The Gospel of Jesse PDF/EPUB ↠ The Gospel ePUB

The Gospel of Jesse I finished reading on Monday evening and it has taken me until Friday to sort out my overwhelming impressions from this wonderfully conceived and written second novel by S H McCord Most of us receive our religious orientation from our parents families and the congregations we were raised in Wrapped in spiritualism mysticism and majesty almost wrapped and hermetically sealed we experience our deity's interaction with man in the third person What if it happened today? In your hometown? At your church? Cunningham had a rickety bridge keeping its undesirables out of their pristine community; they had a no nonsense sheriff and rougher deputies to enforce his will on residents and the unfortunate stranger might wander into their jurisdiction; and they had a preacher at the one and only church in town who dispensed the gospel with his own brand of prejudice and piousness and of course to his own benefit Jesse son of carpenter Joe hired to make an addition to the church dropped down into this perfectly self satisfied town and set radical change gently in motion The story is told by PJ a resident of the town member of the church's congregation youth group participant in the circumstances and friend of Jesse He tells his story from the end of his life suffering from memory loss and I believe PTSD He must take his medication to keep the remembrance clear and coherent He makes this pilgrimage to confess his complicity in the atrocities of that day and to beg forgiveness of the one he let pay the price for his transgressions McCord is an author for those who love the power of the written word He can make you feel the wind in your hair and raindrops on your arms He can also raise bile in your mouth and knock the wind out of your lungs Telling the gospel of Jesse reuires that skill You will emerge at the end knowing that every man is your neighbor and that miracles are not just legend You will know in whom you have believed and that his scars came at a vivid painful cost You will know that a merciful god forgives if we but ask Spoiler alert in second paragraph SH McCord has done it again I'm such a big fan of his first book The Bones of Boulder Creek His new book The Gospel of Jesse is beautifully written with twists and turns that will have you smiling one minute and sitting on the edge of your seat the next McCord’s writing has a timeless uality and once again I found myself lost in his story the characters and vivid descriptions As the story unfolded I found myself deep in a retelling of a familiar story written a couple thousand years ago – the story of Jesus This modern retelling challenges us to move beyond shallow judgments while giving us a picture of what true love looks like The Gospel of Jesse is a compelling tale of how humanity’s broken condition can lead to redemption and ultimately forgiveness I couldn’t put it down I downloaded this on Sunday night and finished it this morning It captured my interest immediately and I wanted it to end and go on forever at the same time A great read “I guess life is kind of like the summer I spent with Jesse—long days make short weeks and you don’t get much of a chance to be a different person” —PJUnable to forgive himself for his involvement in a tragic crime PJ escapes to the solitude of Able Lake every year trying to reconcile the past and put it behind him Now suffering from degenerative memory loss he struggles to recall events surrounding the tragedy and confess to the lake one last time before it is too late As he tells a story of small town conspiracy murder and miracles he finds salvation may have been with him all along

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