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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  446 ratings  ·  71 reviews
A touching chronicle of the loves, trials, and joys of a Michigan woman in the first half of the 20th century.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Zondervan Publishing Company (first published September 1st 1997)
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Dena
I think I started this book one day last week but I did the majority of the reading this weekend. Just picked it up and didn't want to put it down. Reading Christian books like this one is a little like reading a Danielle Steele book but without the sex (I don't miss that and ya still get the sappy romance :)) and the gigantic bonus is that you get constant reminders in fictional but real application of scripture. I particularly enjoyed that the author made the main character struggle with the u...more
Connie
For the first half of the book, though very sad, it was realistic. But I kept waiting for the main character to learn more about the Grace that empowers living even in difficult situations. But she remained duty bound to promise and doctrine, leaving out most joy, intimacy with God and other believers. Even at the end, the birthday party seems attended by those who admire her from a distance, but who have been relatively unsupportive as fellow members of the Body of Christ. In addition, she alie...more
Kelly
This book was written by an evangelical christian writer. I thought the writing itself left a lot to be desired - particularly how he ended the book. He wrapped it up very suddenly with a "and now she lived happily ever after" type of thing.

I read this for a bookclub. I think this book was supposed to be faith building. I found the author's image of God to be highly disturbing and completely different from my own ideas of a loving God. It's not an evil book, but not very uplifting either. There...more
Amanda
I guess I'm ruining the average rating on this one. I totally expected to love it...even though my sister-in-law said that it was too sad for her taste.

I loved the premise. I disagreed with some of her theology...granted, we have different faiths, so that is not unexpected...but one that really bugged me was the idea that if you really want to be a disciple of Christ, your life will be full of trials and sadness...well, my belief and understanding is that we all have trials and sadness, but it's...more
Carol Hassett
Pretty good though a bit wearing for one person to have that much tragedy in their life.
Kendra
Because I'm from Three Rivers, Michigan, I HAD to read Though None Go With Me. What an incredible tribute to my little town. Also, this was an incredible story.

Elisabeth Grace Leroy essentially is Job at the turn of the 20th century. From page one, I was captivated by her dedication to her father, to her cantankerous (to put it mildly) aunt, and to her Lord. Every trial Elisabeth faced, she faced with grace and the fierce belief that God would work ALL things for her good according to His perfec...more
Crystal
It was a long sad story with a happy ending. It really anwsers the question will you still be faithful. I compare it to Job from a womans point of view. She is faithful too the end and has many wonderful experiences to prove it. It also shows a real look at a real life that doesn't make the christian walk look like a cake walk.
Chloe
I didn't expect this book to rattle me as much as it did. I related to the main character in several ways, especially in her younger and teenage years. I asked a lot of the same questions she did and came to the same answers. This book was incredibly sad, yet the ending was satisfying and happy. I loved the way it was written in telling this woman's life story. The verses put throughout the book and the hymns noted were beautiful and made everything that much more heartfelt. I thoroughly - not e...more
Joy Moore
This book is so sad. I just couldn't get it out of my head how much tragedy she went through, and it was all rushed over (especially the last two deaths) like it didn't bother her after awhile and just became par for course. I think if it had been written by a woman, we would have gotten some more details on certain things.

SPOILER ALERT: I was really mad when Ben married DellaRae. That just didn't seem fair. He didn't really love her; he and Elisabeth had even been making fun of her a little bi...more
Jessica
This is the first book I ever read that made me cry. I read it a while ago and since then, I've never read another book that made me cry. It's embarrassing to admit, but I blubbered like a baby for practically the entire second half of the book.

It's been a while since I read it so I can only remember the basic plotline but I know that, despite all the crying, I loved this book. It was so touching and Jenkins really did a masterful job at making lovable, layered characters. The ending was perfect...more
Melissa
This was a rather sad book, but...life sometimes is that way. Job was not the only one to suffer great hardships. Some of it was very hard for me to read, having experienced something similar that happened in the book. But in the end I was glad I read it, as it showed that we don't always see or know how our lives might be used by God to affect others. May we remain steadfast, no matter how hard the race. Christians may not have as many trials as Elisabeth does in this book, but there *will* be...more
Kris
Mar 30, 2010 Kris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who doesn't mind having a good cry when they read a book
Recommended to Kris by: my library
Shelves: recommend
Although this story is quite sad it is very well written. I found it a real page turner, always anxious to see what would happen next. Elizabeth's early and unwavering commitment to live her life as "an experiment in obedience" is inspiring. And seeing how many lives she touched shows us the effect our own actions and words may be having on those around us. Do others see Christ in me ??

Interestingly, I found an old note in the back pocket, written by my Mother who used to work in our church lib...more
Kim Weese
This is a book that goes to great lengths to show that those who dedicate their lives to Christ do not have a perfect life from that time forward. This is a good thing to remember as we struggle through this life. As my pastor says, "it is not pie in the sky." The book is emotional and interesting...a very quick read. My only problem with the book is that this poor woman seems to have nothing go well for her...I just kept wanting her to have one good break. It is all tied together in the end wit...more
Karol
Hmmm. This book seems to suggest that if you are truly committed to Christ, you will live a long life filled with tragedy. Life is a struggle -- but does the depth of one's struggles indicate in any way the depth of one's faith? I had a hard time swallowing what seemed to be the author's basic theme -- that if your struggles are unimaginable it indicates you are one of the few who is fully committed to the Lord.

I don't think that either a seemingly "blessed" life nor a tragic one is an indicator...more
Alina
Years ago, I read his entire Left Behind series and loved them. This was the first book by him that I've read since. I definitely wasn't as thrilled. The story is the life journey of a woman, Elisabeth. It goes from her birth to age 65. She is a christian woman who has devoted her life to Christ and her faith in Him as carried her through all the trials and tribulations of her life. It was good as it really emphasized the never-ending faith in Christ no matter what the circumstances. However, t...more
Jenie Piccirillo
This was a good book written by Jerry B Jenkins. It follows the life of Elizabeth Grace Leroy who was a girl born as the Century turned into the 1900s. She becomes saved just as she enters her teen years and vows to do what it takes to obey Him to the fullest no matter what it costs her. And it costs her a lot. Keep your tissues handy as you follow her fictional life all the way to a ripe old age while losing loved ones and going through trials and tribulations enough to break the unsaved while...more
Laura Metz
So depressing for so long. This really struck me as an odd story with an odd moral (just too much bad news for one life). The mix of historical events was interesting, and I was content to see how wise decisions and true love were triumphant. I just felt so sad while reading... I had to give this three stars because I honestly 'felt' this book... I didn't just read this book. Scripture throughout was very encouraging, yet it was a little fast paced in places and repetitive in others.
Lee
This is the story of an amazing woman who despite a great many tragedies decided to serve the Lord and do whatever He desires her to do. There is also a movie made a number of years ago with Cheryl Ladd as the lead. I enjoyed the movie and found the book gives many insights left out of the movie. It was a spiritual uplift in a fiction book. I really enjoyed it - a great change from some of the depression found in the reading of Mary Poppins She Wrote which I was reading at the same time.
Libby Sellers
I agree with another reviewer that this was not an easy book to read but it may be one you will find encouraging if you have faced a lot of tragedies in your life while being a follower of Christ. It was realistic in the fact that I have known some Christians that love the Lord and are following Him yet have one tragedy after another in their life. I don't know why the Lord allows it but I do know we can't see all of his plan. I was glad to see the ending with a bit of looking up for her.
Clair Simpson
Mar 17, 2008 Clair Simpson rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girls
It was great though kinda depressing. I mean it was amazing how she held onto her faith through all that she went through! Just things kept happening one after another without any breaks in between. I think, if I were to write a book like that, I would go at it from a different angle and slowly ease into the tragedies instead of suddenly letting my character suffer numerous tragedies all at the same time. But above all I think it had a great lesson!
Christi
Aug 31, 2012 Christi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
This wasn't an easy book to read. I cried all through it. Although it wasn't easy to read, it was very thought provoking. It made me examine my views of God and what He should/shouldn't do in my life. I just wanted to reach through the pages and give Elizabeth a hug. I was so moved and inspired by this book that I invited my friends to read it and come to a book discussion. It has made a deeper impact on me than anything I have read in a very long time.
Katie Williams
Should have been named "Everybody Dies" but wonerful all the same.
Cindi
This book was pretty good. It's very Christian. Sometimes those type of books are a little too strong for me, too preachy when I just want a good story. The movie is very different than the book, but both were pretty good. Set in Three Rivers, Michigan. I just drove through there yesterday so I feel the connection there! The story line is a little out there. It's been too long since I read it to review it very well.
Sheri
It's all about having faith and putting your trust in the God who made you and knows you and loves you and wants what is best for you.
Oh, the life this woman Elisabeth had, what a sad hard life. But in the end you realize how many many lives she impacted by her unwavering faith in her Lord. It is a book I would wholeheartedly recommend reading and I would read it again in a heartbeat.
Truly amazing.
Sarah Gerbers
a wonderful book! refreshing, tear inducing, squeaky clean and leaves you feeling warm fuzzies.
Kate Lowery
Jul 23, 2008 Kate Lowery rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Jill
Shelves: fiction
Fantastic novel. I became so emotionally attached to the main character. It was quite sad in some places, but she was so strong and faithful. There were times I actually had to put the book down and calm myself down before going on, I couldn't see the pages through my tears. This was one of the first books my friends and I passed around to each other to read!
Anne
This book is about a very devout woman who remains faithful through many trials, but who is misguided in her underestanding of what being a Christian really means. She allienates even those closest to her by trying to control them with her version of religion. Still, this would make for a good plot if the writing was wonderful, which it isn't.
Jennybug
I started reading this book, and wasn't to sure about it. It is about an Evangelist Christian woman. I am really glad that I finished reading it, because it really made me think. I think that it would be a great book for book club, because there are a lot of things that you could discuss. I would like to watch the movie.
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Jerry Bruce Jenkins is an American novelist and biographer. He is best known as co-author of the Left Behind series of books with Tim LaHaye. Jenkins has written over 180 books, including mysteries, historical fiction, biblical fiction, cop thrillers, international spy thrillers, and children's adventures, as well as non-fiction. His works usually feature Christians as protagonists. In 2005, Jenki...more
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