Against the background of the dynamic relationships between these rich characters, an enthralling struggle between good and evil emerges when a demon targets Missy and creates havoc throughout her family and community. This first book in The Black or White Chronicles relates the sweeping saga of a young girl's battle with one of hell's minions determined to destroy her and those closest to her.
©2005 John Aubrey Anderson; (P) 2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Anderson is adept at leaving the reader hanging at the end of each chapter with intriguing portents of the next plot twist¿" (Publishers Weekly)
I found the narration to be wonderful, and the story emotionally gripped me immediately. The mastery of the writing in what is not a religious book, depicted people with good hearts and souls and their struggles to stave off the devil's influence through the strength of their Christian faith. The personality development left me feeling as though I knew the characters and cared about them, and the beauty of the relationship of black and white folks in the south was a depiction that is not easy to forget. It is the story of teaching, love, and life that was a natural outgrowth of their actions. There is a little mystery, a little suspense, and many powerful moments. The everyday struggles between good and evil resonate throughout the story and culminate in an unforgetable and captivating account of the ability of people to live in harmony, and to love and take care of one another as we were created and expected to do. I will proably listen to it again and look forward to the author's next story.
Over all this is a good story and the characters were developed well, however, the last half of the book becomes very preachy and in parts I felt like I was listening to an evangelical preacher scream from his pulpit. If you can get past that it is an enjoyable listen.
I enjoyed this book tremendously. It wasn't especially well written but the narrator and the storyline made it a very worthwhile book to pass the time while I walked each day. I think the narrator was one of the best I've heard.
Parts of the story are not bad however; the reader is treated like a heathen and an idiot. In my opinion, the author could have gotten his point across the first time and did not need the endless references. Put down your stick cave dweller, we got it.
For those of you that don't know what a hobo is, it is the green garbage can on wheels that we folks in South Georgia roll out to the street once a week for the city workers to collect our trash out of.
20 years ago we were at my Grandmothers enjoying a family cookout. My husband and I carried some trash outside to the "hobo" and on top of the garbage bags lay a hard back book that looked brand new. We figured that she had thrown the book away in error. When we carried the book back into the house and gave it to her explaining - she gasped and said, "No - No, I meant to throw that away. I ordered that book not knowing what it was about and it wasn't good. In fact it was bad and about wrong things. I don't want you children finding bad books like that when I'm gone and you have to clean out my house! Please go put it back in the hobo!"
We always laugh when we retell that story. If my grandmother was still alive, this book would have been on her bedside table.
Warning: the contents of this book will affect you. Be ready to be moved. It will scare you. It will make you nervous. It will warm your heart at times and make you cry. The characters are real and you will feel as though you know them personally. John Aubrey Anderson nailed this book. I've never read the doctrine of the things of life & the things before and after life,ever written so wonderfully in a secular book. No, my grandmother wouldn't have ever thrown this book in her hobo. She'd have had it known herself and made it known to all of us. Thank you Mr. Anderson for the work I know you went through in writing this book. Now, will you please do me a favor and finish the next ones? I will be waiting... Oh yeah - Readers, do yourself a favor and go check out this book at the library, at the store, on line, whatever, just read the book!
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