A new name in a new town is all that wealthy Murray Van Rensselaer needs after he thinks he's killed his childhood friend in a car accident. Confused and afraid, Murray flees, determined to erase his past with a fresh start. When, miles from his home, Murray is mistakenly assumed to be the new young banker arriving in town, not even he believes that assuming a new identity could be this easy. But as the kindness and faith of those around him begins to convict his heart, will Murray admit his lie and face whatever consequences awaits him back home?
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Grace Livingston Hill in her new book, “A New Name” Book One in the Love Endures series published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. takes us into the life of Murray Van Rensselaer.
From the back cover: “It was impressed on him with letters of fire, written with a pen of iron in his soul…he was a murderer.”
Born into a wealthy family with a respected name , a new identity had never been what Murray Van Rensselaer needed. Until one disastrous event changed everything. As his car swerved to avoid an oncoming truck, his life, and the life of his childhood sweetheart, came crashing down. Now he’s a man on the run from the fate that’s in store for him if he stays, determined to erase his past with a new name–to be born again.
A distant town offers a safe haven–and a ready-made identity when Murray is assumed to be the new young banker scheduled to arrive on the next train. Starting over couldn’t be any easier. But as the kindness and faith of those around him begin to convict his heart, will Murray dare to reveal his life of lies–and face whatever consequences await him back home?
When Grace Livingston Hill’s first husband died he left her with two young daughters to raise. In an effort to support her family she turned to writing. However, Ms. Hill just didn’t want to write anything she wanted to write stories of faith. Originally written in 1926 “A New Name” is a wonderful story of how God can take our disasters and use them for our benefit and growth. Murray is an example of The Prodigal Son story from the Bible. Murray leaves with his heart in one condition but by the end of the book he is a changed man. Ms. Hill knows how to tell a great story and while it may be old it still is a powerful story.
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The only thing I find wrong with this book is its cover. It shouldn't have the picture of a young woman on it--it should feature the main character, Murray. I don't find the cause of his very difficult experiences unbelievable because while caring for my mother, I was seriously misled by the incorrect words of a nurse. There are some truly beautiful persons in this story: the lovely woman with whom Murray stays in his new surroundings; the woman who knows something is wrong, but doesn't betray Murray; the pastor; Murray's girlfriend; his father; among others. But Murray's experience of conversion and what follows is the highlight here, and I won't forget the powerful blessing that resulted for me!