Reternity

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Reternity is the tale of Max, the esteemed (and only) child of Reverend and Mrs. Maxwell, a simple but hardworking family in the American Midwest who love their son. But their hearts are heavy with trepidation as he embarks on the next chapter of his life: university, and worry about the effects of such a liberal environment on his Christian values. Their fears deepen as he cultivates his academic abilities outside of his planned seminary by enrolling in ...

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Overview

www.reternitybook.com

Reternity is the tale of Max, the esteemed (and only) child of Reverend and Mrs. Maxwell, a simple but hardworking family in the American Midwest who love their son. But their hearts are heavy with trepidation as he embarks on the next chapter of his life: university, and worry about the effects of such a liberal environment on his Christian values. Their fears deepen as he cultivates his academic abilities outside of his planned seminary by enrolling in the campus-renowned class of Professor Nowak, a science teacher who proffers each semester the Near Impossible Assignment to anyone willing and brave enough to accept the challenge, for bonus points of course. Ready to put his intellect on the line, Max thrusts himself right into the scientific puzzle, and he serendipitously discovers something that even bemuses the professor himself, an invention that could change the world. But can Max push forth with his scientific investigation without alienating those he loves or compromising his Christian values? The professor and Max both embark on a quest whose destination no one around them could possibly have seen coming...

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Wooten's novel is an earnest coming-of-age tale as well as an inventive look at the contested borderland between science and faith. Teenage Max is every parent's dream: whip smart, he tutors his classmates in math and chomps at the bit to sign up for college science; a hard worker, he puts in extra hours at the local grocery store to help out his parents; he drives old ladies to church and helps them pay for food out of his meager salary; and he's a devout Christian who attends his father's parish every Sunday morning and can cite the Bible chapter and verse. But he's also headed off to college, and his parents fear that the temptations of university life will change their boy wonder. Wooten's tale tracks Max's first year at Cedarbluff, a Christian college in Ohio. At Cedarbluff, Max befriends the Falstaffian Rollo, falls for the pugnacious Julie and battles fellow pastor's son Brad in scriptural debate. But his most compelling interactions are with Professor Nowak, a physics teacher who tasks each new crop of students with the "Near Impossible Assignment," a semester-long project intended to challenge and confound. Max's assignment is simple: magnetize a lead ball. But the experiments he undertakes will bend the laws of nature, test his fledgling faith and upend his life. With Max, Wooten delivers a well-rounded, believable protagonist, and he surrounds his hero with compelling foils and game foes. Wooten's dialogue is true-to-life, and his feel for pacing and dramatic tension is excellent. However, certain details feel a bit off—Max's high-school mentee has to teach him how to text, his family has dial-up Internet and he has to take college algebra if he wants to qualify for an advanced physics course. (Most boy geniuses probably knocked algebra out of the park around age 13.) But these are small ripples that barely disturb the flow of this very strong young-adult fiction. Nearly impossible to put down.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612250410
  • Publisher: Mirror Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/31/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Great Book for a Book Club

    This book is a must read. It makes you think about your own beliefs. It's definitely a book that would make good discussion at a book club.

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