Item description for The Messenger of Magnolia Street (Center Point Premier Fiction (Largeprint)) by River Jordan...
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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Format: Large Print
Studio: Center Point Large Print
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.76" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1 lbs.
Binding Library Binding
Release Date Dec 1, 2006
Publisher Center Point Large Print
ISBN 158547875X ISBN13 9781585478750
Availability 0 units.
More About River Jordan
River Jordan is a critically acclaimed novelist and playwright whose unique mixture of Southern and mystic writing has drawn comparisons to Sarah Addison Allen, Leif Enger, and Flannery O Connor. Her previous works include The Messenger of Magnolia Street, lauded by Kirkus Reviews as "a beautifully written, atmospheric tale." She speaks around the country on "Inspiring the Passion of the Story" and makes her home in Nashville."
Reviews - What do customers think about The Messenger of Magnolia Street (Center Point Premier Fiction (Largeprint))?
Might possibly be the worst book I've ever read..... Nov 11, 2008
Since I received this book as a gift from a friend, I used perseverance, sheer determination, and persistence to read this novel from cover to cover. I wholeheartedly agree with a prior review of this book on 9/23/08 that it is unconscionable that one would consider this novel as Christian fiction.
The Messenger of Magnolia Street: A Novel Sep 23, 2008
I am absolutely sorry that I purchased this book. The only thing interesting about this book is the author's name. I am sorry that this is called Christian Fiction, & I felt so strongly that I wrote to the publishing company regarding this matter. As Christians we are to reverence the Lord. The author wrote very flipantly about God hopping in the back of a truck to take a ride. The author portrayed God's activities on earth irreverently each time he was mentioned. Neither a soul nor an entire town can be saved by a prayer & tossing a penny in a wishing well & it seems that tossing the money in the well was the thing that sealed the deal. The Lord does not require our sacrifices only our obediance.
Trippy little book Dec 17, 2007
I was sent to River Jordan by a Joshlyn Jackson website. She writes Southern-Woman/Family novels. Jordan's book is a Southern-Family novel with a Stephen King twist. Like most of this genre the Women are the caretakers of wisdom and culture. Unlike most, men have some sense of mystery as well. This book has none of the obvious as the Straub books and some of the King books. You are never sure what is real and what is not. This is a good thing. You are only sure of one thing and that is the interconnectedness of lovers, family and community. That is a pretty important thing and one which Jordan communicates regardless of all else that goes on. I know I am going to look for more of her books.
---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 6, 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.