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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  3,142 Ratings  ·  162 Reviews
In a world of secrets, where evil has reigned for over a hundred years, the power of an ancient covenant will change the life of one man forever.

As a struggling young attorney fresh out of law school, Renny Jacobson pines for the day he can afford the luxuries of the partners in his Charlotte firm. With news of his father's death and a secret inheritance, Renny's life will
Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 4th 2004 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2000)
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Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Avid readers will tell you that books are usually better than their celluloid adaptations...and, in this case, that's the truth. While the film adaptation was one of the most disappointing flicks I've seen in recent years--which was heartbreaking, given the A-list talent--this book was much better. Even if you prefer movies to literature, you should read this and not bother with the film.
Aug 27, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm deeply ashamed to admit I read this drivel. A new friend(?) recommended this Christian lawyer/writer, said she'd read all his books. That big C should have been my first clue. I was hoping for a gripping story, but instead this is shockingly poorly written, and just a reason to discuss sin/evil/ vs god's direct hand in the cardboard hero's life which equalled about 75% of the story. I haven't quite figured out how to thank her for the loan but certainly won't try another. As an aside, the re ...more
Ian Healey
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is probably the best book I've ever read. The story is of a young man discovering his inheritance from his father is locked into membership in a mysterious secret society. He starts to unravel the secret, falling in love on the way, and finds out more about his father and himself than he could begin to suspect. The showdown sees everything put on the line, his love, friends, faith and his life itself, in a physical and spiritual battle which is exciting, challenging and ultimately believeab ...more
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I read this for my book club, and was surprised at how different the beginning and the end were. Loved reading about places in the Lowcountry of SC.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Christian Audiobook--great book about the power of good and evil and spiritual warfare.

Josiah Jacobson, a young lawyer, known to everyone as Renny, is launched into a world of deceit and wickedness when he reads the terms of his father's will. He is disappointed and angry at his father, who he couldn't really get close to when he was older, until he hears about the money involved in being heir to his membership of The List.
This unholy inheritance is compared to our eternal inheritance in Jesus
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Pentecostals; spiritual warfare novel readers; conspiracy theorists
This was a book that I liked. I like when an author throws threads in at the beginning that are revealed to be extremely relevant at the end of the book (and I like series when they do that). This was one such book. I won't speak more on that because of spoilers.

In the vein of Frank Peretti's Oath/Darkness series and Shaunti Feldhan's novels, the author uses spiritual warfare to drive the story. I compare it to the Oath, but this is a group of men instead of a town - and it's not a dragon killin
Dec 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
I felt we really could've done without the two hundred pages in the middle that dealt with Renny's finding God again. It distracted from the more interesting part of the story -- the power of the List. We got one scene where its darkness became obvious, and it was, for this fan of supernatural/sci-fi/fantasy, exciting. But that was all we got. I guess it's sort of hard to have decent conflict if there's a Deus in your Deus Ex Machina (automatic win, right there). Nice try, though.

Then again, wha
Apr 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Christians who want better-than-average fiction to read
This story line was unique and did keep up my interest plus I enjoyed the history of the Civil War involved and the history, culture and sights of N.[or was it South?]Carolina. It's written from a Christian perspective and thought the theology was pretty much 'right on' except for the curse issue. Question: Can Satan cause a physical illness leading to death of a true believer just by someone cursing that individual? The Holy Spirit within would protect that person is my thinking. Appreciated ho ...more
Beverly Lum
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent writing! Mr Whitlow always delivers a five star captivating read!

I always get lost in the telling of the stories he writes, I can imagine myself in the book watching events transpire. I particularly like the unpredictable way he weaves his characters into unlikely scenarios, building their faith, and giving Jesus the glory. Inspiring and motivating!
Feb 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Possibly the worst book I have ever tried to read. One of the few I didn’t force myself to finish. It wants to be a mystery and a historical fiction and a love story and a bible lesson. And was bad all of it. Don’t bother. If you want Christian fiction, read ted dekker. If you want historical fiction, read William Martin. I think I got this book for free and still paid too much.
Lin S.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the start of this book and looked forward to a good story....and then it took a turn. Would not recommend it.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book started with a flashback and quickly moved to present day activities. There was no way to orient the two events.

I felt the narrative moved very slowly through the first half of the book. I laid the book down and didn’t know if I would finish it. Then I decided I would go ahead and read the last few chapters to see how it ended. That piqued my interest enough to go back and finish the book. I would have missed quite a lot of good reading if I had not finished The List.

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May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I have to say this is a book like none other I've read. Although maybe close to the craze series Left Behind. The book is an easy read and admittedly was kept enthralled throughout but just weird combination of unlawful corruption and somewhat religious zealots. I viewed it as a entertaining book trying to entice a non-believer. I think it could be a great discussion for a bookclub but many may not want to finish if Biblical foundations turn them off. Interesting is all I can think to say... top ...more
Kathy Dobyns
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Covenant List

Robert Whitlow didn’t disappoint in his presentation of “The List”. Everything was written in order and his followthrough brought this story to a novel conclusion. I was very satisfied with how inclusive his continual use of Scripture gave glorious detail to the subject matter which was salvation and spiritual warfare. I very much enjoyed his characters. And their whit. Highly recommend.
Michelle Hofacker
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
The spiritual battles in this book were intense. The overall plot was interesting: Renny's father died and left all his money and property to charities. The only thing he left his only son was "the list." Renny had to decide whether to join the secret group and gain material wealth or walk away to save his soul.
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has a ton of good Christian lessons. It is all about spiritual warfare, the fight we face against the powers of evil. It is a good reminder to put on the full armor of God.
It can be a bit wordy at times. In my opinion the author spent too much time describing the south. Otherwise it was a good book.
Darren Sapp
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This isn't the author's fault, but many suggested this as a legal thriller in the vein of John Grisham. It's not. The main character is a lawyer but there's not much law or thrill in this one. The writing is decent and plot interesting. Just OK.
Deloris  Mercer
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Thank you Mr. Whitlow for such a wonderful book. The characters were refreshing, and real. The setting was just perfect. The plot was very believable. Lot's of twists and turns.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this story! I was engaged from the beginning. The twists and turns kept me turning the pages. I highly recommend!
Shontell Brewer
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meh. It was good. I think the story was interesting enough, but it seemed to just drag for a while.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not quite a Grisham thriller, not a Peretti caliber either but it did keep my attention! I would read more by this author.
Vicky Olatunji
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed every part of this book. All elements that are expected to make a book a great read was present in this book.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
The deeply religious aspects of The List may not appeal to all readers; the forces of evil control the health and even the deaths of many until they come up against a born-again Christian.
Helen Pickering
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The list

On e agAin Whitlock kept me spellbound by his book the list was an amazing story it really brought home the fight between good an evil and how important prayer is
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed in this book because I'm a fan of Whitlow. The plot was just too farfetched.
Lori Horton
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Promising plot, but fell short. Even as a Christian, I found the narrative unbelievable and far-fetched. I did finish, just out of pure curiousity, but skimmed the last 30% of the book.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed this book, it is one I will read again- and get even more out of it next time. Good vs evil and the power of prayer. Great story.
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This surprisingly well-written, unapologetically Christian novel thoroughly entertained me, kept me in suspense, and inspired me. It avoided common churchy and stereotypical religious drivel, challenged its readers to truly walk in faith, and did not minimize the necessity of constant intercessory prayer and engaging the forces of darkness in spiritual battle. The characters are refreshingly human, well developed, and believable. Frequent pathos really enlivens the excellent story.
Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It's ironic that in reading Robert Whitlow's novels to date, the last one I'd get to read would be his first novel. I have to say I've enjoyed all of his novels, each for both the same and different reasons. And while reading his books, you'd think I'd be able to say--oh yes, this was written first and this one written more recently, I honestly couldn't tell which was first, middle or last written except by the date on the copyright page. Whitlow is just that good--and the List is just a great n ...more
Heather Walls
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
This novel was given to me by friend and author Travis Bowman who knows and resides in North Carolina with Robert Whitlow. This was my first time reading a Whitlow novel, though I have seen the film version of The Trial. I don't think the screenplays do his writing justice. He has a natural, fluid style that wraps easily around his extensive knowledge of judicial process. There are a few moments where the circumstances seem too coincidental but don't create enough of a hiccup in the prose to giv ...more
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Robert Whitlow is the best-selling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the prestigious Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. A Furman University graduate, Whitlow received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. A practicing attorney, Whitlow and his wife, Kathy, have four children. They make thei ...more
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“Children with harsh fathers accept much of what is thrown their way as normal because they don’t have a frame of reference for anything else, and this twisted template unfortunately becomes the basis for their picture of the heavenly Father.” 3 likes
“Jesus taught that the secret life we have with God is one of the true tests of the genuineness of our relationship with him.” 1 likes
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