 Holy Bible (Hodder Classics)

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The world's most popular Bible translation in modern English, presented in paperback as a literary classic.As the sacred text of Christianity, the Holy Bible has long been the world's bestselling book. Its incredible stories and profound teachings have shaped our culture and its values underpin our way of life. Love it or loathe it, there's no doubting that this work has a fundamental place in history, and as such is a 'must read' for anyone seeking to understand the development of modern society. 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 in 2011, the NIV is ideal for personal reading, public teaching and group study. This Bible also features:Clear, readable 7.25pt texteasy-to-read layout shortcuts to key stories, events and people of the Bible reading plan quick links to find inspiration and help from the Bible in different life situations. This edition uses British spelling, punctuation and grammar to allow the Bible to be read more naturally.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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A handsome black bonded leather Bible with zip closure - small enough to take with you everywhere. This Bible uses British text set at 5.3PT and has jade green end papers with presentation page, a silver ribbon marker and silver page edges. 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 in 2011 the NIV is ideal for personal reading, public teaching and group study. This Bible also features: * clear, readable 5.3pt text* easy-to-read layout * shortcuts to key stories, events and people of the Bible * reading plan * Bible guide* table of weights and measures * 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.Royalties from all sales of the NIV Bible help Biblica in their work of translating and distributing Bibles around the world.

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NIV Study Bible Hardback

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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 Study Bible Large Print Hardback

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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 Study Bible Brown/Tan Duo-Tone Personal Size

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Manual

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Please note that this Bible contains US text. It is distributed by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK on behalf of Zondervan. A Bible specifically designed to speak to Christian men honestly and straightforwardly about their role as Christians in the face of a culture that actively works against God's will and God's way.Features:- 100 'Myth' articles: A common, accepted myth from the world is followed by the first-person story of a man who struggled with the lie and how it affected his life. The article concludes with principles from God's Word that debunk the myth. - 50 factoid profiles about select men of the Bible: Must know, interesting facts about men of the Bible, written in a creative, edgy style. Each profile highlights how God used this man despite his failings.- 200 "Downshift" notes: Penetrating questions for personal reflection or small-group study. The questions are tied to Scripture and send the reader to the index for information on each topic. - 200 "Knowing God" call-outs: A short note that highlights an attribute of God as shown or taught in Scripture and teaches that knowing the character of God can help men redeem the way they live. - 300 "At Issue" notes: Short teaching notes on life topics such as money, sex, or pride, that are linked topically. - Book introductions: Magazine-style book introductions that hook the reader with headlines and entice him to read the book. - Topical index: A clear, complete, thorough topical index that unifies all the features and makes this Bible very accessible. - Back matter articles: Practical articles help men further their study. A unique, two-color interior design sets this Bible apart. - Single-column Bible text for ease of reading.

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NIV New Testament

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The Bible is the world's bestselling book - it has influenced and inspired millions through the ages.The New Testament recounts the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and follows the first Christians as they begin to spread his revolutionary message to people all around the world.The New International Version is the most popular Bible translation in modern English. It is both readable and accurate, and this edition includes shortcuts to well-known stories and people in the Bible, as well as an introductory reading plan and a selection of passages offering help and guidance.This edition uses British grammar, spelling and punctuation.

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NIV Gospel of Matthew

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'Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.' (Matt 28:19 NIV)Matthew's Gospel tells the complete story of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.Accurate and readable, the NIV (New International Version) is the world's most popular modern English Bible translation.This edition uses British spelling, grammar and punctuation.

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NIV Gospel of Mark

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NIV Gospel of John

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John's Gospel tells the complete story of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.Accurate and readable, the NIV (New International Version) is the world's most popular modern English Bible translation.This edition has British spelling, grammar and punctuation.

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The Psalms

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The Books of the Bible (NIV): New Testament

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NIV Traveller's Soft-Tone Bible

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This Bible features:- clear, readable 7.25pt text- easy-to-read layout - shortcuts to key stories, events and people of the Bible - reading plan - quick links to find inspiration and help from the Bible in different life situations.- short concordance- pen loop- ribbon- This edition uses British spelling, punctuation and grammar to allow the Bible to be read more naturally.With 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.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 Luke

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Luke's Gospel tells the complete story of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.Accurate and readable, the NIV (New International Version) is the world's most popular modern English Bible translation.