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Providence: Once Upon a Second Chance [Kindle Edition]

Chris Coppernoll
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Book Description

More than twenty years ago a drunk driver shattered Jack Clayton’s family. Angry, confused and as naïve as any college freshman, he trades his small Midwestern town for another, only to find that it too is too small to contain his dreams. Or is it? Now an instrumental part of the Campus Missions Office and a New York Times Bestselling author, he makes his home in that very college town, where the past and “the one that got away” relentlessly haunt him and the future becomes increasingly uncertain thanks to a big city reporter with a malicious agenda.

Will he have to walk away from the ministry that he spent decades building? Or can he find a way to confront the rumors and set the record straight? In a race against the clock, Jack throws caution to the wind and finds that even he may deserve a second chance.

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About the Author

Chris Coppernoll is the founder of Soul2Soul Ministries, with radio programming heard in more than six hundred outlets worldwide. He has conducted hundreds of interviews on faith issues with personalities such as Amy Grant, Max Lucado, Michael W. Smith, and Kathie Lee Gifford. He also serves as a Deacon at The People’s Church in Franklin, Tennessee, and is currently working toward a Masters in Ministry Leadership degree through Rockbridge Seminary. Providence, his first novel, is his fourth book.

Product Details

  • File Size: 876 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0781445647
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (November 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A697YHC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,886 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling work of fiction September 13, 2007
Chris Coppernoll has hit a home run with his debut work of fiction Providence: Once Upon A Second Chance. Chris has deftly crafted a tale of the complexities of of the Christian walk, exploring how we can do great things for the Kingdom of God while still struggling with our human weaknesses and failures. I found myself drawn into the world of Providence, it's places and characters seem so real and are thoughtfully developed. At the close of the book I was rewarded with the warm satisfaction of an unexpected and yet gratifying ending. There is nothing better than to come to the end of a good read and long to continue on.

Chris' biggest challenge now will be to find a way to top one of the best fiction releases of 2007.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous debut! August 16, 2007
Chris Coppernoll's debut novel, "Providence" was a very pleasant surprise. A bittersweet tale of lost love and a search for significance, Mr. Coppernoll has penned an enjoyable and poignant novel.

Jack Clayton comes from more than just a broken home--more like a shattered one. After divorce destroys his parent's marriage, a drunk driver takes the life of his younger sister. From that point on, Jack and his mother, whom he calls Marianne, become strangers.

So when Jack finally leaves his hometown for college, accompanied by his childhood friend Mitchell, the relief he feels radiates off the pages. Soon Jack settles into life at college...until he finds love. Then things begin unraveling once again.

Flash to the present day: now a best selling author and pastor of an amazing outreach to the poor, Jack is asked to pen his life story. But to do so is to dredge up the past, and to deal with the shadows of regrets that have haunted him.

What results is a gorgeous story of a young man's journey to the God who has loved Him with an everlasting love. This novel did not go the direction I expected, but each plot twist followed a pattern that was both poetic and insightful.

I found this story to be both refreshing and entertaining.

As an added treat, since Jack's past takes place in the 1980's, each chapter opens with a lyric from a hit song of the 80's...and I recognized at least 90% of the songs...I'm not sure if that's a good thing, but it WAS fun!!

How does Jack's story end? You'll just have to read it for yourself, and it is a journey you won't want to miss. This is quality fiction and I look forward to seeing what is next from Mr. Coppernoll.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Haunting August 18, 2007
In a braid of past and present, Chris Coppernoll weaves the coming of age of a young man and the unraveling of the grown man who now lives with the consequences of his past. Not often does there come along a book this powerful and haunting.

I met Chris at our local book club where he came as a guest of a member. We hadn't read his book, but he told us about it. Fascinated by his synopsis and wondering if he could pull it off as a writer, I took a copy. He pulled it off, all right. In spades.

Providence is a book you'll long remember, even after you've turned the last page. A master of first person narration, Chris digs deep into his characters' psyches and gives you the full depth of their emotions, all without leaving Jack's point of view.

Providence is one of the best books I've read--ever. Powerful, poignant and utterly satisfying. This reviewer gives it her highest recommendation. It's a 5-star read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Providence: Once upon a Second Chance August 14, 2007
This is a well crafted romance novel with a Christian theme. It's intelligently written, exposing the author's capacity for deep and reflective thought. And the book contains enough surprises, twists and turns to keep the pages turning. It's back and forth time sequences compel the reader on. There's no doubt it's a story of redemption and hope. Thoughtfully and well executed, with plenty of metaphors for the experienced reader, it also will appeal to those who just want to go to a place that satisfies the emotions. It drips with imagery and the cold winters of Providence are almost palpable as are the cold hearts of lost souls. These feelings are contrasted by many warm and cozy venues out of the wintry blasts of the weather and life. If you want to just experience a good old fashion lump in your throat while reading and end the book with a satisfying "that was a good read" look no further than this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IMPRESSIVE DEBUT! August 29, 2007
I can't wait for the next novel from this writer. Here is a great story from a first time Nashville-based novelist. If you love Nicholas Sparks, a moving love story or just good writing....pick this up. Spread the word - Coppernoll is an author to watch!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful story about forgiveness December 26, 2012
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This is a powerful book about forgiveness in its many forms: receiving forgiveness from God, receiving forgiveness from others, forgiving others who have harmed us, and ultimately, forgiving ourselves. Jack, the main character in the book, is wracked by his decisions and actions from the past, but through the power of forgiveness, his burden of guilt and shame is lifted and he experiences freedom and peace in his life. This book is a powerful antidote to the heavy burden of condemnation that many people carry from their past (and don't we all have some regrets). I only give it four stars because it has a Hallmark Channel feel to it and the dialogue felt stilted at times. I bought this on a whim on my Kindle and I'm very glad that I did...I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Providence
I really did not like the main character. He was too cheesy or something like that. The book was also slow.
Published 29 days ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!
I don't have the words to describe how great this book is. It was well written, thought provoking, and beautiful.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An Engaging Story
The best novels are those that you actually feel like you become part of as you read, and this is no exception. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jared Stump
5.0 out of 5 stars Providence
"Providence" tells the story of Jack Clayton, a mission-worker-turned-man-of-the-year whose book publisher has asked him to pen his memoir. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sierra K. Sorrell
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
Captivating to the end! Some stories are easily routed out in the first few chapters, but not this one! Highly recommend.
Published 3 months ago by Happy Nonni
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read!
Published 4 months ago by wendyjomaug
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging story
I don't usually choose male authors when I read fiction, but I'm glad I chose Chris Coppernoll. I really enjoyed Providence.
Published 6 months ago by Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A bit slow in the beginning but a good story full of twists and turns. Otherwise, a very good read.
Published 6 months ago by Denise Sharkie
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
This was one of those books I read easily and quickly, and didn't want it to end! I've had it in my Kindle library for a while, because I haven't had time to read much of anything... Read more
Published 7 months ago by BlessedGG5
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
I loved this story and it was well written. Drew me in from the first couple pages, which is not something that usually happens to me!
Published 7 months ago by JennC
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