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Ted Balik's public disclosure of an affair between his wife and the O'Fallon Bible Church pastor changes everything for Reverend David Parst and his family, plunging them into a struggle with God and one another that will span generations.

When a church member accuses the pastor of having an affair with his wife and then commits suicide, the few moments of horror plunge the reverend, his wife and their 12-year-old son into a struggle with God and one another that ...

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Overview

Ted Balik's public disclosure of an affair between his wife and the O'Fallon Bible Church pastor changes everything for Reverend David Parst and his family, plunging them into a struggle with God and one another that will span generations.

When a church member accuses the pastor of having an affair with his wife and then commits suicide, the few moments of horror plunge the reverend, his wife and their 12-year-old son into a struggle with God and one another that will span generations--a struggle to find something that lasts beyond the rage, lies, and fear.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591454281
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 622,135
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James David Jordan is an attorney in Dallas, Texas. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, he also has a law degree and MBA from the University of Illinois. With his wife and two children, James lives in the Dallas suburb of Coppell, Texas.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2005

    Couldn't put this book down

    This is a real page turner. I was lucky enough to get a promotional copy of the book. Have your kleenex box ready because you will need it. I got caught up in this family's struggle with faith. The characters come to life. Just waiting to see it in a movie form.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2006

    A moving tale

    The Post-Dispatch named Reverend David Parst one of the fifty most influential leaders in the St. Louis area. David has a loving wife Sarah and a delightful twelve year old son Jack. His flock at the O'Fallon Bible Church thinks the world of him. He has everything going perfectly.---------------- At church on Sunday David asks his congregation whether there is anything anyone had to say a minor gesture that always resulted in accolades or silence. Not this time. Ted Balik rises and claims that David is having an affair with his wife Erika before walking out of the edifice to shoot himself. David is stunned as his wife demands he leave, his son is devastated, and the congregation fires him. Seeking redemption, David becomes pastor to a small church in Elsa, Texas.------------------------ A decade later David still needs forgiveness from his family and the Lord, but has no hopes as he keeps track of them albeit from a distance like serendipitously watching Jack play college baseball. Jack has become a corporate lawyer who abuses his wife Katie she flees with their daughter Lynn to live with Sarah.----------------------------- Though a deep Christian character study that looks closely at the impact of a major sin, the protagonist could have starred any person, regardless of religion, abusing their position of power that includes trust in the individual. Thus James David Jordan makes a strong case that a transgression involving trust can prove to be SOMETHING THAT LASTS for a lifetime (and more) as the sins of the father reappear in the offspring. Repenting and even redemption does not always erase the sin as life is not an etch a sketch this is superior morality fiction as the key players involved with the scandal seem genuine at the time of the adultery and years later.----------------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2005

    A MUST READ

    LOVED THIS BOOK!! I picked it up one morning, and couldn't put it down until I had finished it. The characters were beautifully developed, and the well-crafted story made me cry at the same time that it filled me with joy. Highly recommended.

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