The Painted Table by Suzanne Field | Win a Beautiful Painted Table

Suzanne Field’s novel The Painted Table is already receiving high praise. Publisher’s Weekly says, “This difficult but beautiful story of hurt and healing, desperation and hope, offers an intriguing view inside the world of the mentally ill and their loved ones.”

Suzanne and her publisher, Thomas Nelson, are celebrating the book’s release with a beautiful hand-painted table giveaway! paintedtable-400 One winner will receive:

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{More about The Painted Table}

A beautiful heirloom ingrained with family memory has become a totem of a life Saffee would rather forget—a childhood disrupted by her mother’s mental illness. 

Saffee does not want the table. By the time she inherits the object of her mother’s obsession, the surface is thick with haphazard layers of paint, and heavy with unsettling memories.

After a childhood spent watching her mother slide steadily into insanity, painting and re-painting the ancient table, Saffee has come to fear that seeds of psychosis may lie dormant within her. But as an adult with a family of her own, Saffee must confront her mother’s torment if she wants to defend herself against it.

Traversing four generations over the course of a century, The Painted Table is an epic portrait of inherited memory, proclivity, and guilt. It is a sprawling narrative affirmation that a family artifact—like a family member—can bear the marks of one’s entire past . . . as well as intimations of one’s redemption.

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Suzanne Field

{More About Suzanne Field}

Suzanne Field, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, has taught English as a Second Language in China, Ukraine, and Hawaii. She has also been a magazine editor and home-school teacher. She and her husband have five children and divide their time between Kansas and Hawaii where she is a tutor and mentor.

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“This difficult but beautiful story of hurt and healing, desperation and hope, offers an intriguing view inside the world of the mentally ill and their loved ones.” —Publishers Weekly

“Describes a descent into darkness [and a] redemptive ascent into light . . . [The Painted Table is a] deeply moving experience.” —Melvin W. Hanna, PhD, author of Mood Food: Nourishing Your God Given Emotions



    My personal thoughts on the book is if you have ever experienced being around someone who has struggled with mental illness your heart strings will be tuggged on strongly and if you havent you will finish this book with a sense of awareness. A compassion if you will.

    The added twist was that the central character also finds God in her journey at a young age and its something that is not normally in the same genre as mental illness and it passionately describes her struggles with both her mother and her faith, although she falls back on her faith to give her the strength to love her mother knowing it isnt the same being returned. A powerful and passionate tale, a must read!

    Written by Crazy Stepford Wives on February 22, 2014 | e
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    I was taken in by the story line and topic of mental illness from the very first pages of The Painted Table! When a story covers multiple generations and chapters are written from the various viewpoints this can at times be overwhelming to the reader. However, this was not the case in The Painted Table. I felt that it was a very well-written book, with raw honesty felt with each character, and was written with such vulnerbility that you could not help but be impacted by the story.

    Written by A Mom After God’s Own Heart on February 4, 2014 | e

  • I devoured this book Thanksgiving weekend. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. After reading through the chapters about Saffee’s mom’s history of mental illness and the effects this had on Saffee’s life, I couldn’t wait to see how Saffee grew up.

    Written by This Sweet Life on February 3, 2014 | e
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    The Painted Table is a wonderful look into the life of someone with a mental illness and how it can be overcome in the next generation. Suzanne wrote with such insight it was amazing. You literally felt confused at times like the main character must have at the time. The tone was amazing and how she achieved it is pure genius. You didn’t feel like an outsider looking in; you actually felt like you were the one dealing with it all. It’s quite the experience. I loved watching the story of redemption and wholeness that came through it all. Beautifully written and a wonderful story, I give this book five stars and highly recommend it. I’ve never read another book like it.

    Written by The Crafty Home on January 23, 2014 | e
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  • Field described one of the most beautiful narratives for God’s creation I have ever read. It is through a message Saffee heard in church (p.178-179) that marked the beginning of a new way of life for her. The book was also a beautiful love story between Saffee and her husband, Jack. Most of all, I see it as a story that showed how God reclaimed a life that was poisoned and could have been wasted and turned it into something truly beautiful.
    I strongly recommend this book. It contains many layers that I cannot begin to explore in a book review. It is inspiring and enlightening.

    Written by Manifest Blog on January 21, 2014 | e


    As I read this book, I found myself interested in learning the rest of the story. The writing style gave readers a peek into the mindset of one with mental illness, which was a unique style.

    Written by Brooke @ i blog 4 books on January 19, 2014 | e
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  • Suzanne Field paints pictures with her words that make the characters seem so real. My heart broke for Joann and ached for Saffee. I cheered for Saffee as she overcame her difficult childhood and found love and stability. I felt sympathy for Nels as the faithful husband who stays devoted to his ill wife at the cost of his own comfort and career.

    The book begins tragically, but ends triumphantly. It is not a trite happy ending, but something more genuine and lasting because of faith.

    Written by Embracing Destiny on January 18, 2014 | e


    The Painted Table by Suzanne Field was a book that I would not have normally read. Most books with this subject matter are just too dark for my tastes. This story is one that I will not quickly forget, though. Field has created in Saffee an interesting character who is a loyal daughter, despite knowing that her mother is not capable of giving love back to Saffee in return. This book is quite sad in its portrayal of mental illness, but somehow manages to end on an upbeat note.

    Written by Lavish Bookshelf on January 17, 2014 | e
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    The Painted Table by debut author Suzanne Field is truly a gem, so much so that I hope my simple words will encourage many new readers to discover its wealth. Poignant, compelling, uncomfortable, emotional, relevant, redemptive – these are just a few descriptive terms that quickly come to mind. It was hard to read at times, but impossible to put down at the same time – and Suzanne’s writing is exquisite. It also has one of the most moving, joyous endings I’ve ever read. This is a story that I doubt I’ll ever forget.

    Written by The Power of Words on January 17, 2014 | e
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  • There was some really wise advice given to Saffee about incorporating the good things from her mother and not keeping the bad and I think that’s great advice for any child with the legacy of a parent. It’s not easy, but being intentional about keeping the good and not holding on to the bad is important for moving on and not repeating our parents’ mistakes. There’s a really cool dream Saffee has about her mother and heaven that made me cry and I love how that ended the story on a more uplifting note.

    Written by Veronica Sternberg on January 16, 2014 | e


    I know one should never judge a book by it’s cover, but this cover drew me in. Why the bright orange childish script with the eyes peeking from under the table? I was intrigued. While the story was slow to begin as a foundation for the characters was built, it unfolded beautifully into a theme of redemption and hope.
    The effects and stigmas of mental illness, while hard to deal with in today’s culture, were even more difficult to deal with in the past. The author portrayed the difficulties of this fictional family in a way that gave me a glimpse of how devastating mental illnesses can be and their impact on generations of families. I especially loved the way that the sacredness of marriage was treated.
    Great Read!

    Written by Middle Places on January 16, 2014 | e
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    Oh my! This was an incredible read. At the center of the story is a painted table and years and layers worth of paint and stain that represent years of heartache and pain. An offering that Saffee does not want for fear of what comes with the table. But through strength and fortitude Saffee begins to tear away at the layers and all that they have come to symbolize. This is a story of sticking it out. A story of heart wrenching mental illness and how it affects generation after generation. A story of finding a path and walking it, no matter how dark or how scary it may seem. And trusting the faint light at the end of that path. A story of unknown inner strength.
    A story of growth and understanding and even reluctant maturity. Suzanne Field has told just such a story.

    Written by The Shades of Pink on January 16, 2014 | e
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    I connected with the story emotionally. But an emotional connection isn’t all that makes a worthwhile read. And The Painted Table is that.

    Inside its pages, you’ll find engaging writing, well-rounded characters, and a story that tugs at your heart. You’ll cheer as Saffee learns to understand the behaviors and patterns modeled by her parents. You’ll feel compassion for her mom as you learn about her journey and the circumstances that shaped her. You’ll grow to love the characters and will feel sad when the story ends. At least, that’s my experience.

    Well done, Mrs. Field.

    Written by Our Family Porch on January 16, 2014 | e
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    This book is quite interesting and I have to admit in some places the tone was scary and dark. The mind can be a dark place, and author Suzanne Field captures the downward spiral of Joann’s life quite well. Yet at the same time, I find the contrast of dark to light quite riveting and emotional. Somewhere in the plot, a switch is turned on in Joann’s oldest daughter, Sapphire (Sapphe). The whispered promise of a different life, sparks a small ember of light in her heart. I as a reader welcomed the drastic difference from beginning to the ending of the book. And Author Field has a wonderful ending to it, that I was not prepared for. I simply loved it.

    Written by Sophie and Momma Blog on January 15, 2014 |e
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    Suzanne Field painted the layers of her characters comprehensively and with creativity. The development of those characters throughout the book represented a substantive view through the eyes of the mentally ill and those who surrounded her. The anguish these characters experienced was convincing and poignant. The author created expressive, imaginative portrayals of the various environments which gave credence to the believability of the story. I found myself becoming more and more engrossed as the story progressed. The Painted Table is an excellent chronicle of mental illness and its pervasive effects on the afflicted and those closest to them.

    Written by Perspectives By Nancee on January 14, 2014 | e
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    Sometimes families and others do not realize how much mental illness can affect others and their lives forever. This book is sad, happy and compelling all at the same time.

    Written by Dear Sharing Aunt on January 13, 2014 | e
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    This is an epic novel following the life of a mother and her daughter that is intertwined from the wounds of mental illness. I have to say first of all I loved this book. It really put into focus how twisted the thinking can be when your mentally ill. That reality really has nothing to do with your focus at all. Also it shows clearly how growing up and dealing with a parent who is mentally ill can make it so much harder to deal with life and society. All of this hits home way too close as I am mentally ill. I had my break downs while my daughter was growing up and she had to deal with them. I am passing this book on to her as I feel she too will feel it is so close to her own feelings. 5 stars are not enough for me!

    Written by Crazed Mind on January 13, 2014 | e
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    What an interesting story about how a family copes with a family member that has mental issues. This story had me deeply engrossed from the beginning when Sapphire’s mother, JoAnn was a child all the way through to when Sapphire ends up being a mother herself. Not understanding about mental illnes, I couldn’t understand why Sapphire’s father stayed with his wife, wondering if he couldn’t see her issues or if he just ignored them. It was good to see that he had made a commitment and stuck it out. Seeing how mental illness can affect the whole family gives me a whole different perspective on the illness. This is a great story about how the family members gain insight and find redemption.

    Written by Frugal-Shopping on January 13, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: What an interesting story about how a family copes with a family member that has mental issues. This story had me deeply engrossed from the beginning when Sapphire’s mother, JoAnn was a child all the way through to when Sapphire ends up being a mother herself. Not understanding about mental illnes, I couldn’t understand why Sapphire’s father stayed with his wife, wondering if he couldn’t see her issues or if he just ignored them. It was good to see that he had made a commitment and stuck it out. Seeing how mental illness can affect the whole family gives me a whole different perspective on the illness. This is a great story about how the family members gain insight and find redemption.


    This was an awesome read. I was sad to get to the last page! Her characterization and her themes were incredible. I am looking forward to reading more from this author. I loved how she thoughtfully portrayed the issue of mental illness.

    Written by Preslaysa on January 13, 2014 | e
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    This was an awesome read. I was sad to get to the last page! Her characterization and her themes were incredible. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

    Written by Preslaysa on January 13, 2014 | e
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    From its brief beginning scene, the author establishes her omniscient point of view, allowing a wide scope that encompass all characters. This high view allows what might otherwise become a long, drawn-out story to proceed at a pleasing pace. This debut novelist proves to have a deft hand at storytelling and a gentle touch as she weaves the spiritual thread into her story. I liked believable way she portrayed Saffee’s fragile, gradual blossoming of faith. And while she candidly exposes the painful consequences of mental illness–and of loved ones who live life in denial–she also offers a redeeming message of hope.

    All in all, The Painted Table is a sobering yet compassionate portrayal of the cost of mental illness–and of God’s transforming power to change lives, forever.

    Written by Story Matters on January 13, 2014 | e
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  • I was first pulled to review this book because of the focus on mental illness. To this day, this is a subject that sadly leaves many families isolated and alone because they’re ashamed and afraid to ask for help and/or guidance. Field shows us how Saffee’s family dealth with the mother’s illness by not dealing with it at all.

    Written by Literary Winner on January 13, 2014 | e
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    The Painted Table is an outstanding piece of fiction which grabs the reader heart and doesn’t let go. It would make a wonderful book club selection as the text is so rich with opportunities for discussion. I highly recommend this book!

    Written by Once Upon a Storyville on January 13, 2014 | e
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    “So what are you going to do about it?” (p. 203)

    This question is asked of Saffee by her husband Jack at a very critical moment in the book. Yet this is the question that is silently asked throughout the story as the Saffee’s family suffers the effects of mental illness. The author uses an inanimate object – a table – to represent this illness in a very powerful way that will surprise and thrill her readers! This is a generational tale that spans a significant period of time, and yet it maintains a very intimate, personal feel to it throughout the novel.

    The reader watches the debilitating effects of the mental illness as it takes hold and transforms both the patient and her family. Joann and Nels become a true picture of a lasting marriage, and I will always remember the scene on page 198 where Nels says to his daughter: “I promised to stick with her through thick and thin, and I will.” It was SUCH a POWERFUL scene! And when Jack asks Saffee, “So what are you going to do about it?” – it was as if you had the breath knocked out of you.

    I really can’t describe this book in a way that does it justice. There is a spiritual depth thatSaffee uncovers that is encouraging and challenging. Jack is SUCH an insightful and tender man, and you just love him to pieces by the end of the book! Saffee’s transformation as she reaches out to her mother just tears your heart in two with its true emotion. This is a painful story, yet it touches the heart of relationship in so many ways that it takes your breath away!!

    And this is a debut novel!! I am SO EXCITED to discover this treasure of an author!! Get to know Suzanne Field TODAY!! The Painted Table….it is a MUST READ for 2014!!

    Written by Window To My World on January 12, 2014 | e
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    This is a wonderfully written tender story that will touch the hearts of its readers. Mental illness carries such a stigma in our society, I think this book will give insight into the pain of the illness and the lives of those close to the person. Powerful, emotional, complex… and sad.

    Written by Deco My Heart on January 12, 2014 | e
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    Those who are fascinated by the break down of a mind or how the process of thinking can make or break a person might want to give the Painted Table a spot in their to read pile. If you are looking for an inspiring read that paints a picture of how a series of choices and God’s love can help break the grip of mental illness or a generational curse then you should be caught up in the story of redemption.

    Written by Novel Reviews on January 11, 2014 | e
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    The story of Joann and her daughter Saffee are intertwined with the beautifully carved table that was sent from Norway to America to be handed down as an heirloom. But the heritage can only be appreciated by the ones who truly understand what inheritance means. I found this book hard to follow, but only because the very issue of darkness is hard to follow. My heart ached even as I realized that the story was fiction, but very well told fiction involving young daughters and their mothers. If I knew the intimate history and the memories of my mother, would our interaction be different? I think that as was the case for Joann and Saffee, perhaps our perceived memories are some that are not mentioned between family members, and hidden they tend to grow and fester. The golden thread of hope and redemption are spun throughout this novel.

    Written by Reviewing Novels Online on January 11, 2014 |e
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    My first reaction after finishing The Painted Table: the beginning of this story is horrible, the ending is wonderful. And when I say horrible, I mean true to the dark realities of life and very worth reading.

    If I had only had Saffee’s story, I would have judged Joann for the childhood she gave her girls, and for the way she distorted their view of life. I would have never looked beyond Joann’s actions to the trauma that she was dealing with.
    If I had only had Joann’s story, I wouldn’t have been able to see the full effects of isolation and guilt and withdrawal that her family experienced.

    I really appreciated the way Suzanne spliced their stories together seamlessly. She let me view both of them with compassion. She made both of them real people, mother and daughter.

    Written by Found a Christian on January 11, 2014 | e
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    The Painted Table, not only being actual but symbolizing covered layers, extended into the hearts of each family member. The story begins in 1858 to 1976. Very well written, Suzanne Field has categorized the events in chapters of their lives. One thing that stood out to me was father’s feeling their support in supplying the family’s basic needs was enough. I especially like how the remnants of the second and third generation are turned for the fourth, where the story concludes, and begins anew.

    Written by Lane Hill House on January 11, 2014 | e
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    I just couldn’t put this book down. It was sad and happy and all the wonderful things you want in a book. You grow to love and care about Saffee and you have compassion for, yet despise Joann for all the sadness she causes. This is a definite “must read” for your reading list!

    Written by Julie @ More Of Him on January 11, 2014 | e
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    Every once in a while a book comes along that touches you emotionally in the deepest places of the heart…The Painted Table was one such story! Having worked in the mental health field for over ten years, I am all too familiar with the pain and heartache of family members watching and being affected by the mental and emotional illness of a loved one. Suzanne Field captures the family dynamics of living with someone who suffers from a mental illness vividly through Saffee’s story.
    Field expertly tells the story through the eyes of mother and daughter which adds such a depth to the story. There were many times that I read through tears in my eyes and a felt pain in my chest.
    Field also captures the transformation and redemption, the restoration if you will, that only an encounter with God’s grace and mercy can bring about in a life surrendered to Him.
    Some of my favorite quotes (and there were many!):
    “Your mother ain’t happy unless she’s mad about somethin’. Your life will be different…Again recollections bring a clarifying moment. Saffee considers that there are times in life when she will have to make things different, make things better. It will not just happen with a touch of some celestial wand. Change might involve struggle, might take time.”
    “Grace reads: ‘Your wife’…that’s Mommy Benji, she informs him…’shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house. Your children’…Grace expansively gestures toward her brothers…’And that’s us’…like olive plants around your table. Psalm 128″
    This is one of those books YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS!

    Written by Mother of Three on January 10, 2014 | e
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    I find the story of the table a wonderful story. It has such a history and wonderful heritage. Such love has been around that table. Now it is abused at the hands of the owner, an owner who has problems of the mind that focus around the table. It is now up to that owners daughter to help herself, her mother, and the table. She must come to terms with who she is and why she is who she is before she can come to terms with the table and what it has to do with her future. I was pleased with how the book ended. Sapphire is a wonderful strong character and definitely one he deserves such a rich legacy as the table.

    Written by For Him and My Family on January 9, 2014 | e
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    Having personal experience on the topic, Field brings a beautiful story to the table. Travelling through the past, present, and hope of the future, makes for a wonderful premise for this story. Add a family touched by the ravages of mental illness, and it becomes the reason why everyone you know should read this novel. A powerfully touching, deeply emotional and unforgettable drama that will stay with you.

    What caught my attention about this story was the stark honesty of the writing despite the pain. Reading about Joann’s decent into madness, April and Saffee fighting to keep their sanity – if there were Oscars for books, this one would make the cut. A wonderful story that will continually haunts my thoughts, and gave me a deeper understanding of what it truly means to rely on the One who is always there for us.

    Written by Book Reviews by Deb on January 8, 2014 | e
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    “The Painted Table’ by Suzanne Fields is very haunting in it’s tale of redemption. I suppose it is realistic – the telling of a dysfunctional family life that passes down through generations. Emotional scars that wear on the children in the story. Mental instability that affects women throughout the story.

    This book was a difficult read. I really ached for the children in this story. It is a multi-generational story that I just wanted to end because of the difficulties in the lives of the characters.
    Although the story is heartbreaking, it’s it’s a great read. It’s just emotional. And beautiful. Very well-written. And I do recommend it to readers.

    Written by The Talbert Report on January 8, 2014 | e
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    This is definitely a story to be read and savored, reflected on and discussed.
    Author Suzanne Field has courageously and beautifully incorporated the topic of mental illness in The Painted Table.
    The characters are powerful and the emotion is full as the story unfolds of Saffee, her family and the struggles of living in such dysfunction.
    This story is a wonderful example of redemption and healing the past, not allowing it to dictate the future.
    If you like stories that are deeply emotional and powerfully unforgettable, don’t miss The Painted Table!

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on January 8, 2014 | e
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    Suzanne Field had me from page one of this book. Though it’s a multi-generational story, it focuses mostly on Saffee and her mother. The mother and daughter in me could empathize with both characters. Saffee, the daughter, must find some way to cope with her mother’s mental illness and move on with her own life. Though many of us don’t have something so severe to overcome, we all have things we need to find a way to work around and a way to move on with our own lives. Saffee finds a beautiful way to do so.

    Written by Organizing a peaceful life (formerly Organizing for Everyone) on January 8, 2014 | e
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    Suzanne Field has written a story of a young mother falling into mental illness in the eyes of her daughter. This book is a realistic story of what happens to different members of a family that have to cope with a person with mental illness.

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! on January 7, 2014 | e
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    The Painted Table is a haunting tale in which Suzanne Field vividly portrays the feelings of the characters and the devastating, lingering effects of mental illness. This moving novel is a candid portrayal and its message is one of redeeming love.

    Written by Buzzing About Books on January 7, 2014 | e
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    This book is incredible. Suzanne Field takes you on a journey from the depths of horrific pain and family secrets to a place of healing, honor and joy. The trials in living through life with a family member tortured by mental illness and the subsequent abuse isn’t sugar coated, nor is the pain of overcoming it. This book showed me in a non-threatening form how to better move on from my past with dignity and still honor those who wronged me without letting it or them continue to control my life. This isn’t an easy book to read, but is so worth the effort.

    Written by Created for Home on January 7, 2014 | e
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    This book made me feel so many different emotions that I am not even sure what to write for the review. This book takes you in so many different directions and makes you feel so many different things that it was at times hard to read but at the same time I didn’t want to put the book down.

    Written by The World As I See It on January 7, 2014 | e
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    I fully enjoyed the book. This is a good book for everyone to read. I think it will open some eyes what others might go through.

    Written by Diana’s Tea Time Reviews on January 6, 2014 | e


    The Painted Table is a heart-wrenching tale of one woman’s descent into mental illness and her daughter’s fight for a better life for herself. The description of Saffie’s mother Joann’s illness is heartbreakingly realistic and is written so vividly that it was almost as if I was watching it play out onscreen. Field wisely focuses on Saffee for most of the novel, as she is much more relatable than Joann, and through her eyes, we see how deeply Joann’s mental illness impacted everyone in her family. While difficult to read at times, The Painted Table paints a vivid picture of the power of God to heal and restore.

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on January 6, 2014 |e
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    The Painted Table is the debut book by author Suzanne Field and WOW…..what a debut book! I really felt like I was there watching the story unfold as I read. This is not an easy book to read but it is definitely worth the read! I can’t say enough good about it! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Fiction or books on mental illness, you will not be disappointed. I cannot wait to read more from Suzanne Field!
    I give this book 5 STARS. *****

    Written by For The Love Of Books on January 6, 2014 | e
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    Suzanne Field has penned an impressive debut in her novel, The Painted Table. She takes the reader on an emotional journey through the trauma of mental illness. With an unusual subject for Christian fiction, this book presents a realistic and jarring portrayal of the impact of mental illness on a family and the healing that can take place through the redeeming love of God. Not an especially easy read, but one that I highly recommend.

    Written by By The Book on January 6, 2014 | e
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    Saffee’s coming of age story starts long before she was even born – back to her mother, and her grandmother, and even before that. The heirloom table is a witness to unspeakable things, and its recurring presence in these women’s lives is like a mark on their souls, reminding each of them from where they came. But as tragic as this story is, it’s also a story of redemption, a story of what happens when the old is made new, when chains are broken by forgiveness, mercy, grace, and hope.

    Written by Hope Through Storytelling on January 6, 2014 | e
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  • This book was a bit different than I expected but I am very glad to have read it. It shows, I think, an accurate portrayal of some families that live with mental illness. The characters were well defined and each came to be cared for as I read. I would recommend this book to others who are willing to open their hearts and minds to this part of life. Many people do not see this and choose to ignore it if they do.

    Written by North Laurel Home & School on January 5, 2014 | e
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    I think sometimes people don’t really understand others that have mental issues and this book is a painful reminder how much those people suffer. I don’t think anyone intentionally decides one day that they are going to be weird or mentally unstable, it just happens.

    Written by Mary’s Cup of Tea on January 5, 2014 | e
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    Wow, where to start? This book is not one of warmth and laughter. Instead, it is the story of those who struggle with mental illness and the affects that it has on all those around them. So many will relate and not only that, will be drawn in. You’ll cry alongside Saffee and move with them from house to house. At the end, you’ll breathe a soft sigh as you close the final pages because Saffee has become a real part of your life. Even though this might not be one of those light hearted, fun reads, I can’t suggest enough that you find yourself a copy and read it. It may give you insight, it may give you a new way of thinking or maybe, just maybe, it might even move you.

    Written by Life With Katie on January 4, 2014 | e


    Mental illness is often plagued with stigma. What’s so funny about it? More importantly, why can’t diseases of the brain garner sympathy? Written from a Christian perspective, The Painted Table is exquisitely written and gives a ponderous look into emotional instability.

    Written by Priscilla and her Books on January 3, 2014 | e
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    This is a difficult book on a difficult topic. The present tense narrative in the third person is disconcerting. But then, so is the subject – the possibility of inherited insanity. Other themes include the devotion of a spouse and God restoring what a mentally ill parent destroyed. In the end, well worth the reading.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on January 3, 2014 | e
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    There is so much to this book! Family, faith, and love are all themes that resonate throughout The Painted Table. The title says it all. The table is a connecting factor throughout the generations, both good and bad. Here is a book that offers a sweet story on overcoming difficult circumstances. Field has written a book that shows the heartbreaking and ugly times that can exist within any family or relationships. For me it was a book that started off slow but as I began to understand and care for the characters I found myself wanting to sit at the table with this family.

    Written by Slow It Down on January 3, 2014 | e
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    The painted Table by Suzanne Field starts as a tragic and devastating story about a mom’s dissent into mental illness. The descriptions of her inner struggle were very concise and vivid that i almost felt as if I was witnessing it. I felt part sympathy for Saffee’s mom and sometimes more sympathy for Saffee and her sister. I think when mental illness is in a family there are always questions about it continuing through the family and being hereditary. The author does an amazing job of bringing those questions to light while still exploring the redemptive powers of Christ.

    Written by Buzz4Mommies on January 3, 2014 | e
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    This book is definitely a different genre and mood than what I usually enjoy but it definitely was captivating once I got into the middle of the book. It was a little slow and a little confusing at first but it ended up making quite an impression on me.

    Suzanne Field wrote with vividness and pain that I could feel with every chapter but I loved the end of the story where Saffee confronts her fear and pain and embraces the table for all it was meant to be!

    Written by The Review Stew on January 3, 2014 | e
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    I read the story in ONE day. The story of Joann and Saffee evokes a strong response. I felt swept away with feelings of injustice, empathy, anger.

    Written by A Well-Watered Garden on January 3, 2014 | e
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    A poignant book centered around pain that will show just how much fight this family has left in them. Your heart will hurt for this family.

    Written by A Simple Life,really?! on January 3, 2014 | e
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    In this, her first novel, Suzanne Fields has created a gripping tale of how painful memories and mental illness can hold families for generations. The emotions are raw and one really hopes the story will end on a note of hope. I won’t give the ending away. However, suffice to say that the book kept me wanting to read and find out how the story ended.

    I love the issues the story dealt with – family legacies and family secrets – how we can choose whether we will allow them to hold us down or to move towards healing.

    Written by Everyday Gyaan on January 3, 2014 | e
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  • This was a really great book to read. Many people can relate to it. I would definitely recommend it to everyone

    Written by krystlbears Corner on December 27, 2013 | e
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    This is a heart-wrenching story to which many of us can probably relate. Coming from a broken family, laced with ethnic diversity that seemed to create a wall rather than a melting pot, my own life seemed mirrored in this sad tale in many ways. Like me, Saffee chose to make a difference for her own family’s sake. If you know someone who suffers from mental illness, or if you feel that propensity within your own heart, let The Painted Table be the change in that future.

    Written by Savings in Seconds on December 25, 2013 | e
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