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Bad Ground

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  384 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Poignant and thought provoking, this is a down-to-earth, sometimes humorous novel filled with suspense, action, redemption, and even romance. Seventeen-year-old Jeremy Prine decides to honor his mother's dying wish and seek out his estranged uncle who was badly burned in the accident that killed Jeremy's father. He finds the man working as a hard-rock miner in the south, a ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Bethany House
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Jul 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
When I first began to read this book I didn't know if I would finish it. In fact, I started to read it last year and put it back on the shelf. I really enjoy W. Dale Cramer as an author but I just couldn't get into this book at first. I am so glad I finished reading it. Everything came together and by the end, yep, I was in tears. (small disclaimer note: While I do enjoy W. Dale Cramer as an author, he always has one or two parts in each of his books that REALLY don't need to be in there. His bo ...more
Nov 22, 2008 rated it liked it
I read this book on recommendation from a friend, and discovered later it belongs to a genre called "Christian fiction" - stories not afraid to discuss religious questions as a part of the plot. The characters deal with moral issues, challenges to faith, sharing their beliefs with others, etc. - and eventually, conversion to Christ that brings hope to a life of despair. I hope this is perhaps more "real life" than most contemporary fiction, which basically ignores religious life. In this case, t ...more
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I didn't realise until I was a fair way into this book that it was 'Christian Fiction'. I don't think I'd have read it, if I'd known that. It's just not a genre that appeals to me.

But, if I had ignored it, I would have missed out. Sure, there was a fair amount of church and bible in it, but I didn't feel as though I was being hit over the head with either of them. Aidan and Jeremy Prine are sympathetically-drawn characters and Cramer's writing is excellent: realistic dialogue and fascinating det
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent character, plot, and setting development. Cramer captures the South in the details. As far as Christian fiction in general goes, his work is the best I've read yet: it is powerful, inspirational, and, most importantly, real. It's refreshing to hear poetic yet strikingly applicable spirituality from a layman's perspective regarding layman issues. I highly recommend this book and Cramer's Summer of Light.

Apr 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, love this book. I cried. This book is mostly about male characters, but it was so interesting. I really like this author. He does a great job.
Aug 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: religion
A work of Christian fiction, I bailed out of its overwrought setup after about 50 pages.
Larry Hall
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I picked this up at a library sale and was not aware it was a "Christian Fiction" when I brought it home. This is not my genre obviously because I am an atheist so I probably would not have read it if I had known before I started it. That being said I was moved by the story and gave it a three star because of that. I felt the writing was shallow and had an almost immature flow to it but entertaining enough to keep me reading it.
So a good story it entertained me and sometimes that's good enough
Beckie Burnham
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
About a week ago, Carole over at The Power of Words recommended a book by Dale Cramer (Summer of Light). Because she has excellent insight and I trust her recommendations, I immediately downloaded that book. Upon perusal of my bookshelves, I discovered another of Cramer’s earlier books that I had not read. I’m not sure where I picked it up, maybe a Friends of The Library sale, but it was even signed! Having won a Christy Award in 2004, and since the awards for this year will be announced tonight ...more
Sep 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, fiction
Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major Conflicts[return]When Jeremy's mother dies, leaving him an orphan, he is given a letter--her last words to him. She tells him that when the time is right he should go find his uncle Aiden. "You have something I couldn't give him, and he has something I couldn't give you". So a few months later we follow Jeremy as he hitchhikes to Atlanta and arrives at the mining company where his uncle works with nothing but the clothes on ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
If I had to review this book based solely on the first couple of chapters, the review would not be positive. This book starts out slow. It is difficult to stay interested. Yet, the reader who sticks with it will be pleasantly rewarded.
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