The Bell Messenger  -     By: Robert Cornuke, Alton Gansky
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The Bell Messenger

Howard Books / 2008 / Paperback

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When a Union soldier shoots a Confederate preacher, the dying man gives him a Bible. Generations later, John Brandon receives the same Bible when it's unearthed in a Saudi Arabian cave. Searching for previous owners, Brandon discovers hidden gold---and acquires pursuers hungry for the treasure. An archaeological thriller of life, death, and history changed forever. 224 pages, softcover from Howard.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 7.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1416549811
ISBN-13: 9781416549819
Availability: In Stock

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Publisher's Description

A suspenseful yet touching story of a Civil war Bible that pops up again and again over a century and shapes the very history of the nation.

This rich and involving historical and archeological thriller begins as a Union soldier, Tate, shoots a Confederate preacher known as the Bell Messenger and is bequeathed a worn Bible by the dying man. Tate's historical narrative parallels the contemporary story of John Brandon, who has just graduated college in 2000 and received the very same Bible, unearthed in a Saudi Arabian cave, as a gift.

The potent history of this book is revealed as Brandon searches for its previous owners, along the way uncovering the existence of a mysterious cache of gold hidden during Old Testament times -- which brings shadowy figures hot on Brandon's heels, hungry for the gold and desperate to learn the new clues he possesses.

As the past and present intertwine, the reader learns that this Bible has passed through many hands over the years. From the Civil War to the building of the Central Pacific Railroad, to the gang wars and the holding of Chinese slaves in nineteenth-century California, to the trenches of World War I, Brandon learns of the lives this Bible has saved, the deaths it has caused, and the history it has changed forever.

Author Bio

Robert Cornuke: The president of the Bible Archaeological Search and Exploration Institute, Robert Cornuke is an internationally known author and speaker. He has lectured on Bible history around the world more than a thousand times and conducted a Bible study at the White House under special request from the White House staff. He has led dozens of international Bible research expeditions, including travels to Ethiopia, Israel, Egypt, Arabia, Turkey, Iran, and Malta. His research into the archaeology of Bible times has resulted in appearances on the History Channel, National Geographic Television, CBS, MSNBC, CBN, Fox, and TBN’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Alton Gansky: Alton Gansky is the author of twenty published novels and six nonfiction works. A Christy Award finalist (for A Ship Possessed) and an Angel Award winner (for Terminal Justice), he is a frequent speaker at writer's conferences and other speaking engagements. Alton brings an eclectic background to his writing: he has been a firefighter, and he spent ten years in architecture and twenty-two years in pulpit ministry. He now writes full-time from his home in southern California where he lives with his wife.

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  1. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    November 9, 2013
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The story begins during the Civil War. Confederate soldiers are hunting a deer to quell their starvation. What they don't realize is that Union soldiers have also spotted the deer and the Confederates. The Confederates unknowingly walk into an open field and seal their fate. Soon the Union soldiers are scavenging anything of value off the dead Confederates. The Union leader, Jeremiah Tate, realizes he has shot a young teenage boy and is racked with guilt. Before dying, the boy presses the Union leader to take his Bible. Thereafter, Jeremiah Tate's life will change, but in what manner?

    Flash to the future and see Gary Brandon receive a box with what appears to be some very old, valuable objects as a college graduation gift from his drunken uncle. Gary wonders where his uncle got this stuff and if he got it legally. He finds an old Bible in the box, opens it and reads the letters inside. He immediately senses the Bible is not his to keep and begins searching for family of the last known owner. His search uncovers some very interesting characters and history, but can he find the Bible's true home?

    This is a very interesting, entertaining and unique story that will hold the reader's interest throughout. The use of flashback to follow the path of the Bible's journey is used effectively. At first, some holders of the Bible believe it to have magic or mystical power, but eventually realize it is not the book itself that has power, but the words inside. The words have the power to change lives, saving lives and giving lives to those who become messengers and share what is inside the Bible. The journey starts with a 14-year-old boy, Elijah Bell, and his willingness to go to war to fight, but his war was fought in the spiritual realm, fighting for the souls of men. To read about the many lives transformed by this one messenger who was willing to obey the call of the Lord was fascinating. How many lives can you change if you're willing to answer the Lord's call?
  2. West Plains, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book is great in every way
    January 21, 2011
    Rebekah S
    West Plains, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is so good (as are the other books by Robert Cornuke)!! It is one of my all-time favorites and just about everyone would enjoy it! My twelve-year-old sister and teenage brothers read it and liked it as well!! I love the history, the action, and the suspense...the story is so vivid that I found myself swept away with the characters and couldn't put the book down!! I have recommended this book to all my friends because it is well-written and the way the Bible is intertwined in the plot is truly wonderful!!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 26, 2009
    Aedr M.
    This is, by far, the best novel i've read. It makes you realize the power of GOD's Word. I'm buying more copies to give to family and friends. I know this will make a beautiful present. I couldn't put the book down and my 12 year old son kept asking me how long it'll take me to finish reading it so he can get his chance too!
  4. Dallas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 29, 2009
    Tamara Lewis
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    I really couldn't put this book down. The author weaved the storylines in a way that kept you wanting more, and seamlessly weaved the story from the past and the present. Little by little, the pieces are revealed and the story of the characters come to life.Definitely reccommend this book.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    February 20, 2009
    Joyce Player
    I enjoyed this book. Quick read. Great story. Showing that doing the right thing can take us on a journey of blessings that otherwise would have been lost.
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