Intended for Harm [NOOK Book]


At the height of the Vietnam War in 1971, Jake Abrams is desperate to leave his oppressive home in Colorado and begin a new life in college in LA, but his dreams are waylaid when he meets Leah, an antiwar protester who pushes him into marriage and family. Jake tries to juggle school, his job, and raising four children, but Leah turns to drugs and drinking, and finally runs off with her rock band, leaving Jake reeling.

When he falls for Rachel and marries her, his children rebel....

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At the height of the Vietnam War in 1971, Jake Abrams is desperate to leave his oppressive home in Colorado and begin a new life in college in LA, but his dreams are waylaid when he meets Leah, an antiwar protester who pushes him into marriage and family. Jake tries to juggle school, his job, and raising four children, but Leah turns to drugs and drinking, and finally runs off with her rock band, leaving Jake reeling.

When he falls for Rachel and marries her, his children rebel. And when Joseph, their love child is born, Jake makes the same fatal mistake his own father did--he shows favoritism to this divinely gifted boy who has the power of healing. After Rachel dies in childbirth, bringing Ben into the world, Jake turns his back on God and buried himself in denial. His children are wild weeds, and as they grow, the older sons' resentment of Joseph's gifts fester until they can take it no longer. The family hides a dark secret of murder, which Joey threatens to spill out of righteous indignation and fear of God, and the only way to stop him is to kill him. The intend harm for him, but God has other plans for Joseph, and in a divinely orchestrated twist, years later Joseph confronts his brothers, who do not recognize him. True to the Bible story this is patterned after, Joseph is reunited with his estranged brothers, and Jake finally welcomes his long-lost son back into his arms, which brings closure and healing to his hurting family.

Written in a contemporary flash-fiction style, Intended for Harm covers forty years, each chapter a year, with a theme from a hit song for that year. Each scene is a fifteen-minute snapshot of the Abrams family, a "photo album" of Jake's life of wandering "through the wilderness" and coming home to faith at the end of his life. Anyone familiar with the Bible will recognize many similarities to the famous story of Jacob and his son Joseph. At the heart of this story is an exploration of fathers and sons, of loyalty and betrayal. And mostly, how we often intend harm to others because of wounds we carry in our souls, often without our knowing.

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Editorial Reviews - Pola Myzyka
Intended for Harm is a modern day depiction of what happens when jealousy and irresponsibility creep into a family. Jake sets out to follow his dream of becoming a wood craftsman as he leaves an oppressive father behind. He meets Leah, who he thinks is, the woman of his dreams. But he is blinded by the hype of a rush to marriage and to create the perfect family. When God is put on the back burner of life anything can take over and the decisions made can be the catalyst for harm. The family that - Barbara Marshak
Another great book from author C. S. Lakin, a gifted and creative writer who can cross genres with ease. 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. Susanne skillfully weaves the storylines 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 - Khara Canpbell
What I really love about this book and found very interesting was the way Ms. Lakin wrote a modern day take on the story of Joseph, from the bible, regarding his brother's betrayal. I enjoyed the way she took this story and made it her own in this fictional piece. The story of Joseph is one of my favorite bible stories, so I was really intrigued by the characters in this book.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940033239573
  • Publisher: C. S. Lakin
  • Publication date: 2/9/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 521 KB

Meet the Author

C. S. Lakin writes novels in numerous genres, focusing mostly on contemporary psychological mysteries and allegorical fantasy. Her novel Someone to Blame (contemporary fiction) won the 2009 Zondervan First Novel competition 2009 (published October 2010). Lakin’s Gates of Heaven fantasy series for adults (AMG-Living Ink Publishers) features original full-length fairy tales in traditional style. Already in print are the first books in the series, The Wolf of Tebron, The Map across Time, and The Land of Darkness, with four more to follow. Her contemporary mystery Innocent Little Crimes made the top one hundred finalists in the 2009 Amazon Breakout Novel Award contest, earning her a Publisher’s Weekly review stated her book was “a page-turning thrill-ride that will have readers holding their breaths the whole way through.”

Lakin grew up collating television scripts for her screenwriter mother. As an adult, Susanne assisted in developing series for television, and while raising two daughters and running a bed and breakfast inn in northern California wrote her first three novels and a cookbook. She currently works as a freelance copyeditor and writing mentor, specializing in helping authors prepare their books for publication. She is a member of The Christian PEN (Proofreaders and Editors Network), CEN (Christian Editor Network), CAN (Christian Authors Network—regular blogger), ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), and two regional writers’ groups. She edits for individuals, small publishing companies, and literary agents.

In addition to her mysteries and fantasy series, she has also written the first book in a Young Adult sci-fi adventure series: Time Sniffers. She recently completed Intended for Harm, a contemporary take-off on the biblical story of Jacob and Joseph and is developing a swashbuckling dog memoir in the style of Moby Dick entitled A Dog after God’s Own Heart. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA, with her husband Lee, a gigantic lab named Coaltrane, and three persnickety cats.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

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    Biblical allegory, family drama, and great lyrics too! C.S. Lak

    Biblical allegory, family drama, and great lyrics too!

    C.S. Lakin sets each chapter of her novel Intended for Harm to popular music and lyrics from the 1970s onward, making the story sing. A modern-day allegory of the Biblical tale of Jacob, the writing is beautifully musical and the characters are depicted with depth and honesty.
    This isn’t just a retelling of the Biblical tale. Events are changed and the setting is very real. from rural Colorado to inner-city Los Angeles. Jake/Jacob is a pleasant young man who readers will long to save as his trials increase. When reminders of the Biblical story appear, they lend a sense of direction and hope, lifting the novel above the family's struggles into the realms of possible redemption.
    Touches of magic in the person of Joseph, the perfect son, blend with sincere faith and longing in the prayers of Rachel for her spouse. The story includes several discussions on the nature of faith and God but they never feel long or preachy or out of place because the characters have already become so real.
    With the Biblical tale foreshadowing disaster, and Biblical faith foreshadowing hope, C.S. Lakin’s novel blends religion and reality, sin and forgiveness, mistakes and healing, into a thoroughly human and pleasing novel of redemption and trust where even those named for the greatest of believersstill have much to learn.

    Disclosure: I was lucky enough to find a free ecopy of this novel. It’s one I’d definitely consider buying in paperback to share with friends and family.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Not bad

    The story while not even close to the the true Bible story is entertaining. Its much too wordy and drawn out, and lacking action.
    I understand its said to "loosely follow the real story of Jacob and his family but this is a bit too loose!
    Miricles are atributed often to Joey beginning in his childhood (Joesph)......The author needs to read the Bible before trying to rewrite it!

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