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Parting River Jordan

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A book by ML Barnes

Deanna "Dee" Ramsey is NOT nosy; she's just concerned. And the happenings at church are giving her lots of reason to keep her eyes and ears open. Then the retirement of Rev. Amanda Alden, founder of River Jordan Full Gospel Church, initiates a power … see full wiki

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Author: ML Barnes
Publisher: Flying Turtle Publishing
1 review about Parting River Jordan

Delightfully amusing and fun

  • Jul 20, 2010
Rating:
+2
Parting River Jordan describes itself as "kind of like a 1930s' screwball comedy." Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with 1930s' screwball comedies, but this was certainly an enjoyably zany read.

There's a fascinating combination of church politics, social regulations (and the judicious or otherwise breaking thereof), and real faith, fun and feeling in the tale. The elderly deacon's suggestion that we just "split this old church down the middle" when factions can't agree is just the beginning--well, maybe building the wall and glassing in the baptismal pool so it can be shared... "The battle was over, but the war was just beginning!" the author writes.

The novel is the result of Mari Barnes' first National Novel Writing Month effort, clearly well-edited and polished since the writing and delightfully presented. It's filled with fascinating characters, wonderfully delineated so I was never confused as to who was who. The dialog kept me trying to hide my laughs as I read on the plane. The crazy situations just added to each other as if they were bound to be that way. And a quiet little love story lurked in the background, awaiting its day.

I guess the young pastor did prove a little more easily tempted than I'd thought, but quite genuinely conflicted. The ladies were truly more concerned than "nosy" though the difference is hard to define. And the power struggle between two pastors, young and old, striking startling sparks, and women weaving delightfully zany threads across the generations, was truly fun to follow.

I really enjoyed this introduction to the author's writing and can't wait to learn what she produces from her next NaNoWriMo.

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