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by Jerry B. Jenkins

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A boy with a troubled childhood . . . becomes a reluctant criminal . . . becomes a broken man on death row who just wants to die. A failed pastor . . . rejected by those he only wants to help . . . finds a new calling. Thomas Carey and Brady Wayne Darby couldn't be more different. One is a washed-up pastor hoping desperately to make a difference; the other is a


A boy with a troubled childhood . . . becomes a reluctant criminal . . . becomes a broken man on death row who just wants to die. A failed pastor . . . rejected by those he only wants to help . . . finds a new calling. Thomas Carey and Brady Wayne Darby couldn't be more different. One is a washed-up pastor hoping desperately to make a difference; the other is a criminal who's worst crime is always the one he's about to commit. One diligently serves God; the other diligently serves himself. And yet . . . both are sinners in need of grace. So take the first step on a journey to transformation. Join the murderer and the chaplain. Choose between a life of crime and a life of purpose and prepare to leave the ranks of the hopelessly lost and find the One who can save even the most troubled soul.

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In this painfully slow story, Jenkins (Left Behind) builds two protagonists' story lines-each from different generations and different walks of life, yet destined to cross paths through God's providence. When readers meet young Brady Wayne Darby, he is still struggling to make it through high school, barely weaseling his way out of troubles that often come his way. With the Rev. Thomas Carey, Jenkins introduces an elder pastor, down on his luck and trying to find a new flock-eventually landing himself a prison chaplaincy on death row. Though the story ends with a predictable redemption, along the way, readers are assaulted with a heavy dose of despair, with women who cause the men in their lives endless trials and a plot that takes its sweet time. Since the novel is a complete departure from Jenkins's high-octane Left Behind series, longtime fans may be surprised by his versatility even as they grow impatient with the story's lugubrious development.
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Meet the Author

Jerry B. Jenkins, former vice president for publishing at Moody Bible Institute of Chicago and currently chairman of the board of trustees, is the author of more than 175 books, including the best-selling Left Behind series. Twenty of his books have reached the New York Times Best Sellers List (seven in the number-one spot) and have also appeared on the USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal best-seller lists. Desecration, book nine in the Left Behind series, was the best-selling book in the world in 2001. His books have sold nearly 70 million copies. Also the former editor of Moody magazine, his writing has appeared in Time, Reader's Digest, Parade, Guideposts, Christianity Today and dozens of other periodicals. He was featured on the cover of Newsweek magazine in 2004.His nonfiction books include as-told-to biographies with Hank Aaron, Bill Gaither, Orel Hershiser, Luis Palau, Joe Gibbs, Walter Payton, and Nolan Ryan among many others. The Hershiser and Ryan books reached the New York Times Best Sellers List. Jenkins assisted Dr. Billy Graham with his autobiography, Just As I Am, also a New York Times best seller. Jerry spent 13 months working with Dr. Graham, which he considers the privilege of a lifetime. Jerry owns Jenkins Entertainment, a filmmaking company in Los Angeles, which produced the critically acclaimed movie Midnight Clear, based on his book of the same name. See www.Jenkins-Entertainment.com.Jerry Jenkins also owns the Christian Writers Guild, which aims to train tomorrow's professional Christian writers. Under Jerry's leadership, the guild has expanded to include college-credit courses, a critique service, literary registration services, and writing contests, as well as an annual conference. See ChristianWritersGuild.com.As a marriage-and-family author, Jerry has been a frequent guest on Dr. James Dobson's Focus on the Family radio program and is a sought-after speaker and humorist. See AmbassadorSpeakers.com.Jerry has been awarded four honorary doctorates. He and his wife, Dianna, have three grown sons and six grandchildren.Check out Jerry's blog at jerryjenkins.blogspot.com.”

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Riven 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 97 reviews.
Abug_2 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books that I have ever read! I was not able to put it down. Jerry did a fantastic job of drawing you into the story like you were right there with the characters. Going back and forth between different story lines and then bringing them togehter in the end was wonderful. If you ever doubted that someone who has lived a life less than perfect would ever be able change their life around this book is a must read! It gives one hope that nothing is impossible with God!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has been one of the most thought provoking books I have eead in a long time. I kept expecting God to deliver and He did in a most mazing way. My heart once agin breaks as I imgine my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ suffering this cruel death on the cross for me. I moved to tears as I finished the book. Follow the Romans rod to salvation if you have never givn your heart to Jesus know that thw ttime is short and He will be coming back fo those of us who call Him Lord and Savior!Be ready.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Pastor Thomas Carey was called at an early age to spread the Word and over the course of several years he became a pastor at different places around the United States. His last calling ended in a disaster because a layman wanted to be the power behind the ministry something Thomas could not accept. He takes the position as chaplain at the SuperMax state penitentiary at Adamsville. Brody Wayne Darby has spent his whole life committing one crime after another starting when he stole at the Laundromat where he worked. As he grew older, he committed increasingly more serious crimes and did time. When he was released, he vowed to go straight until a woman hurt him and he killed her. He pleaded guilty and was sent to Adamsville. --- In the years he ministered at the prison, Thomas met no sincere inmate. He feels empty until he meets Brody both come away from their encounters feeling as if God is working through them. --- Jerry B. Jenkins is one of the best Christian authors writing today. His latest work is a dark complex contemporary fiction tale driven by two seemingly opposite characters their polar differences make each even more believable and the story line plausible. RIVEN is a memorable tale starring a man who feels he is a failure and another who only has death waiting for him in three years time. They met and both feel the Lord is working through them giving each what they need. This book will move the audience in so many ways and make them feel so many things. This is a masterpiece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really changed my perspective! I cried both times I read it, and I do NOT cry in books.... Everyone should read this!!!!!!!
AVID-JT More than 1 year ago
I have read dozens of Jerry Jenkins books and Riven is the most compelling one yet. If words have power, Riven is explosive! As you're pulled through this gripping story, be prepared to experience deeply felt emotions. If you only read one novel this year, read Riven! I promise you will be changed forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like Riven like all the 5-star fans. I really did especially since I'm a huge Left Behind fan. But this book was a struggle to finish. And once I did I realized the boring beginning could have been cut by 300 pages and no one would have noticed. The main character is a pathetic loser named Brady. He's a generic greaser straight out of Grease. There was nothing fresh or original about him. This book is weak and the ending which I certainly wouldn't spoil for those patient enough to get there is just plain odd.
DeliaLatham 4 months ago
I'm not sure how to review this book. I really want to give it 5 stars, but there are too many things that keep it from reaching that level of excellence. The writing is unquestionably good, and the premise is interesting. That said...I normally wouldn't be able to plow through a book of this length that moves so slowly. But Jenkins made me care about the characters, and I found I wanted to know how their lives panned out. I did not find them one-dimensional cardboard cutouts, as some reviews have indicated. They were completely developed and true to life. I felt for Brady, who messed up every opportunity that ever came his way, yet had enough redeeming qualities to make me want things to go right for him. Thomas and Grace were true Christians with genuine hearts for the Lord. I did find myself wishing for more action, wanting something to happen already. It was clear to me where the story was going, and where the lives of the two main characters would intersect. Some aspects of the story's culmination bothered me. I tend to hold Calvary and our Lord's sacrifice in deep reverence, and like Peter, I don't think anyone else is worthy to die like Him. That said, Jenkins turns the situation into an effective plot ploy, one I'm sure will resonate with many readers. I enjoyed the reading of scriptures in the cell block, although I admit to wondering if being inundated with them, page after page, might lose readers at the very time in the book when the author was trying to deliver a message of salvation. Preachy storylines bother me...I want the message to be inherent to the plot, not tacked on in a drowning wave at the end. And yet...I kept reading, despite the things that bothered me. Jenkins knows how to keep a reader with him, if only to see where in the world he's going with all daily grind. I wouldn't call this one a page-turner, but definitely a thought-provoking read that is guaranteed to remain in the reader's mind for a good, long while.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book the last few chapters are amazing. I stopped reading it for a while then went back and finished the book . I'm so glad I did its really good I cried at the end with joy .This book is really inspirational.
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I enjoyed "Riven" and recommend it. Although Brady is predictable through most of the book the twist at the end will keep you reading past bed time!
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Absolutely outstanding!!! I loved this book. I could not put it down and the characters were so well written that I felt like I knew them. The best book I have read in a long time and I read alot!!
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KELLIRUE More than 1 year ago
Riven a MUST READ! For those of you who like the Left Behind series. Riven is defintely a must to add to yiur list. It is no where similar to the Left Behind books but it has a great christian story line that you will not be disappointed. It's a very long book but I couldn't put it down. I read it in 5 days. I hope he continues to write more novels such as this.
Karin Talley More than 1 year ago
Two men one young whose mother never cared and whose younger brother died. The other a pastor whose wife is ill and his daughter turned her back on the church. Both are in prison, one on death row, one pastoring those to die. Amends and forgivness are made by both, salvation found. The young man decides to die as his savior had and in doing so brings the truth of jesus to his fellow inmates while restoring and reaffirming the pastors faith. It is a must read
lavahart More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read. If you don't feel anything at the end of this book you are spiritually dead.