The Living Room

The Living Room

What would you do if the dream you had last night came true today?Legal secretary Amy Clarke is a budding romance novelist with an active imagination. However, unlike other writers, the inspiration for her books doesn’t come when she’s awake; it happens while she sleeps. Amy knows that the interpretation of dreams plays a significant role in the Bible. Could God be trying...

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Title:The Living Room
Author:Robert Whitlow
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The Living Room Reviews

  • Rick

    Amy has, from a young age, visited a place in her dreams called the “Living Room”. This is a room that she has drifted to in her sleep that provides her with peace and comfort over decisions in her life. That is, until now. Amy has used these visits to help her with her writing and has successfully written two novels. The money from these books help, but aren’t enough for her to give up all thoughts of working a second job. When her replacement at her old law firm leaves on a maternity leave, Am

    Amy has, from a young age, visited a place in her dreams called the “Living Room”. This is a room that she has drifted to in her sleep that provides her with peace and comfort over decisions in her life. That is, until now. Amy has used these visits to help her with her writing and has successfully written two novels. The money from these books help, but aren’t enough for her to give up all thoughts of working a second job. When her replacement at her old law firm leaves on a maternity leave, Amy is asked to come in and work just while she’s gone. Knowing the extra money will help, Amy agrees. As Amy begins writing her third book, her trips to the “living room” take a different twist in the fact that some of them can be directly linked to happenings around her. Her best friend’s son is saved when Amy suggest that her best friend attend a field trip and keep him safe. She sees a vision of a client from the law firm but doesn’t act on it. When it winds up that she should have, she becomes more confused. Meanwhile, back at home, her daughter is swooning over a new teacher at school. Amy and her husband pursue every angle with the new teacher, trying to find any ulterior motives he may have with the students. Throw in a nasty inheritance case at the firm that may or may not involve a new friend of Amy’s and her life begins to unravel. Will she finish her 3rd novel? Will she have to make concessions to her faith background to get the book published? Are the attentions given by the new teacher truly innocent? Can the friendship that she has started be saved or will the inheritance case put it at risk? Tons of questions and no answers from me until you GO BUY THE BOOK!

    DISCERNMENT - 1: the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure : skill in discerning. 2: an act of perceiving or discerning something

    I think this one word does a great job of summing up this book. We all practice some form of discernment when it comes to thoughts, feelings, dreams, etc. Can we use that to help us or to benefit us in our everyday life? Mr. Whitlow does a fantastic job of wrapping this story up as a lesson in discernment. He has written his novel in a way that is very fluid and transparent. While Amy seems to “have it all figured out”, her husband struggles with his day-to-day walk. Both of the parents, though, model a great Christian home in the fact that when there is turmoil, the both pray it and talk it through first. Again, Mr. Whitlow provides us a glimpse into how to use discernment in shaping our every day lives. We must be diligent in our thoughts and prayers and remember to focus on He who provides us with the discernment.

    Is this a "guy's book"? There aren’t any overtly “guy” themes in this book. There aren’t dangerous car chases, city-leveling explosions or OK Corral gun fights. What this book does have, though, is an honest look into a typical family and how they work around all the different decisions and changes that come their way. I know that while I was reading it, it made me stop and reflect on how I may not always interact with my wife the way that I should. For that reason alone, I feel this is a book that every man should read.

  • Jerry

    For most of my life, I've believed that my dreams had meanings. After I'd have ones about whoever or whatever, I'd ask my friends and family, "What does it mean?" I was probably subconsciously remembering the story of Joseph from the book of Genesis.

    With that kind of background, you'd probably expect me to like this story...and I did!

  • Lauren

    The whole time I read this, all I could think was "what kind of parents let their daughter have such an inappropriate relationship with a teacher?" How could Amy and Jeff not see that Mr. Ryan was a creep? I have read several Robert Whitlow books and will continue to read more, as I like his writing, but I was really surprised at how naïve the main character was.

  • Sonja

    I have read all of Robert Whitlow's books and very much enjoyed them. I preordered this one, but was very disappointed with it. It read very contrived, and sometimes I felt that I was enrolled in a class for writers. It was somewhat boring. I'm disappointed.

  • Tbsorrells

    I was really looking forward to Whitlow's new book, but it disappointed me. It just wasn't like his other novels. The fact that the parents allowed the relationship between their teenage daughter and a single male teacher was just not believable. In this day and time what responsible Christian parent does that?

  • Kemi

    This was such a weird book. I felt like I was reading two separate stories-- a semi-exciting law novel, and an in-your-face Christian propaganda essay-- that were combined to give the book length or depth or... something. Honestly, the best part of the story revolved around the law office, and even that fizzled out toward the end, as if the author ran out of ideas or hit his word limit and had to wrap things up fast.

    The characters were so unrealistic! Every single thing about Amy drove me crazy.

    This was such a weird book. I felt like I was reading two separate stories-- a semi-exciting law novel, and an in-your-face Christian propaganda essay-- that were combined to give the book length or depth or... something. Honestly, the best part of the story revolved around the law office, and even that fizzled out toward the end, as if the author ran out of ideas or hit his word limit and had to wrap things up fast.

    The characters were so unrealistic! Every single thing about Amy drove me crazy. In fact, I felt that way about all the characters. Who prays with someone seconds after meeting them? And then spends the remainder of the visit fantasizing about what their parting prayer will be like? In what universe would you let your 14-year-old daughter attend a party at her teacher's house? And what about the times he showed up to watch her dance, or drove her to and from the studio? What kind of father encourages a 30-something teacher to take his daughter out for lunch, and then gives her money to pay for it? Was I the only one who saw what was coming? Because neither parent had a clue. They were all so awkward with each other, I had to stop reading several times to roll my eyes in frustration and annoyance.

    Whitlow would have written a better story if only he followed the advice given to Amy by the publishing house: no supernatural cop-outs, no shoving religion down the readers' throats, and no flat, one-dimensional characters. What a disappointment!

  • Hope

    I made it through three hours of this, but couldn't really connect to any of the characters. Apart from the over-the-top dreams from God, the other Christian ideas seemed forced and overly self-conscious.

  • Bskinner

    The main character, who is a writer asks, "if readers didn't care about the characters, why would they want to spend time finding out what happened to them?" This is a good question and here are answers:

    1. Because the reader has read and enjoyed all the writers previous books and expects the same of this book.

    2. Because the reader spent the effort to go to an actual store and buy the book and thought the read would be worth the time/money.

    3 Because the reader is an optimist who believes the bo

    The main character, who is a writer asks, "if readers didn't care about the characters, why would they want to spend time finding out what happened to them?" This is a good question and here are answers:

    1. Because the reader has read and enjoyed all the writers previous books and expects the same of this book.

    2. Because the reader spent the effort to go to an actual store and buy the book and thought the read would be worth the time/money.

    3 Because the reader is an optimist who believes the book has to get better or at least has a spectacular ending.

    I read and kept reading to the last page. This book is dreadful. When I was 50 or so pages into the book, I went back and looked at the cover thinking perhaps I had made a mistake and had accidentally bought a book by someone else. Whitlows name is on the cover but his talent is not on these pages. I was ambivalent about every character. There is no plot. And the whole dream thing--God can certainly send his children dreams but there is no basis in Scripture for the future foretelling/medium type of lifestyle of the main character.

  • Anne

    If this is your first Robert Whitlow book...put it down. Pick up JIMMY or MOUNTAIN TOP. Read this one only if there's nothing else on your shelf.

    Very disappointed in this lackluster story. Throughout most of it, I seriously doubted that Whitlow was the author. The writing is sophomoric, the characters very one-dimensional, and there was no suspenseful story to hold the attention. The most pressing challenge for writer/legal secretary Amy Clarke is her 14-year-old daughter. YAWN! The legal thril

    If this is your first Robert Whitlow book...put it down. Pick up JIMMY or MOUNTAIN TOP. Read this one only if there's nothing else on your shelf.

    Very disappointed in this lackluster story. Throughout most of it, I seriously doubted that Whitlow was the author. The writing is sophomoric, the characters very one-dimensional, and there was no suspenseful story to hold the attention. The most pressing challenge for writer/legal secretary Amy Clarke is her 14-year-old daughter. YAWN! The legal thriller that Whitlow usually does so well was hidden in the "drama" of a dream world that may or may not reveal future events...or the plot of Amy's next novel.

    Perhaps there's just too much crammed into the 418 pages: friendships, money troubles, a kid's broken arm, a missing man found in the bushes, a Nigerian oil deal, a children's book, and a contested will...in addition to the drama with the teen-aged daughter. Perhaps if only one of these stories had been the focus, I may have cared about "the living room."

  • Brittany Summers

    Terrible read. The female point of view/narration was poorly written and showed clearly that a man who does not understand a woman is trying to write a female character, and who also thinks he understand fully how she thinks and would react naturally, and none of these reactions in this book are natural for a woman. I would know. I am one. Then I could barely identify the climax of the story and it was a dry read in general. I do not recommend this book. It's a Christian fiction which is hit or

    Terrible read. The female point of view/narration was poorly written and showed clearly that a man who does not understand a woman is trying to write a female character, and who also thinks he understand fully how she thinks and would react naturally, and none of these reactions in this book are natural for a woman. I would know. I am one. Then I could barely identify the climax of the story and it was a dry read in general. I do not recommend this book. It's a Christian fiction which is hit or miss anyways and it felt like the author was trying to convert people through this book. Sorry But this was pretty bad.

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