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Intended for Harm [Kindle Edition]

C. S. Lakin
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Book Description

A powerful family saga like no other ...



At the height of the Vietnam War in 1971, Jake Abrams is desperate to leave his oppressive home in Colorado and begin a new life in college in LA, but his dreams are waylaid when he meets Leah, an antiwar protester who pushes him into marriage and family. Jake tries to juggle school, his job, and raising four children, but Leah turns to drugs and drinking, and finally runs off with her rock band, leaving Jake reeling.



When he falls for Rachel and marries her, his children rebel. And when Joseph, their love child is born, Jake makes the same fatal mistake his own father did--he shows favoritism to this divinely gifted boy who has the power of healing. After Rachel dies in childbirth, bringing Ben into the world, Jake turns his back on God and buried himself in denial. His children are wild weeds, and as they grow, the older sons' resentment of Joseph's gifts fester until they can take it no longer.



The family hides a dark secret of murder, which Joey threatens to spill out of righteous indignation and fear of God, and the only way to stop him is to kill him. The intend harm for him, but God has other plans for Joseph, and in a divinely orchestrated twist, years later Joseph confronts his brothers, who do not recognize him. True to the Bible story this is patterned after, Joseph is reunited with his estranged brothers, and Jake finally welcomes his long-lost son back into his arms, which brings closure and healing to his hurting family.



Written in a contemporary flash-fiction style, Intended for Harm covers forty years, each chapter a year, with a theme from a hit song for that year. Each scene is a fifteen-minute snapshot of the Abrams family, a "photo album" of Jake's life of wandering "through the wilderness" and coming home to faith at the end of his life. Anyone familiar with the Bible will recognize many similarities to the famous story of Jacob and his son Joseph. At the heart of this family saga is an exploration of fathers and sons, of loyalty and betrayal. And mostly, how we often intend harm to others because of wounds we carry in our souls, often without our knowing.



"The story of redemption and reunion is as touching and heartwarming as it is at times painful and heartwrenching."


"This book mesmerized me from start to finish. A beautifully written tale of family love and hate based on the biblical Jacob, Leah, Rachel and children."


"A story about life as raw as it gets. A family in the perfect storm of anger, guilt, denial, and heartache created by the actions of an emotionally abused woman who turns to drugs and alcohol and tosses aside her husband and children leaving them emotionally crippled. At times it is hard to watch them continually making bad choices instead of turning to God for healing. But God has his own perfect plan."


Editorial Reviews

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A powerful work of Christian fiction ...

"Intended for Harm is unlike any book out there, a sweeping saga set in contemporary America, yet loosely follows the story of Jacob and Joseph in the Bible. Lakin skillfully weaves the story lines of Jake Abrams and his family through 40 years, completely captivating the reader. Despite the length of this book, I was so moved by Susanne's literary style of writing that it kept me engaged all the way through to the end. Even better, the book has a purpose...subtly reminding us of things like family loyalties, the bond between fathers and sons, and the healing power of forgiveness and redemption. This is a beautifully written story that resonates with us all."

About the Author

C. S. Lakin is an award-winning novelist, writing instructor, and professional copyeditor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. The first five books in her seven-book fantasy series, The Gates of Heaven, are out in print and ebook, allegorical fairy tales drawing from classic tales we all read in our childhood. Lakin's relational drama/mystery, Someone to Blame, won the 2009 Zondervan First Novel award, released October 2010. Her other suspense/mysteries are Innocent Little Crimes (top 100 in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest), A Thin Film of Lies, and Conundrum. And sci-fi enthusiasts will love Time Sniffers: a wild young adult romance that will entangle you in time! Lakin has two websites for writers: livewritethrive.com with deep writing instruction and posts on industry trends. Her site CritiqueMyMaunscript.com features her critique services. She teaches workshops and critiques at writing conferences and workshops around the country.Follow her on Twitter: @cslakin and @livewritethrive and like her Facebook Author Page: facebook.com/C.S.Lakin.Author

Product Details

  • File Size: 770 KB
  • Print Length: 442 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ubiquitous Press (November 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077HCUTI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,102 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intended For Harm April 12, 2012
By Arlena
Format:Kindle Edition
Author: C.S. Larkin
Published by: CSL
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA

Review:

"Intended For Harm" by C.S. Larkin a very interesting long read that you will recognize as it is similar to the story in the Bible of Jacob /Joseph and his brothers. The title is coming from Genesis 50:20 "What you intended for harm, God intended for good ....for the saving of life"........ Ms. Larkins' did a wonderful job in her storytelling. Be ready for a story of a very emotionally intense adventure that will leave you saying WoW! That was very gifted and creative storytelling.... that is of fathers and sons loyalty and disloyalty.

The author tells this captivating story skillfully with Jake Abrams and his family over a range of forty years starting in the year of 1971 in Colorado and them we move on to LA. I loved the way the author of "Intended For Harm" is written with each chapter a year that has a theme from the hit tune of that year and these songs are really off the chart GOOD!

Truly, over these 40 years there is a lots of roaming ...'through the wilderness' and finally in the end.... coming back home where their is forgiveness, mercy, love, repentance, redemption ... results being a family that has been reunited.

The characters are very colorful and intriguing....Jake, Issac Abrams, Ethan, Leah, Rachel, Reuben, Simon Levi, Dinah, Aunt Abby, Joey, Ben, Mosey, and Rachel ...and I am sure someone I have left out. The best and the worst are really brought out in many of these characters bringing out how we can and should love each other and not judge.

"Intended For Harm" deals with a family breakdown......
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intended For Harm by C.S. Lakin March 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I've experienced this author's ability to write before she truly became published. Since then, it's like taking the top off a shaken soda bottle. Intended For Harm is no exception to her already successful titles. Her words created these characters so believable, I thought I knew them. Well worth the purchase.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and Thought Provoking March 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Susanne Lakin has done it again! With insight and clarity, she paints believable characters who represent the best and worst in each of us. What a beautifully written portrayal of human nature; what a poignant reminder that our job is to love others, not judge them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable fiction October 15, 2012
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If you're looking for a book that sticks with you, that you think about as you go about your day, Intended for Harm by C.S. Lakin is such a story. Although some might find it overly long, it has deeply drawn characters that are easy to care about - even the "bad" ones. Also, the writing is superb. I will definitely seek out and read other books by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, but... September 26, 2012
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The book really kept my attention and was hard to put down at times. Yes, it does have a Christian twist to it, but if I was an unbeliever, I don't think this book would have changed my mind. I found it almost depressing most of the time, but it still kept drawing me back. When I purchased the book, I was looking for something to read that was interesting but easy to read, just to kill time. This book did just that. I spent next to nothing on it which was even better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I enjoyed The Wolf of Tebron (Book 1) in The Gates of Heaven Series when I read it a year or so back, but Christian allegory is not my favorite genre (except for The Chronicles of Narnia, of course). So I was tickled to learn that in addition to the "Gates of Heaven" series, C.S. Lakin also writes contemporary fiction - my favorite!!

I was tickled when I realized that Intended for Harm loosely parallels the life of Jacob and his son Joseph, from the Bible. All the major characters: Esau, Isaac, Rebeccah, Rachel, Leah, and 6 of Jacob's 13 children are all represented in this modern story. I have to say that when I read the story of Joseph as a child, he was the character I most identified with. I couldn't understand why his brothers hated him so much. Reading the story in a fresh light, as an adult, I can identify much more closely with the older brothers. I mean how annoying would it be if your brother turned to you and told you about a dream in which you bowed down to him? You'd probably want to slug him.

I love the story told for the modern day. I especially enjoyed the songs at the beginning of each chapter - many brought me back to my childhood. And the story of redemption and reunion is as touching and heartwarming as it is at times painful and heartwrenching. I highly recommend this book!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Light on an Old Story September 20, 2013
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This is an interesting book from so many angles. I purchased it after reading a blurb about it in a ARC of the author's writing-craft book, but then put off reading it for some time, just because of the sheer length of the book. But Lakin's handling of the material within this lengthy family saga is one of the most brilliant things about it. She approaches a timeline of about forty years by breaking the story down into bite-size chunks. Each scene covers roughly fifteen minutes in the family's life, from the point of view of one character or another. The technique creates snappy little episodes that keep the story afloat at all times, without at all lending itself to an episodic feel.

As for the story itself, Lakin's created a compelling modern take on the Biblical story of Jacob and his sons. Aside from just the general fun of following along with a well-known story and waiting for certain events to occur, it was interesting to look at the story through the new light of a modern setting. Although I'm curious about some of the choices the author made as far as additions or subtractions from the source story, I found the book as a whole compelling, entertaining, and thought-provoking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great journey by Lakin
I asked my book club members to read this work after we had just finished great discussions of "Someone To Blame" so it was an easy sell. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lynda H
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't lay it down
I will re-read it! It's that good and has so many scripture references that help with relating to the bible and present times
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I encourage anyone who starts reading this to stick with it because it is surely worth it. You may think for a while that this has nothing to do with joy through God - but you... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jazziegirl
This was a fictional modern day version of the story of Joseph and his brothers from the Bible. The author skillfully built a plot that had many of the same truths as the Bible... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars You know the story starting out
The story of "what if" this happened today is always of interest to me so I was ready to read another persons ideas about my favorite Bible story. Read more
Published 6 months ago by CC
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, but story dragged
I really wanted to like this book, but it just dragged & didn't hold my interest.
Skipped through to get it over with & see how the author ended it.
Published 7 months ago by Daisy Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Old Testament Story
Intended for Harm proved to be a very interesting modern Jacob and his children story. Many twists and turns from the biblical story, but very captivating. Read more
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More About the Author

C. S. Lakin is an award-winning novelist, writing instructor, and professional copyeditor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lakin's award-winning blog for writers: www.livewritethrive.com provides deep writing instruction and posts on industry trends. Her site www.CritiqueMyManuscript.com features her critique services. She teaches workshops and critiques at writing conferences and workshops around the country.

The first six books in her seven-book fantasy series, The Gates of Heaven, are out in print and ebook, allegorical fairy tales drawing from classic tales we all read in our childhood.

Lakin's relational drama/mystery, Someone to Blame, won the 2009 Zondervan First Novel award, released October 2010. Her other suspense/mysteries are Innocent Little Crimes (top 100 in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest), A Thin Film of Lies, and Conundrum. And sci-fi enthusiasts will love Time Sniffers: a wild young adult romance that will entangle you in time!

She also publishes writing craft books in the series The Writer's Toolbox, which help novelists learn how to write great books!

Follow her on Twitter: @cslakin and @livewritethrive and like her Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/C.S.Lakin.Author


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