Athol Dickson is a novelist, teacher, and independent publisher. His novels transcend description with a literary style that blends magical realism, suspense, and a strong sense of spirituality. Critics have favorably compared his work to such diverse authors as Octavia Butler (Publisher's Weekly ), Hermann Hesse (The New York Journal of Books) and Flannery O'Connor ( The New York Times). One of his novels, River Rising, is an Audie Award winner, and three have won Christy Awards. His most recent novel, The Opposite Of Art, is a mystical story about pride, passion, and murder as a spiritual pursuit. Athol’s next is a “Christy award collection” of his four best selling novels, updated and with new forewords. Each of the novels was a Christy finalist. Athol lives with his wife in southern California.
They Shall See Godby Athol Dickson
Torn apart in childhood by animosities beyond their
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Little Katie was a Christian. Her very best friend Ruth was a Jew. The girls’ eyewitness testimony sent a bad man to Louisiana's infamous Angola prison. 25 years later, Ruth has become an embittered Rabbi, Kate is a lonely widow, the bad man is out, and people are dying in the strangest of ways.
Torn apart in childhood by animosities beyond their understanding, Kate and Ruth can no longer elude the past’s unfinished business. To survive, these very different women must reach out to each other in spite of the mayhem and mistrust that shrouds one vital truth: sometimes the most dangerous of enemies crouches just inside the human heart.
"The writing... sparkles. Dickson tells a fascinating tale that incorporates murder, mystery, love, fanatical obsession, Jewish and Christian dialogue, and the depths of relationships... It'll have you tightly in its grip until the final pages." (Eric Wilson, author of novelizations for Fireproof and Facing the Giants)
"Hooked, hooked and hooked!... A compelling story with profound faith implications... Take short a great ride through the final pages." (Sigmund Brouwer, author of the Canary List)
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When Katy O’Connor and Ruth Gold were five years old, they were the best of friends, despite the fact that Katy was Christian and Ruth was Jewish. They spent many days together going to the Jewish Community Center to swim. On one particular outing, the girls were in the locker room when they heard a horrifying scream. Terrified, they both went together to investigate the situation. It appeared that Nan Smith, a Christian woman, had been murdered by a Jewish man, Solomon Cantor. The girl’s testimony helped to seal Solomon’s sentence to twenty-five years in prison. Unbeknownst to Ruth, Katy’s parents ended their friendship because of the growing animosity between Christians and Jews over this murder. Upon Solomon’s release from prison, killings of several Jewish members from Rabbi Ruth Gold’s Temple congregation began, with Ruth trying to convince Lieutenant Lincoln Washington that they were related to Nan Smith’s murder twenty-five years ago. Because the MO’s were so different, he was unconvinced. When one of the cases involved Kate (O’Connor) Flint, for reasons unknown to Kate, Ruth Gold was bitter and antagonistic with her, which set for a difficult reunion and subsequent cooperation when they decided the murders were somehow linked to the witnesses at Nan Smith’s murder trial. To help solve the murders, they must learn to lay down their differences. The author’s multiple twists and plots upped the ante with each significant scenario. Whether a murder or a weird episode, the suspense never ended. Though you think you know the perpetrator, you are thrown off with another character thrown into the mix. They mystery of who is behind everything and why is always in the back of your mind as you sift through the evidence. The characters fit the mold of the story impeccably, making the story realistic. I found myself relating to several of them, especially when the tension between the Jews and Christians explodes. Ruth and Kate are the obvious main characters, but it’s the divisive Orvis Newton, the sneaky Jake Singer, and the thorough Lincoln Washington that keeps the story moving along, sometimes with great surprise. You will learn some very interesting history between the Jews and Christians, some of which may shock you. But it will give you a greater understanding of the animosity that grows throughout the story. The author did a magnificent job of mediating the scenarios through his characters. Never a dull moment! And wait till you catch the ending! Did not see it coming! For a great mystery with unusual circumstances, balanced with the Jewish/Christian animosity, They Shall See God is definitely a book I’d recommend! Though the book is fiction, the cemetery in New Orleans that the book was based on is real–Cemetery Dispersed of Judah. It’s one of the graves in the Jewish cemetery has the inscription, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God,” a verse spoken by Jesus from the New Testament. This eBook was provided by the author in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received.
I could not put this book down! The plot kept me guessing and I grew to feel like the characters were new friends. In addition to a great story filled with hold-your-breath suspense, it is an eye-opening look at the prejudices and stereotypes Jews and Christians have of each other and the way they offend without really meaning to. Masterfully told, "They Shall See God" is a book you won't want to miss!
Very interesting book and very well written. If you enjoy suspense...this is a book for you.
If you like chiller-diller horror stories with a powerful redeeming edge, this book's for you. A kaleidoscope of clearly defined characters, hamstrung by issues of the heart, face resurfaced childhood friends, old friends dying, gentle men locked away in mental wards, a convicted murderer released from prison, and wild animals roaming their Louisiana city. And a chilling study inside the tortured reasoning of a religious, calculating, twisted mind that's convinced he's doing the holy will of God. Keenly written, but not easy, comfortable reading. Hang on to the end to find out what it all means.