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From the Dead

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  180 ratings  ·  36 reviews
When Jesse Barlow escaped to Hollywood at age eighteen, he hungered for freedom, fame, and fortune. Eleven years later, his track record of failure results in a drug-induced suicide attempt. Revived at death’s doorstep, Jesse returns to his Ohio hometown to make amends with his preacher father, a former lover, and Jesse’s own secret son. But Jesse’s renewed commitment beco ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Segue Blue (first published August 5th 2010)
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May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
There are so many things I could say about this book. It was edgy. It was heart-wrenching. It was honest. Bottom had a lot of guts. In some ways the story made me think of a Nicholas Sparks novel, at least for the second half of the book.

The first half was more gritty, especially the language - yeah, that included those touchy f-bombs. But it didn't upset me, because it truly fit the story. And I can't stand that word, but it wasn't overly done, in my opinion. It just made
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Great book about forgiveness and second chances! I enjoyed watching Jesse grow and learn how to be unselfish and take responsibility. One of the things that drew me to the story is that it is about regrets and making amends. It is also about letting go of the guilt you feel for past decisions and how you must forgive yourself and let go in order to truly be happy. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I was a little skeptical because I was afraid it would be overly preachy, but the religious ...more
Oct 02, 2011 rated it liked it
I didn't make it through the book. Not that it wasn't a good book, it was. But, it's a prodigal son story that as you get to about 60% through the story, turns into a lost soul son finding God. I read enough of that in high school through four years of theology classes. I didn't feel like I needed to rehash the story. (Now, I can read 130 Louis L'Amour books all with the same basic storyline, no problem).

The story is well-written and the characters totally believable. I also found th
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
John Herrick knows how to write. For that reason, his book gets 4 stars.

The story in From the Dead, has certainly been told before: man, unhappy with his life in LA, attempts suicide; survives and moves back to his hometown in Ohio; discovers he fathered a child; is told he has a blood disorder; survives that too; and finds happiness with the boy's mother and fatherhood.

Really enjoyed the book.

But, John Herrick, when a woman colors her hair, it is DYEd, not DIEd!! (yet a
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was afforded the chance to meet Mr. Herrick as he was doing a book signing for a promotion at Kansas City Barnes and Noble in 2011. Super nice guy with intelligence to match, and it comes across in his books. I'll be picking up some more of them soon. 'From The Dead' helped me out during a rough patch and I'd recommend it to anyone battling the same.
Wendy Hines
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Eleven years ago, Jesse Barlow ran from his small Ohio town to the big city lights of Hollywood. There, he lives with his girlfriend,works part-time in a photoshop and is still waiting for his next break. But audtions are thin and Jesse keeps being disappointed. Lately, he is really feeling tired and his nose keeps bleeding, but he shrugs is off. But when he loses the part at an audition and finds his girlfriend cozied up to another guy, Jesse sinks into a world of darkness and tries to take his ...more
The BookWhisperer
Oct 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
From the Dead is a story filled with heart and soul. As an author Herrick has laid his soul bare in this novel take a huge risk for success or failure. He has defintely soared above, and created a story demanding success. While this title has not actually been labeled a Christian Fiction novel; I feel this is a great read for seeker of Faith. As the ultimate story of life and faith it portrays every Christian's life, and the realization when we hit that brick wall that turns us to the Lord. I re ...more
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it

We come into the book learning about a man and a woman who seem to have disconnected in their relationship. This feeling runs throughout the book as Jesse (the man) struggles to find himself and forget all the things that have happened to him since moving from home. We travel with him while his relationship dissolves, he makes a risky business decision with a man on the beach, and later decides to return home to find peace and meaning. While this could have easily read like
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book wowed me for several reasons. The main reason is that I love John Herrick's treatment of the subject matter. With this book, he breaks the mold on both extremes, and it defies being categorized in a particular genre. It deals with issues of the heart and of faith, but it's not specifically written only for those who would agree with the faith displayed by the character. Anyone of any belief system could enjoy reading about the character's journey and the portrait of a family reconnecti ...more
Klaudyna Z.
Ok, so the book wasn't bad but I had a real problem with the last part of the book (part 3). There were a few problems. The first problem I had was that I felt like Drew's illness took a backseat to the rest of the book when in the synopsis it seemed like it should have been a major part of the story. But in actuality it only took up about the last 10% of the book.

Now, in my opinion Jesse was an idiot. When he finally found out that Drew had a blood disorder, he still didn't get himself checked
Oct 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Jesse Barlow left his small, Ohio hometown with the hopes of making it big in show business. He meets a spirited young girl and together they make a promise to see each other through the hard times until they both make it big. Years later, the promise comes to an end. Jesse is faced with having to return to Ohio with his tail tucked between his legs. He hits the road a broken man, looking for what is missing in his life. He has secrets but he's not the only one. He reconnects with his family and ...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
From the Dead is a story of sacrifice and second chances. It is beautifully written, emotional, and well paced.
It begins pretty rough, Jesse, the main character is in a dead-end relationship, unable to get a job, with a cloud of depression hanging over him. There is cursing, drinking and drug use in the beginning, but if you stick with the story you realize that it is not without cause.
He goes back to his hometown to get a fresh start and reconnects with his dad and realizes that he has a s
Jan 28, 2012 rated it liked it
What I Loved: This was a very emotional journey for not only Jesse but also his father and son. It was very moving to watch Jesse go from a place of his on creating and work through the ups/downs of pulling himself to a better place. The hard knocks that he faces while doing that, especially with his son, are emotionally wrenching at times.

What I Liked: I thought all the secondary characters in the book added a rich landscape that shaped Jesse's personality. There wasn't a single per
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Sep 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Wow! What an emotional story.
From the dead is a story about a man named Jesse who moved to California to pursue his dream of acting. Only, things don’t turn out the way he planned. It was always one bad thing after another, and it was becoming too much for him. But Jesse continues to push and tries to land his dream job and get his life on track. He even crossed the line in giving a sexual favor with the hope of enhancing his career. Of course that did not turn out for him either.

So many thing
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. I won't go over the story again, you'll see it below.
It is just such a great story of a person finding themselves when they least expect it. Also, about what a parent will give up for a child, which as we know is often everything. Even if it was a child they never wanted or asked for. I finished this book in two days, it started out a little slow but was worth the effort, I couldn't put it down in the end....

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Nov 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, review-books
From The Dead is not a book I would typically read, but I accepted it for review after reading the first chapter online. The first few pages drew me in and I was eager to learn more about Jesse’s life as a struggling actor in L.A. His girlfriend Jada annoyed me but that was ok because Jesse didn’t like her very much either, despite being in a long-term relationship. For me, the story really picked up after Jesse hit rock bottom in his acting career and decided to move back home to Ohio. Herrick’ ...more
Yvonne Cherry
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
From the Dead caught my attention from the very beginning. Jesse has dreams of making it big in Hollywood. At eighteen, he leaves Ohio and his family behind. Jesse hooks up with Jada who is also looking to make it big in the acting business. For the next eleven years they struggle through their ups and downs, until Jesse realizes he has made a huge mistake. Jesse attempts to take his life, but is found in time. He decides it is time to make amends with his family and heads back to Ohio.
Once hom
A very Worthwhile book to read. It really tore at my emotions. It was definately a book about redemption and about finding ones self. There is a Christian undertone to it which was done in a very unique way by someone who had been raised Christian and then hadn't been living the lifestyle. His struggles with God and how he faces up to his mistakes and regrets to his past and turns his life around and tries to make peace with those he feels he wronged 11years earlier when he left home. He also ev ...more
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Hello John. I recieved my book so quickly and I am half way through. I relize now why the name of the book is called "From the Dead" Is becaues of the torments he had prior and how he made his life change around to going back home and reliving his life. I am not going to say more right now since some probably haven't read it but I will be back as soon as I finish the book.. I love it - It starts right away and I like that - I have problems with other books that start out so slow.

Sep 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Wow! This would probably qualify as one of those sleeper best sellers that people are always talking about. You know, the ones that get over looked for one reason or another and then BOOM....they catch on? This one started out slow...had a steady middle...and went flying at high speed during the later third. Though classified as Fiction, it could fall into the Contemporary/Christian Fiction genres as well....and although I don't make it a habit to read that particular brand of novel as they can ...more
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
this book had so much potential but it really feel short. Of course it was a free book on Amazon so I can't complain. It is the story of an out of work actor that could not get a break. He makes some really bad decisions which causes him to try to kill himself. He survives and realizes that his life is not what he wanted. He moves back to his hometown of Ohio and discovers that he has a son. However the son is sick and will need his father to save him. Of course the father has an illness that if ...more
Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
This one gets a 4.25 from me.

It wasn't the kind of book I normally read, but I stumbled over a review online and was intrigued. It's mainstream fiction with a spiritual bent that tells the story of a man who left home to find himself and ended up discovering that what he left behind what all he needed after all. It was beautifully written and clipped along at a steady pace.

Without spoilers, I'm not quite sure how I feel about the ending. That's probably why I didn't give the book a solid 5. Bu
Meridy Jenkins
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book reminded of things I've said or done over the years and don't know how to fix them. It was refreshing to see John Herrick's character work through the problem and actually Ask for help from the supreme one. I learned a great deal about myself and how to work through some of my problems.I hope one day to have all the hurting and pain I caused worked through.I really think John Herrick has a wonderful writing career ahead of him.It will be hard to find another book that I will be able to ...more
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
This started out good, but after the main character moved back home the book just seemed to drag. A little bit of drama came into play at the very end, but it was short lived and then it was over. Basically Jesse moves back to his hometown in Ohio after chasing dreams of stardom in LA. for eleven years. When he returns home he discovers he has a child by his high school sweetheart. The child has a rare blood disease & Jesse has to figure out a way to save him. The end felt thrown on since th ...more
Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Poor Jesse., for a lot of the book, anyway. Aspiring to be an actor, he degrades himself, stoops to doing some nasty things, all for the sake of advancing his career. That doesn't pan out, and he's left with shame. His girlfriend is self-absorbed and shallow. At the brink of despair, he tries to commit suicide. Thankfully, he lives, and returns to his hometown. There, he discovers who he is and what is truly important. Get out the kleenex!
Ella Loukidis
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
The ending of my books wasn't my favorite because it just ended suddenly. Jesse gets sick after giving blood marrow for Drew. He is coding and about to die. The book ends with Drew, Chuck, and Jesse going to a baseball game together. The book was boring in the beginning, once Jesse get's to Ohio the books gets very interesting from there.
Nancy Boone
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good story about growing pains, hard decisions, and the importance of family. An uplifting story about Jesse, a preacher's son, and his realization that God is the important factor in our lives and our decisions.
Tia Harmon
May 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not Christian fiction

Found this book listed under Christian fiction....don't think the "f bomb" dropped on me just a few pages in. Apparently if a book says anything about God, somebody places it under "Christian fiction", even if it's not. Be cautious.
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a great deal. I found out to be heart warming and out was an easy read. I felt however that the ending was a little rushed, and it was missing a few components from the plot. Other than that I wound recommend this book.
John Herrick
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm the author of From The Dead and invite you to read and review it. Thank you for spending time with the novel. (And if I wouldn't give my own book a 5-star rating, that would mean I hadn't invested my best as the author!)
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John Herrick is the author of From the Dead and 8 Reasons Your Life Matters. A graduate of the University of Missouri—Columbia, readers turn to him as a chronicler of spiritual journey and the human heart. Herrick lives in St. Louis.
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