Though None Go with Me

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One woman’s costly decision will touch a lifetime of hearts.

Born at the turn of the century, Elisabeth Grace LeRoy longs for something more in her life. Something only an eternal love can offer. It is a love she encounters at last---one that promises to fill her passionate heart completely and that calls forth her utmost in return. In response, Elisabeth makes the commitment that will shape her entire life: a decision to follow Christ always, ...

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Overview

One woman’s costly decision will touch a lifetime of hearts.

Born at the turn of the century, Elisabeth Grace LeRoy longs for something more in her life. Something only an eternal love can offer. It is a love she encounters at last---one that promises to fill her passionate heart completely and that calls forth her utmost in return. In response, Elisabeth makes the commitment that will shape her entire life: a decision to follow Christ always, no matter the cost.

So begins a remarkable love story---a legacy of faith that weaves together two world wars, the Great Depression, and deep personal sorrows as the dramatic background for displaying the courage, grace, joy, and far-reaching impact of a life lived truly and fully for God.

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December 1999

From the bestselling writer of the Left Behind series comes a stirring novel of faith that faces the ultimate test. Though None Go with Me is a unique, heart-wrenching love story of an unforgettable woman and her determination to make her life an experiment in obedience to God. Elisabeth Grace LeRoy, born at the turn of the century, wants something more. Then one night as a young teen she finds what her heart has been yearning for. The defining moment in her life comes when she stands and promises to deepen her commitment and follow Christ, no matter the cost. So begins a remarkable journey of resolve, winding through valleys of loss and deserts of testing toward a legacy of faith. Two world wars, the Great Depression, and devastating personal loss form the backdrop for a lifetime of walking with God despite all odds. Though None Go with Me is a powerful novel depicting one courageous woman's determination to stand faithful in all circumstances. It is a moving saga of forgiveness and peace amid the loves, trials, and joys of an American family. And ultimately, it is a portrait of the far-reaching impact of a life that fully embraces the steadfast promises of God.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Jenkins's latest treacly spiritual novel (after Left Behind and Tribulation Force) follows Elisabeth Grace LeRoy Bishop through her life, which stands as an "experiment in obedience" to God's will. Born on the first day of the century, Elisabeth lives through two world wars and the advent of the automobile and telephone. But the events of the outside world are secondary to the real story, which centers on her spiritual development. Once Elisabeth makes her commitment to God, the story moves quickly from one trial to another. Through no fault of her own, Elisabeth's faith is repeatedly tested. She must weather her father's death, her aunt's cruelty, the disappearance of her fianc in WWI, her daughter's chronic illness, hardship during the Depression, her 34-year-old husband's battle with Alzheimer's disease and the criminal tendencies of her oldest son. Through these tribulations her faith in Christ holds firm, buoyed up in part by her beloved youngest son. Even when the most terrible things happen, apparently engineered to test her faith, Elisabeth's devotion to God and the church are, ultimately, strengthened. Her example bolsters the faith of her family and friends. In the end, for Jenkins, the intangible rewards of Christian faith counterbalance any worldly troubles. The story may be inspiring to some believers. Others, however, may find the uncomplicated evil of the book's few atheists and the jargon of the faithful unremittingly tedious. (Jan.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310243052
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry B. Jenkins

Dr. Jerry B. Jenkins, es el vicepresidente mas antiguo de publicacion y escritura para el Instituto Biblico Moody en Chicago. Es el autor de mas de cien libros, incluyendo la exitosa serie 'Left Behind'. el y su esposa, Dianna, tienen tres hijos y residen en colorado Springs, Colorado.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      September 23, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Kalamazoo, MI

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Part One

Chapter One

Apart from a healthy birth," Elisabeth's father had told her, "no good news comes after dark." He should have known. Tall and portly, Dr. James LeRoy was Three Rivers's most popular general practitioner.

Her own birth, on the first day of the new century, had come after dark. Her father had told her the story so many times it was as if she remembered being there. "Your mother went into labor so quickly that I had to deliver you myself. I hadn't planned to. I didn't trust my instincts over my emotions. Your mother was - "

"Vera!" Elisabeth blurted.

"Yes. She was young and frail and worked hard to produce you, a healthy child. But her own vital signs - "

"She was sick."

"Yes."

"And what did you do, Daddy?"

"Hmm. I'm not sure I recall."

"Yes, you do! The bundling part."

"Oh, yes. I bundled you in a blanket and allowed you to exercise your lungs in the parlor while I tried to save your mother."

"Your wife."

He nodded. "I begged her not to leave me, not to leave us. All she wanted was to talk about your middle name and her own epitaph. I pleaded with her to save her strength."

"And what did she want you to call me, Daddy?"

"We had settled on Elisabeth, after her own mother," he said. "It had seemed too soon to worry about a middle name."

"But she thought of one."

"Yes, sweetheart. 'Call her Elisabeth Grace,' she said, 'after the grace that is greater than all our sin.' And on her tombstone - "

"I know, Daddy. It says, 'My hope is in the cross.' "

"If I hear that story one more time, I'm going to vomit!" first-grade classmate Frances Crawford hissed, shaking her ringlets. "All you talk about is your dead mother."

Breath rushed from Elisabeth, and her eyes stung. "Little girls oughtn't say 'vomit,'" she managed. "Daddy says the proper word is 'regurgitate,' but at least say 'throw up.' "

"'Daddy says regurgitate,'" Frances mocked.

"Regurgitate," Elisabeth corrected, but Frances skipped away. Elisabeth pursued her. "You're lucky you've got a mother!"

Frances stopped to face her. "Just quit bragging about your father and quit bein' so - so - churchy!"

This time when Frances ran off, Elisabeth let her go. Churchy? They were in the same Sunday school class! But Elisabeth was churchy?

Three blocks from Dr. LeRoy's rambling mansion on Hoffman Street - not far from Bonnie Castle - the slender steeple of Three Rivers Christ Church rose above the first ward. That pristine monolith, old as the church itself, came to serve as a reminder of God's presence in Elisabeth's life.

Her father had often recounted how she talked every day about going to Christ Church. She toddled along to play in the nursery when he attended Wednesday night prayer meetings, Sunday school, and morning and evening services. "You skipped on the way to church and tried to pull me along faster," he said. "And once there, your eyes shone at the little sanctuary, the pictures on the wall, and every nook and cranny that seemed to offer something of God."

Her father and his older, widowed sister, Agatha Erastus, raised Elisabeth. Aunt Agatha did not share their love of the church. "I cannot worship a god who would take my own daughter at birth and my husband in the prime of his life," she often told her brother in Elisabeth's hearing.

"You're depriving yourself of God," Dr. LeRoy said.

"Housework, cooking, and looking after your little one is more than fair trade for food and shelter," she said. "Getting scolded is not part of the bargain."

"I worry about you, Agatha," he said. "That's all."

"Worry about yourself and your motherless child."

"I thank God you're here to help, but don't be filling Elisabeth's head with - "

"You'd do well to not associate God with my coming here, and when you start worrying about who's filling your daughter's head, start with the man in the mirror. I saw the reply from the last missionaries she tried to lecture."

Elisabeth saw her father blanch. "I'll thank you to keep out of my mail," he said. "Now I'd like to be alone a while."

"What's she talking about, Daddy?" Elisabeth said. "We heard back from the missionaries?"

Her father hesitated. "Show her!" Agatha crowed. "You're always telling her honesty is the best policy. Show her the effect she had on the missionaries."

Dr. LeRoy waved his sister off, but Elisabeth followed her father into his study and insisted on seeing the letter. He sighed and handed it to her, but she could not read cursive writing. He read it to her.

"Dear Dr. LeRoy, my husband's letter of thanks precedes this, so I trust you know we're grateful for every kindness from you and from the church. I feel compelled, however, to exercise Matthew 18 and inform you that the letter from your daughter, well intentioned though it may have been, was offensive. For a six-year-old, and a girl at that, to take it upon herself to counsel us and admonish us to remain strong and true in our faith evidences naivete and impudence of the highest order . . ."

Her father had to explain what the words meant. "But I was just trying to 'courage them," she said, tears welling.

"I know," Dr. LeRoy said, gathering her into his arms. "People just don't expect it from one as young as you.

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First Chapter

Part One

Chapter One Apart from a healthy birth,' Elisabeth's father had told her, 'no good news comes after dark.' He should have known. Tall and portly, Dr. James LeRoy was Three Rivers's most popular general practitioner.
Her own birth, on the first day of the new century, had come after dark. Her father had told her the story so many times it was as if she remembered being there. 'Your mother went into labor so quickly that I had to deliver you myself. I hadn't planned to. I didn't trust my instincts over my emotions. Your mother was - '
'Vera!' Elisabeth blurted.
'Yes. She was young and frail and worked hard to produce you, a healthy child. But her own vital signs - '
'She was sick.'
'Yes.'
'And what did you do, Daddy?'
'Hmm. I'm not sure I recall.'
'Yes, you do! The bundling part.'
'Oh, yes. I bundled you in a blanket and allowed you to exercise your lungs in the parlor while I tried to save your mother.'
'Your wife.'
He nodded. 'I begged her not to leave me, not to leave us. All she wanted was to talk about your middle name and her own epitaph. I pleaded with her to save her strength.'
'And what did she want you to call me, Daddy?'
'We had settled on Elisabeth, after her own mother,' he said. 'It had seemed too soon to worry about a middle name.'
'But she thought of one.'
'Yes, sweetheart. 'Call her Elisabeth Grace,' she said, 'after the grace that is greater than all our sin.' And on her tombstone - '
'I know, Daddy. It says, 'My hope is in the cross.' '
'If I hear that story one more time, I'm going to vomit!' first-grade classmate Frances Crawford hissed, shaking her ringlets. 'All you talk about is your dead mother.'
Breath rushed from Elisabeth, and her eyes stung. 'Little girls oughtn't say 'vomit,' ' she managed. 'Daddy says the proper word is 'regurgitate,' but at least say 'throw up.' '
' 'Daddy says regurgitate,' ' Frances mocked.
'Regurgitate,' Elisabeth corrected, but Frances skipped away. Elisabeth pursued her. 'You're lucky you've got a mother!'
Frances stopped to face her. 'Just quit bragging about your father and quit bein' so - so - churchy!'
This time when Frances ran off, Elisabeth let her go. Churchy? They were in the same Sunday school class! But Elisabeth was churchy?
Three blocks from Dr. LeRoy's rambling mansion on Hoffman Street - not far from Bonnie Castle - the slender steeple of Three Rivers Christ Church rose above the first ward. That pristine monolith, old as the church itself, came to serve as a reminder of God's presence in Elisabeth's life.
Her father had often recounted how she talked every day about going to Christ Church. She toddled along to play in the nursery when he attended Wednesday night prayer meetings, Sunday school, and morning and evening services. 'You skipped on the way to church and tried to pull me along faster,' he said. 'And once there, your eyes shone at the little sanctuary, the pictures on the wall, and every nook and cranny that seemed to offer something of God.'
Her father and his older, widowed sister, Agatha Erastus, raised Elisabeth. Aunt Agatha did not share their love of the church. 'I cannot worship a god who would take my own daughter at birth and my husband in the prime of his life,' she often told her brother in Elisabeth's hearing.
'You're depriving yourself of God,' Dr. LeRoy said.
'Housework, cooking, and looking after your little one is more than fair trade for food and shelter,' she said. 'Getting scolded is not part of the bargain.'
'I worry about you, Agatha,' he said. 'That's all.'
'Worry about yourself and your motherless child.'
'I thank God you're here to help, but don't be filling Elisabeth's head with - '
'You'd do well to not associate God with my coming here, and when you start worrying about who's filling your daughter's head, start with the man in the mirror. I saw the reply from the last missionaries she tried to lecture.'
Elisabeth saw her father blanch. 'I'll thank you to keep out of my mail,' he said. 'Now I'd like to be alone a while.'
'What's she talking about, Daddy?' Elisabeth said. 'We heard back from the missionaries?'
Her father hesitated. 'Show her!' Agatha crowed. 'You're always telling her honesty is the best policy. Show her the effect she had on the missionaries.'
Dr. LeRoy waved his sister off, but Elisabeth followed her father into his study and insisted on seeing the letter. He sighed and handed it to her, but she could not read cursive writing. He read it to her.
'Dear Dr. LeRoy, my husband's letter of thanks precedes this, so I trust you know we're grateful for every kindness from you and from the church. I feel compelled, however, to exercise Matthew 18 and inform you that the letter from your daughter, well intentioned though it may have been, was offensive. For a six-year-old, and a girl at that, to take it upon herself to counsel us and admonish us to remain strong and true in our faith evidences naivete and impudence of the highest order . . .'
Her father had to explain what the words meant. 'But I was just trying to 'courage them,' she said, tears welling.
'I know,' Dr. LeRoy said, gathering her into his arms. 'People just don't expect it from one as young as you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2004

    Every Christian woman should read this

    I borrowed this book from a friend almost 2 years ago and just recently decided that I needed to read it and give it back. I had no idea how much it would impact me. I have told all of my female friends that they have to read this book. Even though it's a fictional story, the message is a very powerful one. I found myself sobbing at the end and am determined to be obedient to God no matter what the cost, because in the end, that's all that matters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2001

    Surprisingly Captivating Story of Commitment

    I purchased this book thinking it would be a nice slow, and maybe mundane, chronical of a woman's life long lessons in obedience to God. It was so compelling I did not know what to think after I read the last page. This book should be read by everyone, Christian or not, who want to know what true commitment is about in this world. The main character was realistically human, facing the fears, jealousy, pride and resentments we all confront during the course of our lifes. The compelling aspect of this novel was her commitment to follow God and put her relationship with Him first above all else. This is truly a lesson most people would do well to learn in this day and age!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Great book great movie!

    This book was made into a movie and is a great portrayl of how God wants us to live sold out for him!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Not Your Ordinary Romance Novel

    Like others reviews have said it's a novel that moves you in ways you never could imagine a book could! It's a different, it's a better romance novel. Its entire plot is different, it is not anything like your ordinary romance novel. There are unexpected curves and events that people can relate to and find realistic. It really tugs at your heart strings and keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time! It is great till the last word and leaves you wanting more and more! This is definitly a novel you are going to want to read; religous or not it teaches you morals in life and the true meaning of love. Great job to Jerry B. Jenkins on an outstanding novel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    I absolutely LOVED this book!!!!!!

    It spoke to me in ways i thought a book could ever do. Its amazig and i just cant wait to tell people about this amazing book. I will neverbe the same Christian walker i was before this book and i cant wait to see the movie!!!!!!!!!!!(:

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This is one of the best books I've read since the Left Behind Series. This book is hard to put down once you get started - from the first page...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

    I live in this town, I know the history, it was great!

    Accurate historical fiction for one who lives in Three Rivers,MI, regarding the buildings and places, sent me to the library to learn more. What a great read, wrapped my heart and feelings into it. What a price committment calls for,but the rewards in the end are so worth it. Take the time to read this. The DVD is good also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2005

    AWESOME. JUST AWESOME.

    I read it about four times and I would have read it once more but my friend borrowed it. =) This book will inspire you and encourage you to stay firm to what you believe. It's now the saying of my life, Though None Go with Me. Read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2001

    What a story!

    I was so inspired by this book! It was an awesome story about faith that stands the test of time. I recommend it to anybody. There's a reason some bookstores put that 'guarantee you'll love it or it's free' sticker on it. It was great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2000

    A MUST READ!!!

    This book is simply wonderful! If you are a christian or even just a romantic you must read it! It will really touch you and leave a lasting impression after the last page is read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2000

    Wonderful Lesson

    Although at first I didn't enjoy the book because of all the seemingly unfair heartache Elizabeth had to encounter, the lesson that it taught has continued to stir inside me. This book teaches a wonderful lesson of what it means to be broken before our Savior. It makes the reader desire for the deeper things of God.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2000

    A must-read for all Christians!

    I just finished this book today. Never before, from any work of fiction, has an author so deeply moved me and penetrated me like Jerry B. Jenkins has done with this book. It's a beautifully written masterpiece that portrays the often ignored fact that the Christian life is not just a walk in the park. Giving your life to God involves struggles, however the most important fact to never forget is that God loves us no matter what has happened in our lives. Mr. Jenkins paints a beautiful picture of what it requires to walk with Christ. Elisabeth Grace Leroy, born at the turn of the century, after losing her mother at birth decides to give her life to Jesus Christ as a teenager. Soon after, one tragedy after another seems to unfold in her life. Major world events magnify these challenges in her life, such as the Great Depression and the World War's of the 20th century. Throughout all the incredible events, while some are heartbreaking, Elisabeth continually prays and assures herself over and over that her life is in God's complete and total control. Although it is tempting for her to blame God for the things that happen to her, she remains true to her word, to follow Christ no matter what the cost. She prays continuously, and opens her bible constantly for guidance and wisdom. It is impossible to read this book and not be moved. Mr Jenkins also deserves applause for taking some of the most beloved bible verses and fitting them so beautifully into this story. I wept for Elisabeth, and was in complete awe of her reaction to the challenges that most of us will never see. Jerry B Jenkins makes Elisabeth come alive in this novel, and you feel as if she is a dear friend just a few pages into this book. If you are not a Christian, you may not appreciate this book, but I encourage you to give it a try anyway. If you are a Christian, please do not go another day without reading this book. Christians all around the world must read this book and give it to other believers after you are done with it. This is required reading, folks! Thank you Jerry B Jenkins for giving us such an inspiring story. May we all deepen our faith and our relationship with God as a result of your book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2000

    A Woman's Love

    The main character was a woman who gave unconditional love in spite of unfair circumstances. She was strong, loyal, and unselfish as she fulfilled her many roles including wife, mother, grandmother, friend, relative. The story was heart warming and heart wrenching at the same time.

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