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Songs of Deliverance

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  92 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Fifteen years ago, Zeely Wilkins and Ron Jenkins were students the school district stopped believing in. Lucky for them, their teacher knew something the principal didn't; they were cream of the crop but they just hadn't sprouted the way people expected.Though they went their separate ways, the past is calling them back to the school and the teacher who wouldn't give up on ...more
Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Revell (first published October 1st 2009)
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Dec 24, 2009 Andita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone

Deliverance is something I rarely think about but this book was a beautiful tribute to the songs we hold in ourselves and the songs we make in our hearts. I got the book free and thought - I am not a Christian will I like it? And will it be preachy and turn me off? It was a resounding no! I was captured by the first chapter then couldn’t put the book down.

I cried a lot for I felt the pain the characters felt. I also cried also because I felt their joy. The author made me want to continue to hop

Feb 06, 2010 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading Songs of Deliverance with a major disadvantage. Though I’d been under the impression that this was a standalone novel, the events that fill the pages of Songs are closely tied to Griffith’s preceding book, Rhythms of Grace. That said, having stuck with this book, once I caught on to the rhythm of the story I couldn’t stop turning the pages. This story covers so much more territory than the back cover copy would lead you to believe. Songs is the story of Zeely and Ron, childhood ...more
Nora St Laurent
Jul 09, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marilyn Griffith writes with such sensitivity, passion and distinctiveness, all of my senses were at attention. This author had me witness, hear, feel and experience the believability of the characters, and the intimate details of their lives woven together by the intensity of their individual situations. These characters and their stories touched me deeply; I carried Song of Deliverance with me everywhere I went until I read the last page. It was that gripping.

Marilyn’s passion and love for the
Feb 08, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read the last page of Rhythms of Grace, I knew I could not wait for the sequel to be released. Once Songs of Deliverance was released I could hardly wait to get my hands on a copy. The first night I started reading Marilynn Griffith's latest release I breezed through the first 70 pages. I realized I did not want to drink this story up as fast as I did the last, but it was unavoidable. Griffith had once again pulled me into the small town of Testimony and the lives of the people.

Debbie Lester
Feb 01, 2010 Debbie Lester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Synopsis:

Songs of Deliverance by Marilynn Griffin continues the story of Zeely, Ron, Grace and Brian and all the other people who interact in their lives from Griffin's novel Rhythms of Grace. This novel ties together all the stories that left readers wanting more. It can be read and easily understood as a stand alone book as well.

Zeely and Ron face the fact that they are both in love with each other, yet they are engaged to other people. Their relationship is one of loss and heartache, yet a
Jun 02, 2010 Kaylea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, I liked the book in general. I thought Griffith wove the stories of four friends together in an interesting way. I also thought she kept the novel moving quickly, as things began to unfold in the lives of her main characters - Ron and Zeely.

The book is a sequel - to Rhythm of Grace (see below for info about this book), but billed as a "stand alone" novel. Honestly, I think that billing is a disservice to the reader, and to Griffith.

I spent the first half of the book trying to figure
Songs of Deliverance contains beautiful prose and insightful moments that make the reader think. I feel like I did myself a disservice by not reading the first book first, though. It seems like several foundations were laid in the prior book that I didn't have full access to since I began with the second in the series. I don't recommend that because it took away from my overall experience. That said, this story also contained more than a few "no way" moments for me. I felt like I was watching a ...more
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Another book that I just don't know how to put into words what I felt when reading it. It is definitely one of those WOW books! From the beginning, the suspense pulls you in and won't let you go. The plot of love, redeeming yourself, and secrets is full of so many edge-of-your-seat twists, making it a compelling story I just did not want to put down! I loved ALL the characters in this one. I couldn't say that just one was my favorite because they all blend together in the plot so perfectly. I ...more
Jan 15, 2010 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Songs of Deliverance is a book that is intense, it addresses issues often not seen in Christian fiction, such as out of wedlock pregnancies, domestic violence, and abortion.
Centered around four adults, who were students of a special woman, who had great love for her students, these adults have now made names for themselves. Going further than the system ever thought they would. However these four adults are still stuck in the stigmatism of their raising, the expectations placed upon them by fam
Clockstein Lockstein
Songs of Deliverance by Marilynn Griffith is the powerful sequel to Rhythms of Grace. The story picks up in the middle of an attack on dancer Grace Okoye and her rescue by her friends Zeely, Ron, and Brian. Each character has a rich, multi-layered history entwined with the others. Ron and Zeely have loved each other since high school, but each is engaged to another, and Grace and Brian are soulmates who can't seem to get past their history to find each other again. I wish that I had read the ...more
Kristina Smith
This book could have been soooo much better (in my opinion). I don't normally have a problem with books that tell the story from different points of view. Usually, that helps round out the story, giving it depths and layers usually not found when the story is told from only one character's perspective. When done right, it's a great writing tool. I don't feel the author used this tool to the best of her abilities. First of all, there were too many disconnects between all the stories. One ...more
Oct 11, 2010 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zeeley and Ron, and Brian Mayfield and Diana Grace were all students of Joyce, the Ohio teacher who believed God could use all of them, even others didn't think so. After many mistakes, hurts, and false starts, all are reunited at the school when Joyce has cancer. The secrets in each one's life threatens to shatter the love rekindled with each couple, but the prayers and unfolding secrets brought about by Joyce give choices once again.

Those who complain about Christian fiction being "unreal" ha
Jennifer Penn
Feb 05, 2014 Jennifer Penn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally Urban Christian Fiction that isn't riddled with poor grammar and ghetto language. But beyond that this book was amazing. Not many Urban Christian Fiction novels really get down to the nitty gritty of the characters real relationship with God but Marilynn Griffith got it right. The things these characters go through and the true to life reactions and feelings to those situations and their relationships with the Lord make this a truly refreshing read. There was something about all of them, ...more
Aug 18, 2013 Carina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read the first book quite a while ago it took me a few pages to get back into the swing of things, but after I did I couldn't put this book down. Griffith speaks to the soul. I can honestly say that I felt God through this book in a strong way. I cried through some of the chapters and felt chills go down my spine as the characters realized the deliverance and redemption that God brings. A must read for Christians. Those of you out there who don't believe read it anyway and let God pull ...more
Aug 12, 2016 Karen rated it liked it

Took me a while to get into. Initially, I thought the beginning chapters jumped around a lot leaving me disoriented since so many things were being alluded to that weren't explained. Then FINALLY, I realized that this is book 2 or a sequel to Rhythms of Grace.

Ok so pause....

Go read Rhythms of Grace first, then read Songs of Deliverance. ¿Much better, right?

I wish I'd known that from the start. Note to the author to make that much clearer next time.
Danyelle Scroggins
Jan 28, 2016 Danyelle Scroggins rated it really liked it
Awesome Sequel!

If you've read Rhythms of Grace you do not want to stop there!! I went directly from one right into the other and it was like watching a wonder mini series. Songs of Deliverance is sure to cause a tear or two to fall from your reading eyes but the fulfillment of reading is watching how deliverance takes place. You will not be disappointed if you grab both Songs of Deliverance and Rhythms of Grace!
Rochelle Brockenborough
Aug 11, 2014 Rochelle Brockenborough rated it it was amazing


I have read many books and this book moved me more than anything I have ever read. What an awesome writer. The first book was beautiful the sequel was just so emotional. She is a Christian writer but she wrote with passion and truth verses several Christian writers who have written for years. You nailed it out the park. Keeping writing....
Jan 25, 2010 Deanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book thorugh goodreads. I foung this book to be very moving. I think that all can relate to it's message. We all have something in our past that we need to let go and be forgiven for, before we can move on.
Apr 24, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When I started reading this book, I was a little weirded out by the strangeness of the world these folks live in, but by the end I was really loving their honesty and their openness to the spiritual elements of the real world.
Barbara Williams
Excellent Read!

Great story of forgiveness, healing and restoration! God bless Marilynn Griffith for blessing readers with this great work. Highly recommended
Margot M. Gregory
Aug 17, 2014 Margot M. Gregory rated it it was amazing
Awesome story

Awesome story

This was a great read. Would be a great book to read and discuss with you teen. Will look for more books by this author.

Sequel to Rhythms of Grace, I enjoyed reading Ron and Zeely's story. Didn't think it was as good as book 1 but a good read nonetheless.
Jun 07, 2012 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though it seemed like a soap opera, I plowed through this sequel to Rhythms of Grace. I enjoyed reading more about Grace, Brian, Zeely, and Ron.
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Alexis Townsend
May 07, 2012 Alexis Townsend rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally, the ending I needed to Rythms of Grace. I definite must read!!!
Naomi Woodard
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