Monday, July 11, 2016

Book Review: The Promise of Jesse Woods

Title: The Promise of Jesse Woods
Author: Chris Fabry 
Pages: 432 pages 
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publishing Date: July 1st, 2016
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Tyndale House Publishers

The promise of Jesse Woods is a gripping story that is told in first person point of view of Matt Plumley. In 1972 his life has taken a turn for the worst.  His family has just moved from Pittsburg to a small town in West Virginia. He meets Jesse and Dickie. Throughout that summer, they spend their days exploring the little town they live in. 

Life happens like it always does and they don't really see each other for years. Of course, an event happens and he tracks his friend down. He remembers the promises that Jesse made to him. Always honest and true to her word, he knows she will keep it.  Will Jesse remember the promise she made Matt in the summer of 1972?

I loved this book so much, it was such a gripping tale. The author weaves this story by alternating past and present. The way he brings God into this novel is subtle ways is very interesting. "Why does God let bad things happen?".  It is a great Christian novel, that doesn't seem to get into your face. It really examines faith in an honest way. 

This book will become a classic for any Christian library. This will grab readers attention right away. It is a must read for everyone. 

I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest and completely unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Goodreads Description: 

The summer of 1972 was the most pivotal of Matt Plumley’s childhood. While his beloved Pirates battle for back-to-back World Series titles, Matt’s family moves from Pittsburgh to Dogwood, West Virginia, where his father steps into the pulpit of a church under the thumb of town leader Basil Blackwood. A fish out of water, Matt is relieved to forge a fast bond with two unlikely friends: Dickie Darrel Lee Hancock, a mixed-race boy, and Jesse Woods, a tough-as-nails girl with a sister on her hip and no dad in sight.

As the trio traipses the hills and hollers, Matt begins to fall for Jesse, and their promises to each other draw him deeper into her terrifying reality. One night, the wrath of the Blackwoods and the secrets of Jesse’s family collide, and Matt joins Jesse in a rescue that saves one life and ends another . . . and severs the bond of their friendship.

Years later, Matt is pulled back to Dogwood and to memories of that momentous summer by news of Jesse’s upcoming wedding. He could never shake the feeling that there was more to the story of that fateful night, and he’s determined to learn the truth behind the only promise Jesse Woods ever broke.

Author Bio: 

Chris Fabry is an award-winning author and radio personality who hosts the daily program Chris Fabry Live! on Moody Radio. He is also heard on Love Worth Finding,Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, and other radio programs. A 1982 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University and native of West Virginia, Chris and his wife, Andrea, now live in Arizona and are the parents of nine children.

Chris' novels, which include DogwoodJune BugAlmost HeavenNot in the HeartBorders of the HeartEvery Waking Moment, and his latest release, The Promise of Jesse Woods, have won three Christy Awards, an ECPA Christian Book Award, and Christianity Today's Book Award of Merit, but it's his lyrical prose and tales of redemption that keep readers returning for more.

He has also published more than 65 other books, including nonfiction, film novelizations, and novels for children and young adults. He coauthored the Left Behind: The Kids series with Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, as well as the Red Rock Mysteries and The Wormling series with Jerry B. Jenkins. RPM is his latest series for kids and explores the exciting world of NASCAR.

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