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“Foster (Passing by Samaria), acclaimed author of several books she calls ‘gospel novels,’ writes vividly about faith and slavery in this fast-paced narrative…Foster describes the Southern hierarchy of women and slave owners and rebellious and submissive slaves with equally deft passages…the story is riveting and expertly told by an inspired, practiced storyteller.” (Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

Sharon Ewell Foster is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author, speaker, and teacher. She is the author of Passing by Samaria, the first successful work of Christian fiction by an African American author, and The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part One: The Witnesses, which won the 2012 Shaara Prize for Civil War Fiction. Sharon is a Christy Award-winning author whose books have earned her a loyal following that crosses market, gender, and racial boundaries. She regularly receives starred book reviews and is also winner of the Gold Pen Award, Best of Borders, and several reviewers’ choice awards. 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Original edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141657803X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416578031
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicknamed "the Picasso of the Pen, Sharon Ewell (rhymes with JEWEL) Foster is a Daily Guideposts contributor, a Romantic Times Career Achievement finalist, and is a double-finalist for Romance Writers of America's RITA Award. Formerly, a Defense Department instructor, writer, analyst, and logistician, she is a now a critically acclaimed, award-winning author and speaker. Her books have been previously published by Simon and Schuster, Random House, and Multnomah Publishers.

She uses her experience as a researcher, as mom, and her work with the military to write stories full of adventure, wisdom, intrigue, and that sparkle with accurate details and a dash of romance!

Her writings have earned her a loyal following that crosses market, gender, and racial boundaries. She has earned glowing reviews in Kirkus Review, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Romantic Times, Ebony Magazine, Library Journal, Christianity Today, Baltimore Sun, and many other publications, and has been interviewed on numerous radio and TV programs.

She is winner of the Civil War Institute's 2012 Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction for her novel, The Resurrection of Nat Turner. Her first historical novel, Passing by Samaria, was chosen as the NAACP Book of the Year in 2000 and won her the Christy Award. She is author of eight other books, including the Essence bestselling Ain't No River, also a Christy Award finalist and winner of the Gold Pen Award, and Abraham's Well, winner of the Romantic Times Best Inspirational for 2006. Born in Texas, raised in Illinois, she now resides in North Carolina. Visit http://officialSharonEwellFoster.com

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lissa Tyler on August 8, 2011
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This is why Sharon Ewell Foster is my favorite author. Foster is amazing. Stunning.

Wow....

A historical gem, the storytelling literally transports you to Jeffersonian Virginia. So epic. So well researched. So well interpreted. So inclusive. So awe inspiring. The scale is Gone with the Wind or Grapes of Wrath.

I thought Nat Turner was just a footnote in history. He was just a slave, a brief history character that was violent. He wasn't human or real. But I am just blown away. Nat Turner, a revolutionary and patriot led a freedom army in 1831. I read this in three days! If you like non-fiction, biographies, or historical books this is definitely for you. There was so much detail. Fantastic! I can't wait for part two. I had no idea...

I just bought another copy for my 27 Year Old Brother.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen Oh on December 23, 2011
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Don't pick up this book unless you're prepared to rub your nose into one of the darkest chapters in American history on almost every page. I've enjoyed reading Sharon Ewell Foster before and have read most of her fiction, enjoying the humor, the insights into black American culture, the historical background, so I was not expecting a narrative so relentlessly grim. Nevertheless, the story was gripping and I would not allow myself to quit before reaching the bitter end. (It did not help that I was trying to recover from the stomach flu the day I read what happened to Nat Turner's body after he was hanged. ) I grew up in white America in the midwest and was only vaguely aware of race as an issue until I was coming of age during the 60's and found myself shocked and repulsed by the extent of bigotry in this country, a sensitivity that has never left me. So I was quite surprised at what a difficult read this book was for me. I think the ugliest and most sickening part was the depraved and horrifyingly cruel attitudes and behavior of southern whites, even clergy, who nevertheless saw themselves as good, Christian people. The total subversion of the judicial process among the powers-that-be, and the mob mentality of those who hung out at the local still were only a little less troubling. I don't know if I'm up for part 2, but will probably end up reading it; I'm hoping it will cover the end of slavery and be a bit more upbeat? On a brighter note, this novel has piqued my interest in a new area: the Great Church that existed throughout Africa and the Middle East, particularly in Ethiopia, before Catholicism came to dominate the scene.Read more ›
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bennet Pomerantz VINE VOICE on November 17, 2011
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When a friend sent me a a PDF of the book, It intrigued me. I was neither black man nor a slave, but the words that Sharon Ewell Foster wrote rung so true within me. This is not a book of a BLACK man who lived in the 183o's ..this is a book of an EVERY man who lived a great and deep life.

When I recieved my spoken word copy of this novel. I did not know anyone could bring the emotional content abd the heartfelt inspiration that Ms Foster evoked within me by reading her book..I WAS WRONG.

In eleven CDs, narrator John McLain captured my heart and my interest. This unabridged audio novel never bored me once in the over 13 hours of listening time...and that is an amazing feat in itself.

McLain knows how to narrate and he knows how to make an impact. He created a covenant with the listener without trying to talking down in his narration of this text. with his skills of narration, He transports the listener to the world of the slaves of the 1800's and you be intrigued.

All I need to ask is when is Part Two coming to audio?

Bennet Pomerantz
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mista314 on February 24, 2013
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This book was amazing. I was looking for some material on Nat Turner and this book placed me into Southampton County Virginia like i was standing right next to Hark, Will and "Negasi". I love how Sharon was able to paint such a vivid picture of Cross Keys. While reading this i felt that i knew exactly how the town was laid out. I also love the many different perspectives that were presented here.

If anyone is on the fence about getting this book let me assure you that you will not be disappointed. Cant wait to start reading part 2 (the testimony).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lw on March 3, 2013
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What an interesting new take! Research well done; requires a revised opinion on what really happened. One must rethink this incident.
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By GPLV on March 26, 2012
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I was amazed by this book. I think this is a must read for us to not forget how awful slavery was. I like how this book was written through the eyes of the different characters. I found myself experiencing many different emotions while reading this book: anger, sadness, pity, and was dumbfounded that people would let the status quo go on, even though it was so wrong. This was a difficult book to read in places, it is hard to see what people will use the bible to justify.
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By Alicia M. Daniel on April 1, 2013
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After having always wanted to learn more about Nat Turner, I am glad I read this book. I truly admire Sharon E. Foster.
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As a white American who had ancestors who owned slaves and ancestors who fought to free slaves in our Civil War, and descendants who are part African American, I have a much better understanding of the situation and greater empathy for those who had their lives stolen.
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