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Riven by Jerry B. Jenkins
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Jul 24, 10

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The poignant story of a young man with a troubled past and a failed pastor rejected by those he wants to help. Brady and Thomas Carey. Brady from a loveless family, whose mother rejected him, triumphs in a school play only to throw it all away and quit school getting into escalating acts of petty theft, drug pushing and ultimately murder of the girl he loves who played him. …Thomas and his wonderful, supportive, singing, praying pastors’ wife is rejected by their church when he fails to give in to the wealthy elder who wants to control him. Seeing the years of neglect and abuse by God’s supposed people, the daughter rejects God, moves in with a fellows lawyer. Thomas seeing no transformations in his ministry descends into deeper and deeper discouragement. Wife tries to buoy up. Ultimately gets a job as a chaplain at a max pen with horendous restriction….Deeper hopelessness….Brady ultimately is sent there to await execution for the crime he admits and refuses to appeal.…Then slowly, he listens to Thomas…believes….is transformed…wants to die on cross as Jesus did to show all the ghastly reality of what they have transformed into a polite icon…Revival comes to prison and guards. Wonderful but gritty and at first hopeless story of redemption and grace when all seems dark. 9 of 10 on all counts.
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