From the Dead

From the Dead

by John Herrick

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ISBN-13: 9780982147016
Publisher: Segue Blue
Publication date: 12/16/2011
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

John Herrick received his B.A. in mass communication from the University of Missouri and began his career in the information technology field, where he developed a practical framework for his creative impulses. Eight years later, Herrick shifted his focus to fund development, procuring an opportunity to combine his technical, creative, and marketing instincts. Armed with a vision to impact and uplift his generation, he has written for radio and provided ghostwriting, songs, and voiceover work to local and national nonprofit organizations.

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"Eloquence with an edge. In a single chapter, John Herrick can break your heart, rouse your soul, and hold you in suspense. Be prepared to stay up late." --(Doug Wead, New York Times bestselling author and advisor to two presidents )

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From The Dead 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
GRgenius on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Wow! This would probably qualify as one of those sleeper best sellers that people are always talking about. You know, the ones that get over looked for one reason or another and then BOOM....they catch on? This one started out slow...had a steady middle...and went flying at high speed during the later third. Though classified as Fiction, it could fall into the Contemporary/Christian Fiction genres as well....and although I don't make it a habit to read that particular brand of novel as they can be a tinge preachy in nature, I will say that this was a GOOD story overall. Lessons to be learned about life, love, and the power of the heart...an unexpected jewel among the masses. Happy reading!
thehistorychic on LibraryThing 24 days ago
What I Loved: This was a very emotional journey for not only Jesse but also his father and son. It was very moving to watch Jesse go from a place of his on creating and work through the ups/downs of pulling himself to a better place. The hard knocks that he faces while doing that, especially with his son, are emotionally wrenching at times.What I Liked: I thought all the secondary characters in the book added a rich landscape that shaped Jesse's personality. There wasn't a single person (good, bad, inbetween) that did not have an effect on him. I felt it was a very good character study of how people can impact your life.What I thought was so-so/didn't like: I thought the pacing was a little off for me. It wasn't overall distracting but in parts it felt a little rushed.Why I gave it a 3: This was an emotional journey of a man coming back from his dark place to find that his world is not just about him. I did find the book to be inspirational and moving though at times a little too "preachy" for me. This did not happen too often. In some spots I thought it worked great with the story and other spots I felt it was forced.Who I would recommend it too: Anyone who likes Inspirational Christian Fiction and/or General Fiction readers who do not mind religious undertones in their books.
croknot1 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Poor Jesse., for a lot of the book, anyway. Aspiring to be an actor, he degrades himself, stoops to doing some nasty things, all for the sake of advancing his career. That doesn't pan out, and he's left with shame. His girlfriend is self-absorbed and shallow. At the brink of despair, he tries to commit suicide. Thankfully, he lives, and returns to his hometown. There, he discovers who he is and what is truly important. Get out the kleenex!
DamarisGCR on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Wow! What an emotional story. From the dead is a story about a man named Jesse who moved to California to pursue his dream of acting. Only, things don¿t turn out the way he planned. It was always one bad thing after another, and it was becoming too much for him. But Jesse continues to push and tries to land his dream job and get his life on track. He even crossed the line in giving a sexual favor with the hope of enhancing his career. Of course that did not turn out for him either. So many things continue to fall apart for Jesse and the one person he thought he could count on, turned her back on him as well. Her heart was someplace else. With nothing else to do but wallow in his misery, Jesse attempts to take his life. Surviving suicide, He decides that maybe it¿s time for him to return home to Ohio. This is a story about a man who hits rock bottom and then finds a reason to live again. Jesse returns home and slowly his life falls together. I don¿t want to give too much away, but this was a very touching story for me. It was an emotional roller coaster, but with a happy ending. John Herrick has delivered a very strong story with a powerful meaning. A good read and I recommend this book. Four STARS!
brandileigh2003 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
From the Dead is a story of sacrifice and second chances. It is beautifully written, emotional, and well paced. It begins pretty rough, Jesse, the main character is in a dead-end relationship, unable to get a job, with a cloud of depression hanging over him. There is cursing, drinking and drug use in the beginning, but if you stick with the story you realize that it is not without cause. He goes back to his hometown to get a fresh start and reconnects with his dad and realizes that he has a son he never knew about. I felt many emotions with Jesse as he gets to know his son, comes to terms with his minister father and the life he grew up with, and faces a medical problem of his own. The title is very appropriate for many reasons- his attempt to end his life, his reconnection with Christianity, and his sacrifice for his son. This is a spiritual journey interweaved in the story, but to me it never came across as preachy- just Jesse's personal battles, and his admiration of his father's life work- his church. His dad, Chuck and his sister Eden, are good examples of what Christians should look like and how they should act. They are the real thing and not hypocrites. They are not perfect by any means, but their love reigns. Even if you are not a religious person- don't pass over this story! It is touching, emotional and powerful!
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all i can say is WOW!! this was one incredible book!!!
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agapegrace More than 1 year ago
This book wowed me for several reasons. The main reason is that I love John Herrick's treatment of the subject matter. With this book, he breaks the mold on both extremes, and it defies being categorized in a particular genre. It deals with issues of the heart and of faith, but it's not specifically written only for those who would agree with the faith displayed by the character. Anyone of any belief system could enjoy reading about the character's journey and the portrait of a family reconnecting. From the Dead speaks of a character coming back to his faith, and all of it seems organic and has a feeling of realness to it, overall. There are a few moments where I feel a situation was too easily solved, but they contributed to the value of the story in a positive way. In the end we see a real-life portrait of a real-life man. Some of the things Jesse does aren't pretty and not things to write home about, but they depict his journey authentically. The real quality of the book was an extremely important thing for me. As a Christian, I rarely read Christian fiction because it seems to me that most of it has the A + B = C plot formula that so disgusts me because it always seems so artificial. Most of the time, those books don't present something that could be seen in real life, in my opinion, and are primarily evangelistic in tone. Like I said, the book defies being placed in a category. From the Dead didn't do that to the reader. It was refreshing to read a book that dealt with my faith in a way that I am not embarrassed of. It shows real life, refrains from being preachy, and possesses literary merit. Any book that is real enough to contain BOTH profanity AND ALSO clearly depict grace in action is simply bad-ass. That's real life, people!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, the story draws you in and keeps you engaged to the very end. It seemed to end too quickly.
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MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
There are so many things I could say about this book. It was edgy. It was heart-wrenching. It was honest. Bottom line...it had a lot of guts. In some ways the story made me think of a Nicholas Sparks novel, at least for the second half of the book. The first half was more gritty, especially the language - yeah, that included those touchy f-bombs. But it didn't upset me, because it truly fit the story. And I can't stand that word, but it wasn't overly done, in my opinion. It just made the characterization more real in my mind. I love a story that is emotionally gripping and makes me think about my own life. This book does that. I seriously didn't want to do anything except read this book and nearly read it straight through (darn that day job.) At times I kept thinking things were so intense that the author wouldn't go "there," and then he did. I thought, how much worse could this guy mess up his life? Not much more. But those things was essential in order to illustrate the change in Jesse that occurred later on. It made the story seem more real. One thing I really loved was the spiritual thread in this book. I didn't find it forced or sappy, and in fact, was more natural than many inspirational books I've read...because it was so honest. It was one of the books greatest strengths (besides the romance,) and thankfully, wasn't in the least bit corny. The main character did a lot of thinking about his life. For most people spirituality is part of that reflective process. The author did a fantastic job showing Jesse processing those things in his life. I don't often feel moved to tears, but numerous times as I read this story I started to get misty-eyed. And when it came to romance, the scenes between Jesse and Caitlyn were very powerful and emotionally evocative. Though the author is a man, he knows how to reach a woman's heart when he writes romance. I felt breathless several times. Truly! I loved the embedded message in this book about not running from your problems, or you'll never heal. I loved the message about the difference between selfish love (if you can even call it love) and unselfish, true love. Jesse discovered their was more to life than his initial ambitions in Hollywood, and that was powerfully illustrated when he returned home. Great plotting! In regards to main characters and secondary characters, the author mastered those distinctions. I felt like I knew everyone in this book personally. I understood them. The only weakness I found was an occasional point of view shift, but that only lasted a few sentences and then things were back on track. But the story was so incredible otherwise, that I'm not factoring that in to my rating at all. The fact that the author pulled no punches was the main reason this book resonated so much with me. The characterization was very strong. Everyone was three dimensional. There was a particular scene in the first half of the book that was so realistically written, it blew me away. It showed Jesse's pain and just how low his life had gotten. I was probably emotionally impacted in as much as Jesse was (and he's not even a real person!) In fact, through most of this book I felt like I was Jesse (and he's a guy, I'm not) so that is a sign of great writing. I felt like I lived in his head and wasn't pulled out of the story once. So if you aren't afraid of realistic, gritty language and scenes as long as there is a powerful faith message and a heart gripping plot,
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