Reviews for 'The Armoire'
"Absolutely loved this book! Well written and kept my interest completely. I could see this being a movie!!" - Amazon
"Very , very good, religious, heartwarming, filled with love, memories, always something new to learn. Will pass this onto my families for future reading. Highly recommend reading it." - Goodreads
"This book was wonderful. It kept my interest, I couldn't put the book down. I had to see what was going to happen and find out how it was going to end. It is definitely a book everyone should read. It could possibly change everyone's life. Can't wait for Ione's next book." - Amazon
"...This engaging story illustrates realities beyond our understanding in vibrant scenes. Joy’s imaginings of the Tribulation period and the ascension to heaven are vivid and moving. Readers are sure to experience both conviction and excitement when experiencing Maxine’s journey....Elements from the beginning of the book are tied in throughout, making the story feel like a unified whole. There are several instances that feel like all of the “puzzle pieces” are finally joining. Moments like this brought the narrative together, working as an illustration of God’s overarching story for humanity. This book definitely warrants a second read-through to soak in Joy’s insightful artistry." - Evangelical Church Library Association
"The Armoire is a winner. The main character, Maxine, has a journey in her life she must follow, which brings her purpose. The story moves at a quick pace and will hold your interest. I highly recommend reading The Armoire.... I look forward to more books from Ione Joy." - Goodreads
"The Armoire is a page-turning mystery-part-fantasy with a Christian twist. It’s The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe meets The Left Behind Series, but all its own 100 %. Don’t take my word for it, just add this one to your list when you need a book escape! No matter your beliefs, this one will make your heart beat quicken and leave you with wonder. Ione writes a well-crafted novel with believable characters who suffer loss, find hope, and share vulnerably with us. I’m not sure I’ve read a fiction that has touched my heart quite like this one, leaving me quite convicted yet filled with illumination and peace. Be forewarned in the best possible way: Paramount topics touched within may cause you to reflect on your current state, and nudge you in spirit.
Though I am not so picky about books, it takes a good hook to keep me interested and even more so, a well thought-out main character to make me want more as I land on the last page. This book did that for me, which is why I appreciate writers who hone their craft and reward their readers in various ways.
I read this book in a day. It took me a few hours in between my daily doings, and I highly recommend it if you are on the prowl for something short sparing no action. Sometimes I think more novels should be this way. It cuts to the chase; you won’t get bored. My main hope for this book is that the author create a sequel lest I be forced to make one up in my head! Grab your copy of The Armoire and tell your friends about it." - meghanweyerbacher.com
"The Armoire had my heart beating fast, wondering how the story would end. Ione has done a fabulous job of weaving the story and mystery altogether. There’s a healthy balance of tragedy and joy here, where mystery and fantasy with a Christian twist leave you on the edge of your page. This needs to be a movie. I am rooting for a sequel!" - Amazon
"Maxine is a young woman who has always wondered what was in her grandmother’s armoire. When her grandmother passes away, Maxine inherits the key to the armoire. Delighted and excited, Maxine must first find the key. When she finally finds it, she is in for an exciting adventure filled with joy, pain and also suffering. The only thing inside the armoire is a beautiful magical feather. When she picks it up, a sparkling angel of the Lord appears. It is Maxine’s guardian angel. The angel asks Maxine what she wants most in life. Maxine confesses that she only wants to know the purpose of her life.
With that, Maxine and her guardian angel set out on an adventure. A magical experience of beautiful supernatural encounters, as well as, some more horrifying things. Through all their adventures, Maxine finds out that God does have a good plan for her life. And even though some things are hard, she learns that she must accept God’s plan.
The Armoire is a delightful supernatural story filled with beauty and tragedy. I loved the main character Maxine and warmed up to her quite quickly. She is blessed to be chosen by God to show her the purpose of her life. I felt the story was realistic, as I have had supernatural experiences and things that the Lord has shown me. I loved how our author Ione Joy shows how in life we must change the things we can and accept the things we can’t.
Maxine goes on a beautiful spiritual journey that many Christians will relate to. Even though it is a fantasy type read, reader’s will get the meaning of the story and will be able to easily apply it to their lives.
The descriptions are dazzling and enchanting. Ione Joy has created a stunning world in her fabulous book The Armoire.
The characters are likable and realistic. They are all well developed and multidimensional. Ione Joy has a way with words. She has created a beautiful painting with words that flow off the page.
The storyline is extremely creative and well thought out. There is meaning to this story and readers will be inspired.
I couldn’t put the book down and kept wondering what was going to happen next. All the adventures are exciting and interesting.
The Armoire is one of the best Christian books that I have read in a long time. It is a real page turner and very inspirational. If you enjoy Christian stories with angels, the supernatural and the beauty of the universe, this is the book for you. The experiences that Maxine goes through portrays our beautiful world with its goodness and its tragedy. It’s an exciting journey and an enjoyable read.
Ione Joy is an excellent writer and I’m looking forward to reading more books written by her." - Barnes & Noble
"In this Christian based novel the main character Maxine takes the reader on a great adventure. Through supernatural encounters she is forever changed....Great read! You will not want to put it down once you start it." - Amazon
"The age-old question of what is our purpose in life is revealed to Maxine in this Christian-Based novel, "The Armoire," by author Ione Joy. As we follow Maxine's journey of discovery, we experience her pain and suffering, and joy. I think the theme of the book could best be summed up by the Serenity Prayer: "God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference." Maxine will have to experience all of these things before she can best live a purpose driven life. This is a spiritual journey you will enjoy reading." - Amazon
"If you enjoy Christian stories about angels and the magic of the universe, this is a well done book. The adventures Maxine goes on show both the beauty and the tragedy of the world. It’s an enjoyable journey and a quick read." - Goodreads
"... if you are a fan of "The Shack" and are looking for a quick read, "The Armoire" by Ione Joy will keep you entertained..." - Amazon
"The Armoire is an exciting rapid story that was interesting from beginning to end.... The encounters that Maxine comes across, both supernaturally and in real life, help mold her into a purpose-driven life. The story also gives a somewhat realistic glimpse of what could happen to us in the end times. I found those portions of the book quite interesting." - bloglovin.com
"...this book has a nice message..." - Goodreads
"The Armoire by Ione Joy is a Christian allegory warning of the end times. It is beautifully written as the reader 'travels' through the story to the rapture.....The Armoire is a cautionary tale. It tells of God's rescue plan.....I was reminded very much of A Christmas Carol as the main character glimpsed things yet to come. Very much grounded in God, the reader witnesses our need to be in a relationship with Him. We need to trust God and be His representatives here on earth.
Life does not always make sense but we have to trust that God is good. There are some things that we will never know the answers to this side of eternity. Relationships with each other and showing kindness are important. I found The Armoire a beautiful read. I was reminded of a talk I heard by Jamaican evangelist and pastor George Miller who said "you can live without Jesus but for goodness sake, do not die without Jesus." The overriding message and one that I would echo is "I'm lost without You."....." - Goodreads
"The Armoire by Ione Joy tells us the tale of Maxine, a psychology major in Wisconsin who returns home for her Grandmother’s funeral. Maxine and her Grandmother had always been extremely close and she had told Maxine on many occasions that she was destined for something special. The only thing left to Maxine was her Grandmother’s enormous, antique wooden Armoire. As a child, she had often wondered what Grammy had kept in that special, locked cabinet, but she would only say it was something that would help Maxine in the future. When she finally found the key and managed to unlock the Armoire, she was surprised to find it empty, save for one lone feather on the top shelf. No ordinary feather, when Maxine touched it, an Angel appeared for her and so begins a fascinating journey through one woman’s faith and beliefs. This book was stunningly written. The concept and the language were so appropriate to the story. Yes, it is true that The Armoire is written from a Christian perspective, but that should make it none the less appealing to Christians and non-Christians alike. Ione Joy has presented us a lesson on life in this wonderful tale and we would all do well to heed the story. If you have ever read any of “The Left Behind” series and enjoyed it, then The Armoire will be right up your alley. As someone who doesn’t view Christianity as the only route to “salvation” in this world, I still thoroughly enjoyed the story and the message behind it. Be prepared to be caught up in the author’s vision of the future and our part in it.....This is a wonderful read and I can highly recommend it." - Readers' Favorite