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The Bell Messenger

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  135 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
A suspenseful yet touching story of a Civil war Bible that pops up again and again over a century and shapes the very history of the nation.

This rich and involving historical and archeological thriller begins as a Union soldier, Tate, shoots a Confederate preacher known as the Bell Messenger and is bequeathed a worn Bible by the dying man. Tate's historical narrative par
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Howard Books
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Lisa Johnson
Nov 08, 2013 Lisa Johnson rated it really liked it
Title: The Bell Messenger
Author: Robert Cornuke with Alton Gansky
Pages: 285
Year: 2008
Publisher: Howard Books
The story begins during the Civil War. Confederate soldiers are hunting a deer to quell their starvation. What they don’t realize is that Union soldiers have also spotted the deer and the Confederates. The Confederates unknowingly walk into an open field and seal their fate. Soon the Union soldiers are scavenging anything of value off the dead Confederates. The Union leader, Jeremiah Tate,
Aug 14, 2013 Tami rated it liked it
A great read following a the travels of a certain Holy Bible that had "magical" or rather, spiritual powers. A soldier shoots a boy during the Civil war, who then gives his killer the bible with a warning to do good,if not, a "dry rain will fall upon you." The book is passed on through several hands, each experiencing life-saving moments, believed to be because of the possesion of this bible.

While I liked the story idea, I think the author got it wrong about the power of the book. He focused too
Bob Reid
this book was a very good read.
Patrick S.
May 10, 2013 Patrick S. rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
I found this to be a fairly moving book. There was a lot of well written emotion with realistic dialog. The flow from one set of characters to another (P.O.V. moves through about five different characters over 100 years) can be a little abrupt in changing at times. However, it doesn't through one out of the story. The dialog is well written and doesn't fall into the cheesy side that some contemporary Christian fiction stories fall into. The individual stories are exciting and enjoyable and the ...more
Mark Young
May 30, 2011 Mark Young rated it really liked it
The Bell Messenger begins on the civil war battlefield when a Union officer severely wounds a young Confederate soldier. The dying soldier hands a worn Bible to the Union officer, saying “Be God’s messengers as I have been.” This begins a journey through time, winding up at the doorstep of protagonist Gary Brandon, who receives this same mysterious gift as a graduation gift in 1980. His alcoholic uncle—who claims to have discovered the Bible as he dug for valuable artifacts in a Saudi Arabian ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it
It's the last days of the Civil War and a short skirmish ends with a young boy dying and as the man that shot him leans over him to see what he can scavenge from the body the boy presses a bible into his hands claiming that it will give life. Thus begins a journey not only across time but also a journey of faith. The man that shot the boy on the battlefield attempts to give the bible back to his mother only to discover that the boy has anticipated his own death. As the bible passes from hand to ...more
Feb 28, 2011 Candy rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It didn't turn out to be what I expected going in, but infinitely more than what I expected. I loved the story of the Bible being passed down from hand to hand and the lives of those it touched. I loved how the authors took you back from the present day to two hundred years in history telling each persons story and how they came to possess the Bible. Not everyone accepted its message but all were given the chance. This is a book you must read to understand, but it ...more
Feb 15, 2015 Gwen rated it really liked it
My reading genre of choice is historical fiction, and this little book was a very pleasant surprise. Following a Bible from the life of a Confederate soldier through numerous lives and hands up to 1980. It was an easy to read book with a well crafted story line. Included history, mystery, geography, scenic descriptions, characters that I cared about, and a bit of intrigue. Written with Christian influence, but not preachy. I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend The Bell Messenger. Taking it ...more
Leigh Ann
Jul 02, 2013 Leigh Ann rated it really liked it
This is one of the more unique books I've read, and I really enjoyed it. We are doing it for our book club this month. This is the story of the Bible that starts out in the hands of Elijah Bell in 1865 and ends up in the hands of Gary in 1980 and the story behind all the hands it had been in in between. It tells the story of the Bible, and switches back and forth with the research Gary is doing in 1980 to add to the story. I enjoyed that this was different but also enjoyed the concept of the ...more
Eleanor Clayton
Mar 07, 2015 Eleanor Clayton rated it it was ok
I met the author at a convention, he spoke about the importance of archeology and the Bible, and I thought I'd give his book a try. It certainly wasn't the best book in the world, but it wasn't the worst either. The story is somewhat convoluted, and at times can be downright dull (or utterly weird and unbelievable) but it wasn't terrible. It wasn't so good that I'd pick up the sequel (I hate sequels, generally) but it was an alright read.
Dec 21, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
Very good book. Recommended by John B. This was a bit spiritual, but mostly because it was about the travels of a Bible during and after the Civil War. It started in the hands of a young boy, went to a northern soldier, who killed him, then to a Chinese man that had been saved by the Army soldier, and on and on. Good mystery involved. Loved it.
Aug 31, 2010 Judy added it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Judy by: My friends Theresa and Dolores
This book was wonderful, I have never written a book review. So if I screw up, don't be mad at me. This a good feeling book, and how this book (which is a Bible) has crossed many hands have changed many lives. I don't want to give anything away. I wouldn't call it religious. i would love to read more by the author. I WILL READ IT AGAIN.
Jul 23, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this historical fiction. Spanning several generations and several continents, this is a big story - and very well told. There was one bobble where Edmond was referred to as Edward, but I think I can forgive that.
Nov 02, 2008 Laurie rated it liked it
This book started out well, couldn't wait to see who would end up with the bible next. The ending was a little weak.
Dec 07, 2009 Dianne rated it liked it
Honestly, I never finished it. It was fairly interesting, but I "listened" to it instead of "read" it and when my ipod kept messing up the audio, I never bothered getting it from the library.
Jun 23, 2012 Dana rated it really liked it
I listened to this as an audio book. I couldn't wait to get in the car and get tuned into the story.
May 12, 2012 Vicky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Loved it! It reminded me of the Red Violin and People of the Book. Where an object's life is traced through the history of its owners.
Meadow Frisbie
Mar 22, 2010 Meadow Frisbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a wonderful read. I loved the lives the Bible touched as it when down through out history. The wars was pretty grusomely detailed, but other then that....a GREAT book.
May 26, 2011 Myersorchard rated it really liked it
i enjoyed this. i read it in a day, they really drew me into the puzzle. it went from the civil war virginia to oil wells in arabia in the 1980s. i'm probably going to send this on to my mom.
Sep 10, 2009 Sonia rated it liked it
Very interesting story. A lot of loops, turns and twists. Can get a little lost towards the end, at which point I was beginning to loose my interest. Well written.
Sep 14, 2010 Helen rated it really liked it
We listened to this book and it was long (almost like two stories in one book) but we both enjoyed it and I especially liked the ending.
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so far this book is really good... its 2 stories in one, so it is packed with adventure!
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