Ray of Hope

Ray of Hope

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by Vanessa Davis Griggs
     
 

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Grandmother Ma Ray, a churchgoing woman with a mysterious past, steers her two reckless granddaughters away from trouble with her smarts, savvy--and the Word of God. . .

Troublesome teen sisters Sahara and Crystal Nichols are acting up, and their risqué behavior is more than their mother Lenora can handle. Enter the girls' 75-year-old churchgoing grandmother,

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Grandmother Ma Ray, a churchgoing woman with a mysterious past, steers her two reckless granddaughters away from trouble with her smarts, savvy--and the Word of God. . .

Troublesome teen sisters Sahara and Crystal Nichols are acting up, and their risqué behavior is more than their mother Lenora can handle. Enter the girls' 75-year-old churchgoing grandmother, Ma Ray, who agrees to take charge of the young women. She's determined to turn their lives around--and knows more about being a bad girl than either sister bargained for. . .

Sahara and Crystal don't realize what they're up against when it comes to Ma Ray, but when they learn of their grandmother's former rebel antics, which were wild enough to rival their own, they begin to appreciate her present-day passion for leading a more productive life--via family, love, and faith. . .

"Vanessa's rich stories of faith in action always hit the writing trifecta--they make you laugh, cry, and yearn for more." --Angela Benson, National Bestselling Author

"Vanessa is a superb storyteller." --ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Griggs's sassy inspirational tale, a feisty, smalltown 75-year-old grandmother takes in her two city-raised grandkids for a memorable summer. Things get off to a nutty start when Ma Ray pulls a gun on a foolish boy who breaks into her house to hang out with her 17-year-old granddaughter, Sahara. It's all good, though, as Griggs (The Truth Is the Light) shows how a strong kinship develops between Ma Ray, Sahara, and 15-year-old Crystal. With spotty cellphone reception and no high-speed Internet, the girls shell peas, can food, and meet some nice Christian boys, though Sahara's tempted by the local bad boy. There are enough tears, hugs, and lessons learned before summer's over to appease readers, young and adult, who like a good dose of faith with their fiction. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Unable to deal with the wayward behavior of teenage sisters Sahara and Crystal, their mother hands them over to their 75-year-old grandmother. Ma Ray is a God-fearing church woman with a troublemaking past of her own. VERDICT Griggs's (Practicing What You Preach) modern-day reworking of the biblical story of Rahab is sure to be a crowd pleaser among fans of both African American fiction and CF. Recommend it to readers who enjoy Kimberla Lawson Roby.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758259608
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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Ray of Hope 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Review: "Ray of Hope" by Vanessa Davis Griggs was another wonderful novel.This beautiful story of a seventy-five year old grandmother who kept her two granddaughters during the summer who had some major issues she had to deal with. This grandmother who was called Ma Ray was deeply rooted in memories of her own past and common sense and with all of this she was there to help her two granddaughters. This novel was definitely one of those that once I started reading "Ray of Hope" I could not put it down until I finished...so 4 and 1/2 hours later...I finished a truly wonderful, beautiful well written book. This was truly a read that you you will see in the end that the granddaughters maturing and seeing things in life quite differently. The characters are something...from Ma Ray, Sahara, Crystal, Lenora, Andre, June Bug, Erin and a few others... making this novel simply off the chart a good read. If you have never read any of Ms. Vanessa Davis Griggs reads...be sure to pick this one up. You will not be sorry. Ray of Hope is about a grandmother trying to give advice to her out of control granddaughters. "Each time the girls were in a predicament, Ma Ray always had a solution." Ma Ray wanted the girls to have a positive outlook on life and not move on only impulse and most of all the granddaughters learned that their grandmother was not a push over...being unable to pull crazy stuff with her. YES! What a grandmother.. that always had a good solution. Now, this is where I say you must pick up this read "Ray of Hope." "Ray of Hope" is a story definitely that will benefit today's youth(teens) and I would highly recommend this for a excellent read for all.
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This book is amazing iDont have it on my nook but i got it from the library .. iThink that everyone should read this between the ages of 13-19 Hope you enjoy
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When Lenora Nichols realizes that she can't handle her rambunctious teen daughters, she turns to her mother for help. A no-nonsense woman of faith Ma Ray's tough-loving ways, are deeply rooted in the memories of her own past and common sense. What Crystal and Sahara will come to realize is that their 75-year-old grandmother is more than they can handle. In fact, they will come to find that there is nothing they try that she doesn't have a solution for. Unfortunately those solutions don't often sit well with the determined girls. Situations presented are those that many can identify with; some serious, others hilariously refreshing. A Ray of Hope is a delightful story with generational bonds not often displayed in contemporary works. Dr. Linda Beed / Reviewer On Assignment Reviews for Let Us Bear Fruit Book provided courtesy of author.