They Shall See God

They Shall See God

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by Athol Dickson

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After 25 years, the man Ruth and Kate helped lock away is released from prison, thrusting them into a horrible nightmare. This book will make you think and challenge your beliefs.


After 25 years, the man Ruth and Kate helped lock away is released from prison, thrusting them into a horrible nightmare. This book will make you think and challenge your beliefs.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Christian market sorely needs more quality suspense novels, and Dickson's excellent offering makes a solid contribution to the genre. Rabbi Ruth Gold and lapsed Protestant Kate Flint share a hideous legacy from their childhood: together they stumbled upon a murder scene, then helped incarcerate the man they saw holding a knife by the victim. Now he's been released after 25 years in prison, and a bizarre string of events mimicking stories from the biblical book of Genesis unfolds in present-day New Orleans. Gold's boyfriend is poisoned with cyanide after eating an apple in her living room, a brother is tricked into killing his brother and wild animals are released from the zoo to roam the city. Meanwhile, tension escalates between Gold's Jewish congregation and a group of Christian fanatics who picket the temple and badger the Jewish people to turn to Jesus. The multiple points of view give the novel a disjointed feel, and the book's intended CBA audience might have benefited from a glossary of the Jewish terms sprinkled showily throughout (Instead of rounding up a minyan to say kaddish, I was wondering if you'd come to Mama's grave and light a yahrzeit candle with me and say shehecheyanu? ). However, the writing is original, with unexpected touches of humor, and contains enough plot twists to keep the reader guessing until the final pages. Although this is a highly entertaining nail-biter, one of the novel's significant accomplishments is its potential to promote greater understanding between people of both faiths. (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
As in Nancy Mehl's Graven Images, young children here witness the aftermath of a murder, and their testimony sentences a man to jail. Some 25 years later, the steamy heat of New Orleans explodes with a new series of murders seemingly tied to the release of Solomon Cantor from prison. Ruth Gold and Kate Flint, whose testimony helped convict Cantor, meet again for the first time in years as they fear he is responsible for the death of Ruth's boyfriend and an attempted poisoning at Kate's house. Working together to save their families in an atmosphere of renewed anti-Semitism, the women also learn about each other's faith Ruth is a rabbi, and Kate is a Christian. Dickson (Every Hidden Thing) explores differences in faith and irrational hatred of those differences in a sensitive yet challenging manner. Suitable for all collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
Moving Fiction Series
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.18(h) x 1.25(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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They Shall See God 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
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.
DetaL More than 1 year ago
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!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Very interesting book and very well written. If you enjoy suspense...this is a book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.