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Riven Paperback – January 1, 2009
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First I thought the characters were realistic and believable. Thomas Carey, a man called to the pulpit but frustrated by having to deal with members of a congregation who want to control the church rather than use it for the purpose it was intended. Dealing with small and petty people drives Thomas away from that which he loves. Thomas eventually becomes a prison chaplain and in doing so finds his true calling. Then there is Brady Wayne Darby, a man that after one bad decision after another ends up on death row placed there for a murder that didn't have to happen. It is the juxtaposition and interaction of these two characters that supply the real meat of Riven.
Second, the pace of the story, while slow, allows the characters and their situations to develop without one plot gimmick or twist. Jenkins reminds me of fiction the way it used to be written; without the literary equivalent of special effects and without the over use of formulaic writing.
Brody Wayne Darby has spent his whole life committing one crime after another starting when he stole at the Laundromat where he worked. As he grew older, he committed increasingly more serious crimes and did time. When he was released, he vowed to go straight until a woman hurt him and he killed her. He pleaded guilty and was sent to Adamsville.
In the years he ministered at the prison, Thomas met no sincere inmate. He feels empty until he meets Brody; both come away from their encounters feeling as if God is working through them.
Jerry B. Jenkins is one of the best Christian authors writing today. His latest work is a dark complex contemporary fiction tale driven by two seemingly opposite characters; their polar differences make each even more believable and the story line plausible. RIVEN is a memorable tale starring a man who feels he is a failure and another who only has death waiting for him in three years time. They met and both feel the Lord is working through them giving each what they need. This book will move the audience in so many ways and make them feel so many things. This is a masterpiece.
While the contrast of these two lives may seem contrived within the context of a review, it is anything but. The characters of these two men are developed over the course of hundreds of pages. We follow each of them through their struggles, their difficulties and their crises. We become first hand witnesses of their lives; we come to know them as personally as a friend or relative.
I know these men as I have known few other characters - I will never forget them. Thomas, so stubbornly faithful, clings to the rock though he lacks a fruitful ministry. Brady slips deeper into darkness, the burden of his sin mounting, and no hope in sight. I came to love them both. I have never developed such a heart for an unsaved character. Brady must have been difficult for Jenkins, a believer, to write. Once a man is saved it is difficult to remember the burden, the despair, being lost. Jenkins captures it all, magnificently. Thomas and Brady need each other, and when they finally meet the world is shaken for Jesus.
I'm surprised that controversy hasn't arisen over this title.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book presented the story of realistic characters in our society today. A troubled youth who was given opportunity after opportunity to change his behavior and the real story... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Barbara
Riven tells the stories of two quite different people whose lives converge - a youth who can never seem to avoid making wrong choices, and a pastor who never seems to get a break... Read morePublished 2 days ago by M. C. Cahill
After plodding through over five hundred pages of dull material about miserable people, some Christian, some not, I wanted to toss the book through the window shouting "what... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Sharon Geyer
I am a fan of Jerry B. Jenkins and have been for many years. This book reminded me of why I enjoy reading his books so much. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Jill
Wow. Just wow. I couldn't get this book in audio, so I checked it out at the library. I don't read many "eye books" - but could not put this one down. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great! This book is a great piece of literature that anyone can enjoy and find value from.Published 4 months ago by Andrew Graham
I just finished reading this excellent work, Having long appreciated Jerry B. Jenkins writings, I was nonetheless unprepared for such an attention-riveting novel. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Jeffries
This is my favorite book ever. My book club is required to read this if they are serious about joining the Women's Christian Fiction Book Cllub.Published 6 months ago by gwynneth r caldwell