Something That Lasts: a novel - eBook  -     By: James David Jordan
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Thomas Nelson / 2006 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 9781418561192
ISBN-13: 9781418561192

Publisher's Description

Ted Balik's public disclosure of an affair between his wife and the O'Fallon Bible Church pastor changes everything for Reverend David Parst and his family, plunging them into a struggle with God and one another that will span generations.

Reverend David Parst leads a seemingly picture-perfect life, but even his thriving church, outstanding reputation, and loving wife Sarah and son Jack, aren’t enough to keep him from stepping into an enticing, though deadly, trap. One Sunday afternoon, David realizes too late the consequences of playing with fire. Everything he’d built his life on, every success, every loving relationship, is cut out of his life. And his life isn’t the only one that’s broken. Will David’s family ever forgive him and accept him back? Should they?
Something That Lasts by James David Jordan is a somber book, dealing with the issues of adultery, suicide, death, and, finally, the hopeful rays of forgiveness. As David rebuilds his life in a small Texas town, Sarah tries to cope with the trials of single motherhood while young Jack nurtures his hatred toward his father and bitterness toward God, until that anger starts to define him. Ten years pass. Then twenty. The gap between father and son is now too wide to see across.
Sometimes it isn’t until one reaches rock bottom, when he’s convinced he’s lost everything, that he finds a small ounce of hope. Jordan has crafted a book that shows, not tells, and paints David, Jack, and Sarah with colors that we can interpret and relate to. In almost every scene, readers are not only right there in the room, but also inside each character’s head, seeing what he or she sees, feeling what is felt, and tasting the pain as if it is all happening to close friends.
Though most of the book flows seamlessly, a few of the scenes, including the climactic church scene, which is a little over-the-top, do too good of a job at portraying how tough life is for the Parsts. By the end of the book, almost everything bad that could have happened to them, indeed, has happened. This took away some of the realism, but strong character development more than made up for it.
The time jumps are handled as smoothly as possible, but can still disorient the reader. Though it takes a few pages to get back into the story and adjust to all the changes and new characters, Jordan weaves past and present so well that he can get back into the story from the first page and not lose the reader.
The ending isn’t one of happily-ever-after. Years are wasted that can never be reclaimed, and decisions are made that can never be reversed. But we see, more than anything, that God has to be involved for true healing to take place, and when the characters finally see His hand at work, it’s a moment for celebration.
With Something That Lasts, James David Jordan takes his first step as a novelist, and it’s a very natural, very powerful stride. His ability to set real-life struggles in a seemingly realistic world and, most importantly, to pave the way directly to the Answer to those struggles, makes him an author we’ll want to hear from more. – Elizabeth G. Goldsmith, Christian Book

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 16, 2009
    This review was written for Something That Lasts.
    I just finished reading this book and absolutely loved it! The author told a wonderful, sometimes heartwrenching story of how one man's wrong choice hurt his family and himself for decades to come. Ultimately, it is a story of the forgiveness and healing that is available to all of matter how terrible the sin.I highly recommend this book; it is a great read!
  2. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    August 12, 2008
    This review was written for Something That Lasts.
    I didn't care for the book, neither did my mom. It is not a book I will reread, in fact I am planning on selling it. Not a keeper for me.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 22, 2006
    Harriet Klausner
    This review was written for Something That Lasts.
    The Post-Dispatch named Reverend David Parst one of the fifty most influential leaders in the St. Louis area. David has a loving wife Sarah and a delightful twelve year old son Jack. His flock at the O'Fallon Bible Church thinks the world of him. He has everything going perfectly.<P>At church on Sunday David asks his congregation whether there is anything anyone had to say; a minor gesture that always resulted in accolades or silence. Not this time. Ted Balik rises and claims that David is having an affair with his wife Erika before walking out of the edifice to shoot himself. David is stunned as his wife demands he leave, his son is devastated, and the congregation fires him. Seeking redemption, David becomes pastor to a small church in Elsa, Texas.<P>A decade later David still needs forgiveness from his family and the Lord, but has no hopes as he keeps track of them albeit from a distance like serendipitously watching Jack play college baseball. Jack has become a corporate lawyer who abuses his wife Katie; she flees with their daughter Lynn to live with Sarah.<P>Though a deep Christian character study that looks closely at the impact of a major sin, the protagonist could have starred any person, regardless of religion, abusing their position of power that includes trust in the individual. Thus James David Jordan makes a strong case that a transgression involving trust can prove to be SOMETHING THAT LASTS for a lifetime (and more) as the sins of the father reappear in the offspring. Repenting and even redemption does not always erase the sin as life is not an etch a sketch; this is superior morality fiction as the key players involved with the scandal seem genuine at the time of the adultery and years later.<P>Harriet Klausner
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