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Long Train Passing [Paperback]

By Steven Wise (Author)
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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.94" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.86 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2005
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1404185992  
EAN  9781404185999  
UPC  023755017598  

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Physically misshapen as the result of a childhood accident, teacher Annabelle Allen knows well the pain of loneliness and exclusion. During her first year of teaching, Annabelle discovers that one of her students, Jewell Cole, is in emotional pain because of an abusive father. When Jewell tries, and fails, to hurt Annabelle with one of his pranks, she patiently reaches out to him with love and forgiveness, and the two develop a special bond that transcends their pain.

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If you want christian/religious fiction...  Jan 12, 2002
...this is the book for you. On the other hand, if you want to read about a time "when teachers could change the world, when a stranger's help was graciously accepted and freely given, and a time when the promise of a bright future could capture the imagination and determination of any child." you may have to tolerate a little preachy-ness.

I gave this book only one star because of what I consider the devious way the book was presented. I expected a slice of Americana but got an excercise in feel-good faith reassurances instead. The way the story is presented isn't what the book is really about.

Heartwarming  Apr 30, 1999
It is not often that I feel sad when a book ends. But I did when I finished reading "Long Train Passing". I felt like I really knew these people and they were genuine. The way that Steven Wise developed these charactors was wonderful. I wish there were more people in the world like Annabelle.Especially in a world where things like Columbine High happen. I reccomend this book to anyone with a heart, because it will definetly be touched!
Heartwarming tale of caring people in a Midwestern town.  Dec 6, 1998
Today, over thirty five years after it's debut on network television, The Andy Griffith Show remains extremely popular. I believe the major reason for it's continued popularity is the hidden desire for most of us to be able to return to a simpler time where problems were usually minor and always resolved in 30 minutes. Yet, some of us did grow up in our own versions of Mayberry USA, and while many of the things depicted on the program were fairly true to life, we also know that many of our problems were quite complex and rarely resolved quickly. Such is the town portrayed in the book "Long Train Passing" by Steven W. Wise. While the setting is 20 years before mythical Mayberry, it seems extremely familiar. For those of us who grew up in small Midwestern towns, "Long Train" hits close to home, and takes us quickly back to less complicated days. The characters depicted seem all too real, mainly because the author has taken them fairly faithfully from the real inhabitants of his hometown in rural Missouri. While the story is extremely entertaining, the real joy in reading this book is to see the characters come alive in print and to feel we would know them if we met them on the street. Here is a chance to go back to a time when many of the complexities of our modern society were not present, but the drama of life and the triumph of the human spirit coupled with love overcoming hate are as current as today. Spend a few hours and let the author spin his tale. You will be greatly rewarded for your investment.
A wonderful morally stimulating, well written novel.  Dec 5, 1998
Being an avid reader I often find it a challange to find a book that can hold my interest and touch my heart. This novel does both. Long Train Passing does a fantastic job of incorperating drama, suspense, and morality. It is the heart wrenching story of a kind hearted school teacher, who makes a great impact on everyone she comes in contact with. Everyone has, or should have, a memory of a special teacher who has made an impact on them. The person that inspired you, or changed you, in a way that made you a better person. For the people in this story, that person is Annabelle. She breaks down the emotional walls of a child that was deemed "unsaveable." She also makes the town that she is living in a better place for everyone. The amazing part, is that she does this in the midst of her own personal troubles and disapointments. She makes you realize that life is not worth living if you are the center of your own world. I have never read a novel that is so inspiring, and yet so full of action and suspense. It kept me on the edge of my seat, but also moved me to tears more than once. I could say that teachers will love this book, or women, or kind hearted people. But I'm not going to, that would be closed minded. There is not ONE certain type of person that I would recomend this novel to. I recomend it to ANY human with a heart. There is something in it for everyone!
A story of compassion that triumphs over bitterness.  Jun 16, 1998
What a find this book is! Steven W. Wise writes a story that in lesser hands may be sappy or over-sentimental. Instead, he tells a story of healing, compassion and understanding. The protaganist is a teacher named Annabelle Allen who is stricken with a physical deformity but blessed with courage and compassion. When faced with a very difficult student named Jewell Cole, she meets him with understanding and breaks through his pained exterior. She helps Jewell, who dreams of some day being a soldier, with the many battles he must face including an abusive father, receiving an education his father tries to deny him and learning to forgive and live. Also, WWII and the Korean Wars are backdrops in this novel of battles and struggles that must be met head-on. Each character faces conflicts with eventual integrity, lead by the righteous Annabelle. For readers who enjoy stories of triumphs in the moral struggle of life, this is a must-read. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

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