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4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  2,641 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
In a world of secrets, where evil has reigned for over a hundred years, the power of an ancient covenant will change the life of one man forever.

As a struggling young attorney fresh out of law school, Renny Jacobson pines for the day he can afford the luxuries of the partners in his Charlotte firm. With news of his father's death and a secret inheritance, Renny's life will
ebook, 432 pages
Published October 6th 2004 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2000)
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Feb 29, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Avid readers will tell you that books are usually better than their celluloid adaptations...and, in this case, that's the truth. While the film adaptation was one of the most disappointing flicks I've seen in recent years--which was heartbreaking, given the A-list talent--this book was much better. Even if you prefer movies to literature, you should read this and not bother with the film.
Aug 08, 2014 Gloria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pentecostals; spiritual warfare novel readers; conspiracy theorists
This was a book that I liked. I like when an author throws threads in at the beginning that are revealed to be extremely relevant at the end of the book (and I like series when they do that). This was one such book. I won't speak more on that because of spoilers.

In the vein of Frank Peretti's Oath/Darkness series and Shaunti Feldhan's novels, the author uses spiritual warfare to drive the story. I compare it to the Oath, but this is a group of men instead of a town - and it's not a dragon killin
Nov 28, 2010 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I felt we really could've done without the two hundred pages in the middle that dealt with Renny's finding God again. It distracted from the more interesting part of the story -- the power of the List. We got one scene where its darkness became obvious, and it was, for this fan of supernatural/sci-fi/fantasy, exciting. But that was all we got. I guess it's sort of hard to have decent conflict if there's a Deus in your Deus Ex Machina (automatic win, right there). Nice try, though.

Then again, wha
Apr 27, 2008 Mom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians who want better-than-average fiction to read
This story line was unique and did keep up my interest plus I enjoyed the history of the Civil War involved and the history, culture and sights of N.[or was it South?]Carolina. It's written from a Christian perspective and thought the theology was pretty much 'right on' except for the curse issue. Question: Can Satan cause a physical illness leading to death of a true believer just by someone cursing that individual? The Holy Spirit within would protect that person is my thinking. Appreciated ho ...more
Aug 31, 2009 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm deeply ashamed to admit I read this drivel. A new friend(?) recommended this Christian lawyer/writer, said she'd read all his books. That big C should have been my first clue. I was hoping for a gripping story, but instead this is shockingly poorly written, and just a reason to discuss sin/evil/ vs god's direct hand in the cardboard hero's life which equalled about 75% of the story. I haven't quite figured out how to thank her for the loan but certainly won't try another. As an aside, the re ...more
Ian Healey
Jan 05, 2013 Ian Healey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the best book I've ever read. The story is of a young man discovering his inheritance from his father is locked into membership in a mysterious secret society. He starts to unravel the secret, falling in love on the way, and finds out more about his father and himself than he could begin to suspect. The showdown sees everything put on the line, his love, friends, faith and his life itself, in a physical and spiritual battle which is exciting, challenging and ultimately believeab ...more
Nov 06, 2016 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little heavy-handed on the Christianity, but a good story of Good (God) vs Evil (Satan). Good plot, likeable characters.
Dec 15, 2016 Valarie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good Christian mystery fiction and a story that you will enjoy if you like Christian fiction, legal thrillers and spiritual warfare.
Jan 02, 2017 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
so far its great, there is mystery, intrigue. Hard to put down.
Sandy Holmes
Dec 03, 2016 Sandy Holmes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of his best!
Ann Villanueva
Oct 18, 2016 Ann Villanueva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book.
Sep 29, 2016 Pianosue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read about Renny Jacobson and Jo Johnston in how they met and how they dealt with dealing with the world and the other worldly. After their fathers died they travel to Georgetown for a secret meeting to become part of The List. Will they decide to join? Or will they choose another path? Will Renny give in to the demons and forces trying to get him involved or will he choose God and fight these evil forces and bring all to the Light? Check it out!
Jun 18, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's ironic that in reading Robert Whitlow's novels to date, the last one I'd get to read would be his first novel. I have to say I've enjoyed all of his novels, each for both the same and different reasons. And while reading his books, you'd think I'd be able to say--oh yes, this was written first and this one written more recently, I honestly couldn't tell which was first, middle or last written except by the date on the copyright page. Whitlow is just that good--and the List is just a great n ...more
Heather Walls
Jun 02, 2012 Heather Walls rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was given to me by friend and author Travis Bowman who knows and resides in North Carolina with Robert Whitlow. This was my first time reading a Whitlow novel, though I have seen the film version of The Trial. I don't think the screenplays do his writing justice. He has a natural, fluid style that wraps easily around his extensive knowledge of judicial process. There are a few moments where the circumstances seem too coincidental but don't create enough of a hiccup in the prose to giv ...more
Julian Franklin
The List begins with a lawyer who seems simple enough, until a mystery unravels as his father's estate is being handled. As the main character, Renny, begins to settle his father's estate, he also begins a journey to solve the mystery, and find God and true romance. I felt that characterization was an element that was used well in this story. The first time that the main female character is described unique characteristics and in an interesting perspective. I think that Renny's dynamic character ...more
Jan 22, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
You can't deny that Whitlow is a great writer. The story is semi-plausible, has a great premise, and is really and truly well-written. I love a good lawyer-turned-writer, and it's hard to find good Christian fiction that isn't about the Amish or overly cheesy.

I was a bit perturbed by the "dark forces" in this book, though. If the idea had been more deeply explored, I might have been ok with it; however, as it was, it seemed to be used as a copout thrown in at the end of the book. It was barely
Clara Roberts
This was Robert Whitlow's first novel. It lacks the tight crisp, writing that characterizes his other novels that I have read. This is a legal thriller which also included a spiritual battle between good and evil. At the close of the Civil War eleven southern men put ten thousand dollars in a Swiss bank account. Now due to compound interest this money is now three billion dollars. The covenant signed at the beginning passes the money from generation to generation by primogeniture. None of the de ...more
Jul 03, 2013 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of this story was good-sort of reminded me of John Grisham in the will/suspense of what the inheritance would be. The Christian aspect of this book lulled a bit...I feel a little guilty saying that, but the middle part of the book strayed away from the list and focused on Renny finding his faith. Not a bad thing at all, but strayed away from the plot in my opinion. I appreciated the theme that God will be there for you but found the instant gratification/several miracles with the s ...more
This book is like a Frank Peretti book, just not quite as well written. Without giving away much, it involves spiritual warfare, which is only belatedly recognized as such. One thing that bothered me a little was the author telling us rather than showing us through the characters. He tells us of feelings that perhaps the characters weren't even aware of themselves. Unless the characters are a whole lot more in touch with their feelings than I am. In which case, I can't relate to these characters ...more
Heather McCubbin
I just could not get into this book...the beginning was okay but it began running in a religious direction and I found I couldn't become interested in the storyline anymore. Part of this may have been because I glanced at the reviews right when I began this book. A reader said that it was okay but could've done without the numerous pages in the middle when he found God. I could see that part coming and when I got to it, I found that it was boring. The characters were flat to begin with and then ...more
Betty Jean
Feb 01, 2016 Betty Jean rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In all fairness I didn't read the book ... except for several pages somewhere in the middle. I'm obviously not his intended audience; I prefer stories that delve into psychology, explore relationships, and grant keen insights into the human condition. I thrill to language that woos and wows with its lyrical construction or, at the least, engages me with a conversational tone. This read like something written for high schoolers: short, simple, no-brainer sentences. Couple those with an unappealin ...more
A young lawyer graduates from law school. He is noticed that his Father has passed away. This is a surprise His Father leaves everything to his household staff with the exception of one item. The lawyer is left the contents of a safety deposit box which includes ownership in a company, .the Covenant List of South Carolina. This company goes back 140 years in American History. The list and his ownership in it makes him staggeringly rich. However, there is an unholy or evilness attached to some of ...more
Mary Baker
Apr 19, 2015 Mary Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. Although it is listed as Christian fiction, it isn't a "preachy book." It is basically a novel with the theme of good vs evil. Charlotte and Charleston are the two cities that provide the settings; and, since I live in South Carolina, I wanted to see how the author portrayed them. There were some parts of the novel that I might have changed or omitted, but over-all I found the novel to be a worth-while read.
Ann M
Sep 11, 2016 Ann M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, fast paced. I think it slowed down in sections, it detoured a bit much. It was much more supernatural than I thought it would be. As a Christian myself, I don't agree with all of the author's religious views brought up in the book. However, it's still clean, suspenseful fiction and an enjoyable read.
Nov 25, 2012 Milissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1+ or 2-. This book had so much potential...the basic storyline of the list was interesting...the writing style was ok...but in the end, it contained way too much hokey religious stuff for me. Even if I was in to the religious stuff, I found those "born again" and "praying for you" conversations too forced and unrealistic.
One of my top 3 favorites of all times! Set in Georgetown, SC but you can change the name and fits in with my hometown and home county! Just the names would be changed. I loved the Bible Study that is online at the author's website. Love all his other books, but this will always be my utmost favorite! (P.S. Mr. Whitlow is Presbyterian and will answer your questions if you email him!)
Dec 13, 2012 Larisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Our fight is not with flesh & blood... Main character, Josiah learns this and learns how King Josiah in the bible brought the nation of Israel back to The Lord and he learned about intercessory prayer, the Love of our Heavenly Father and how All have sinned & fall short of God's glory but by HIS grace we are new creations & Everything has to be done in the fullness of time... As God ordained it!!
Jul 18, 2008 Marion rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book sounded good. The book started out as good. It really built it up to something that never panned out. It actually floundered at the end and sputtered out. It also got way too preachy for me. I can't believe they made a movie out of it! Who made THAT decision - yuk. I would not recommend it.
Gail Mchugh
Apr 02, 2013 Gail Mchugh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am a spiritual person but I this book was way way to Christian for me. I love reading about God in a persons life but come on.......... Every page seems just too much for me. I could not finish it. I have always been of the belief, if you are a believer you do not have to have someone constantly telling you about it. Sorry!!!!!
Hans Froschauer
May 20, 2015 Hans Froschauer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I mostly use goodreads to read the description of books, rarely the reviews. After having spent several days commute on 'The List', I wish I'd have researched the book more in depth. It starts as a mystery/paranormal story with an interesting Civil War background, but within the first 5 chapters descends into what I only can describe as christian propaganda. Thanks, but no thanks.
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Robert Whitlow is the best-selling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the prestigious Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. A Furman University graduate, Whitlow received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. A practicing attorney, Whitlow and his wife, Kathy, have four children. They make thei ...more
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