Item description for The Lights of Tenth Street by Feldhahn...
Overview Sherry and Doug face a difficult choice when their comfortable suburban home is threatened by their efforts to help exotic dancer Ronnie, who is linked to a dangerous plot. Original.
Publishers Description They have the house, the two kids, and the minivan. They have a well-meaning but shallow church. What Sherry doesn't know is that Doug has a shameful struggle with his thought life. When an exotic dancer's life intersects theirs, this suburban couple has to make a hard choice: do they risk their convenience and security for her sake, or do they cross to the other side of the road? The dark forces will not easily give up their most important pawn. But Ronnie must come out of the darkness, for only she can unravel a plot of devastating destruction. "Who knew Christian fiction could be so exciting--and so relevant to the times? A fascinating tale of people caught up in temptation, spiritual mediocrity, and high-tech terrorism, "The Lights of Tenth Street" is an edge-of-your-seat spiritual "thriller."" Bill McCartney Founder and President, Promise Keepers "The Light Shines in Darkness..." At either end of Tenth Street in Atlanta, the welcome lights of two separate establishments beckon passersby--the staid and proper Trinity Chapel and "The Challenger, "a popular gentlemen's club. Within them dwell conflicting sets of values and people who have radically divergent stories and very different lives--"or do they? " ****************** Ronnie Hanoverleaves an abusive home situation for her dream of going to college in the city. When she takes a lucrative job waitressing at a strip club on Tenth Street, she finds herself trapped in the life of an exotic dancer--and tangled up in an espionage scheme drawn straight from today's headlines. At the other end of Tenth Street, Doug and Sherry Turner have the house, the two kids, the minivan, and a respectable church attendance. But Doug also has a serious battle with his thought life that his wife does not begin to comprehend. When Ronnie's life intersects theirs, Doug and Sherry must decide if they're willing to risk their convenience and security to respond to her cry for help. As angelic forces do battle behind the veil, it's clear that the choice Doug and Sherry make...and how they confront painful issues in their marriage...has the terrifying power to deepen--"or illuminate"--the spiritual darkness.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Lights of Tenth Street by Feldhahn has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
CBA Retailers - 06/01/2003 page 93
Romantic Times - 05/01/2003 page 86
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1.3" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date May 8, 2003
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1590520807 ISBN13 9781590520802
Availability 0 units.
More About Feldhahn
Shaunti Feldhahn is the author of the bestseller The Veritas Conflict. She works with the We Care America coalition, which empowers existing faith-based programs to provide practical and spiritual help to the poor. She earned her master's degree in public policy from Harvard University in 1994 and worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as a financial risk analyst. Shaunti, her husband Jeff, and their young daughter live in Atlanta, Georgia.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Lights of Tenth Street?
I Was Glued to Each Page Aug 9, 2008
This is a great book of Christian fiction. I was glued to every page and read it in a few days. It will put you on the edge of your seat until the shocking end. I'm going to check out more books from this author.
Amazing work of literature! Jun 23, 2008
Shaunti Feldhahn is an author I hadn't read before, and as usual, I was not sure I wanted to try yet another author and be disappointed with some story without depth! Man, was I pleasantly surprised to find not only depth, but the topics that were intertwined in this book are so relevant in today's fallen world!
Shaunti tackles topics of disobedience, shame, lust, forgiveness, faith and 'plastic church people'... all things that most people face day to day! and the Spiritual battles that ensue each and every moment are brought to life in her written view.... the constant struggle between the demons of this world and God's army of angels.
I look forward to more of her books!
Not Quite There Yet Dec 17, 2007
I read Shaunti Feldhahn's first book and liked it, but it had some noticeable flaws, in my mind. That was ok though since I felt like she could only get better the more she wrote fiction books. I feel like this book is better, closer, but still not quite there.
Feldhahn continued to use her fiction books to educated her reader on the subject at hand. This method is good if you're interested in the topic, but really slows down the plot if you're just there for the story. However, she does have quite the knack for making the learning feel like the natural progression of the book which is quite refreshing.
The book starts out with a little girl, Ronnie, basically loosing her dad (through not being able to visit) because of her mother's abusive boyfriend. Fast forward to Ronnie's high school years, she decides to run away to live her best friend, Tiffany, in Atlanta. Tiffany gets Ronnie a job at a strip club on Tenth Street and Ronnie gets slowly sucked into the night life.
A short time later Doug and Sherry are introduced in to the story and they attend a church on Tenth Street. They lead a nice upper-middle class life. Slowly the plot brings them into Ronnie's life, Doug's hidden life, and uncover a devious plot to harm Americans.
Also we get to follow the story (much like in Feldhahn's previous fiction book) the battle between angels and demons. This storyline is somewhat lacking and it made it seem a little too much like we are puppets being pulled along in a chess game between the devil and God. It's an interesting, but almost unnecessary part of the book. Perhaps if it was handled just a little different it would be more pertinent.
The book has numerous little plots going on at the same time and Feldhahn does do a better job handling this complex storyline, but we still get to know characters on too deep of a basis than is really necessary. At one point I felt like the story "jumped the shark" with Doug in a gun battle, but it seemingly dropped that crazy idea as fast as it came and everyone around went back to the task at hand despite the fact if it would have happened in real life, it would have stopped pretty much everything that was happening.
The end of the book the strong character Ronnie gets lost in the plot and what should have been the climax felt more like an after thought. Although the book really picks up good plot speed toward the last 100 pages of the book, the climax seems to be lost as well because I didn't really understand what happened and its significance until it didn't really matter anymore.
This is a decent read and it was disappointing because it was so close to being so much more than it really turned out to be. So once again I wait for this author to put out an incredible book that has all the right pieces. I'll be waiting.
good message, but far-fetched Dec 6, 2007
This book deals with the rarely talked about problem of pornography and the sex industry. The idea is a good one, and the characters are appealing. Unfortunately, like so many other Christian fiction novels, it isn't really well-written. Also, the main plot line is about as far-fetched as an episode of "24." Still, it was a fun/entertaining read, and if that's what you're in the mood for, you'll enjoy it.
Struggling with Pornography and Impact on the Family? Jan 21, 2007
This book is a must read for men. It provides a whole other look at the issues of pornography. This book is very acceptable for teen boys as well. Very well written and researched book. Highly recommended. Bought it for my two college aged sons.
Another great read in the Veritas Conflict by the same author. It is excellent as well!