Item description for Something That Lasts (Center Point Premier Fiction (Large Print)) by James David Jordan...
When Ted Balik rises from his pew to speak, no one in the crowded sanctuary of the O'Fallon Bible Church can imagine that their peaceful community will be shattered by his shocking disclosure: Reverend David Parst, beloved husband and father and pastor, committed the unthinkable crime. He had an affair with Mrs. Balik. As the church members explode into an uproar, Ted silently grabs a gun out of his pocket, raises it to his temple and pulls the trigger. These few moments of horror plunge the reverend, his wife and their twelve-year-old son into a struggle with God and one another that will span generations - a struggle to find something that lasts beyond the rage, lies and fear.
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Format: Large Print
Studio: Center Point Large Print
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.68" Width: 6.25" Height: 1.02" Weight: 1.12 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2007
Publisher Center Point Large Print
ISBN 1602850739 ISBN13 9781602850736
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More About James David Jordan
James David Jordan is a business attorney in Texas and was named by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the most influential leaders in that legal community. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri as well as a law degree and MBA from the University of Illinois and lives with his wife and two children in the Dallas suburbs.
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Moving Story Jun 14, 2007
A moving story about how one wrong move can change your entire life. It helps us realize that no one can know the depths of our remorse and that people are not as forgiving as God.
Non-spoiler Review! Sep 23, 2006
(Note: some of the other reviews of this novel give significant spoilers! Reviewers, please try not to ruin the book for others coming behind you!)
This book, Something That Lasts, spans the 70's through the 90's, following one family's travails through three generations. One single event that happens to Rev. David Parst changes the trajectory of his whole family, and the rest of the book draws out the consequences of his actions. I don't really want to give more synopsis, as the book has a simple premise that is followed throughout the story.
Even though the book stays true to this central core, it is an engaging read. He keeps the pace moving briskly, making one always interested in turning the next page. There is the potential to dwell and slow things down, but he does a good job of staying on target. He makes use of some recurring themes to speak into the lives of the characters. Baseball in particular is a lynch-pin, and it helps the theme resonate greater than if he had simply told the story without it.
His characters are believable, and he shows honest progression through their lives for the most part. The ending turns are a little forced, but not so much that it throws off the finale.
I think for a first time author Jordan has written a good novel. His description and characterizations sometimes suffer from the pace of the plot. He has a habit of returning to familiar images too often - I counted three separate characters who "shoved their hands into their back pockets". Some events were foreshadowed so that the outcome was easily predictable. However, it was an easy and enjoyable read in just a couple of days.
Overall the writing is pretty well done, but I appreciate mostly what the author is trying to accomplish. I read elsewhere that he was tired of Hollywood and other entertainment showing certain mistakes without consequences. Jordan doesn't shy back from showing the problems of his book's premise, and it is a promising direction for a Christian fiction book to pursue.
Something that Lasts, by James David Jordan Sep 22, 2006
On the outside, Reverend David Parst has it all: a loving wife and son, a thriving church, and an adoring congregation. He is the epitome of the modern ministry success story: he's a man with integrity, ethics, a heart to serve the Lord, and a savvy business sense that's helped his church community grow.
On the inside, however, a growing uncertainty troubles Reverend Parst. Caught up in the success of his ministry-related financial endeavors and the growth of his church, stuck in a rut from the daily grind and demands of ministry, he wonders if perhaps he was meant for more than just the humble calling of being a pastor, that there is a far more exciting, daring side of his life that he's missed in the pastoral lifestyle.
For just one slip of a moment, he allows his guard to fall, feeding selfish desires rather than walking close to God. In his pride, he neglects his faithful, dutiful wife Sarah, and discounts the potential damage to the one person who idolizes him more than anyone else, his son Jack.
One slip of his guard, several seemingly harmless, indulgent moments, and the great Deceiver rushes in. Reverend David Parst falls from grace, committing a tragic mistake that reverberates for several generations to come.
Something that Lasts is James David Jordan's first novel, and it touches all the right heartstrings. It is difficult to read at times, especially if someone you know has suffered through the tragedy of adultery and been witness to all the damage it can bring to a family, both heart and soul.
It's a story that all genders can relate to; giving a realistic warning to men about the legacy we leave behind for our children, and it can touch women who have been involved in such situations themselves. Also, true to the tagline on the back of the book - A Power That Reaches Across The Generations - it's a story showing that even though time doesn't always heal all wounds, the tender grace and mercy of a loving savior can.
The novel does suffer some pitfalls in areas. Jordan creates some very poignant, touching vignettes, snapshots along the way, but some readers may find that these snapshots don't link up to a fulfilling story. The storyline spans almost thirty years, and you get the feeling that some vital parts that would've been very interesting are passed over simply for the sake of fitting everything into one book, which makes it feel like it lacks a little depth in some places. The work would've perhaps been served better to shorten the span of the storyline somewhat, and zoom in closer on a few incidents, rather than giving a broad panorama that's promising but ultimately a little unfulfilling.
Also, the plotting feels scripted, formulaic. It's almost something you can imagine nine out of ten people sitting down and putting on a piece of paper: pastor is tempted by success, cheats on wife, does his penance while his son withdraws from God, and years later the whole incident replays or almost replays in the son's life, teaching him a lesson, and the father and son are ultimately reconciled.
It would have been far more interesting to perhaps have the wife cheat on the husband, and examine things from the flip-flopped perspective - true, it's a rarer occurrence, but also by that account not nearly as talked about as much, nor used as frequently by writers and screenwriters.
And, this is somewhat daring to say, because it's a risky thing to try and make a reader sympathize and relate with an adulterer....but Reverend Parst seems to fall far too easily, the blame solely attributed to his pride. In life, things are rarely that cut and dried.
All in all, however, Something That Lasts is a good read - a panoramic view of God using even a tragic mistake to bring about His will, and a sobering reminder of the horrible consequences of sexual sin - especially those extending past just ourselves, but to those we love.
Highly Recommended! Jul 25, 2006
Reviewed by Kelli Glesige for Reader Views (7/06)
Author James David Jordan has written a refreshing novel that confronts the current prevailing fallacy which routinely entices the public into the untrue belief that adultery is normal, acceptable and harmless. In his debut book, the attorney and baseball fan author illustrates in his novel the tragic and devastating results which unfaithfulness can produce.
Reverend David Parst of O'Fallon Bible Church in St. Louis, MO is a highly respected leader of the church and a pillar in his community, seemingly immune to temptations. Unfortunately, in a moment of weakness, David surrenders to temptations of lust and finds he has ruined his life along with wife Sarah and son Jack. Shattered and embarrassed, David steps down from the church while Sarah and Jack move away. "Something That Lasts" is the story of the long and difficult journey for a family torn apart to attempt to regain some faith and hope in a situation that appears irreparable.
Throughout the heartwarming novel, the underlying theme of baseball is used as a bridge for uniting some fun and enjoyment amidst difficult circumstances. David played minor league baseball while a young man and taught son Jack all he knew, instilling a love for the game. Next, Jack played college ball but is forced to give up the game when he suffers career ending injuries. Jack, in turn, unites with his son Patch, via their common enjoyment of the game. Patch has some limitations, therefore doing well at baseball and pleasing his father becomes all the more special. And when a tragic accident befalls Patch, memories of time spent together playing the game becomes a special link to the past. Finally, a special dream envisioned by Jack ultimately helps him put his feelings in proper perspective when he sees his father, David with grandson, Patch sharing a special game of catch.
"Something That Lasts" is a positive and hopeful story that takes a look at the devastation, hurt and pain that adultery can have on families as a whole and on individuals in particular. Lifetime damage can and does occur. Adultery is not glamorous and fulfilling as Hollywood likes to make us think.
I highly recommend "Something That Lasts" to everyone. The message is wholesome and true in that regaining faith, hope, and one's family is entirely possible, but it is not without consequence. I enjoyed the three generation span of fathers and sons, how each relationship develops, the struggles they encounter, and how they seek forgiveness and healing. Jordan's message is clear--putting God at the forefront and seeking his forgiveness is what is important. This is a must read!
A Very Personal Reality Jul 18, 2006
I picked up this book with mixed emotion. I want so badly to see reality portrayed through Christian fiction. I don't mind happy endings, and I love to see God's hand shown in people's lives, but I want all this to be shown alongside the heartache and questions that most of us experience in our lives.
That said, my opinion of this book was filtered through a very personal reality: my own father did the same thing as Pastor Parst, losing his marriage and church due to an adulterous relationship. I was 18 at the time, while my brother and sister were closer to Jack's age. Perhaps my own experiences make a fair judgment of this book impossible. I'll admit that. On the other hand, I loved Francine Rivers' portrayal of a similar subject in "And the Shofar Blew."
This book just didn't work for me, on a number of levels. The writing is decent, and the characters seem credible enough, even if the dialogue isn't always believable. (I especially tripped over the mother's insistence early on that her son not say "freaks me out." What?! This is the type of stuff that really causes problems for pastor's kids.) I appreciated that Jordan tackled difficult issues, from sin and disease, to unforgiveness and death, but I needed to see a few hurdles overcome along the way. For example, the pastor's simple move into continued ministry came with no show of repentance to his previously betrayed congregation.
All in all, if the idea of this book interests you, I believe you'll find it worth your time. For those of us who have struggled through the darkest hours of such things, it comes off without enough grit to seem fully credible. But like I said, I'm coming from a skewed perspective.