Item description for Passing by Samaria by Sharon Ewell Foster...
Overview Alena, a young African American woman living in rural Mississippi in 1919, is contented with her life until a dreadful discovery forces her to move to Chicago, where she must face racial unrest, social changes, and challenges to her Christian faith.
Publishers Description When the discovery of a schoolmate's lynched body puts her own life in jeopardy, Alena is sent by her parents from her beloved Mississippi home. With thousands of other African-Americans, Alena begins making her way north to the Promised Land of turn-of-the-century Chicago. On the way she meets two men who will dramatically impact her life: James, a young African-American believer determined to establish a newspaper in Chicago, and Pearl, a man with questionable intentions. A stirring novel by an exciting new writer, Passing by Samaria beautifully shows readers the path to truth, purpose, reconciliation, and joy.
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.24" Width: 5.22" Height: 1.04" Weight: 0.89 lbs.
Release Date Dec 31, 1999
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1576736156 ISBN13 9781576736159
Availability 0 units.
More About Sharon Ewell Foster
Sharon Ewell Foster is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author, speaker, and teacher. She is the author of Passing by Samaria, the first successful work of Christian fiction by an African American author, and six other works of fiction. Sharon is a Christy Award-winning author whose books have earned her a loyal following that crosses market, gender, and racial boundaries. She regularly receives starred book reviews which is a rarity among writers and is winner of the Christy Award, the Gold Pen Award, Best of Borders, and several reviewers choice awards."
Sharon Ewell Foster currently resides in Baltimore, in the state of Maryland.
Reviews - What do customers think about Passing by Samaria?
Inspirational story Mar 27, 2009
I read about this author in Guideposts magazine, so I went to this site to see what she had written. This is a fascinating book about love, faith, and civil rights during an era I knew little about. This story touched me so deeply, I am encouraging some friends to read it so that we can discuss it together. I have since ordered another book by the amazing Sharon Ewell Foster and will be on the lookout for more of her work.
Nice story...average craft May 4, 2006
I picked up the novel to give "Christian fiction" another shot. As usual, I was disappointed with the craft itself. The story depended on dialog too much to give a lot of information, quickly. Instead of allowing the plot and the characters' actions/descriptions etc. to "show" us...there was a ton of dialog to "tell" us. I mean pages connected to pages of just dialog.
I managed to finish to see what happened, but the journey itself was unrewarding.
Foster's book addresses important issues and it is a good story. My low rating is due to poor craft, which only distracts me from the story. Ernest Gaines also uses simple language and is sensitive to characterization, but he manages to help me see and feel and think without "telling" me everything.
This is book is, however, a pretty good first novel.
The Prayers of the Righteous... Feb 13, 2006
This book was so deep, we took 3 hours to discuss it in great detail. With prayer as its' core theme, the author does a wonderful job developing her characters and weaving their plots. At first, some of us were a little lost not really following where Ms. Foster was taking us, but wow, just when it slowed down, we hit the climax. It was a page turner all the way to the end, and it kept us asking what will happen next? This book is an excellent choice for a book club reading. So many questions were generated and discussed. How powerful prayer can be! Not to mention, what about that potato salad theory?
A Wonderful Gift Dec 7, 2002
I received this book as a gift for my 30th birthday. I had it for about a year or so before I finally read it! I had no idea what I was missing. The characters really come alive in this story. The author does a beautiful job of weaving in scriptures and songs that inspire. And her message is strong and clear. I wholeheartedly recommend this book. I have read all of this author's other books and I am anxiously awaiting her next release!
Beautiful Delivery Oct 27, 2002
I read this book on the recommendation of several others who had read and were praising it. As strong as their praises were I wasn't expecting to be impacted by it the way I was. The book is simply beautiful in its delivery of this inspiring story. I am committed to reading all of Ms. Foster's books as a result of my pleasure with this one.