Item description for Riding Through Shadows by Sharon Foster...
Overview Living in one of the most tumultuous decades of America's history, an eight-year-old African American girl experiences the anguish of real-life heartache: she loses her beloved father in the Vietnam War, endures the dissolution of her family, and faces the challenge of integration. Yet, through a wise and eccentric old woman, she also discovers the tenacity of joy. A powerful, eye-opening read!
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 2006
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1590529006 ISBN13 9781590529003
Availability 0 units.
More About Sharon Foster
Sharon Ewell Foster is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author, speaker, and teacher. Sharon is a Christy Award-winning author whose books have earned her a loyal following that crosses market, gender, and racial boundaries. Her debut novel, Passing by Samaria, was the first successful Christian fiction written by an African American, and it was selected as the NAACP Book of the Year in 2000.
Sharon Ewell Foster currently resides in Baltimore, in the state of Maryland.
Reviews - What do customers think about Riding Through Shadows?
Inspirational Mar 4, 2008
This book inspired me to step up in my prayer life and to realize there is a power out there trying to destroy me. Sharon Foster really brought me in and made me feel like I was right there, especially the scenes of young Shirley riding her bike and going to the rock. I read this book in two days. I can't wait to read the sequel.
Awesome Summer Read Aug 25, 2007
This is the first book that I have had the privilege of reading from this author, I intend to read all of Sharon E. Foster's books before the summer ends. This book starts in 1960's in St. Louis with Shirley riding on her bike in her quiet suburban neighborhood with her cousin. The story goes on to lead you through several traumatic events that eventually lands Shirley in the country with her Cousin Mother Johnson in Tyler, Texas. (this is when the story really began for me.) Shirley has been the target of "Shirley Child Killer" for many years and "Shirley Child Killer" plans to live up to his name. Mother Johnson is truly an angel sent from heaven for Shirley to help her fight the good fight. I laughed at Ma Dear and cried along with Shirley in the end like I was banging the tambourine right along with her in the "prayer house." This book takes spiritual warfare to another level, my eyes have been open and for that I will never be the same.
Prayer has always been my first weapon of choice to use against the enemy; I've always found so much power in prayer. Thanks Mrs. Foster for confirmation, another aspect of what happens when we pray and continued success to you on future writing projects.
Powerfully poignant story of faith Jul 11, 2006
Riding Through Shadows by Sharon Ewell Foster deserves more than 5 stars. This almost autobiographical look at a young black girl named Shirley growing up in the 1960s South is incredibly moving. Every now and then you find a book that completely blows away your expectations of it; this is one of them. The tragic story of Shirley losing all of the foundations of her life at the young age of eight, and her returning to life under Mother Johnson is tremendously poignant. Foster's manner of storytelling is very different than anything I've read before. The story jumps between Shirley in 1986 and 1967. It also jumps into Second Heaven, but I can't say much more about that without giving away major plot elements. Another technique in Foster's writing is long conversations between characters about current events or God. The conversations ring with truth and young Shirley isn't the only one to grow while listening to them. In one such conversation, Mother Johnson talks with her friend Ma Dear about God bringing storms into our lives to bring about new growth, and we shouldn't waste our time running from them or trying to control them. I'd never thought about storms in my life that way before, but I think it's a profound statement of faith. The book ends rather abruptly, which was a disappointment, but I can't wait to start on the sequel. Foster is telling a beautiful story of tragedy; I'm looking forward to the happy ending.
Behind the Shadows is Light Jul 3, 2003
Riding through Shadows by Sharon Ewell Foster is a trimphant story of a young girl named Shirley who has to overcome many obstacles to have the childhood we all deserve.
Shirley Jones is a carefree nine-year old who lives with her mother, father and her mother's two brothers (Big and Little Uncle). She likes to ride her bike around the neighborhood and is an excellent reader in school. Then tragedy strikes and after a series of events, Shirley finds herself in the care of Mother Johnson, a distant relative who lives in Texas. It is there that Shirley has to battle not only for her own life, but for the lives of the people she cares most about.
Riding through Shadows was set in the 1960's in St. Louis, Illinois and Tyler, Texas. This novel highlights the differences in race relations between the North and South and the affects it can have on the psyche of a little girl, The story opens with an adult Shirley who thinks back on her childhood however we do not find out anything else about the adult Shirley. Shirley's childhood friend, Sheri, seems to be a pivotval character in the book yet she faces the same fate as now grown Shirley. It appears these characters will be revisted in the sequel Passing into Light. Even with these oversights, I was drawn into the story to learn what happens to Shirley.
This novel is heavily based in Christian themes and teaching. It is an uplifting and inspirational read. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be reminded that the battle is not yours.
Reviewed by Nicole APOOO BookClub
Absolutely powerful!!! Nov 25, 2002
I'm so glad I didn't read the editorial review before I read any of Foster's books. I have read Ain't No River, Passing By Samaria and Riding Through Shadows. I absolutely loved Riding Through Shadows. It has a powerful message about spiritual warfare and reminds Christians that this is for real!!!. It reminded me I needed to be constant prayer, can't afford to slip up. It also reminded me of how important it is I pray for my own child. Just think of how close we've come to our breakthrough and we slacked up in the area of prayer and satan was allowed to have control in areas where he has no dominion- keep praying and God's army will do the rest. Foster took a bold step in reminding me and other readers of all of these things. I couldn't put the book down and highly recommend all her books. In fact, I'm buying my best friend all three books. Can't wait to read more from this author.