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Poignant and thought provoking, this is a down-to-earth, sometimes humorous novel ¹lled with suspense, action, redemption, and even romance. Seventeen-year-old Jeremy Prine decides to honor his mother's dying wish and seek out his estranged uncle who was badly burned in the accident that killed Jeremy's father. He ¹nds the man working as a hard-rock miner in the south, an...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Bethany House
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When I first began to read this book I didn't know if I would finish it. In fact, I started to read it last year and put it back on the shelf. I really enjoy W. Dale Cramer as an author but I just couldn't get into this book at first. I am so glad I finished reading it. Everything came together and by the end, yep, I was in tears. (small disclaimer note: While I do enjoy W. Dale Cramer as an author, he always has one or two parts in each of his books that REALLY don't need to be in there. His bo...more
I read this book on recommendation from a friend, and discovered later it belongs to a genre called "Christian fiction" - stories not afraid to discuss religious questions as a part of the plot. The characters deal with moral issues, challenges to faith, sharing their beliefs with others, etc. - and eventually, conversion to Christ that brings hope to a life of despair. I hope this is perhaps more "real life" than most contemporary fiction, which basically ignores religious life. In this case, t...more
Beckie Burnham
About a week ago, Carole over at The Power of Words recommended a book by Dale Cramer (Summer of Light). Because she has excellent insight and I trust her recommendations, I immediately downloaded that book. Upon perusal of my bookshelves, I discovered another of Cramer’s earlier books that I had not read. I’m not sure where I picked it up, maybe a Friends of The Library sale, but it was even signed! Having won a Christy Award in 2004, and since the awards for this year will be announced tonight...more
Excellent character, plot, and setting development. Cramer captures the South in the details. As far as Christian fiction in general goes, his work is the best I've read yet: it is powerful, inspirational, and, most importantly, real. It's refreshing to hear poetic yet strikingly applicable spirituality from a layman's perspective regarding layman issues. I highly recommend this book and Cramer's Summer of Light.

I love, love, love this book. I cried. This book is mostly about male characters, but it was so interesting. I really like this author. He does a great job.
A work of Christian fiction, I bailed out of its overwrought setup after about 50 pages.
Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major Conflicts[return]When Jeremy's mother dies, leaving him an orphan, he is given a letter--her last words to him. She tells him that when the time is right he should go find his uncle Aiden. "You have something I couldn't give him, and he has something I couldn't give you". So a few months later we follow Jeremy as he hitchhikes to Atlanta and arrives at the mining company where his uncle works with nothing but the clothes on...more
I didn't think a book about blasting holes in the earth would appeal to me, but Cramer's eloquent and haunting prose drew me in. As I read, I remembered the feeling I got when I first read Christy by Katherine Marshall, that although both wrote about people I don't normally encounter (miners, folks from Appalacia), their taut characterizations made me want to befriend the characters, giving me a desire to spend my life peeling away the layers of all types of folks, elevating the dignity of every...more
I didn't realise until I was a fair way into this book that it was 'Christian Fiction'. I don't think I'd have read it, if I'd known that. It's just not a genre that appeals to me.

But, if I had ignored it, I would have missed out. Sure, there was a fair amount of church and bible in it, but I didn't feel as though I was being hit over the head with either of them. Aidan and Jeremy Prine are sympathetically-drawn characters and Cramer's writing is excellent: realistic dialogue and fascinating det...more
Excellent read!!! The characters seem to just jump off the page! The unusual plot flows seamlessly. Love the Southern flavor with characters you just feel at home with! I think I liked so well because its not something I would normally be interested in...but so well written.
Keiki Hendrix
First sentence is eye opening..."A boy afraid of the dark and a man afraid of the light". Then "You have something I couldn't give him, and he has something I couldn't give you".

I've read only one other Cramer book. I am quickly pushing him up to the top of my list of favorite authors. More to come...

Cramer has a rare talent to draw you in to his characters to the point where you almost know them.

If your a mother, the reflections of the boy about his mom will move you. If you've ever felt like...more
What I will remember about this book long after I have forgotten the name of Jeremy's girlfriend or the answer to the question of how his father died is the author's heart for men--men who use rough language and enjoy going out for a beer after work, men who rarely darken the door of a church and lack some of the social niceties I am accustomed to. Cramer portrays them with humor and affection in all their orneriness and neediness. Never preachy, Cramer is a master of deep characterization and s...more
No other words are really necessary except that I LOVED THIS BOOK. I read it on audio and I have to say that I enjoyed the reader and the author. The story line was well strung together - I don't remember a time when this one had any drag time. This is the story of an orphaned boy in search of his uncle and along the way he and his uncle both find out how to be men. It's a bit of what I would call a "guy" book but the fact that it held my attention and I actually wanted to finish it says somethi...more
This is the second book by mr. cramer, first was sutter's cross.
I loved the way this book took family tradegy and by the grace of God in a young man, brought men from a miners lot, some of them turned to God, because of this young man's faith he had no problem in showing. With the death of his dad and mom he went to live with his uncle aiden, who was a hardened miner, and a man with his own demons inside. But Jeremy helped him open his eyes to the good in the world.
Jun 04, 2008 Elizabeth rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christian fiction fans, family novel fans
After his mother dies, 17-year-old Jeremy must find his Uncle Aiden, who has been estranged from the family for years. Checked this one out after reading the favorable review on Discerning Reader. It is very good- eminently readable, thoughtful little book, with some good symbolism. Has a good message without getting too preachy. I was kind of sad to be done with it, which should tell you something.
Andrew Neveils
This book was easy to relate to - and easy to enjoy.

It develops the two main characters into a beautiful relationship between an uncle and his nephew. They both need each other, and they both change.

My only issue was that it was a little too concentrated. Cramer could have developed other characters a bit better, or furhtered a few subplots more.

Overall - a good, enjoyable read that's worth a one-time read.
Beautifully written, a flowing story that pulls the reader in. As judgemental as it sounds I would not have read this book had I known it was "christian fiction" which I normally find lacking true to life characters, preachy, and off putting in general. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book and I was sad when I turned the final page.
Wonderful story and characters...really enjoyed this one.
Meg M
Aug 14, 2008 Meg M added it
Shelves: never-gonna-read
I picked this up at the library as something to pass the time til a book I'd ordered came in. I started to read it this morning and it turns out it's a Christian novel. Not interested, so I'm not gonna read it. Besides, it's kind of shitty writing.
I really liked this book, although it was pretty technical as far as the mining equipment was concerned. That was important to the story, but for us girls :) a little less technicality might have worked better. But it was still a great story.
Not as good as the other book I read by this author, Levi's Will (which made me think and cry and fall in love with characters), because it had a slow start. But once I got into it, I was fully engaged in this great story.
Dec 26, 2012 Tanya rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Good story. Its about a young boy who lost both his parents and his Uncle who is dealing with his own issues. After living and working together they both find what they need.
I wasn't crazy about this book, although there were good parts to it. I thought it was more of a "guy" book. I have read other books by this author that I liked much better.
I loved this book. It was original, written by a man to be enjoyed by both men and women. Very well done and I learned a few things along the way.
Rex Eaton
Really enjoyed the plot. Jumped around a bit at the end and left some breaks that needed a little more detail to completely fill out the story.
Another great book with wonderful insight to God. The books kinda sneak faith into them. Quick and entertaining book.
Christina Reeder
I am finding I am liking Cramer more and more with each book. Highly recommend...a clean read for anyone.
Dana M.
I really enjoy this author. This was probably not my favorite of his books, but it was still really good.
The first non-trite piece of Christian fiction I've read in a very long time. Not too bad.
Another thought provoking book by a great author. Also enjoyed by my husband and father.
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