Zora and Nicky - eBook  -     By: Claudia Mair Burney
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David C. Cook / 2010 / ePub

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Zora Johnson's daddy pastors a megabucks megachurch. Nicky Parker's father preaches old-time religion and old-fashioned racism. Nicky's a reformed playboy and Zora a misunderstood artist---and their first encounter is hardly a meeting of minds! Despite skin-deep differences, will two lost sheep from very different flocks find their Good Shepherd . . . and each other? 416 pages, softcover from Cook.

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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9781434765703
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Two Hearts, One God.? Should Anything Else Matter?

Zora Nella Hampton Johnson knows exactly where she comes from—and her daddy won't let her forget. Of course for that privilege he keeps her in Prada and Kate Spade, Coach and YSL. He chooses her boyfriend, her car, her address, and ignores her love of painting, art, and the old ways of her grandaddy's soulful AME church—where the hymns pleaded, cajoled, and raised the roof. Her daddy may be a preacher, but some-where among the thousands of church members, the on-site coffee house, and the JumboTron, Zora lost God. And she wants Him back.

Nicky Parker, a recent graduate of Berkeley and reformed playboy, also suffers the trials of being a preacher's kid, and he can't remember the last time he saw eye-to-eye with his white, racist, Southern Baptist father. What he does remember—and it will be forever burned in his brain despite myriad prayers to Jesus—is the way Zora looked the first time he saw her. Like Nefertiti. Only better. When they meet at a bible study far from their respective home churches, the first churlish, sarcastic sparks that fly sizzle with defensiveness. But God has a special way of feeding the flames and though of different flocks, these two lost sheep will find Him and much, much more.

Click here to listen to an interview with Claudia Mair Burney: http://buzzplant.com/zoranicky/ecard1/#/author-interview/

Author Bio

Claudia Mair Burney is the author of the novel Zora and Nicky: A Novel in Black and White, as well as the Amanda Bell Brown Mysteries and the Exorsista series for teens. Her work has appeared in Discipleship Journal magazine, The One Year Life Verse Devotional Bible, and Justice in the Burbs. She lives in Michigan with her husband, five of their seven children, and a quirky dwarf rabbit.

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The voice of beautiful Zora Nella Hampton Johnson—her name echoing the author of her favorite novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God—will take you up and carry you along until she utters her very last syllable. Anger, laughter and delight come from Zora's sharp, sassy tongue as if she is talking out loud. Burney's gift for voice is not limited to her heroine, though it takes her longer to get the other main character, Nicky Parker, the handsome but poor son of a racist pastor, to shine as distinctly as Zora. At this novel's heart are love and race—what happens when a self-described BAP (black American princess), the daughter of a famous megachurch leader, falls in love with a young white man. Zora and Nicky's dialogue about race is unflinching, with attitude, honesty and occasional humor. Burney pushes her prose to the edge of the edgiest in the “Christian fiction” genre, and then barrels right over. She doesn't sugar-coat, especially when it comes to sex, yet she manages to create a love story that's both erotic and chaste. Faith in Jesus comes to life on the page through Zora and Nicky's intense, if imperfect, soul searching. Though parts are a bit melodramatic, Burney gives readers a page-turner for all audiences, Christian and beyond. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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    After a few pages I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue reading but decided there was something much deeper happening in this story so I read the entire book. This book is about two young individuals who decide they don't want to follow in their parents' faith. They step out to find the truth of the gospel for themselves. The story is very real and the author holds nothing back. So yes, it is a great story - just a little too uncomfortable for me but I applaud the author for tackling the issues of racism and sexuality.
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