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From the Dead
     

From the Dead

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by John Herrick
 

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A preacher's son, a father in hiding, a guilty heart filled with secrets: When Jesse Barlow escaped to Hollywood, he hungered for fame-but eleven years of failure result in a drug-induced suicide attempt. Revived at death's doorstep, Jesse returns to his Ohio hometown to make amends with his preacher father, a former love, and Jesse's own secret son

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A preacher's son, a father in hiding, a guilty heart filled with secrets: When Jesse Barlow escaped to Hollywood, he hungered for fame-but eleven years of failure result in a drug-induced suicide attempt. Revived at death's doorstep, Jesse returns to his Ohio hometown to make amends with his preacher father, a former love, and Jesse's own secret son. But Jesse's renewed commitment becomes a baptism by fire when his son's advanced illness calls for a sacrifice-one that could cost Jesse the very life he regained. A story of mercy, hope, and second chances, From The Dead captures the human spirit with tragedy and joy.

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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

"A solid debut novel." - Akron Beacon Journal

"A solid read with a powerful spiritual message." - The Midwest Book Review

Akron Beacon Journal
A solid debut novel.
Midwest Book Review
Powerful.
The Phantom Tollbooth
Brilliant... There is a heart and integrity to Herrick's writing
Library Journal
Jesse Barlow left Ohio at the age of 18 to meet fame and fortune in Hollywood. Those dreams never materialized, and, after a failed suicide attempt, he returns home, moves in with his sister, and begins work as a maintenance man at his preacher father's church. Finally, he gets up the nerve to visit Caitlin, the high school sweetheart he had left behind, only to learn a secret that will forever change his life. VERDICT This debut novel features strong characterizations and a well-drawn story, but its occasional preachiness may limit its appeal to more conservative CF readers. Still, readers who enjoy prodigal son tales like Rhys Bowen's Evan Help Us may want to try this.

Product Details

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)

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Doug Wead
"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 )

Meet 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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From The Dead 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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