Necessary Heartbreak

Necessary Heartbreak

by Michael J. Sullivan
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Necessary Heartbreak by Michael J. Sullivan

An extraordinary journey back in time shows a struggling single dad that the faith he’s lost is still alive—and stronger than ever. . . .

Michael Stewart has weathered his share of hardships: a troubled childhood, the loss of his mother, even the degradation of living on the city streets. Now he’s raising his teenaged daughter, Elizabeth, on his own and doing the best he can at work and at home. But he’s turned his back on his faith—that is, until the morning Michael and Elizabeth volunteer for a food pantry at their local church. While storing boxes in the basement, they step through a mysterious door . . . and find themselves in first-century Jerusalem during the tumultuous last week of Jesus Christ’s life. It is a dangerous and violent place, where doing what your heart tells you is right can get you imprisoned—or worse—and they are thankful to take refuge with a kind widow. But when they come face-to-face with Judas Iscariot and the condemned Christ himself, Michael realizes that before they can escape Jerusalem, he must experience history’s most necessary and shattering heartbreak—and that pain and loss must happen if Michael is to be set free: to live, love, and reclaim the blessings he has in the present day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439184257
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 04/20/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 188,405
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Michael J. Sullivan is an author and sports writer living in New York who graduated from St. John's University, and is a member of the McDonald's All-American Selection Boys Basketball Committee and the Parade All-American Selection Committee.  Michael hosted sports radio shows on WGBB on Long Island, NY, and WEVD 1050AM in New York City, as well as worked with ESPN and Sporting News.  In addition to writing the When Time Forgets series, Michael covers high school and college sports for Fox-owned, which involves daily activity on ten to twelve message boards as well as writing approximately 100 articles each month.

Michael has published a number of books through established trade houses, including the trivia book So You Think You're a New Yorker, which was an iconic work lauded by columnist Cindy Adams.  In addition, he published seven sports-themed books for children through Enslow, and a volume of a children’s book series through HarperCollins.

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Necessary Heartbreak 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
CKent More than 1 year ago
I must admit, I'm not the strongest reader on this planet, but as soon as I picked up "Necessary Heartbreak" I could not put it down! We hear that term all the time, don't we? Well, in this case it can't be overstated! I did not put this book down until I had read it cover to cover! (That's about 7 hours for us knuckle-draggers!) When I had finished it, I felt as though I had watched a major motion picture! It took one of the oldest stories ever told, and put a modern twist on it without disrespecting the original, nor challenging anyone's beliefs! I can't wait for the next installment of this trilogy! I think I smell a movie here! Tell your friends, they'll thank you for it!
Deanocuse More than 1 year ago
The story was great and was hard to put the book down. I read it in one day and I'm so forward to reading the next in the series. This is a possible movie later on down the road. Great job by M. Sullivan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book in trilogy. It's a gritty read, much different than Everybody's Daughter and its prequel, An Angel Comes Home. In this story, Michael and Elizabeth Stewart witness some of the brutality Christ suffered. It gives them a new perspective about how much pain Jesus went through. I recommend this for anyone who is also suffering from a lack of faith. 
LoveChristianFiction More than 1 year ago
Michael J. Sullivan has written an incredible first novel, the first book of the trilogy. He places his characters in First-Century Jerusalem, interacting with the apostles Peter and Judas as well as Christ Himself. It is a tense, action-adventure that keeps you turning the pages quickly. I loved the relationship between the father and daughter. Leah is a beautifully detailed character, both mystical and intriguing. Mr. Sullivan does a fine job with the plot and has us on edge right until the end -- waiting anxiously for the second book.
lissabird More than 1 year ago
You MUST read this book! I was so enthralled that I literally read it in one marathon session over the course of an evening. It is a great action/adventure story with a time traveling twist (admittedly, a favorite literary device of mine)... but it is so much more than that! Full of complicated love stories (husband/wife; parent/child, etc.) and questions of faith and belief. I hate to sound trite, but it really did make me laugh and cry at turns... and truly made me think as well. I can't wait for the rest of this trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story! I look foward to starting the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this ebook because I had received the second volume (Everybody's Daughter) free through the Free Fridays Nook program. Somehow, for $11, I expected something more than 200 pages - almost a short story. It's a good story, but save your money and read Everybody's Daughter - it stands on its own, and it's a good yarn. And a lot less expensive.
ReaderwriterBarb More than 1 year ago
Necessary Heartbreak by Mike J. Sullivan published by Gallery Books, copyright 2010 is a novel you can't miss. I couldn't put it down once I started reading, since I was hooked from the first chapter. The main characters are a single dad and his daughter, Michael and Elizabeth. Journey with them through life's obstacle course in the world, as we know it today, as well as through first-century Jerusalem. Michael losses two important women in his life, loves of his life, his mother and his wife. Left with his daughter to raise, he strives to do the best he can and vows never to leave her or allow anyone to hurt her. But, in Jerusalem, Roman soldiers threaten to overpower him, and one wants Elizabeth for his wife. She's only 14, not even allowed to kiss, so Michael is determined not to let this solider have his way with his daughter, but can he save her? While helping the local church with food pantry items, Elizabeth finds a trap door and explores while Michael goes back upstairs for more items. He returns and follows his daughter through the hole in the basement floor to a world that's only existed in the pages of the Bible. After the loss of his mother and living on New York streets homeless, his faith is shaken, but he soon discovers Jesus is real when Jesus looks at him and says, "Heartbreak is necessary for one to understand how great God's gift of time truly is." He asks Michael if he's there to life his burden, or to help Jesus with his. Then, Jesus informs him that he shouldn't look too far, since his daughter can lift his burden. Without the help of a beautiful green-eyed lady in Jerusalem, Leah, Michael and his daughter would have been easy prey for the Roman soldiers, but will her help be enough to save Elizabeth from marrying an unknown Roman soldier, or will she be forced to become his wife to save herself and her father? A novel that truly mixes life's problems of today and blends them with history, this book will enrich your life and soul. It's a pleasurable read I started late on a Friday evening and completed on the following Sunday. And, it deciphers today's teens well, always in a hurry with earbuds tucked in their ears. Parents of today compete with Ipods, cell phones, and electronics for attention. But, Michael and Elizabeth are whisked back in time and history where no electronic gadgets can aid their rescue, and Liz, as she's called by her friends, has to learn to deal with life on a very humble level without her cell phone. She's grateful for her father and never wants him to leave her side. Will their world ever return to normal? If it does, will Leah be a part of it, or will they be forced to leave her to the Roman soldiers? Will heartbreak be necessary for all of them to survive? In my honest and humble opinion, this novel is a must read, and one of the best books I've read since last summer when I read Lynn Austin's All She Ever Wanted.
denski More than 1 year ago
Sad to say but I have not read a book in years!! Now I can not wait until
this great author MJ SULIVAN strikes again.......I could not put it down.
I read it with a flash light in bed just so my wife did't at me scream. Although after she read the book she enjoyed it so much that I wouldn't have got in trouble. I love the way the author went back and forth in time and the relation between the father and daughter was so real Sullivan did a great job with it. It justed seem so real like you were there. I can't say enough. Great Work Mike!! Lets get the next one on the
shelves soon......... Denski NPT
Progoil More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I couldn't wait to finish it because I needed to know what happened. I can't wait for the next books in the series and I look forward to reading them. Wish they were here already. This book makes you appreciate your kids and the people around you that you love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will keep you entertained, wondering what the next turn will bring. The character development is strong and predictable, but the relationships and what they are built upon (family, love, etc) are remarkable. I look forward to following M.J. and his characters through many novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clean book. Good for teenagers. For those without faith or with faith. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She ran in tears streaming down her face.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short but thrilling story about finding a miracle in a church. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel that this story is more for teens/young adults who are versed in the stories of the bible. The description and content are geared to that audience. The storyline is endearing and has a lesson. This would make a wonderful family made-for-TV movie to be shown around the Easter holiday.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book. I read the whole trilogy, and  I love it!
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Jesus is here for all of us. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this for Easter. The story gave me hope about making it in this cruel world. Christ gives me hope. He gives all of us hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast story about holy week. Wish there were more interactions with Jesus.
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SSNENA More than 1 year ago
I thought Necessary Heartbreak and Everybody's Daughter were very good reads. I felt like I was right there with them as they experienced Christ giving his life to save ours.  Michael and Elizabeth Stewart  step back in time and witness some of the brutality Christ suffered. It gives them a new perspective about how much pain Jesus went through. He places his characters in First-Century Jerusalem, interacting with the apostles Peter and Judas as well as Christ Himself. It is a tense, action-adventure that keeps you turning the pages quickly. I loved the relationship between the father and daughter. Every teenage religion should be required this as part of their curriculum.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for an interesting time travel book, don't get this one. Don't get me wrong, this story is cute, a father and daughter trying to reconnect during the terrible teenage years, but lacks any real time travel traction. The story has the father and daughter walking through a church basement tunnel and finding themselves in Jerusalem during the time of Christ. No one there finds the pair to be particularly out of place, despite their clothing and lack of knowledge with local customs. When the father realizes whats happening, he only seems to be remotely interested in a major historical moment taking place. Theres an occasional wow-look-where-we're-at, but thats it. The time travel aspect of this book is about as scene setting as a tree or a bush. If you read this, do it for the father/daughter dynamic, theres not much more than a passing mention to anything else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago