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Though none go with me : a novel
Jenkins, Jerry B.
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan Pub. House [2000]

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298 pages ; 24 cm
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A touching chronicle of the loves, trials, and joys of a Michigan woman in the first half of the 20th century.

Author Notes

Jerry B. Jenkins was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on September 23, 1949. He is the author of more than 175 books including the Left Behind series, Riven, Matthew's Story, The Last Operative, and The Brotherhood. He is also the former editor of Moody Magazine, and his writing has appeared in Reader's Digest, Parade, Guideposts, and dozens of Christian periodicals. He wrote the nationally syndicated sports story comic strip, Gil Thorp, from 1996-2004.

He owns Jenkins Entertainment, a filmmaking company in Los Angeles, which produced the critically-acclaimed movie Hometown Legend, based on his book of the same name. He also owns the Christian Writers Guild, which trains professional Christian writers. As a marriage and family author and speaker, he has been a frequent guest on Dr. James Dobson's Focus on the Family radio program.

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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Alexander, the pen name of a husband-and-wife team, one of whom is an emergency-room physician, delivers Sacred Trust, a first novel about a young emergency-room physician, Lukas Bower, practicing in a small town in southern Missouri. Bower, a Christian, tolerates no compromise in the ethical practice of medicine: not from an older, respected doctor who makes a minor mistake; not from the drug-seeking son of a board member; and not from a child abuser, also a powerful man in the community. Although Alexander's doctor is heroic, he's human. He's shy around women, untactful, and naive. This is a tough-minded and convincing novel, free of soap opera. Among other things, Beld's quaintly titled A Gentle Breeze is about the inadequately appreciated role of churches in resettling Cambodian refugees in the late 1970s, when the Khmer Rouge spread its reign of terror. Beld alternates the story of a liberal Christian couple who gradually become involved with refugees with the composite stories of a number of them. Notably, there's Ang Lee, a young woman brutalized in a Khmer Rouge camp who finally escapes to Thailand and then to the U.S. by agreeing to marry a family friend. Beld's book is strangely organized--it's fiction but contains news summaries, an interview with the author, and chapter notes--but it's upbeat, moving, and even rather poetic. Foster's Passing by Samaria is a rarity in Christian fiction: it features an African American heroine in a kind of female Black Boy. As blacks die in France in World War I, a Mississippi high-school girl, Alena, discovers a schoolmate's lynched body, suspects that the white sheriff is involved, and cannot silence her outrage. For her own protection, her parents send her to live with an aunt in Chicago. This "promised land" is perilous, but Alena dabbles in journalism and finds a good man to marry. The impending marriage brings her home to Mississippi, and simultaneously the white sheriff is himself killed in a "hunting accident." In a beautiful, deeply religious series of scenes featuring aggrieved blacks, the sheriff's family, and a young white minister, atonement and forgiveness are achieved, and there is hope for racial harmony. This is a fine first novel and most welcome. Huffey's The Hallelujah Side is a subtle literary novel featuring Assembly of God Pastor Winston Fish's family of Ames, Iowa, from the point of view of his younger daughter, Roxanne. Roxanne's older sister, Colleen, shows signs of leaving the faith; the family moves to Pasadena; and Roxanne achieves salvation with some help from Aretha Franklin. That's the entire story, but Huffey is extremely funny, much like Marilynne Robinson in Housekeeping in her mad, circular dialogues and deft characterizations. The Reverend Fish, for instance, attempts to refute Das Kapital line by line with Scripture. All the Fishes feel pursued by demons and suspect that the Second Coming will occur by noon. A quirky, slight, and, by turns, hilarious and poignant first novel. Jenkins' Though None Go with Me, first in the Three Rivers Legacy series, will draw interest because Jenkins, with Tim Lahaye, is author of the Left Behind series, a cult hit about the Antichrist and Judgment Day. This is the much more sedate story of Elizabeth LeRoy, a woman who dedicates her life to the service of God and allows nothing, not even romance, to sway her. In Jenkins' hands, her tale is lively enough, though it will prove too preachy for some, and, at the least, it's a far cry from the apocalypse of the Left Behind series. There's plenty of apocalypse in Marzulli's Nephilim, featuring his ingenious explanation of the infamous UFO sighting--and alleged suppression of the story by the air force--in Roswell, New Mexico. Art Mackenzie, a newspaper reporter who's been boozing ever since the death of his son, and whose father disappeared at Roswell, stumbles onto a secret ward of a Southern California hospital where mental patients speak of aliens, giants, UFOs, etc. Mackenzie is off to Israel and Peru to solve the mystery, and, yes, it turns out that aliens are among us. They are the Nephilim, an ancient, mysterious race described in Genesis, on Earth again prefiguring the Second Coming. Clever and compulsively readable. Spangler's She Who Laughs, Lasts! brings together 73 short shorts and vignettes by women on subjects such as married life, mothers, Christmas, raising kids, and growing old. It's a collection looking for an Irma Bombeck; unfortunately, none of the writers is really very funny, but all offer wholesome, upbeat wisdom, much like that of Kay Allenbaugh's Chocolate for a Woman's Soul (1997). For ministers, there are some anecdotes and clean jokes here that could round out a sermon. Turner's By the Light of a Thousand Stars is the sturdy, small-town tale of catty Catherine Biddle, the middle-aged matron of a proper-seeming middle-class family riven with purposelessness and emotional fatigue. When a new family moves in across the street who are disorderly and unconventional but full of love for one another and God, Catherine learns again the lesson of her youth: love and a generous spirit are the only means to happiness. Series updates: From Zondervan, Vanished (paper, $12.99, 0-310-22003-3), second in the J. D. Stanton series of supernatural mysteries by Alton Gansky; Fields of Gold (paper, $9.99, 0-310-22369-5), the second in Lisa Samson's historical romance series, Shades of Eternity; and Words of Honor (paper, $10.99, 0-310-21759-8), third in the popular Terri Blackstock's Deep South mystery series, Newpointe 911. From WaterBrook: Angela Elwell Hunt finishes her Heirs of Cahira O'Connor series with The Emerald Isle (paper, $11.95, 0-310-21759-8). From Bethany: Kathy Tyers' science-fiction novel Fusion Fire (paper, $10.99, 0-7642-2215-5), sequel to Firebird (paper, $8.99, 0-7642-2214-7); and Michael Phillips' Heathersleigh Homecoming ($17.99, 0-7642-2237-6, or paper, $12.99, 0-7642-2045-4), third in his Secrets of Heathersleigh Hall series.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Jenkins's latest treacly spiritual novel (after Left Behind and Tribulation Force) follows Elisabeth Grace LeRoy Bishop through her life, which stands as an "experiment in obedience" to God's will. Born on the first day of the century, Elisabeth lives through two world wars and the advent of the automobile and telephone. But the events of the outside world are secondary to the real story, which centers on her spiritual development. Once Elisabeth makes her commitment to God, the story moves quickly from one trial to another. Through no fault of her own, Elisabeth's faith is repeatedly tested. She must weather her father's death, her aunt's cruelty, the disappearance of her fianc‚ in WWI, her daughter's chronic illness, hardship during the Depression, her 34-year-old husband's battle with Alzheimer's disease and the criminal tendencies of her oldest son. Through these tribulations her faith in Christ holds firm, buoyed up in part by her beloved youngest son. Even when the most terrible things happen, apparently engineered to test her faith, Elisabeth's devotion to God and the church are, ultimately, strengthened. Her example bolsters the faith of her family and friends. In the end, for Jenkins, the intangible rewards of Christian faith counterbalance any worldly troubles. The story may be inspiring to some believers. Others, however, may find the uncomplicated evil of the book's few atheists and the jargon of the faithful unremittingly tedious. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved



Part OneChapter One"Apart from a healthy birth," Elisabeth's father had told her, "no good news comes after dark." He should have known. Tall and portly, Dr. James LeRoy was Three Rivers's most popular general practitioner.Her own birth, on the first day of the new century, had come after dark. Her father had told her the story so many times it was as if she remembered being there. "Your mother went into labor so quickly that I had to deliver you myself. I hadn't planned to. I didn't trust my instincts over my emotions. Your mother was - ""Vera!" Elisabeth blurted."Yes. She was young and frail and worked hard to produce you, a healthy child. But her own vital signs - ""She was sick.""Yes.""And what did you do, Daddy?""Hmm. I'm not sure I recall.""Yes, you do! The bundling part.""Oh, yes. I bundled you in a blanket and allowed you to exercise your lungs in the parlor while I tried to save your mother.""Your wife."He nodded. "I begged her not to leave me, not to leave us. All she wanted was to talk about your middle name and her own epitaph. I pleaded with her to save her strength.""And what did she want you to call me, Daddy?""We had settled on Elisabeth, after her own mother," he said. "It had seemed too soon to worry about a middle name.""But she thought of one.""Yes, sweetheart. 'Call her Elisabeth Grace,' she said, 'after the grace that is greater than all our sin.' And on her tombstone - ""I know, Daddy. It says, 'My hope is in the cross.' ""If I hear that story one more time, I'm going to vomit!" first-grade classmate Frances Crawford hissed, shaking her ringlets. "All you talk about is your dead mother."Breath rushed from Elisabeth, and her eyes stung. "Little girls oughtn't say 'vomit,' " she managed. "Daddy says the proper word is 'regurgitate,' but at least say 'throw up.' "" 'Daddy says regurgitate,' " Frances mocked."Regurgitate," Elisabeth corrected, but Frances skipped away. Elisabeth pursued her. "You're lucky you've got a mother!"Frances stopped to face her. "Just quit bragging about your father and quit bein' so - so - churchy!"This time when Frances ran off, Elisabeth let her go. Churchy? They were in the same Sunday school class! But Elisabeth was churchy?Three blocks from Dr. LeRoy's rambling mansion on Hoffman Street - not far from Bonnie Castle - the slender steeple of Three Rivers Christ Church rose above the first ward. That pristine monolith, old as the church itself, came to serve as a reminder of God's presence in Elisabeth's life.Her father had often recounted how she talked every day about going to Christ Church. She toddled along to play in the nursery when he attended Wednesday night prayer meetings, Sunday school, and morning and evening services. "You skipped on the way to church and tried to pull me along faster," he said. "And once there, your eyes shone at the little sanctuary, the pictures on the wall, and every nook and cranny that seemed to offer something of God."Her father and his older, widowed sister, Agatha Erastus, raised Elisabeth. Aunt Agatha did not share their love of the church. "I cannot worship a god who would take my own daughter at birth and my husband in the prime of his life," she often told her brother in Elisabeth's hearing."You're depriving yourself of God," Dr. LeRoy said."Housework, cooking, and looking after your little one is more than fair trade for food and shelter," she said. "Getting scolded is not part of the bargain.""I worry about you, Agatha," he said. "That's all.""Worry about yourself and your motherless child.""I thank God you're here to help, but don't be filling Elisabeth's head with - ""You'd do well to not associate God with my coming here, and when you start worrying about who's filling your daughter's head, start with the man in the mirror. I saw the reply from the last missionaries she tried to lecture."Elisabeth saw her father blanch. "I'll thank you to keep out of my mail," he said. "Now I'd like to be alone a while.""What's she talking about, Daddy?" Elisabeth said. "We heard back from the missionaries?"Her father hesitated. "Show her!" Agatha crowed. "You're always telling her honesty is the best policy. Show her the effect she had on the missionaries."Dr. LeRoy waved his sister off, but Elisabeth followed her father into his study and insisted on seeing the letter. He sighed and handed it to her, but she could not read cursive writing. He read it to her."Dear Dr. LeRoy, my husband's letter of thanks precedes this, so I trust you know we're grateful for every kindness from you and from the church. I feel compelled, however, to exercise Matthew 18 and inform you that the letter from your daughter, well intentioned though it may have been, was offensive. For a six-year-old, and a girl at that, to take it upon herself to counsel us and admonish us to remain strong and true in our faith evidences naivete and impudence of the highest order . . ."Her father had to explain what the words meant. "But I was just trying to 'courage them," she said, tears welling."I know," Dr. LeRoy said, gathering her into his arms. "People just don't expect it from one as young as you." Excerpted from Though None Go with Me by Jerry B. Jenkins All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.