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A storm of rebellion is gathering, and its dark clouds overshadow Yale College.
First-year student Asa Rush isn't surprised that he's one of a handful of Christians on campus. After all, he's been recruited by President Timothy Dwight to help bring revival to the school. Once a bastion of faith, Yale is now a hotbed of atheism, following on the tails of the popular French revolution.
But fellow student Eli Cooper is determined to make Asa's life miserable -- especially when both men fall in love with the sensuous, wealthy, and mysterious Annabelle Byrd. Just when Asa thinks things can't get worse, Dr. Dwight charges Asa with a shocking commission that shakes him to the core.
As America, barely two decades old, faces its first divisive presidential election, voters arm themselves in anticipation of the outcome. Asa and Eli are caught in the eye of the storm. Is the battle political or spiritual? Will the nation choose revolution or revival? And when the winds subside, who will be left standing?
Inspired by actual revival events, this third book in a series of four explores the personal and spiritual upheaval that occurs when the Holy Spirit stirs the waters of our souls.
The late Bill Bright was founder and chairman of Campus Crusade for Christ International. He was a best-selling author of more than one hundred books and booklets including: Come Help Change the World, A Man Without Equal, and Have You Heard of the Four Spiritual Laws? which has distributed more than 2.5 billion copies.
Jack Cavanaugh is a popular historical fiction author. He has fifteen published novels which have received numerous Christian and secular awards. His novels While Mortals Sleep and His Watchful Eye won Christy Awards for excellence in Christian Fiction. The Puritans, from the American Portrait series, won an ECPA Silver Medallion Award.
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In 1798 Asa Rush is a socially backward Yale college student. He dreams of an oratory career, but is routed in his first disposition class by upper classman Eli Cooper. His classmates torment him the rest of the week only on the weekend does he find relief. He also finds the girl of his dreams, an old acquaintance from his hometown. Bright, beautiful and wealthy, she is also the girl of Eli Cooper's dreams and Asa finds himself competing with the good-looking and charismatic Eli for her hand. Asa's only bright spot at Yale is in his position as Dr. Timothy Dwight's secretary. Dr. Dwight is president of the college. He is a gifted orator, spiritual leader and the primary reason Asa attends Yale. So when Dr. Dwight asks a favor of Asa, he can't refuse. A young man has fallen in with the wrong crowd and needs a mentor. It isn't until Dr. Dwight prays over Asa and for this young man, Asa realizes what he's done. The young man he's agreed to mentor is Eli Cooper, the bane of Asa's existence. Eli rewards Asa's mentoring efforts by beating him up every chance Eli gets. But Asa pushes on, and finds himself drawn into Eli's dangerous world. Before story's end, one man holds the life, and the future of the young United States, in his hands. The third book in the Great Awakening series, Storm is set during the political turmoil of 1798-1800. The upcoming presidential election is between incumbent John Adams and challenger Thomas Jefferson and the country teeters on the brink of another revolution. Even though the book is fiction, Mr. Cavanaugh incorporates enough historical detail to bring this time alive. A story of hope and renewal that resonates today.
In 1798 Yale College freshman Asa Rush is eager to attend classes since school president Timothy Dwight announced his intention to re-establish God in the campus including the curriculum. However, Asa¿s first assignment is a stuttering humiliating debate with cocky senior student Eli Cooper. His spirits pick up again when he notices his sister¿s friend Annabelle in his class. He finds her charming and attractive, but so does Eli. They compete for the love of Annabelle.------ President Dwight informs Asa that the lad has a calling from God to befriend Eli. Asa does not feel very Christian towards his rival, but knows he must try. Meanwhile, the election of 1800 between Adams and Jefferson is heating up the country with the latter¿s supporters talking a second American Revolution if the former triumphs. As a Jeffersonian, Eli leads the local organized insurrection. However, a third force Scourge manipulates the Jeffersonian and the Federalists, pushing for a civil war. While both sides ready for war, with little hope for success except in his faith that God will show him the way, Asa tries to turn Eli away from hostilities by trying to lead his adversary to God.------- This is a superb inspirational historical political fiction story that grips the audience on several levels. The key to the fine tale is that the religious message of the Lord shapes individuals, groups of people, and nations, etc and is imbued inside the exciting plot without preaching. Instead readers obtain a powerful gaze at America at the end of the eighteenth century as the Jeffersonians and Federalists battle for control during a pre-Darwinian era when faith in God is being shook by philosophy during the Age of Reason.------- Harriet Klausner
Jack Cavanaugh might be one of my favorite historical fiction suspense authors out there. Recently Cavanaugh had coupled with the late Bill Bright (1921-2003), the founder of one of the world¿s largest Christian ministries, the Campus Crusade for Christ International. Storm is the third installment of their Great Awakening Series (Proof was the first, Fire the second, and coming out on the heals of Storm is Fury, the fourth installment), dealing with the Christian revival. Storm takes place between 1798-1800. It is important to note that you do not need to read the other books in the series in order to read Storm. Storm is a great stand-alone novel. A freshman at Yale College, Asa Rush is excited about attending school where the president, Timothy Dwight, promises to reinstate the importance of God in overall well-being of the campus and its curriculum. That is, until class begins and he is to give his first disputation, oral argument, against senior student Eli Cooper. Though prepared and confident before class, once on the spot his stammering and persuasion is less than adequate against the styling of the confident and cocky Copper. Asa, doing his best to forget the humiliation he felt in class spies Annabelle, a young, and now beautiful, lady who once lived in his hometown and was friend¿s with his sister. Falling under her enchanting spell, Asa believes life has taken a turn for the better. That is, until Eli also becomes captivated by Annabelle¿s beauty. The competition for her love begins, and. jealousy between the young men only flourishes. Things go from bad to worse when President Dwight calls Asa to his office. Through prayer, the president has realized that Asa has a calling. That calling is to befriend Eli. It is not a personal favor to Dwight, Asa realizes. It is a request from God. Torn, he wonders how he can befriend an archenemy. More is at stake than friendship and relationships. Adams is running for president against Jefferson. Eli is caught up in more than just his schoolwork. Eli is expected to spearhead an insurrection, (an organized and armed rebellion against the government). The Jeffersonians do not want Adams re-elected into office, and are prepared to rise up in a second American revolution if necessary. What no one knows is that a force known as the Scourge is behind ensuring a second revolution, regardless of the presidential race outcome, set on pinning the Jeffersonians against the Federalists, and the Federalists against the Jeffersonians. Asa, realizing he may never be a pastor drawing huge crowds of disciples to hear his sermons preached, does realize that he has a demonstrated gift for one-on-one witnessing. A rebellious duel between his and Eli¿s personality seems to be keeping Eli¿s heart from warming to God¿s call. Time is running out, and Asa needs to act fast if he wants to save the country from another, and unnecessary, war. Storm is fast, informative, and compelling. I expect that from Jack Cavanaugh, and now from Bill Bright as well. The characters are tightly crafted, the plot quickly paced, and the setting intriguingly drawing. I cannot wait to get my hands on Fury, the next in the series.