The Testament   -     By: John Grisham
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The Testament

Random House / 1999 / Hardcover

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Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His heirs, to no one's surprise-especially Troy's-are circling like vultures. Nate O'Riley is a high-octane Washington litigator who's lived too hard, too fast, for too long. His second marriage is in shambles, he is emerging from his fourth stay in rehab armed with little more than his fragile sobriety, good intentions, and resilient sense of humor. Returning to the real world is always difficult, but this times it's going to be murder. Rachel Lane is a young woman who chose to give her life to God, who walked away from the modern world with all its strivings and trappings and encumbrances, and went to live and work with a primitive tribe of Indians in the deepest jungles of Brazil. In a story that mixes legal suspense with a remarkable adventure, their lives are forever altered by the startling secret of The Testament.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 435
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 9.58 X 6.65 X 1.60 (inches)
ISBN: 0385493800
ISBN-13: 9780385493802

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Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States.  He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die.  His heirs, to no one's surprise--especially Troy's--are circling like vultures.

Nate O'Riley is a high-octane Washington litigator who's lived too hard, too fast, for too long.  His second marriage in a shambles, and he is emerging from his fourth stay in rehab armed with little more than his fragile sobriety, good intentions, and resilient sense of humor.  Returning to the real world is always difficult, but this time it's going to be murder.

Rachel Lane is a young woman who chose to give her life to God, who walked away from the modern world with all its strivings and trappings and encumbrances, and went to live and work with a primitive tribe of Indians in the deepest jungles of Brazil.

In a story that mixes legal suspense with a remarkable adventure, their lives are forever altered by the startling secret of The Testament.

Author Bio

John Grisham lives with his family in Virginia and Mississippi.

Editorial Reviews

"An entertaining page-turner...his best novel in years."—USA Today

"A compulsory page-turner."—Newsweek

"Entertaining."—The New York Times Book Review

"Absorbing...the pages fly by."—Chicago Tribune


From the Paperback edition.

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  1. Fulton, NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Testiment
    August 26, 2014
    Kathy
    Fulton, NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My sister recommended this book to me since we as a family were going through a similar situation with an alcoholic family member. Some of this book is rather raw but it treats life as it is, not what we would like it to be. In the end, this story of redemption is both intriguing and wonderful. It is an easy and exciting read. I enjoyed this book a lot and would recommend it to all.
  2. Age: 18-24
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 5, 2011
    Diane
    Age: 18-24
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Very good book. First and only book I read from this author so far, but I reallllly liked it. The story is fun to read, interesting and different. I was surprised to see how strong the Christian message is in that book. I wasn't expecting to read about that in that kind of book.

    It is a book about a billionnaire who dies and leaves a will that gives all his fortune to a certain Rachel Lane, missionary in the deep forest of Brasil, instead of giving it to his three ex-wives and many children. The missionary's message is really strong and inspiring, and changes the life of Nate, the lawyer who goes on an excursion to find her in the forest, in a secluded Indian village where she lives.

    Through his discovery of Rachel Lane, who she is and where she has been living, Nate learns a lot more and gets transformed by the message of Christ. It is only after he receives this message that Nate can finally get his life back on track.

    Great book, great story and great moral!

    A must-read!

    Also very cool portrayal of the judiciary system...
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    February 26, 2001
    Kelly
    This book really portrayed a powerful message about the change that can take place when someone becomes a Christian. The sub-plots and themes are equally profound and will really start you thinking. It's the first Grisham book that I have read, and I really liked it. The ending is wonderful! The only reason I gave it a lower rating is that some may find the language offensive, but if you can get past that, it is an excellent read.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 8, 2000
    Richard
    Though Grisham's books have all been bestsellers, "The Testament" is one of his finest achievements. When compared with works of other contemporary fiction writers, Grisham's novels stand out as cleaner, and more original. His plots never fail to surprise and entertain. Grisham is supposedly a Christian but it is not noticeable in most of his books. "The Testament" is an exception in its vivid depiction of a contented missionary in contrast with the emptiness of North American materialism. As such, this novel not only entertains, it also brings a hard hitting thought-provoking message, that should cause us all to examine ourselves, and ask ourselves whether the emptiness in the lives of the characters in this book is manifest in our own life. Conversely, if we seek peace and contentedness in our own life, it is found in the same place where Grisham's missionary protagonist finds it - in Jesus Christ and the God of the Bible.It is this theological message underlying "The Testament" that distinguishes this novel from most of Grisham's others. Not only is this book an entertaining page-turner, it also will leave you thinking about the purpose and meaning of life.
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