A small church. A new pastor. An old murder.
Andy Fitzsimmons, fresh out of seminary, arrives in Pottersfield, Oklahoma, as the new Pastor of a small Baptist church. Then he hears a rumor that one of his White church members murdered a Black man on church property thirty years earlier. The excitement of uncovering the truth spurs him to take chances and dig into the past. When Andy does uncover the truth, he finds his own past uncovered as well.
"On the Banks of the Jordan is a powerful story of a young pastor's search for truth and justice in a small Oklahoma town. In investigating a nearly thirty-year-old murder, the pastor, Andy Fitzsimmons, agitates church leaders, places himself in danger, and drives his wife away. Beneath the surface of this mystery is a reminder that churches and Christians often struggle with hatred, bigotry, and judgmental attitudes. On the Banks of the Jordan offers a significant lesson about how to live as an authentic Christian in narrow-minded and sometimes hostile settings."
- Pamela Durso, associate executive director, Baptist History and Heritage Society, Atlanta, Georgia, and author of The Story of Baptists in the United States
"I was captivated, intrigued, and challenged as I read this book. It felt like the results of combining Dan Brown with Frank Peretti! This mystery was a page-turner with a spiritual edge!"
- Eric Bryant, Navigator at Mosaic in Los Angeles, and author of Peppermint-Filled Pinatas: Breaking Through Tolerance and Embracing Love (www.ericbryant.org)