On the Seventh Dayby T. D. Jakes
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Based on the film Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day, executive-produced by T.D. Jakes, this novel follows the lives of a couple whose love and commitment are tested when their only child is kidnapped right from under them in their gated community in New Orleans.
David, a respected college professor, and his wife, Kari, appear to be the perfect churchgoing prosperous couple when their young daughter is abducted. The police immediately launch an investigation and set out to find the child of this high-profile couple. Reports surface of a serial kidnapper on the loose with a pattern of killing his victims on the seventh day, so there’s no time to waste. In pursuit of information relevant to the case, the police uncover startling information about Kari. Now Kari’s past threatens her marriage and challenges the couple’s capacity to forgive.
New York Times bestselling author T.D. Jakes pens a compelling story that unites love, suspense, and faith into one heart-wrenching package.
David Ames could make a woman forget herself. Kari knows because it just happened a few minutes ago on this quiet Sunday morning. Surrounded now by the hot water and steam of the shower, she reflects on the last hour and the intimate moments with her husband.
It feels good to forget. To just let go. Yet lately, it seems Kari hasn’t been letting go as much as she’d like. Perhaps this is just what happens when a couple has been married for eight years. The thrill of a touch or a kiss is too often overshadowed by the needs of a child or the demands of a job. With her eyes closed, Kari knows it’s more than that. It will always be more than that.
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David Ames could make a woman forget herself.
Kari knows because it just happened a few minutes ago on this quiet Sunday morning. Surrounded now by the hot water and steam of the shower, she reflects on the last hour and the intimate moments with her husband.
It feels good to forget. To just let go. Yet lately, it seems Kari hasn’t been letting go as much as she’d like. Perhaps this is just what happens when a couple has been married for eight years. The thrill of a touch or a kiss is too often overshadowed by the needs of a child or the demands of a job.
With her eyes closed, Kari knows it’s more than that. It will always be more than that.
The busy day ahead of her is put on pause as she thinks for a moment about David and wonders what got into him. They haven’t made love like that for a while. She feels full but also curious, wondering what had triggered the sudden urge in him.
She can’t remember the last time they had been intimate. Perhaps that’s what caused it, the ticking clock of the calendar. Or maybe it came from the stress of David’s job at Tulane University and the need to let it go. She doesn’t know and didn’t ask him afterward. She wants to enjoy this feeling and let everything else slip away.
The bathroom is a blanket of fog when she gets out of the shower and wraps a towel around herself. She can’t help thinking of those days when she first encountered David, when a young and naive woman fell in love with his sensitivity and his smile. The well-dressed professor had always been very careful, never crossing the line or being inappropriate with her while she was in his class. David himself had only been teaching for a couple of years, yet he had still carried himself like a seasoned professional.
Professional or not, Kari knew the moment she stepped foot in his classroom what was on Professor Ames’s mind. She knew more than most women what men really thought about, what really drove them.
Am I still the young woman he fell madly in love with? Kari wonders as she wipes a hand towel over the mirror to look at herself.
Inspecting herself in a mirror has never been a desirable thing, but she still likes what she sees looking back at her. Maybe she is thirty-six years old and maybe she’s no longer the young woman in Professor Ames’s classroom. There will always be someone younger and more attractive in his lecture hall. But there won’t be another Kari.
David resisted at first, yet soon fell for her because she was strong. He told her that the first time they kissed in front of his old house. She fell for him because he was a gentleman, a man of faith who tried to live by that faith and not by a belief in himself.
Kari knows it’s nice to be reminded how beautiful David thinks she is, and how well they fit one another. Physically and mentally.
It was a nice way to start the day. Yet as the steam fogs up the mirror again, Kari knows there are some things you can’t escape.
Things like the past and the person you once were.
Meet the Author
T.D. Jakes is the CEO of TDJ Enterprises, LLP; founder and senior pastor of The Potter’s House of Dallas, Inc.; and the New York Times bestselling author of Making Great Decisions (previously titled Before You Do), Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits, and Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven, a New York Times, USA TODAY, and Publishers Weekly bestseller. He has won and been nominated for numerous awards, including Essence magazine’s President’s Award in 2007 for Reposition Yourself, a Grammy in 2004, and NAACP Image awards. He has been the host of national radio and television broadcasts, is the star of BET’s Mind, Body and Soul, and is regularly featured on the highly rated Dr. Phil Show and Oprah’s Lifeclass. He lives in Dallas with his wife and five children. Visit T.D. Jakes online at TDJakes.com.
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This book opens the heart to forgiveness, carries the wounded to a place called HEALED and sets the captives free.
From the outside looking in, David and Kari Ames seem to have a solid marriage and loving family. Their world is shattered when their daughter, four-year-old Mikayla, is kidnapped. As the days pass, the investigation in the kidnapping progresses, stress, pain and anxiety make way for skeletons from the past to fall out of David and Kari’s respective closets and things and people are not as they seem. T.D. Jakes has done it again. Though I was not in love with the idea of the story revolving around the kidnapping of a child – every parent’s worst nightmare – I thoroughly enjoyed “On the Seventh Day.” Faith and forgiveness are central themes. Add to that a compelling and suspenseful story and you have a good read that I recommend to others. Reviewed by: Marcella
Secrets unraveled in this thriller recounting 7 days in the life of a couple with an abucted child. A insightful view of what happens when we live behind a mask to impress others, rather than be yourself and trust the outcome. We will never know if there is mercy, grace, and wholeness if we don't take the risk to shed our insecurities.
Good book to read.