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Though None Go with Me

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A touching chronicle of the loves, trials, and joys of a Michigan woman in the first half of the 20th century.
ebook, 304 pages
Published December 15th 2009 by Zondervan (first published September 1st 1997)
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Connie
Aug 24, 2012 Connie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dena
Aug 30, 2010 Dena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: god-and-faith
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
Joy Moore
Feb 20, 2008 Joy Moore rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
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
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Kelly
Oct 04, 2008 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amanda
Jun 18, 2009 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chloé
Jun 27, 2014 Chloé rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Anne
Aug 20, 2012 Anne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Crystal
Jan 27, 2010 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Carol
Jul 01, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good though a bit wearing for one person to have that much tragedy in their life.
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I really enjoyed reading this book, and it definitely challenged me spiritually. However, the amount of trials and tragedies in this book was almost ridiculous.
Alexa
Oct 25, 2016 Alexa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally, I had seen this as a movie and found it to be a great movie on Hallmark Channel marking my introduction to this novel. I was enthralled with it and a few short years later, became involved with the knowledge that it had a book that it was based on , thus putting it on my TBR list.
I finally! finished reading it, only to find the outline of this novel a bit overwhelming and quite honestly, hard to believe that so many things had gone wrong to one girl who loved the Lord.
As a side not
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Wendi
Feb 22, 2017 Wendi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow start but great great story.
Laura
Dec 03, 2014 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Kendra
Apr 11, 2014 Kendra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jessica
Aug 23, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Miranda Summerset
The first part of the book was fantastic! I related so much with Elisabeth and her journey and the feelings of having your first love and not fitting in with your peers. I really enjoyed it up until the point where she got married and started having kids. I then started to feel it got super repetitive and the storyline didn't really go anywhere in my opinion. It started off angling towards being about a love triangle, and I kept expecting for Ben to pop back up, but he didn't really have much im ...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
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
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Kris
Nov 04, 2009 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Alina
Sep 25, 2012 Alina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Cindi
Aug 14, 2008 Cindi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rachel
Jan 18, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book... I loved it when I first read it in high school, but then it really messed with my head and my heart and what I believed about God's character...in an unfortunate way. I don't think I was ready for it, honestly. So this book probably went from a 4-5 star down to a 2. I think if I read it now, I'd have a new perspective, but I'm still not sure I'd really like it (remembering the favoritism for one child over another...stuff like that). So, I'm settling on 3 stars.
Sandy
Feb 17, 2015 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though None Go With Me

This book was recommended to me by Christian author Cathy Bryant and I am so thankful to her. Jerry Jenkins is probably best known for co-writing the Left Behind series but this one is right up there with the best Christian fiction. It will make you laugh and cry and most of all it will touch your heart for the Lord. Please read it and share its message with others.
Lee
Apr 18, 2010 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sheri
May 21, 2009 Sheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Michelle Welch
Apr 24, 2015 Michelle Welch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elisabeth LeRoy loves Jesus more than anything or anyone in the world. This all encompassing love does come with a cost to those who don't have her deep belief. The lives she touches are more numerous than the "stars in the sky" it seems. Her courage is powerful. It is a bit tedious at times with a few events that leave you scratching your head but all in all it was a good reminder of the commitment Christ calls us to.
Christi
Aug 31, 2012 Christi rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Clair Simpson
Mar 05, 2008 Clair Simpson rated it liked it  ·  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!
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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 185 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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“known by the fruit we bear. You try to live for Jesus, Elisabeth. I know you do.” Elisabeth scowled. “Doesn’t God want me to?” “Sure, but why?” “Daddy, I’m asking you.” Dr. LeRoy stood and stretched, and Elisabeth did the same. His yawn was contagious too, but she fought sleep. If her own mother had the same problem she did, and she had found the answer, Elisabeth would not rest until she found it too. Her father sat again. “Listen carefully, Elisabeth. Your mother finally realized what grace was all about. It means we don’t have to please God, because we can’t.” Elisabeth was confused. “You mean we’re not supposed to try to—” He cupped her face in his hands. “We try to live godly lives to show our thanks to him for grace. Nothing we can do on our own can please God. You know the verses.” “‘For by grace are ye saved through faith,’” she said, “‘and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.’” “We’re saved by the grace of God, Elisabeth. Living godly is noble. But don’t do it for any reason other than to thank God for the gift of grace. Otherwise, you’re still trying to earn his favor.” 1 likes
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