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The Messenger of Magnolia Street: A Novel [Paperback]

By River Jordan (Author)
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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.8" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0060859571  
EAN  9780060859572  


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Twelve years have passed since Nehemiah Trust left his hometown of Shibboleth, Alabama. Now a successful aide in Washington DC, Nehemiah is shocked when his brother Billy and high-school girlfriend Trice show up on his doorstep warning that something is stealing the life of what should be their idyllic hometown. Billy and Trice are convinced that only Nehemiah can help. As the three friends join together to save the place they call home, they learn the solution may require a willingness to sacrifice everything.

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Twelve years have passed since Nehemiah Trust left his hometown of Shibboleth, Alabama. Now a successful aide in Washington DC, Nehemiah is shocked when his brother Billy and high-school girlfriend Trice show up on his doorstep warning that something is stealing the life of what should be their idyllic hometown. Billy and Trice are convinced that only Nehemiah can help. As the three friends join together to save the place they call home, they learn the solution may require a willingness to sacrifice everything.



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---Couldn't put this book down until I finished it---  Oct 14, 2006
I found THE MESSENGER OF MAGNOLIA STREET to be both intriguing and eerie, and a very magical story. I plan to read it again soon because there are so many nuances in the story and I want to make sure that I didn't miss anything.

It's the tale of hard times that come to a cozy little town in Alabama called Shibboleth. The changes to the town take place over a twelve-year period and seemed to have started after Nehemiah Trust left the town to work for a senator in Washington, D. C. Nehemiah was bright, kind and admired by everyone. The changes to the town were slow but a feeling of darkness, and in many people, forgetfulness, was sliding into their minds and thoughts. The town and citizens were becoming parched and dry just like the land around them.

Not everyone was completely aware of the changes, but Nehemiah's brother Billy knew some odd things were taking place. When his best friend, Trice told him they needed to get Nehemiah to come home he agreed. Trice had always had some kind of psychic insight and Billy also longed for his brother's presence. Nehemiah reluctantly returns to his hometown and the childhood friends reunite in a bond to save Shibboleth.

The characters in "Messenger" are wonderful. The story is told by an angel who calls himself the Recorder and he sometimes tells us what God has to say. For instance, Aunt Kate is a bigger than life and kind-hearted woman who owns the local diner. She offers food and good will to all that need it. At one point we are told that everyone loves Kate, and the Recorder tells us that God loves her too!

I can't wait to see what River Jordan writes next!



 
If Stephen King wrote Christian fiction, it might be like this  Jun 5, 2006
At times, this novel seems like something Stephen King might write: some horrible evil thing is about to destroy a town, and a trio of childhood friends must find a way to fight it. There are two major differences between this book and a Stephen King book, however: 1) the religious tone, and 2) the details (or lack thereof) of the story.

The Messenger of Magnolia Street is definitely religious in tone; if I had a dime for every time a character is saved by prayer or divine intervention, or prayer or divine intervention or faith is alluded to, or God pops up as a sort of supporting character, I would have enough money to go out and buy another book. A reader who enjoys Christian fiction, who enjoys reading books that feature angels and miracles, might enjoy this book much more than I did.

The other nagging feature of this book is in the lack of details. Several of the characters don't seem to have jobs, and many aspects of their lives just aren't described. Even the evil thing itself is not specifically described until the end. The story was still compelling, however, and in some ways very well-written.
 
Messenger delivers   Jun 5, 2006
Thank you for the adventure and most importantly for the reminder that sometimes a parched soul needs only a droplet of dream to be renewed. Just like the folks of Shibboleth craved Nehemiah's stories, so it is for souls like mine. And, Messenger does the trick. It takes you to another place and TIME, but drops you off back at home - with a whole new perspective. I swear I saw a little gold dust in the sand hugging my feet just as I closed the cover. This story is as captivating as the intriguing, beautiful cover promises.
 
My visit was too short!  May 1, 2006
Shibbleth is not on any map; there are no GPS coordinates, but there is a guide book. In The Messenger of Magnolia Street, Author, River Jordan takes you there; she shows you where to look, then leaves to wander its streets. River Jordan writes with a southern style that reflects small town influence. Her deep faith is evident in tale of the classic battle of good and evil.
 
The Messenger Of Magnolia Street  Apr 16, 2006
I loved this book!! River Jordan writes with the descriptive qualities of Truman Capote. She makes you feel you are envolved as all of the events as they unfold. This is a "can't put down" read, so make sure you have a quiet nook and time to read about all the good people in Shibboleth!

Rivers style is very easy to read and you find yourself engrossed in the characters. I was left hanging on the edge of my seat in total anticipation of events swirling around in this wonderful story.

It is a story of good and evil and how each character had a part in bringing a positive outcome.

Please please read this book!! It is the feel-good book of the year. It made me feel there was hope in this world.
 

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