Songs of Deliverance [NOOK Book]

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They say time heals all wounds--but sometimes that's just not enough.

Fifteen years ago, Zeely Wilkins and Ron Jenkins were students that most people had stopped believing in. Lucky for them, their teacher recognized they were the cream of the crop and just needed the right soil.

Though they went their separate ways, the past has called them back to the school and the ...
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Overview

They say time heals all wounds--but sometimes that's just not enough.

Fifteen years ago, Zeely Wilkins and Ron Jenkins were students that most people had stopped believing in. Lucky for them, their teacher recognized they were the cream of the crop and just needed the right soil.

Though they went their separate ways, the past has called them back to the school and the teacher who wouldn't give up on them. Now they'll have to decide what love really means--and whether they're willing to dance to a new tune to get it. But can they rediscover the songs of deliverance that once brought them together? Or will their secrets keep them apart?

In this soul-searching and suspenseful story, Marilynn Griffith invites you to believe in the power of truth, love, and redemption.

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 and Rhythms of Grace. Marilynn lives in Florida with her husband and their seven children.

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This isn't as good as its predecessor, but readers who liked the characters introduced in Rhythms of Grace will be happy for one more dance with Grace, Brian, Zeely, Ron and assorted supporting characters. Ostensibly stand-alone, the story gets moving faster for readers already in on the tangled web of relationships, which gets a lot more tangled, and more related, as the four major characters slowly, slowly move past the trauma that ended the first novel. Both books are set in Testimony, Ohio, a place that, in the author's clever conceit, was home to any fleeing slave who could pay $500 to settle there. The history of slavery ties the story together as it marks and twists family lines laid out in the book. This good idea suffers in execution from a few too many secrets and neat resolutions. The pace also drags, with literal sermonizing as characters sit in church or as they agonize over repeated relationship setbacks. Though her promise doesn't deliver enough, Griffith remains worth watching. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441212702
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,647
  • 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.
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  • Posted April 12, 2010

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    Gripping & Heartfelt

    Marilyn Griffith writes with such sensitivity, passion and distinctiveness, all of my senses were at attention. This author had me witness, hear, feel and experience the believability of the characters, and the intimate details of their lives woven together by the intensity of their individual situations. These characters and their stories touched me deeply; I carried Song of Deliverance with me everywhere I went until I read the last page. It was that gripping.

    Marilyn's passion and love for the Lord drips off the pages and into your heart. This author has a way of putting you into the action in a very real way. I haven't experienced anything like it before. She has a unique style of writing that I soon adapted to. I was swept up into the story and fascinated by her rich array of characters. Marilyn writes whole chapters in different characters points of view. In the beginning of each chapter there is the name of the character so you know who is doing the talking. I quickly got into the rhythm and was hooked.

    After I finished Songs of Deliverance, the sequel to Rhythm of Grace, I knew I had been part of something special, amazing and eye opening. Just as Marilyn's characters felt, I, too, felt I'd been kissed by good and deemed lovable. No matter what happens in this life, our heavenly daddy is there with open arms to love us thru this journey called life. He will give us songs of deliverance if we are brave enough to sing the song He has specifically for us.

    I wanted to give you a sneak peek into Marilyn's style of writing. "The bubbles tickled my shoulders but brought no humor to them. I'd thought that a good, hot bath might numb the pain, but some things couldn't be soaked or scrubbed away. Some things stained deep into the soul."

    Dr. Joyce Rogers - gathers her best students to teach at a school she runs for troubled kids. These kids have been wounded by life. Dr. Rogers's mission is to love the unlovable kids, the throw a ways, and the abandoned and to give them a second and third chance no one else will give them.

    Marylyn Griffith pens a story that will stay in your heart and make you contemplate all that God does in the characters lives. Nothing is tied up in a pretty bow at the end. Life is not like that, but God does promise us healing, grace and a love ever lasting. Thanks to Revell for the review copy.

    Nora St. Laurent
    ACFW Book Club Coordinator
    Finding Hope Through Fiction
    www.psalm516.blogspot.com

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

    Stunning sequel to Rhythms of Grace

    Songs of Deliverance by Marilynn Griffith is the powerful sequel to Rhythms of Grace. The story picks up in the middle of an attack on dancer Grace Okoye and her rescue by her friends Zeely, Ron, and Brian. Each character has a rich, multi-layered history entwined with the others. Ron and Zeely have loved each other since high school, but each is engaged to another, and Grace and Brian are soulmates who can't seem to get past their history to find each other again. I wish that I had read the previous book, because it is important to untangle all of the lines of connection between the characters as well as the minor characters, although in Griffith's writing there are no minor characters. Every one is brilliantly rendered and completely real. Her writing is thick and rich, trapping readers and pulling them in this story of love, faith, and friendship. I want to know these people. I want to see Grace dance, Zeely sing, Brian play the drums, and Ron preach. Their story broke my heart and then put it back together again. I've been a fan of Griffith's for years, but this is absolutely her best work yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Her writing style won't grab you by the throat (at first) but it will sweep you off your feet

    I thought BOTH BOOK WERE AWESOME!...but contrary to other reviews that say "Rhythms of Grace" was better than the sequel, I thought "Songs of Deliverence" was more powerful. It just got better for me. This woman writes from the deepest part of her soul and God will use her to minister to your heart. I laughed, cried praised and worshiped. The anointing on these books filled my spirit with His goodness. BE BLESSED!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Joy cometh in a form of a well told story.....

    Songs of Deliverance was a blessed sequel to Rhythms of Grace. Each character's storyline as intertwined and complicated as it seems was separate but equal and very simply detailed. It was such an enjoyble read! Thank you for restoring my faith in love, friendship, community and family! This author and book was a gret find for me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    True love

    Loved this sequel

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Mind Twisting!

    If you're into constant plot twists and secrets unveiled at the last minute, this book is for you. But if your not, prepare yourself for them because this book is full of them, as well as with drama, romance, tragedies, and characters you can help but love -- or hate. It's a great read for the Christian soul looking for something to pass the time and to occupy one's mind. Marilynn Griffith is truly a great writer. :]

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  • Posted February 4, 2010

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    Interesting story with a lot of drama.

    Songs of Deliverance contains beautiful prose and insightful moments that make the reader think. I feel like I did myself a disservice by not reading the first book first, though. It seems like several foundations were laid in the prior book that I didn't have full access to since I began with the second in the series. I don't recommend that because it took away from my overall experience. That said, this story also contained more than a few "no way" moments for me. I felt like I was watching a talk show similar to Maury Povich where skeleton after skeleton came out of the closet. There were several situations that were unbelievably coincidental. But I have to say that made for great drama like you'd see in a soap opera. People were discovering all kinds of things they never expected, and parents that were not who they thought they'd be, etc. And tortured characters? This author has mastered that technique. The romantic elements were fabulously yummy and the message about true love and marrying for the right reasons and not to rescue someone were believable themes that were very well done. The faith element was strong and the book wrapped up the loose ends. I read this book quickly, and while a bit confused at first (due to starting with the second book) I was able to pick up on things and move on. I recommend it.

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

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    Songs of Deliverance

    My Synopsis:


    Songs of Deliverance by Marilynn Griffin continues the story of Zeely, Ron, Grace and Brian and all the other people who interact in their lives from Griffin's novel Rhythms of Grace. This novel ties together all the stories that left readers wanting more. It can be read and easily understood as a stand alone book as well.

    Zeely and Ron face the fact that they are both in love with each other, yet they are engaged to other people. Their relationship is one of loss and heartache, yet at it's center there is a deep abiding love for each other and their faith.

    Grace struggles with who she really is and must face up to her past and the circumstances that brought her back to the town of Testimony. Brian watches and waits as he tries to help Grace find the true meaning of love.

    My Thoughts:

    This book has many layers. The story of each character is intertwined with the other in complicated and interesting ways. I found myself wondering who was related to who and how many twists and turns the story would make.

    It seemed as though the action in the story began on the first page and never stopped. Revelation after revelation continued on each page. It was a bit daunting to try to figure out how the story would end. The fast paced rhythm was different from most novels and definitely kept me interested.

    The issue of faith in this book was handled in a very open manner. It was central to the story and tied everything together. The characters explored how they felt about their faith and how that faith was to be manifest in their daily lives. I found this refreshing.

    Another underlying theme of the book was tolerance and being able to judge people, not based on what color they were or where they came from, but on their hearts and what they believed and did in their lives.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

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    Singing from the Heart

    The lyrical title of Songs of Deliverance is one that invites readers to dance with characters and circumstances left to ponder at the close of its predecessor, Rhythms of Grace.

    Getting beyond the surface requires unlocking (willingly and forcefully) doors that hold us hostage to our pasts. So it is with four friends who have returned to their beginnings.

    The return to Testimony, Ohio cleverly weaves the richness of the past of a devalued people with the necessity of decision making for the future of Grace, Brian, Zeely and Ron. Through exposure of church and personal truths Author Griffith draws the reader into the stage she has skillfully set. Through the power of the written word, the story speaks to the harsh realities of choices as her characters must deal with - what is.

    For those unfamiliar with the intensity of the Pentecostal experience, I urge you not to neglect the opportunity of a good read due to indifference. What sings from these pages, may well be the deliverance you did not know you needed.

    Dr. Linda Beed - Reviewer
    On Assignment Reviews for Let Us Bear Fruit

    *Book provided courtesy of The Baker Group

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  • Posted January 15, 2010

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    Songs of Deliverance

    Songs of Deliverance is a book that is intense, it addresses issues often not seen in Christian fiction, such as out of wedlock pregnancies, domestic violence, and abortion.
    Centered around four adults, who were students of a special woman, who had great love for her students, these adults have now made names for themselves. Going further than the system ever thought they would. However these four adults are still stuck in the stigmatism of their raising, the expectations placed upon them by family, community and people in general.
    Zeely, Ron, Brian and Grace/Donna all come face to face with their pasts, their present and their futures. Will they overcome? Will they rise above the things that haunt them from their past? Will love come to them?
    As I said an intense story, that is not casual reading, but a excellent book. Marilynn Griffith addresses hard situations in this book with great finesse. 324 pages, $13.99 US, 4 stars.

    This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
    To learn more about this author visit her website at www.MarilynnGriffith.com
    Available January 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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