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Product Details

  • Series: Urban Christian
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Urban Trade Paper; Original edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601629346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601629340
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,285,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vanessa Miller is a best-selling author, playwright, and motivational speaker. She started writing as a child, spending countless hours either reading or writing poetry, short stories, stage plays and novels. Vanessa's creative endeavors took on new meaning in1994 when she became a Christian. Since then, her writing has been centered on themes of redemption, often focusing on characters facing multi-dimensional struggles.

Vanessa's novels have received rave reviews, with several appearing on Essence Magazine's Bestseller's List. Miller's work has receiving numerous awards, including "Best Christian Fiction Mahogany Award" and the "Red Rose Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction." Miller graduated from Capital University with a degree in Organizational Communication. She is an ordained minister in her church, explaining, "God has called me to minister to readers and to help them rediscover their place with the Lord."

She is currently working on a For Your Love trilogy for Kimani Romance. Books in the For Your Love series are: Her Good Thing, Better For Us and The Best of All. She is working on a historical set in the Gospel Era for Abingdon Press. First book in Gospel Series, How Sweet the Sound releases in 2014, and a My Soul to Keep series for Whitaker House.

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Great job, Vanessa!
Michelle Stimpson
All of the characters in this book are well developed and you can relate to them in real life.
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Loved this story of forgiveness and becoming God focused again.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Donnica Carter VINE VOICE on December 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
Pastor Jerome Tyler "JT" Thomas has many secrets that come to life in Forsaken by Vanessa Miller. He has been living a life of sin and that life has finally caught up with him. After a tragedy led him to one night of crime, he decided to live his life according to God's will. Bishop Turner had a great influence on helping JT become pastor. He also introduced him to Cassandra. Life could not be any better until heartbreak entered their marriage. He thought God had given up on him and forsaken him. His trust faltered and JT did not know how to handle it. He began turning to other things and cheating on his wife, Cassandra, with different women in his congregation. Cassandra puts up with all she can. When the women become bold and start to threaten her family, she has to pull out. Will their marriage withstand JT's infidelity?

Miller knows how to pull you in immediately with her great descriptions and character development. There are several twists to the plot that will keep you turning the pages. I cannot wait to read the other books in this series. If you enjoyed the Rain and the Storm series, you will definitely enjoy this one.

Donnica Copeland
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Stimpson on November 17, 2009
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For such a serious topic, I found myself cracking up at several parts in this book. I have read other books where husbands are acting crazy, but I think what I most enjoyed more about this story was that while there clearly were good guys and bad guys, throughout the whole book, I kept trying to decide which side JT (the husband) was on. One minute I liked him, the next minute I was ready to hurt him myself (no need for Jimmy or that good and throwed-off Vivian). I'm glad to know that there will be a sequel because JT is still in the dog house with me! Great job, Vanessa!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By On Assignment on September 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
There are times in our lives when we cannot see daylight even when all the lights are on. So it is for Pastor J.T. Thomas.

Forsaken by Vanessa Miller brings its readers into the tumultuous life a man of the cloth whose fabric is riddled with holes of his past and current indiscretions.

Those indiscretions will prove heartbreaking and extremely dangerous for him and his wife. How the couple will handle the hardships of `roosters coming home to roost' is one that will provoke a myriad of emotions.

From beginning to end, the manifestation of how we touch others lives is vividly shown.

Dr. Linda F. Beed
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on October 12, 2009
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FORSAKEN by Vanessa Miller is JT and Cassandra Thomas's story of love and forgiveness. JT is a minister and has a large church featured on television Sunday mornings. He is a very charming man and many women would love to have him. Cassandra lost one baby, which shattered both of them, and now has a three year old son and is pregnant again. She is very much in love with JT - until the phone calls begin. She has suspected him of messing around on her but now she knows for sure and the fighting begins. She tells him to get out of her house. He refuses because he says it's his house. The drama doesn't stop there. One of the women he's been seeing is a complete nut and she begins to act like it. Another has severe issues and dumps a load on Cassandra and JT. Their lives are torn to pieces. Also, Cassandra finds out some information about her family from JT that blows her away. It seems everyone has dirty little secrets they've kept hidden for years, such as why JT has a limp and a scar on his thigh.

Vanessa Miller has written a true page turner. I couldn't put it down. Every time you think things were going to settle down, new drama surfaces. The characters are well drawn and it is easy to see why they do what they do. I'm sure it will have many people giving their preachers second looks.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. N. Adams on November 2, 2009
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When I tell you that this book was written under the anointing, please believe me! It's not your typical novel/fiction in which it just tells a story to appease the readers or conveys a message that readers can relate to. It does that and more! It KEEPS the presence of God in the book and actually causes a spiritual uprising in the reader (well it did in me). My soul was blessed by reading the story of someone who once was so connected with God but because they allowed the enemy to seep into their thought pattern, they lost faith & trust in God and this resulted in them feeling FORSAKEN. But through it all, the main character was convinced that no matter what it took, he was going to regain his position back in the Kingdom.

I also love how the author ends her books with a heavenly take on the matter. She always depicts the reaction of the angels in heaven from how the main character transforms their life.

Man, again, I was truly blessed by this and look forward to the next book in this series...FORGIVEN
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Telly Mo on November 3, 2010
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This book was amazing from beginning to end. The story line was great and unpredictable. It was a true testimony of being forsaken by God. Vanessa Miller brought this story to life and as a Christian I was able to connect to each character. I felt horrible for JT as his world kept crashing around him, even though he deserved every bit of it. The events were so real! Nothing seemed faked or over the top. I also connected with his wife Cassandra. She, too, was a REAL character! Her story is a true example of a lesson on forgiveness. I felt her pain and I was brought to tears at the unfoldings of it all. I was also able to take away some key points about expectations of our significant others. In the end, it didn't have the typical "happy ending," which made it even more believable and relatable. GREAT book! I'm about to start reading Forgiven right now!
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