Rhythms of Grace

Rhythms of Grace

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by Marilynn Griffith
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 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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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:
09/01/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
990,968
File size:
1 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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Rhythms of Grace 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
aambcreviews More than 1 year ago
RHYTHMS of GRACE By Marilynn Griffith

*****

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.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! ;-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would enjoy reading more books by this author
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This book is really good. I would definitley recommend!
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loved this book. had to read the sequel. you won't be disappointed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly enjoyed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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."
Soulstirrer More than 1 year ago
Started slow for me but well worth the wait
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ALOVETT More than 1 year ago
It was a quick and easy read. I would most definitely recommend this woderful novel (e~book) to my friends.
beanieec More than 1 year ago
This was a great book!!
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Could not put down once started.