Blurring the Lines

Blurring the Lines

by Jerry Zehr


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ISBN-13: 9781470019129
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/20/2012
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

I have traveled the world studying the major religions of the world. I have found the desire for true peace and happiness comes through the discovery of our inner soul. I believe part of my life purpose is to help people realize their true essence and share their presence with everyone around them. My novel Blurring the Lines is based on a true story. It is a intriguing and suspense filled story of a young man's journey on his quest for to find his life's purpose.

Jerry is a Equity actor performing in more than 50 musicals and dramas. He is a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), serving local congregations for more than 30 years. He is an avid poker player who plays in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas each year. Jerry has worked locally and internationally with interfaith causes to build bridges of peace and understanding.

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Blurring The Lines 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
julz0 More than 1 year ago
This book not only tells a great story with a glance at the seedy side of life but brings an understanding of oneness' with God, religions and self. Many authors try to achieve this through inspirational writings, Zehr hit it perfectly. A must read in my opinion
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters and and the themes in the book , temptations, betrayal, redemption. Thomas struggled with some of things that we all struggle with. I loved the ending
DubiousDisciple on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Fun, short little book! Thomas, a naive young man from an Amish heritage, moves to Los Angeles hoping to pursue a career in acting. The Amish connection isn't overplayed; Thomas is a pretty normal fellow, but breaking into this business is tough, and earning enough money on the side to survive proves difficult. He falls in with the wrong crowd, and his innocence plays against him until his experiences begin to bring more than shame; they land him in danger, both for his life and with the law.Thomas is lucky, though, to have developed a special friendship with a man who encourages and provides spiritual guidance, while downplaying Thomas's mistakes. We can assume Thomas would drift ever deeper into darkness were it not for this mysterious acquaintance. The ending is surprising and memorable, though in retrospect, I really should have gathered enough clues during the story to guess the climax. This is Christian literature, though Zehr's outlook is not conservative and the language is a bit rough. Part of Thomas's growing-up includes learning to look at God differently. Nothing monumental or overly deep, though, and the story's brevity prevents a fully-developed plot. This is a good book for teens.On the downside, the book starts out in quite passive prose, so it doesn't grab you from the opening. Do keep reading! Also, I was given a pre-edited version, and a few editing and formatting corrections would be expected for the published version.
MickiP More than 1 year ago
Blurring the Lines By Jerry Zehr Thomas Anderson questions his rigid Amish background and heads to Los Angeles to pursue his love of performing as an actor and standup comic. His naivety gets him into almost instant trouble. He applies for a job in a hotel right next to the famous The Hilton, but not in its league. Upon meeting the manager, James Cain, he receives guidance on many levels. Mr. Cain takes Thomas under his wing almost like a guardian angel, introducing him to a small close-knit group of friends of all races and religions. They believe in theosis . . .”personal communion with God, face to face . . . engaging in and sharing of God's divinity.” Thomas embraces the theory but like Adam in the Garden of Eden, the temptations of evil call his name — and he succumbs. As he manages to get deeper into trouble, especially as a drug runner for a mafia-type Hench man, it's always Mr. Cain who seems to lift him up before he hits rock bottom. This is a well-paced, poignant satisfying novel, “written for anyone who is trying to make sense of their beliefs in God, science and the world.” Will Thomas succeed or will the temptations that surround him seduce him into to surfeiting his good intentions as well as his integrity, and perhaps his life? Author Jerry Zehr, an equity actor, as well as minister and avid poker player, writes a novel that reads almost like a memoir. He shows the struggle of a young man searching for himself and his soul before he loses both. The author lets his readers who enjoyed this book know that Thomas’s story “has just begun”. Look for the sequel, “Rearranging the Lines” which will be available soon, to follow the saga of an engaging young man trying to find himself and his place in the world. Micki Peluso: writer, journalist, and author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers Favorite In "Blurring the Lines" by Jerry Zehr, we first meet Thomas as he is setting up a meeting with an Los Angeles detective. He is obviously frightened and concerned about his predicament, making the reader wonder how he ended up in this situation and how he is going to get out of it. Thomas is an aspiring actor who moved to L.A. from a small town in the mid-west in his quest to become a star. While he has had plenty of summer stock and college acting experience, he still hasn’t got the experience and connections he needs -- something he becomes painfully aware of. Thomas is likable and a bit naive, the small-town boy who is the automatic target of big-city predators. Luckily for him, Mr. C, the manager at his desk-clerk job, has also become his mentor and friend. I really enjoyed reading "Blurring the Lines". I got caught up in Thomas’s efforts to become an actor and empathized with him when he struggles through a stand-up gig. Thomas is an appealing character, someone I'd like to know in real life, as is Mr. C, his boss. Mr. C brings another element to this book that makes it even more enjoyable: he introduces Thomas to a theology that embraces all faiths. This inclusive belief system is quite intriguing and adds dimension to the tale. If I had one complaint reading this book, it would be that when it was finished, I was left wondering what would happen to Thomas in the future. There was so much more to learn about Thomas, Mr. C and the other characters in "Blurring the Lines". I am looking forward to reading more of Jerry Zehr’s work.
KrisSpor More than 1 year ago
Jerry Zehr's Blurring The Lines is an interesting, thought-provoking beautifully written novel. Jerry Zehr digs deep into the social fabric that makes America, along with the way that religion, of any kind, affects the way we see the world and live in it. Thomas leaves home to try and make his way in California as an actor. Coming from a sheltered background Thomas isn't prepared for the big city or the people there. Unlike others authors Jerry Zehr shows that the fall from grace is not all at once, but a slow process that happens one choice at a time. Through it all Thomas makes some real good friends and learns who he is as well as who God is. Blurring The Lines is truly written from the heart of author Jerry Zehr. Over the course of reading Blurring The Lines I became depressed to have it end. I was so thrilled to hear Jerry Zehr is writing Rearranging The Lines sequel to Blurring The Lines and cannot wait to hear the continued stories of the characters.