In Spirit & Truth

In Spirit & Truth

by David Hopper

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In Spirit & Truth by David Hopper

IN SPIRIT & TRUTH is a story of race, love, social pressures, and personal change, across multiple cultures. Bobby Johnson's family was part of the great northern migration of the post-war 1950s, leaving the family farm and seeking a better life and dependable work in Michigan's then-booming auto industry. During the annual layoff for model-year changeover and at every other opportunity, however, the family returns home to rural Alabama, to live with Bobby's grandparents. Deep in that segregated south and amid the racial tensions of the summer of 1963, 10-year-old Bobby meets Millicent Cummins (Mercy), a 9-year-old African-American girl. The story follows their complicated and unlikely relationship through three tumultuous decades.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014652575
Publisher: David Hopper
Publication date: 06/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

DAVID HOPPER is, as has been said of so many others in academia, not the kind of doctor who can do you any good. He lives with his wife in the woods of rural Michigan. In Spirit & Truth is his first published work of fiction.

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In Spirit & Truth 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so great, it made me cry more than once. The story is so moving - I loved that Bobby and Mercy could have such a beautiful and understanding friendship throughout the years despite the racial tensions surrounding them. It's an unexpected story - not your typical and predictable "love story." This was a book I couldn't put down! I am excited to see what David Hopper will write next!
Tsteere More than 1 year ago
This book is soulful and surprising. It is a story if unlikely friendship and family love that can survive and grow in difficult circumstances. It is honest and relatable and causes the reader to look carefully at past and present biases they themselves may fall into. The characters are believable and multidimensional. I found myself feeling as if they were a part of my family and hated to see the end of the book come. I look forward to more stories like this one from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a simple, moving story, told without a trace of cynicism! In Spirit & Truth would be a perfect selection for book club discussions of race, childhood innocence, and the nature of true friendship in difficult times.
ByThePenofBenWilliams More than 1 year ago
One day, perhaps soon, when America will finally have arrived at truly being a post racial society , Dave Hopper's book may well be one of the the torches  that lit the way.  In Spirit & Truth is an effective narrative serving as much a catharsis for racism and classism as it does for the hope of redemption---secular and spiritual. A coming of age story presented in the context of 30 years, from the 1960s to the late 1980s, In Spirit &Truth  recounts the experiences of immensely engaging characters; the main characters are Bobby and Mercy, one is Caucasian the other African American. Bobby's immediate family are Michigan residents who are transplants from Alabama where the larger family has lived for generations dating back to before  the Civil War. Mercy lives on property once owned by Bobby's family and her family's history also extends to pre-Civil War times. During the course of their friendship--which comes about during one of the annual visits to Alabama Bobby's family takes--a difficult love develops between Bobby and Mercy, one that is heavily influenced by the social turmoil of the times. Ultimately both families are transformed by extraordinary events in their personal lives that mend deeply complex psyche and spiritual wounds. As a colleague of the author, and as an African American male, I obviously brought baggage to this reading. Also, I have the added baggage of being a host of an internet based radio show (21st Century Ideas with Dr. Robert) where I offer opinions about personal and professional relationship dynamics. That said, I believe there is enough professional objectivity in me to give In Spirit &Truth an honest assessment. My introductory statement offers a sizable chunk of that assessment. Here are some final chunks: get this book and read it. Make it the centerpiece of book club discussions. Make it a must reading in any serious discussions about race and diversity.  Let these characters become for you what they became for me: stark reminders about how race in America still matters very much.  And as you do, have fun reading it; it is as wonderfully rendered as it is sobering.
JLSfromMI More than 1 year ago
This brilliantly written story can convey so many important lessons about life.  Dr. Hopper realistically depicts racial tension which not only existed in the South years ago, but sadly at times rears its ugly head today.  The ups and downs of life are portrayed in a number of the characters makes the story a not only realistic, but relatable.  After having read this novel two times now, what I appreciate more than any other aspect of this work was the lesson and value of true friendship.  Bobby and Mercy were too unlikely candidates to even become friends, let alone life-time best friends.  Through this novel the reader will be able to see the journey Bobby and Mercy take, as they discover even through the ups and downs of life, in a culture and society which can sometimes be very ugly, true friendship and love can survive anything and lasts a life time.  
AngelaM1 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a Canadian, black/white racial tensions weren't nearly as "high profile" for me as they were (are?) in the States - so I especially appreciated his perspective on racism in the north during that time - that, although much more subtly expressed, was still undeniably present. And the way he used the narrator's own assumptions and naiveté to highlight the vast differences between his own world and that of Mercy's was very effective and often just plain funny. More than one laugh, at Bobby's expense! :) I'm not one for trying to identify "themes" in a book - but if I were forced to choose, in this case it would be something like "love prevails" - even if it has a different shape from what was originally envisioned. Tragedy appears in its various forms throughout - but in each case, the willingness and the ability of the characters to accept the loss and keep going is in itself a kind of triumph. Particularly with Bobby and Mercy - the fulfillment of their "love story" was thwarted by the cultural forces of their day - but their response to those same forces resulted in that rarest of friendships that - in some ways at least - may even be "better" than marriage. Last, but absolutely not least, of all the characters in the story, Mercy "came to life" for me the most - she is a person I would have loved to meet in "real life", but will be content with having met her on the page at least. Really, really good story - when is the next one coming out? : )