Friday, July 10, 2009
CFRB Tours Stephanie Reed
The Christian Fiction Review Blog is touring Stephanie Reed's books, ACROSS THE WIDE RIVER and THE LIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER. Although I have both books I've only read the one, the 2nd as it turns out. When I finish the other book I'll put up a review of that book, but for now can only speak about THE LIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER.
I read these in reverse order because of a communication mix-up on my end. However, I did read both books. I was able to get ACROSS THE WIDE RIVER finished in time to put up a post before my post for THE LIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER (a title that would have been suitable for both books).
In any event ACROSS THE WIDE RIVER follows the eldest of the Rankin boys, Adam Lowery Rankin, better known as Lowery, through his social and spiritual growth. There are places that I think Reed rushed things a bit. She seemed desperate to get the story out and in doing so I feel forgot to tell us some of the story. Having said that, it is a moving story of one young boy who, during a crucial time in American history, has to come to grips with his own feelings about slavery and whether or not God has called him into the ministry. The wavering back and forth I felt was realistic because I do it myself. Some of the more potent parts of the story are going to spring up at the most unexpected times, so brace yourself for a good read.
The Ohio River cuts a wide swath between Ohio and Kentucky, but there's a much bigger gulf that separates the sinner from God. There is, in fact, only One way across this river. Those of us on the free side are to help those running from the bondages and those that would drag them back into bondage. Sometimes we need to come face to face with these "slave hunters" in order to appreciate the Love of Jesus and be useful to Him. So pray up, saddle up, light your candle, and wait to help the next refuge to safety. "By this shall all men know you are my disciples, that you love one another."
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marilynn Griffith is wife to a deacon, mom to a tribe and proof that God gives second chances. Her novels include Made of Honor (Steeple Hill, Jan. 2006), Pink (Revell, Feb. 2006), Jade (Revell, June 2006), and If the Shoe Fits (Revell, 2007). Her other credits include Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman’s Soul, Cup of Comfort Devotionals and her Shades of Style series (Revell, 2006). She lives in Florida with her husband and children. To book speaking engagements or just say hello, email: email@example.com.
Tangerine is the third book in the Shades of Style Novels.
Fans of Pink and Jade will eat up Tangerine, the third book in the cutting-edge Shades of Style series. Jean Guerra, a designer at Garments of Praise design firm, doesn't like surprises. These days though, the unexpected meets her everywhere. Since Jean's return to the church a year ago, her God-encounters occur with increasing frequency, along with thoughts of her husband-the one she vowed to divorce and gave up on long ago. The one nobody at work knows about, not even her best friend, Lily, or her boss, Chenille. But when the designer assigned to work with Jean on a line of men's suits shows up, her heart flips. It's her husband, Nigel Salvador. Jean is finally rendered speechless. Can her bruised heart become whole enough to love again? Or will she remain in the trenches of loneliness forever?
The book link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0800730429
Marilynn's website link: http://marilynngriffith.typepad.com/rhythmsofgrace/
THE 3RD COVENANT - a Comparison
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Judge and Jury
The 3rd Covenant
The Camel Club
Web of Lies
The 12th Card
Words of Silk
Above and Beyond
No Second Chance