Rhythms of Grace [NOOK Book]

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Grace Okoye was a promising young dancer when her career was cut short by a brutal assault that left her scarred for life. Twenty years later, when her past gets in the way of her happiness, she heeds the invitation of her dance instructor and returns home to help hurting children and rediscover the rhythms of grace. What she doesn't expect is to meet a man who already seems to know her beat. But for all they share in common, the biggest thing in Grace's life is noticeably absent in his--faith. She's finally ...
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Overview

Grace Okoye was a promising young dancer when her career was cut short by a brutal assault that left her scarred for life. Twenty years later, when her past gets in the way of her happiness, she heeds the invitation of her dance instructor and returns home to help hurting children and rediscover the rhythms of grace. What she doesn't expect is to meet a man who already seems to know her beat. But for all they share in common, the biggest thing in Grace's life is noticeably absent in his--faith. She's finally found the love of her life, but can she choose between him and God?
Real, raw emotion and the promise of redemption run through this soulful new book from Marilynn Griffith.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Ita's 1984, and four young lives intersect in Testimony, Ohio, with one of the four, Diana, becoming the victim of rape. After introducing her major characters and a central issue, Griffith (Shades of Style series) jumps ahead to 2005, when Diana, now going by her middle name Grace, returns to her hometown, and her troubled past, to teach at a charter school for challenging teens the system is about to give up on. The book is all about relationships: their changes, their remarkable endurance, their power to nurture. Grace and ministera's daughter Zeely are close friends; Grace and her teaching colleague Brian become quickly entangled in a halting but inevitable romance; lawyer Ron, who was like Briana's brother when the two were young, is engaged to Mindy but has been carrying the torch for Zeely. Interracial romance allows Griffith to engage racism as a force affecting her characters; the town of Testimony also got its name from the $500 exacted before a black fleeing slavery would be allowed to settle in the area. The book is thickly plotted, perhaps too thickly-some connections between characters and events strain credibility. Nor is everything resolved, since therea's a sequel in the offing. Griffitha's dialogue is engaging and her major characters deeply memorable; she deserves a wide audience. (Sept.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441212719
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 49,083
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Marilynn Griffith is a freelance writer and conference speaker whose online columns and blogs reach thousands of women each year. She is the author of the Shades of Style series. Marilynn lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with her husband and their seven children.
Marilynn Griffith is a freelance writer and conference speaker whose online columns and blogs reach thousands of women each year. She is the author of the Shades of Style series. Marilynn lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with her husband and their seven children.
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  • Posted December 1, 2008

    AAMBC Book Reviews

    RHYTHMS of GRACE By Marilynn Griffith<BR/><BR/>*****<BR/><BR/>I Give this novel two thumbs up, only because two is all I have. This book is like poetry, every line is Stimulating to your mind and soul. Miss Griffith takes the simplest of conversations and turns them into works of art. This Story takes you from the early 80s where five teens, Diana, Zeely, Brian, Ron and Jerry, were working up a strange friendship to their lives as adults and how they reconnect on many different levels. With this story in hand, you will suffer through every heartache and Rejoice in every tender moment, as if you witnessed it first hand. Marilynn Griffith is a master at her craft and it shows.<BR/><BR/>Shy Richardz AAMBC Reviewer

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    This story really touched my heart, even as the characters sometimes frustrated me!

    This is the first book I've read by Marilynn Griffith, and it surely won't be the last! I revelled in her descriptions of beautiful black women 'and men' - the scents, the 'flava' of African American culture based within the truth of the often rough times of growing up in the ghetto. It demonstrated the power of faith in God and the importance of mentorship to transform lives 'most of the main characters - Diana/Grace, Brian, & Ron went throught the ringer in their youth' but in the end, they all triumphed in becoming successful adults wanting to impart to others what they received. A great message. The theme of young love revisited 20 years later is very touching and encouraging to us sisters that maybe weren't as fortuanate the first time around, but here is my frustration - simple, direct honesty would've solved a lot of drama 'but I guess the book wouldn't have been exciting if they did!' Malcolm was the biggest surprize at the end 'I won't spoil it!' One disappointment was that Brian's quest for discovering his parentage was never satisfied. Clues were dropped... and forgotten. Seeds for a sequel? I sure hope so. And Puh-LEEZ - where is Testimony? I see too many interracial couples all OVER the place to think that was a reason to prevent Zeely from allowing Ron to claim her after so many years. You'd think 20 years would be enough time to grow up enough to say who you want - and don't want! One last thing - what's up with the all the mothers as manipulative, controling women? YIKES! What was up with the fathers who seemed to just fade away? Talk about stereotypes! So overall it was a VERY good read and I hope she does write a sequel to pick up those loose ends...and follow up on Zeely and Ron, and Grace & Brian! Well done!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    So Glad I Stumbled Upon It

    This book was an excellent choice and left me wanting more. Written in the spirit of some of my favorite authors (J.D. Mason, Pearl Cleage, etc.) this book was both thought-provoking and exciting. I can't wait to read more by the author.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Worth your time

    I really enjoyed this book and recommend it. It is an easy read but pulls at your heart. Be prepared for the emotional rollercoaster ride this read will be. But, don't be afraid. There is healing here. The book deals with the realities of life. It's the good, bad, and ugly (not necessarily in that order). Start here but be sure to continue and read the follow-up Songs of Deliverance. These are really great books. Remember hope...."we rejoice in our suffering which produces endurance, character and hope," It's the balm! ;-)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Loved

    I would enjoy reading more books by this author

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Bad

    NOT GOOD FOR CHILDREN!!!!!!
    NO STARS IT WOULD NOT LET ME POST WITH OUT IT

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Very Good

    This book is really good. I would definitley recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    wonderful

    loved this book. had to read the sequel. you won't be disappointed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Truly enjoyed

    Truly enjoyed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Wow, wow, wow

    I cannot say enough good things about this book. It is Christian fiction at its very best. I have read a lot of Christian fiction, so I was sceptical of all the positive reviews. This book was way better than I thought it would it be. Poetic, lyrical, gut wrenching, soul saving, praise worthy and so much more.

    I hope this author has more books available, I am hooked!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Good read

    This book follows the lives of a group of individuals (as told by each) who interacted with each other throughout their childhood and in to adulthood. The style in the beginning is very poetic and seems to drag, but it picks up momentum as you become accustomed to the author's style. It leaves you hanging for a reason--there's another book in the series: "Songs of Deliverance."

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

    Mind Opening

    Started slow for me but well worth the wait

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Book Was Average

    The book was average. Decent read but it was a book I could put down and get back to whenever. I usually finish books in 3 to 5 days. It took me 3 to 4 weeks. Nice storyline but felt like I was left hanging at the end. Noticed at the end of the book that it listed a sequel but was unable to locate said book on the author's website.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Marcus

    Hi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    did not like this

    too many points of view. leaves you hanging

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

    It was a quick and easy read. I would most definitely recommend

    It was a quick and easy read. I would most definitely recommend this woderful novel (e~book) to my friends.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    Tough Read

    This book seems interesting, definitely dealing with a different demographic than I usually read about, which is very good for me. Unfortunately, a potentially good read is sabotaged by the author. Ms. Griffith tries to used 4 different voices to tell her story, having each of 4 major charaters tell his or her story in the first person. Each chapter is the narrative of a different character. The problem is that the transitions between chapters are very weak. The jumps are not only made between characters, but also in time, and the reader is not often giving enough information to keep up with the story line. A lot of depth, but a very confusing read.

    It's too, bad. This could be an excellent book, if the plot points were just more clear.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    GREAT!

    This was a great book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Great read

    Could not put down once started.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    Definitely Recommend this book!

    I wasn't sure what to expect at the beginning of the book, but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. Marilynn did a great job of building up the characters, who were very diverse and interesting. She makes you want to keep reading to unfold the stories behind each character's life. The story of Grace is one that so often happens in Black communities and are "swept under the rug." I was happy to read that Marilynn found a way to bring light into darkness as she tells of the difficulties and challenges a community faces from the devastating blows of racism, physical abuse, rape, violence, gangs, adoption, and lost dreams. Marilynn brings light to these otherwise difficult situations by building each character's hope on the love of Christ, the foundation of family and friendship, the strength of communities, and the determination of one woman bent on making a difference in the lives of children she touches. I think it was such a great read that I immediately read the sequel, "Songs of Deliverance." Another recommended read!

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