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Coldwater Revival: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Jo Jenkins
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

One of Emma Grace Falin's six-year-old twin brothers died while in her care, sending her on a journey that will take her through the dark valley of guilt, sorrow, depression, and anger.

Although she rejects Him, God continues to offer restoration and healing into her troubled life.

Nancy Jo Jenkins has woven an unforgettable tale of shattering loss, desperate grief and despair, and one family's amazing journey to restoration and forgiveness. A masterful debut, Coldwater Revival will forever be etched in your memories and upon your heart.



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About the Author

Nancy Jo Jenkins is a Texan, born and bred, but descends from a large Irish family who love "rowdy get-togethers." A schoolteacher for many years, Nancy has taught special education and accelerated student classes in Austin, where she is heavily involved in the public school system. She is also an active church member who has served as Sunday school teacher and pianist, and has directed many Vacation Bible School programs over the years.

An avid reader as well as writer, Nancy Jo is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and is a past member of American Christian Writers Association. She enjoys attending writing seminars and serving as a conference and workshop speaker as well. She and her husband, David, have three grown children, seven grandchildren, and three step-grandchildren.


Product Details

  • File Size: 2502 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (February 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B9N1I6W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,327 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars moving and beautifully written July 13, 2006
Format:Paperback
You won't forget this one in a hurry. The emotions of guilt and despair, of love and rejoicing, are so strong you lose sight of the fact that this is just a story. Emma Grace Falin was only a child when the two young brothers in her care fell into a well. Since she was supposed to be watching them, the overwhelming guilt sank her into a depresion so deep and so dark she couldn't find a way out. Her desperate family sent her to live with Granny Falin, and the clouds began to lift when she discovered other people had sorrows too. Granny believes in God, but Emma Grace is angry at Him. He could have done something to save her brothers if he cared enough. At first she clings stubbornly to her dark, lonely world, but as she learns to love the sea, the sand, and the long expanse of sky, she begins the long climb back to reality. I didn't expect romance, but when Emma Grace meets Tate, he teaches her about love and about the blessings of trusting God. Nancy Jo Jenkins has a gift for making her characters so real you actually seem to experience their emotions and know their most private thoughts. This isn't a book you'll read once and toss aside. It's a keeper.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Coldwater Revival" is a Lovely Southern Story May 23, 2006
Format:Paperback
Nancy Jo Jenkins is a gifted author who has written a beautiful novel. Set in the 1920's, "Coldwater Revival" is a coming of age story about a girl who grew up long before her time in a hard-working Texas family. Jenkins digs deep into her characters' emotions and the protagonist, Emma Grace, is as sympathetic as any character can get.

There are moments in the story when Emma Grace will move readers to tears as she fights to overcome burdens set on her heart when she was only a young girl. And after following Emma Grace's long journey, readers will cheer as she opens her heart to the future and steps into womanhood.

Readers will be moved by the satisfying ending of the book and will be refreshed by the lovely southern voice of the author. In spiritual fiction, Nancy Jo Jenkins' style is a rarity and readers will appreciate the skillful talent of this debut novelist.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! June 26, 2006
Format:Paperback
Nancy Jo Jenkins brings us a novel written with flowing and lyrical prose. Coldwater Revival takes us into the heartache of one Southern family and out into the love and redemption of Christ.

As an author, I appreciated the magic of Jenkins's words. I believe Coldwater Revival is one of this year's best!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Coldwater Revival is an absolutely stunning debut novel, a literary work of art chronicling the story of one woman's journey from crippling loss and self-condemnation into the light of healing and the freedom of restoration. Set to marry Gavin O'Donnell, Emma Grace seeks healing for her heart which was shattered by devastating loss and guilt years before. Her journey into the past forces Emma to confront not only her guilt, but also the God she thought had abandoned her in her greatest need years before.

Nancy Jo Jenkins writes of life and loss, heartbreak and joy with the pen of a master wordsmith. The narrative flows seamlessly between Emma Grace's present struggles and past recollections. Jenkins' characters are crafted like finely polished gems -- while flawed, their heartbreak and struggles make them all the more real. Her prose positively drips with Southern charm, possessing a seductive quality that completely draws in and immerses the reader in the world of the novel.

Coldwater Revival is a story to savor. Jenkins has penned an awe-inspiring debut, filled with unforgettable characters whose lives are richly seasoned with grace and restoration. One of the best books of the year, I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFULLY RICH & ENTERTAINING January 15, 2007
Format:Paperback
While this is one woman's story it is truly a family saga...complete with marriages, births, deaths and all the richness that makes one family toiling on the Texas farm this very vivid story. From the first page, this is a "can't put down" read. The characters are so very real and the pace never lets up. You will find yourself right inside the lives of Nancy Jo's characters - a delightful excursion on a wintry day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant debut novel October 30, 2006
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Coldwater Revival is a book replete with wonderful characters, beautiful prose and emotive scenes that take you on a journey that will leave an imprint on your heart and mind for some time to come.

A young Emma Grace Falin realises just weeks before her wedding the need to return home to Coldwater, Texas to expunge the guilt and torment she has lived with for five years following the tragic loss of her little brother, Micah. In an attempt to do this, Emma delves into her childhood memories of growing up with little material goods but surrounded by the love of her parents and siblings until tragedy shatters the family and community in which they live. Emma relives her spiral into despair, the fear of her parents that she will not recover and the journey to her Grandmother's home in Galveston, a woman also shaped by her own experience of grief.

Nancy Jo Jenkins' debut novel is captivating! I was swept away by the palpable loss sustained by Emma and the additional grief that befalls the family when Emma sinks into depression despite the love and compassion of those who grieve with her. Nancy Jo Jenkins' portrayal of the fragile Emma, the stouthearted yet broken brother Elo, compassionate parents Roan and Annaleen, and Tate, the young man refined by flames in his own life is exceptional. A story doesn't get much better than this!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read
It's not a real page turner, but great for a day at the beach. I enjoyed reading it and would lend it to others.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most beautiful stories I've ever read!
I absolutely loved this story! It was so well written, from the descriptions to the story line to the dialogue. Read more
Published 14 months ago by suzyb1
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Very good story about working through tragedy and regaining faith. I loved the author's ability to paint word pictures to draw me further into the story.
Published 16 months ago by WV Irish Hillbilly
5.0 out of 5 stars heartbreakingly beautiful
This is a beautiful story of a young girl's deep pain from loss. The story leads us through a large number of years in a easy style. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Judith Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
Loved Jenkins' vivid descriptions of people, places, events, thoughts, and emotions. I'll recommending the book to anyone who loves reading novels. Read more
Published 16 months ago by G
5.0 out of 5 stars intriguing book worth the read.
This book really held my interest. It was hard to put down. I love historical fiction and this was great.
Published 17 months ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Story
Nancy Jo Jenkins has a special way with words. Her story sails along with truly distinct images and believable characters I want to meet. A wonderful read.
Published 17 months ago by Patricia Eger
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly talented writer!
I read this a while ago. I'm surprised I never left a review for it because I absolutely loved it! Incredibly well written IMO. This is one I wouldn't mind reading again someday.
Published 17 months ago by Lisa H.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Read
The book was a bit slow paced but the characters were complex and likeable. I am a Texan so I appreciated the setting and the story of the hurricane. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Read
This was a deep, moving story. I couldn't put it down until it was done. It wasn't an ordinary td.ale of life in the early 20th century, but it was very moving. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Iris Bell
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