Coldwater Revival

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One of Emma Grace Falin's six-year-old twin brothers died while in her care, sending her on a journey that will take her through the dark valley of guilt, sorrow, depression, and anger.

Although she rejects Him, God continues to offer restoration and healing into her troubled life.

Nancy Jo Jenkins has woven an unforgettable tale of shattering loss, desperate grief and despair, and one family's amazing journey...

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Overview

One of Emma Grace Falin's six-year-old twin brothers died while in her care, sending her on a journey that will take her through the dark valley of guilt, sorrow, depression, and anger.

Although she rejects Him, God continues to offer restoration and healing into her troubled life.

Nancy Jo Jenkins has woven an unforgettable tale of shattering loss, desperate grief and despair, and one family's amazing journey to restoration and forgiveness. A masterful debut, Coldwater Revival will forever be etched in your memories and upon your heart.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781589190610
  • Publisher: Cook, David C.
  • Publication date: 3/21/2006
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Jo Jenkins is a Texan, born and bred, but descends from a large Irish family who love "rowdy get-togethers." A schoolteacher for many years, Nancy has taught special education and accelerated student classes in Austin, where she is heavily involved in the public school system. She is also an active church member who has served as Sunday school teacher and pianist, and has directed many Vacation Bible School programs over the years.

An avid reader as well as writer, Nancy Jo is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and is a past member of American Christian Writers Association. She enjoys attending writing seminars and serving as a conference and workshop speaker as well. She and her husband, David, have three grown children, seven grandchildren, and three step-grandchildren.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    a wonderful love story!

    This beautifully written story is a fabulous portrait of heartbreaking pain and the true love that brings hope and healing!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Really slow

    I can't get past the meloncoly writing style. There is no sense given to the timeline, leaving the reader to guess

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2007

    An Awesome Word Picture Tale!

    Three weeks before Emma Grace Falin is set to marry Gavin O¿Donnell she must return to her hometown of Coldwater, Texas to face the past that has tormented her since she was a child and the farm where it all began. The Falin clan consists of parents Roan and Annaleen who have 7 children, Emma Grace being the middle child of the large Irish family. Three older sisters nicknamed the Olly¿s by Emma Holly, Molly and Polly, also an older brother Elo and younger brothers Nathan, and twins Caleb and Micah. Emma was born with one leg shorter than the other which requires her to use a crutch to walk but it doesn¿t stop her from working hard to help her family, a family that doesn¿t run short of joy and love. That is till the day that tragedy strikes a day that will change their lives forever and sends Emma into a depression so deep that life becomes too hard to bear. On advice of the family doctor she is sent to live with her Granny Falin in Galveston in hopes the change of scenery will pull her out of her depression. But it only causes her to sink deeper with despair, having turned her back on God blaming Him for the past she must bear, she is about to do the unthinkable. That is until she meets Tate, a young man she meets one night on the beach and begins a friendship that will save her life. Until she has to return home due to a family emergency and with no time to say goodbye she wonders if she will ever see Tate again. Eventually she meets Gavin the man she is about to marry. Being on the threshold of the biggest day of her life, she questions if she really loves Gavin enough to marry him and what of Tate, the love she left behind? The situation continues to tug at her heart but she continues to blame her past for the peace she cannot find. Debut author Nancy Jo Jenkins takes you on a poetic rollercoaster an emotional journey of twists and turns and ups and downs. You won¿t be able to put this book down as the author paints an awesome word picture that makes you feel you know the characters personally and are there through all the joy, laughter and tears. A true southern girl born in Texas, the author knows how to write with a southern flair, a true historical fiction that takes place during the 1920¿s and 30¿s. Be prepared to shed some tears as we travel through life with Emma as she comes to grips with the quilt of her past. Let¿s just hope this is not the last we hear of the Falin family but this reviewer does look forward to reading more from this outstanding author!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2006

    Moving story about love, tragedy and forgiveness.

    Emma Grace Falin is set to be married in two weeks. But before she can pledge her entire heart to Gavin O'Donnell, she must first face a traumatic time in her past. A time that nearly destroyed her and introduced her to her first love. Nancy Jo Jenkins writes a beautiful debut novel in Coldwater Revival. I look forward to reading more from the talented author.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    Incredible fiction. I lost myself in this story!

    This story was so gripping it's hard to for me to express my feelings adequately, but I'll give it a shot. The flow of words and beautiful similies and metaphors reminded me of Secret Life of Bees, only this story really blessed me whereas I found Sue Monk Kidd's book depressing. I have to admit that when the heroine in Coldwater Revival, Emma Grace, reflected on her childhood tragedy when she felt asleep during the storm, the feelings I experienced were so intense I had to set the book down for a few days for an emotional breather. But I couldn't hold out long and had to go back to it because the story was well worth finishing even if it did nearly rip my heartstrings to shreds at certain points. The closest I've felt to compare the strong emotion I experienced was when I read the Scottish series by Liz Curtiss Higgs. Though at the outset I never would've thought this story had a romantic element, not only did the growing love between the heroine and hero in Coldwater Revival impress me, but I dare say that in many ways this story had one of the strongest romantic elements of any I've ever read. This daring debut novel had me holding my breath and sighing with relief as I read along, enjoying every page. My heart pounded along with the heroines right through to the end. Wonderful story, and extremely well-written, with the best use of similies I've ever experienced in fiction. I highly recommend this book! It has so much meat and emotion in it, and the best part was that not one time did I feel that a scene was forced or contrived. Nor did any of the spiritual elements feel preachy or like the author struggled to write that piece into the novel. Everything flowed from characters who seemed like real people to me. In fact, reading this story was like slipping into another time and place. I could picture everything in my mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2006

    A poignant tale

    In 1933, three weeks before Emma Grace Falin is to marry Gavin O¿Donnell, she heads home to Two Toe Creek to confront her past. She knows if she fails to reconcile with the death of her younger brother she cannot offer her full heart to the deserving Gavin. Five years may have passed since the incident that shaped her, but Emma still mourns the loss and feels guilty for causing it. She has even shunned God.-------------- Five years ago her family also devastated by the death, cannot cope with Emma, who wants to die. They send her to Galveston praying her grandmother will help her heal. There she meets Tate, who has suffered the loss of loved ones, but still believes snugly in the Lord and lives life to the fullest. Tate knows he loves Grace, but hides his feelings from her as he knows she is not ready for a relationship. Now she is engaged to someone else, but he trusts that God will show both of them the way.------------------ Besides a strong look at the healing process, this deep inspirational tale provides a powerful sense of time and locale as the audience obtains a taste of Texas during the Depression. Emma is a wonderful protagonist as she holds the historical drama together with her first person account of the past and present. The support cast, predominantly seen through their respective relationships with Emma, augments the audience¿s understanding that the lead character lacks confidence in her self, her family, and the Lord as she struggles to understand why bad things happen to good people.--------------

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2006

    Harmony and melody in words

    Nancy Jo Jenkins had writtem a flowing story of young Emma Grace as she struggles to put her life back together after a family tragedy. Her words flow and build through similes that carry the reader into her thinking. It's a wonderful story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2006

    Lyrical, haunting, beautiful...

    As the author of a book about the Galveston hurricane of 1900, I am always intrigued by novels that deal with 'the storms of life.' Coldwater Revival is just such a book. I was only a few pages into the story when I realized I'd inadvertently stumbled into one of the best-written books I'd read in years. The story (set nearly a century ago) takes place in south Texas, along the banks of Two-Toe creek. In this mesmerizing tale (which spans the breadth of twenty years), Nancy Jo Jenkins has captured not just the heart of the era, but the heart of her readers, as well. This she has done through absolutely magnificent writing (truly poignant/literary), and dead-on characterization. Voracious readers will understand this, I'm sure... When I flip back the cover on a new book and settle in to 'give the book a chance,' I always subconsciously say, 'Please impress me.' So many nominal stories out there. So much mediocre writing. To be honest, Coldwater Revival has MORE than impressed me. It has left a lasting impression in my heart. It also spurs me on to be a better writer. Those of us who 'put pen to paper' often strive to write with the beauty of a Nancy Jo Jenkins. Problem is, it can't be conjured up. Some gifts are so clearly God-given there's simply no denying it. Such is the gift in this amazing new talent. Kuddos, Nancy Jo! You've gained a new fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2006

    'ColdwaterRevival' is a Lovely Novel

    Nancy Jo Jenkins is a gifted author who has written a beautiful novel. Set in the 1920¿s, ¿Coldwater Revival¿ is a coming of age story about a girl who grew up long before her time in a hard-working Texas family. Jenkins digs deep into her characters' emotions and the protagonist, Emma Grace, is as sympathetic as any character can get. There are moments in the story when Emma Grace will move readers to tears as she fights to overcome burdens set on her heart when she was only a young girl. And after following Emma Grace¿s long journey, readers will cheer as she opens her heart to the future and steps into womanhood. Readers will be moved by the satisfying ending of the book and will be refreshed by the lovely southern voice of the author. In spiritual fiction, Nancy Jo Jenkins¿ style is a rarity and readers will appreciate the skillful talent of this debut novelist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2006

    Debut novel receives 5 stars

    As I poured over the pages of Nancy Jo Jenkins' debut novel, my mind traveled to the beautiful images conjured within Coldwater Revival and to the poetic cadence with which the author lulled me. Her words captivated me and I became lost in Emma Grace's life - her insecurities, strong-willed personality, struggles in despair and guilt, questions about God's love and life's seemingly unfair twists. The subtle layers weaved into this story define the underlying strength of a family's love and the surety of God's hand to bring peace into one's deepest abyss. Their poignant journey to restoration and forgiveness will forever remain in my heart. I'll anxiously await Jenkins next masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2006

    A Refreshing Book

    After the death of her little brother, Emma¿s grief is so sharp, her self-condemnation so severe, she turns her back on God and loses the will to live. Her devastated family sends Emma to Galveston, where they hope she will heal. There, her eyes open to others, including her own grandmother and a boy named Tate, who have met with loss and pain and come out the other side, joyful in life and the knowledge of their Lord¿s caring presence. Slowly Emma¿s faith is restored and she lets nothing shake it, even when death threatens yet another brother and the man she loves. Nancy Jo Jenkins gives a rare sighting into how a dark journey through grief, complicated by poor self-esteem can color perceptions and decisions. At first, the writing seems a little flowery but very quickly I became engrossed in the character of Emma Grace and then the poetic images flow quite naturally and actually added rather than detracted from the story. This is a memorable tale that I will continue to think about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2006

    Coldwater Revival

    The powerful debut of Nancy Jo Jenkins¿ book, Coldwater Revival, does for poverty-stricken people living in Texas the 1920¿s what Eugene O¿Neil did for New York¿s upper society in The Great Gatsby. Twelve-year-old Emma Grace Talon cannot recover from the sudden death of her six-year-old brother, as she holds herself responsible. Emma Grace is shipped off to her grandmother¿s home in Galveston to help her recover from the trauma and the guilt. There are powerfully drawn secondary characters, such as Granny who lost her husband and three of her children in the hurricane that hit Galveston September 8th, 1900. Through Granny¿s strong example and faith, Emma Grace gradually returns to the world of the living. She meets a boy, Tate, who is attracted to her, but she must leave him without any forwarding information when she returns to her home in west Texas. At seventeen, she is engaged to another young man, Gavin, but her heart holds doubts. She realizes that she must resolve the issues of her own tormented past before she can marry. The rest of the story only adds depth to this generous novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    Beautiful!

    Nancy Jo Jenkins brings us a novel written with flowing and lyrical prose. Coldwater Revival takes us into the heartache of one Southern family and out into the love and redemption of Christ. As an author, I appreciated the magic of Jenkins's words. I believe Coldwater Revival is one of this year's best!

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