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Intended for Harm by [Lakin, C. S.]
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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: 2652 KB
  • Print Length: 444 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ubiquitous Press (November 20, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 20, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077HCUTI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Nick G. Giannaras on March 8, 2012
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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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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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Author: C.S. Larkin
Published by: CSL
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA

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"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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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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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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I couldn't even finish this book, it was THAT bad! The writing was terrible. I kept on reading and hoping it would get better, but it just didn't. The plot is technically slow moving (Aside from the protagonist's wife's multiple pregnancies) and even those were barely mentioned-Just so the reader would know how each child had gotten there, although the storyline zips along through the years. On one page the child is a baby and on the next they are in preschool. Hmmmm. There isn't much character development either, and I had an extremely hard time 'getting attached' to anyone in the book. I made it all the way to Part Three, 1980-1988 before I had had enough. Read at your own risk. I'm done with this book. Life is too short for bad books
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