Item description for Forty to Life by Dave Jackson...
Overview A gritty, urban novel set in the streets of Chicago with strong messages of second chances and unconditional love
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 1" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Jul 31, 2007
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
ISBN 0764203231 ISBN13 9780764203237
Availability 0 units.
More About Dave Jackson
Dave and Neta Jackson are an award-winning husband-and-wife writing team, the authors or coauthors of more than a hundred books. They are most well-known for Trailblazers, a forty-book series of historical fiction about great Christian heroes for young readers (with sales topping 1.7 million), and Neta's popular Yada Yada Prayer Group novels for women. The Jacksons make their home in the Chicago metropolitan area, where they are active in cross-cultural ministry and enjoy their grandchildren.
Dave Jackson currently resides in the state of Illinois. Dave Jackson was born in 1970.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Forty to Life?
Forty toi Life Sep 13, 2009
I received my order in record time. I am pleased with the book and the service.
Wonderful message! Apr 19, 2009
I loved this book and what a wonderful message it had. I like how Ray came to know God and then how God used Ray for His good. We all need to be reminded that we are forgiven and that Jesus paid our debt.
A Must Read! Aug 7, 2008
This book is a great read and very well written. One you'll have a hard time putting down and will remain with you for a very long time. You can't help but get emotionally involved in Ray's life. The message of forgiveness is so powerful on so many levels. Everyone should read this book to get a glimpse into the prison system, the mind of an inmate, and the insight to God's incredible forgiveness He offers to all of us. The impact from the message of forgiveness in this book and how it plays out in our lives, alone, is worth reading this book for.
Don't miss out, pick up a copy today. And check into the prison ministry if God lead you to. You are bound to get more out of it then you give.
Hebrew 13:3 "Don't forget about those in prison. Suffer with them as though you were there yourself. Share the sorrow of those being mistreated, as though you feel their pain in your own bodies."
Not what I expected Jul 14, 2008
Big fan of his wife Neta Jackson (Yada Yada Prayer Group) and I decided to pick up one of his books. And sadly I didn't like it at all. Very slow start and middle.
Real Life Urban Fiction Dec 28, 2007
Review: Raymond Slewinski age 14, starts out to prove to a gang leader that he is a man not a chicken. But Ray doesn't expect the feelings he has and see what he does after the gun in his hand goes off. Everything seemed in slow motion to Ray as he watched the blood spray out of the young man's chest and see his skin turn blue. All of a sudden Ray realizes he just shot someone he goes to school with. What had he done? Was Greg going to die? Ray had to get out of there.
Shooting someone in "real" life was very different than shooting a guy in a video game. The person you shot doesn't come back to life. You can't have a do over!! The game is over for good. Ray's world is crumbling fast. He is on the fast track to prison. How did the police find him so fast? There was no get out of jail card in his future. Ray gets arrested and stays in a juvenile detention center until his case comes to trial. Things aren't so bad there. He hears bad things about the adult prisons. By the time his case comes to trial he will be considered an adult.
He is haunted by this message in his head "You do the crime, you do the time? He knew that was the way society worked, but some how, even 1 ½ years after pulling the trigger, Ray still had not been able to accept that he actually murdered someone. A murderer? How could this be?" He thought he wasn't that bad. This was his first offense. How had things gone so wrong?
While Ray is serving his sentence in adult prison he learns that he could have a second chance at a productive life; even in prison. His cell mate tells him "A guy can turn around if he wants to. God does forgive" Ray soon discovers forgiveness is not a feeling but a choice. A choice he could make that would change his life forever - hadn't Greg's mom forgiven him?
I never really thought about the big differences in juvenile detention centers and adult prisons. Dave is descriptive but not really graphic. I didn't give much thought to the whole legal system and politics that go on before and during a trial until I read this book. Dave does set the mood and creates the heaviness within the adult prison walls effectively. Ray Slewinski is not a perfect kid and slips up many times even in prison. I found myself getting frustrated with Ray and his decisions. I wanted to say to him "Haven't you learned anything?" But I soon realized that my Heavenly Father has probably looked down at me and wanted to say the very same thing. It's the choices I make every day that bring me Life or Death. My Choices help me get Closer to my Abba Daddy or I can completely turn my back on Him. He still loves me and is waiting with open arms for my return. I'm so glad our Heavenly Father is patient with me; He shows me kindness, love and mercy when I don't deserve it. This is the essence of the story. "He Came to Pay a Debt He Didn't Owe Because I owed a Debt I Couldn't Pay." I'm glad that God is God and I am not!! This is a powerful story.
Nora St.Laurent Book Club Servant Leader www.psalm516.blogspot.com