His father is dying back home. He leaves school immediately-and when he arrives back in New Canaan, he's in time to convert his dying father and save his soul. Before old man Lyon dies, Gabriel also makes a devastating promise: he will take over the family plantation. He takes to his tasks willingly, for Gabriel knows that no matter what he thought about his life purpose, God always makes His own plans.
With his father gone, Gabriel must become the head of the house, the head of the plantation, and the slave master. As the Civil War inches closer and closer to their home, however, it becomes apparent that Gabriel is called for more than he expected: more than a preacher and more than a plantation owner. He has been called to save his plantation, save his family, and possibly, save his country.
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The Holy Spirit is all over this book. A great Christmas gift for anyone, teen to senior adult.
In the late 1850s, Gabriel Lyon heir to the New Canaan planation in Baton Rouge leaves home to attend Amherst College in Maine. His father is bitterly disappointed in his son, but could not grasp Gabriel's calling and his loathing of slavery since he was five years old. Gabriel considers his family's slave Liza as his mother instead of the woman who birthed him and knows his dad would die of heart failure if he met his son's best friend Charles Wood. In 1860 nearing graduation and chosen by a small congregation as their preacher, Gabriel asks Professor Hall to bless his marrying the latter's daughter Josephine. However, a letter arrives informing Gabriel his father is dying. He returns home and helps his father save his soul while making a deathbed promise to his dad that he would run New Canaan; his faith in the Lord tells him this is God's mysterious plan for him. As he tries to save the plantation, be a devoted man of God, and a good husband, Gabriel finds the Civil War encroaching on him, his family, his slaves and his neighbors. This is an insightful look at the south during the Civil War. A man of God, Gabriel is the glue who holds the well written story line together. However, it is the ensemble support cast that brings to life time and place; summed up by Ben who was a slave all his life and abruptly is declared a free man who has no idea how a free man lives. The Allen sisters provide a well written profound regional historical thriller. Harriet Klausner