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The Bridge

A book by Jackie Carpenter

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People of deep religious belief will find it an affirmation, secular readers will find it tedious

  • Mar 20, 2010
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Your response to this book will differ widely depending on the role of religion in your life. If you are a devoted Christian, you will probably consider it an affirmation of your belief, but if you are secular, the repeated quoting of scripture and appeals to God will overwhelm the point of the story.
Jason Veitch is a contractor that builds homes and he has been victimized by a series of robberies where the thieves took the copper from the partially built homes. Frustrated with law enforcement's inability to stop it, he stakes out one of the job sights. When a group of three men come to the site late at night he confronts them and accidentally shoots and kills one of them.
Charged with first-degree murder, the prosecution portrays Jason as a raging man that took the law into his own hands and the case goes to trial. His mother writes this account, so there is the natural bias of her protecting her son. The account is filled with religious references to the point that it may be the majority of the story. Divine intervention and influence is credited for the strength to get through the ordeal as well as the favorable verdict of not guilty on all counts.
As a secular person, I found the religious references to be tedious, overwhelming what could have been a much more interesting story. Jason was clearly guilty of very bad judgment; his attempt to perform a citizen's arrest of three men at gunpoint is an action loaded with potential to go wrong. He had clearly disengaged the safety on the shotgun and using a loaded and active weapon to direct people, including touching them with it, is a very stupid act. I was happy that this book was a very quick read and believe that many religious people will also find the extent of the religious references unsettling.

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This is a heartening book that reminds people of faith why they believe the way they do, and what they have at their disposal to get them through life's challenges.    Jackie Carpenter shares her story of heartache and how her life was in turmoil over an incident totally out of her control that was affecting not just her life but those that she loved. What was able to get her through it and able to enjoy victory? It was the "connections" she was able to make through God's word …
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WE HAVE CLAIMED OUR MIRACLE... Psalms 18:17 "He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me. They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay!" Amen
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ISBN-10: 1615796851
ISBN-13: 978-1615796854
Author: Jackie Carpenter
Genre: Nonfiction
Publisher: Xulon Press
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