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Jeth Cavanaugh is searching for a new life along one of Pennsylvania's mountain ridges when he stumbles upon a stable of show jumpers owned by Rob and Katie Chilton. Throw in a volatile gaited stallion named Dynamo, and Jeth will do anything to work there. Jeth earns his living by training and showing Rob's jumpers, but Dynamo is his primary passion.

Everything changes when God enters his life-in the unconventional form of a hard slap by an old girlfriend-and ignites a new, greater passion within Jeth. But along with fervor comes fear at the undeniable evidence of God's hand on his life. Inexplicable events, both good and bad, make him moan plaintively, "Why does God do this to me? I get the feeling I'm being set up for something."

He is, indeed. Jeth's life is anything but predictable, much like the God he serves. The real Dynamo and his ultimate trainer emerge out of an excruciating mix of disaster and brokenness, which are never beyond the reach of redemption.

This story is God in your face: Who is He really? What does He ask of us?

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 1.25 (inches)
ISBN: 162911006X
ISBN-13: 9781629110066

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Publisher's Description

Jeth Cavanaugh is searching for a new life along one of Pennsylvania's mountain ridges when he stumbles upon a stable of show jumpers owned by Rob and Katie Chilton. Throw in a volatile gaited stallion named Dynamo, and Jeth will do anything to work there. He earns his living by training and showing Rob's jumpers, but Dynamo is his primary passion.Everything changes when God enters his lifeAnd#8212;in the unconventional form of a hard slap by an old girlfriendAnd#8212;and ignites a new, greater passion within him. But along with fervor comes fear at the undeniable evidence of God's hand on his life. Inexplicable events, both good and bad, make him moan plaintively, "Why does God do this to me? I get the feeling I'm being set up for something."He is, indeed. Jeth's life is anything but predictable, much like the God he serves. The real Dynamo and his ultimate trainer emerge out of an excruciating mix of disaster and brokenness, which are never beyond the reach of redemption.This story is God in your face: Who is He, really? What does He ask of us?

Author Bio

Eleanor K. Gustafson has been publishing both fiction and nonfiction since 1978. Her short stories and articles have appeared in a number of national and local magazines. The Stones, published by Whitaker House in 2009, was her fourth novel.In many of her stories, Eleanor explores the cosmic struggle between good and evil in light of God's overarching work of redemption. A graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, she has been actively involved in church life as a minister's wife, teacher, musician, writer, and encourager. She has enjoyed a variety of experiences, from horses to house building, all of which have helped bring color and humor to her fiction.She and her husband live in Massachusetts, where he teaches philosophy. They travel extensively, spend time with their three children and eight grandchildren, and enjoy camping at the family forest in Chester, Vermont.

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  1. lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    good story
    March 3, 2017
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Jeth is a man searching and running at the same time. Jeth is a lover of horses, rides well and is knowledgeable, but dont say a word about God to him. Until he turns on a road that he thought took him somewhere else and he ends up at a small ranch with two people who love the Lord. Rob and Katie take him on though they can only offer him a roof over his head. They lay down some guidelines that Jeth must adhere to.

    Jeth is very transparent with the owners regarding his past and what he does and doesnt believe. However, more than anything, Jeth wants to get back to riding horses and showing them at various events. One would think the story couldnt be more than a nice tale that leads to redemption and reconciliation, but is it really?

    I found the book very compelling to read and couldnt help myself from turning pages long into the night! Jeth is a very interesting character whose spiritual experiences and questions are deep. He wont take platitude answers either. Jeth finds an elderly woman in the areas small congregation that understands him and mentors him some named Maybelle, or I should say she picks Jeth out.

    The interactions between various characters kept me very interested because I wasnt always able to see where the author was leading. What drew me most into the book were the spiritual themes running throughout the story. I am not sure exactly how to explain them, but yes there is faith, spiritual warfare and struggling with understanding suffering. However, Jeth has a spiritual encounter with God that changes him and challenges him in a way I dont remember reading in a story.

    A person doesnt need to understand the nuances of the various types of horses or shows that occur to really enjoy the tale that will grab your heart and mind. I cannot wait to see what the author offers to audiences next, but until then dont miss reading a very action-packed and highly engaging story!
  2. pautoyoung
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Dynamo
    February 15, 2017
    pautoyoung
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Dynamo by Eleanor Gustafson is a well-developed and written novel on redemption, temptation, and following Gods Holy Spirit when He nudges. I enjoyed the book immensely except for one part (which I wont comment and reveal.) in the plot that I wasnt expecting. Jeth Cavanaugh has just been released from prison and is looking to begin a new life, but who will hire an ex-con? God has someone in mind. As Jeth is walking on the backroads in Pennsylvania, he comes upon a small private horse farm in need of repair and an energetic stallion, Dynamo, that catches his eye. The owners, Rob and Katie, are Christians just starting out in buying, selling, and training horses to jump. Just up Jeffs alley. Jeth offers to work for just room and board in a small trailer and begins his journey back into the horse world. Along the way, influenced by Rob and Katie, he gives his life to God, but the temptations are great former friends, an old girlfriend, and even Katie. Can he survive and keep true to God? You will have to read and find out. This book kept my interest until the end, and I recommend it highly. I received a copy from the author and publisher of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
  3. calliegh
    Charlotte, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Men and Horses
    February 3, 2017
    calliegh
    Charlotte, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am not a big fan of horses. However, my daughters are. With that being said, the author does a wonderful job of imparting horse knowledge so that those of us not into horses could understand. That being said, horse knowledge was not the only thing that made this book so enjoyable. The twists within the plot and story line added to the tension and character paths. While Jeth takes his journey so will the reader. Does God really have a say in the shaping of our lives? It will have the reader exploring their own life and lessons learned.

    This is a page turner. I found myself unable to put it down. I received a copy through bookfun. The review was written because a book of this caliber deserves a review.
  4. jacquiR
    Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Dynamo
    January 30, 2017
    jacquiR
    Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Dynamo by Eleanor Gustafson is the first novel that I have read by this author. This novel is not just an interesting story to be read and enjoyed. This novel deals with real-life characters who struggle with issues like temptations, sin, loss, wrong choices, bad attitudes and behaviors. Yet, it also shows how Gods love, faith, forgiveness and hope can change people and situations.

    A wrong turn and a chance encounter with someone whom he might not have ever known has a lasting influence on the life of the main character, Jeth. Drawn to a field of fine-looking horses, Jeth takes a chance. What can a recently-released con lose just by stopping and inquiring about Morningstar Stables? Before his two years in prison, he had excelled at working with and training horses.

    Jeth Cavanaugh could not have ever imagined where this second chance would take him and how his life would be altered, once he met the God of his new boss and friend and an elderly saint, named Maybelle. Loss and tragedy play a part in his transformation, and God uses him in undeniable ways. A compelling and thought-provoking story. I received this novel through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
  5. nkwbookreviewer
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Captivating 5 Star Page Turner!
    January 28, 2017
    nkwbookreviewer
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Dynamo" is a 308 page Christian novel by author Eleanor Gustafson. This is the first book that I have read by author Gustafson and it was delightful. I really enjoyed it. Her style of writing is engaging. It drew me in quickly and kept my interest.

    Set in Pennsylvania's mountain this is an action packed story about a stallion called Dynamo. He is named that for a reason as he is not meek. It also is the tale of Jeth Cavanaugh. Jeth is a horse trainer and shows jumpers. He also is a man that does not want any part of God.

    Jeth works for room and board for a Christian couple, Rob and Katie Chilton. They make certain demands on him in exchange for living with them. The change it brings about in Jeth is apparent. I loved reading about him and his relationship with Maybelle from church.

    The author has written characters that are relatable, well rounded, and even flawed. They will become friends that grab readers and pull you right into the story, even secondary characters are wonderful. The author writes smooth dialog and plenty of it.

    You don't have to be from horse country to enjoy this book. Anyone will glean many things. You will learn all about horses, training, and showing them. This Christian book has messages of love, redemption, mercy, forgiveness, and faith in God. It is about having faith in God and His purpose for our lives. It even touches on what other forces work against us, spiritual warfare, and suffering.

    I would highly recommend this wonderfully written book. It is well researched, organized, and written. It is thought provoking, entertaining, and enlightening. This is an excellent novel. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend it.

    I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Eleanor (Ellie) Gustafson
Located in: Haverhill MA
Submitted: February 13, 2014

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I grew up in northern New Jersey at a time when the cow population outnumbered people. God planted me in a small town and declared it VERY GOOD.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  In that small town lived a couple who had horses and cared about kids. Also, the Sussex Co. Farm and Horse Show came every summer. That's the horse part of DYNAMO. The God part is more complicated, but remember, He planted and shaped me.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I want readers to enjoy the horse world, but more importantly, I want them to see God through new eyes. Who is He really? What does He ask of us?

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Several of the characters--Maybelle especially--taught me a lot about this unpredictable God. In one of her interactions with Jeth, she quotes Scripture: "I can do all things through Christ who...weakens me" (the Maybelle Revised Version), but that's just the word Jeth (and I) need.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  The small town of my birth, Wheaton College, a rich batch of friends and family, music, art, and literature classics (my two favorite books are JANE EYRE and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE). Writing itself has become a means of both accessing and sharing the God of all wonders.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I should mention my previous book, THE STONES: A Novel of the Life of King David. It not only got excellent reviews, but men relate to David the warrior, and women to Abigail, David's third and most practical wife. DYNAMO, too, should play well with men--on many levels.

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