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The Undoing of Saint Silvanus is the first fiction book by the well-known American evangelist author Beth Moore.
Located in New Orléans, Saint Silvanus was originally built during the 1800s as a church and was later converted to an apartment complex now run by Jillian's estranged grandmother. While in town attending her father's funeral, she meets an eclectic group of tenants from the building. As strange things begin happening, she finds out her father was actually murdered. When relics from the building appear in new places, she considers that the building could be cursed. Now she can't leave until she finds out what is really going on.
Number of Pages: 480
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2016
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2017 Christy Award finalist (General Fiction category)
Only God knew why Jillian Slater agreed to return to New Orleans on the news that her father had finally drunk himself to death. Its not like they were close. She hadnt seen himor her grandmother, the ice queenin almost 20 years. But when Adella Atwater, the manager of her grandmothers apartment house, called and said Jillians expenses would be paid if shed fly in for the burial, a free trip to New Orleans was too intriguing to resist.
What Adella didnt tell her was that the apartment house wasnt a house at all and, whatever it was, bore the dead weight of a long and painful history. As soon as Jillian meets the odd assortment of renters and realizes that her grandmother had no idea she was coming, she hatches a plan to escape. But the investigation into her fathers death quickly unfolds and Jillian is drawn into the lives of the colorful collection of saints and sinners who pass through Saint Silvanus. She soon discovers there is more at stake than she ever imagined. Who is behind the baffling messages and the strange relics left on the steps? Is it possible that her family is actually cursed? Or is it just this crazy old house that holds them all under its spell?
Jillian walks into a web of spiritual and personal danger borne out of her familys broken history, and despite Adellas wiliest efforts, only God himself can orchestrate the undoing of all that is going on at Saint Silvanus.
Well known Bible teacher Moore blasts into the world of fiction with a page-turner that is personal, emotional, and spiritual. Enter the doors of an old church-turned-apartment house in New Orleans, a building with a dark presence since its formation. Jillian, the owners estranged granddaughter, reluctantly stays there after her homeless father is discovered murdered. This California girls gets immersed in the foreign world of the Deep South, surrounded by strangers, and simultaneously becomes the next target in the murderers vengeful plot. Each intrinsically written character adds much to the story, but Jesus is the ultimate hero. Murders, broken families, bitterness, abortion, and occultism all are a part of this story, but God redeems it all. Told through a womans lens and primarily for a female audience, this story beautifully illustrates Gods power and desire to crush strongholds and evil in all His childrens lives.
In her anticipated fiction debut, The Undoing of Saint Silvanus, Beth Moore weaves an introspective, genre-bending narrative. Moore, a popular author of Christian nonfiction and founder of Living Proof Ministries, tells the story of Jillian Slater, who travels to New Orleans after receiving news of her alcoholic fathers death. . . . . Though its a fast-paced story, The Undoing of Saint Silvanus also contains moments of introspectionboth for Jillian and for the readerthat are among its strongest scenes. Moores vivid and often delightful descriptions of New Orleans, Saint Silvanus and the multiple supporting characters add a lively sense of place. The gripping mystery will keep readers engaged till the end, where Jillian finds both answers and a new relationship with God.
Learning that her estranged father has been murdered, Jillian Slater travels to postHurricane Katrina New Orleans and receives a glacial welcome from her grandmother Olivia. What starts as an awkward and unwanted visit on both sides turns into a journey of discovery for Jillian and the emotionally distant Olivia. As Jillian delves into her familys past, which revolves around their apartment house, the Saint Silvanus, a series of sinister events endangers her fledgling relationship with her grandmother. Someone wants revenge on her family, but they will gladly take it out on Jillian instead. Strong female protagonists dominate this novel, and memorable supporting characters provide levity and depth. The secondary story line of the origins of the curse on Saint Silvanus is overshadowed by the present-day portrayal of its residents. Verdict: Making her fiction debut, best-selling inspirational author Moore (Audacious; Breaking Free) delivers an absorbing, suspenseful read. Readers who prefer a story focused on finding faith through adversity will savor this beautifully written novel.
Moores debut novel is certain to draw myriad readers familiar with her bestselling Bible studies (The Law of Love) and faith-based leadership guides and self-help books (So Long, Insecurity). Those who love her down-home Southern style will be pleased to find it in this tale set in New Orleans, where a former church is now an apartment building named Saint Silvanus, often referred to as Saint Sans. Olivia Fontaine faces the death of her only child, Raphael, with her usual iciness, but her reserve cracks when police discover Rafe was killed. Olivias granddaughter comes to attend her fathers funeral . Readers will come to love Saint Sans building manager Adella Atwater and the residents, as well as the NOPD cops who solve Rafes murder. The novel is not without flaws . . . but it remains endearing and entertaining to the end. Moores many fans will no doubt flock to her first work of fiction