Twelve Gates to the City

Twelve Gates to the City

by Daniel Black
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Twelve Gates to the City 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
LionWhoReadsALot More than 1 year ago
Forgiveness and Accountability are keys to this Gate. Dr. Black did the impossible ¿ create a sequel to ¿They Tell me of a Home¿ that is poignant and resonates in blackness, country lore and black life. Being raised by two black southern parents, Dr. Black¿s writings take me back to when I was a little girl sitting at my grandmother¿s feet as she told stories about life that I still remember to this day. We are back in Swamp Creek with TL and all the characters along with new ones: Cliffesteen and Aunt Easter and Zeke that will weave a story that is unforgettable. I started reading this book in my car in my driveway as I returned from the post office ¿ by page 14 I was in tears and now have vowed to address some of my own family issues that Twelve Gates has opened up. Get ready to be revealed, get ready to be empowered, get ready to go through the twelve gates! Dr. Black does an EXCELLENT job of incorporating spirituality, symbolism, sex and stigmas that pushes the reader to THINK, THANK and GET IT TOGETHER!!! This book is a TREAT ¿ the characters are rich and STRONG and the women symbolism is unforgettable. EVERY community needs a Meeting Tree and the spiritual references along with strong black history makes Twelve Gates to the City my favorite read for 2011 ¿ hands down. Tommy Lee¿s story is far from over¿
sistagurlsread More than 1 year ago
A must Read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has brought me someplace i have never been. This book moved my spirit and heart. I laughed, cried and reconsidered some things in my life. I collect books like this one and this is one of my favorites, ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gets really slow at times unlike Perfect Peace and the one just prior(can't recall the title right now). I almost wanted to quit. Good portrail of family dynamics and the issues that arise when people make decisions that affect so many others. Many passages that made me think!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr. Black did it again! I was not disappointed & you will not be either! Great sequel! Can't wait until your next book!
Birkenstocklover More than 1 year ago
Dr. Daniel Black has done it again! Readers return with TL to Swamp Creek, Arkansas to uncover family and community secrets. As readers travel on the dusty roads of Swamp Creek, Black takes us on an amazing journey of self discovery, love, and wisdom. It's an awesome novel that belongs in every library!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am probably the only person to respond this way.........but as I read this series I had the feeling that there was a subliminal message being given to me as I read. Mr. Black definitely has a talent for getting a message across and does it beautifully. Although he had plenty of religious doctrine included, he used it in a way that justified his message. What is the message you might ask, well you will just have to read it to find out. I really wanted to read this book to find out what really happened to Sister, but when it was all said and done I still don't "really" know what happened to her. A lot is left up to the reader's imagination and what I imagined from what was given could come out of a horror story. Really! I must remind myself that this must be a work of fiction, because not even southern charm , lore, or tradition could make me believe that a family would protect Willie James for "all" the stuff he did in this book. I read this series because I really enjoyed his other book "Perfect Peace", but this series has left me with sense of unrest. I will not be reading any more books by this author. I also purchased A Sacred Place, but I will donate it to the local library.
LynnLD More than 1 year ago
TL has returned to his hometown of Swamp Creek, Arkansas for a family visit.  He is a Ph.D. who lives in New York.  He gets on the bus to return home, but something pulls him back and he gets off the bus to stay.  He ends up taking the vacant teaching post left open after the teacher’s death.  He realizes that there is something he needs to know. TL discovers that the former teacher was his biological mother and that she had had an affair with his father. This helps explain why he’d had such a strained relationship with Marion, the woman who raised him.  He also searches for answers to the mystery surrounding his younger sister’s death, and is constantly warned that there are some things best left alone. The book is filtered with strong wisdom and shows how the Southern folks used humor to cope with the harsh realities of life.  
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