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Truth Runs Deep [Kindle Edition]

Sheila Callaham
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Mystery. Suspense. Murder.

Hampton, VA Police Chief Carl Johnson becomes embroiled with the Catholic Church while solving the murders of a couple and their three sons. As the investigation proceeds, issues of religious and sexual intolerance begin to emerge in this fast-paced, suspense-filled mystery.

Faced with one of the most disturbing crimes of his career, Chief Johnson partners with a feisty, independent-minded newspaper reporter to seek truth and justice. 

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From the Author

Even fiction can have a message and if there is one that I hope readers take away from reading Truth Runs Deep, it would be this: "Love through the differences."

We all have different beliefs and biases based primarily on our life experiences. If we can learn to love, support and nurture each other through our differences -- not in spite of -- just imagine how totally empowered we could be as families, friends, communities and a global village. Loving through differences implies acceptance and respect. 

Isn't that really what each and every one of us desires?

About the Author

Sheila writes in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she lives with her husband, four of their seven children, a pack of rescued dogs and a hen house full chickens. For fun Sheila enjoys reading mystery and suspense novels and, when the weather is cool, building a bon fire and roasting marshmallows with the kids. If you ask Sheila what is most important to her, she'll tell you that being true to yourself is the only thing that brings pure happiness and joy. How that manifests is different for each person. For Sheila, that meant leaving behind a corporate job to make time for what she most enjoyed: family, writing and motivating others to be all that they can be.

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  • File Size: 378 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051H8TFU
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By N. Hart
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Besides showcasing Callaham's innate story-telling finesse, Truth Runs Deep ties together current controversial topics in society and the Church - both how to love gay Christians (particularly our kids) and how Protestants and Catholics can accept each other into the ecumenical fold. Callaham threads her tale with real, complex characters, stitching past mistakes as a Church body, as a family, and as individuals into a quilt of love.

With heartfelt, poignant moments, Truth Runs Deep draws out thoughtful reflections on the reader's own experience, memories, and values by focusing on bridging the gap of understanding, acceptance, and healing real people and families who are affected throughout America and the world by religious and sexual intolerance.

While a few readers may find that it starts a bit slow and that some of the characters' inner dialogues are similar to each other, the overriding mystery and deep, relevant issues in the Church today pull the reader into the main story, turning page after page to discover the truth behind Father Mario, Sergeant Walker, and the intriguing broken mirror of "society at large" in Hampton, Virginia. This enchanting first novel by Sheila Callaham weaves together an excellent mystery with a thorough understanding of the reality of church politics alongside honest faith and doubt.

This would be a very pertinent and interesting book club or Bible study selection. And, with the author's life coach/facilitator/mediator skills, I think this would be a fascinating and healing study for an evening or day-long author discussion or seminar.

Truth Runs Deep by Sheila Callaham - A truly thought-provoking, soul-searching look at present day issues in the body of Christ and the world.
-N. Hart
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rumors, Murder, Scandal and the Catholic Church. March 12, 2012
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After speaking to one person, it seems to point the Chief of Police in one direction but he's not so sure now that he's talked to someone else. It takes awhile to discover just what those mysteries are that the chief is privy to but not yet the reader.

Because priests are bound to secrecy in what transpires in a confession, whether in or outside the confessional, it adds an extra dimension to this well-crafted story.

This is one you'll not want to put down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The book was very good. I was suprise when I realized what the subject was about. However it was written in the best of taste.
I was impressed with the fact that they had resources in the back of the book. I have already told someone about it and showed them the bookcover on my kindle because they want to read it. It is a difficult subject but I must say GREAT JOB!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner! March 7, 2012
By Colleen
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Watch out James Patterson, Sheila Callaham is in town! A must read for people into suspense and mystery. Luckily I had the time to read it all the way through without stopping, because I did not want to put it down once I started reading it. I was intrigued all the way through wondering what else was going to happen. Great job Sheila! I look forward to your next book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Truth Runs Deep February 9, 2013
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While the author displays some talent for writing, this book comes across as a book touting political correctness. The impression given in this story is that the author is writing for her own personal agenda. If that is the case, this book certainly does provide a therapuetic outlet for that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars religion or faith in a loving God December 29, 2013
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Wrong interpretations of a priests actions. Family murder. Church hypocrisy in the form of a congregant.
What r we doing to our children who r confused. Loving them?
Wise and intuitive chief of police. Very well layed out
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth Runs Deep by Sheila Callaham March 10, 2012
By Laws
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One of the best books I've ever read. A fabulous suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. There are many twists and turns that keep you intrigued. The author does a fantastic job of using characters we can relate to. Awesome!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good mystery January 11, 2013
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A very well written suspenseful mystery. It has a great storyline dealing with controversial topics. The characters appear real and complex. I look forward to mory books by this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars should be required reading
When I started reading this book, I thought it was just another murder mystery. I had no idea that it would delve into such an emotional, controversial issue. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Carolyn White
4.0 out of 5 stars Good plot and style
This novel has an absorbing plot and reasonably plausible characters. The style is engaging, and the novel's timely substance contains much food for thought and discussion. Read more
Published on March 15, 2013 by Carmine
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay book
This book was not as good as I had anticipated. I finished reading it, but was left with the feeling I had wasted a few hours of my life I would never get back.
Published on February 14, 2013 by Nellwyn C. Blackmon
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful story
Intriguing perspective on the Catholic church community in the context of our present moment. Story and characters are powerful examples of faith.
Published on February 4, 2013 by ktchica231
5.0 out of 5 stars Fit for Lifetime Movie
Like some others, I couldn't put this book down and read it in two days. You developed your characters in a way that invited me to keep reading. Read more
Published on January 29, 2013 by MomDee
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read Truth Runs Deep
The author does a great job in her research of the locations used in the stories. The interaction between the characters is intriguing. The book is a must read!!!
Published on January 24, 2013 by Anthony Rojek
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This book was so good! I am sure everyone would enjoy reading it! I love this author and can't wait to read more of her books.
Published on January 4, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I like this book
I have not had a chance to read this book as of yet, but am looking forward to having time and reading it on my kindle. Read more
Published on December 31, 2012 by jody
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok.
I read the whole book but it was definitel not an easy read. This book was rather vanilla in content.
Published on December 31, 2012 by Julie A Crawford
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More About the Author

Sheila Callaham lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her husband, four of their seven children, five dogs, and a coop full of chickens. Described by her husband as "idealistic," Sheila spends lots of time contemplating if that's good or bad.

Early in her career, Sheila worked as a civilian for the Department of the Army in Germany and Saudi Arabia in positions ranging from journalism to "if I tell you I may have to kill you." In 1996, she began working for a large pharmaceutical company before resigning in 2011 to focus on launching her four youngest children into the big world and writing.

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