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Howard Books The Bell Messenger

When a Union soldier shoots a Confederate preacher, the dying man gives him a Bible. Generations later, John Brandon receives the same Bible when it's unearthed in a Saudi Arabian cave. Searching for previous owners, Brandon discovers hidden gold---and acquires pursuers hungry for the treasure. An archaeological thriller of life, death, and history changed forever. 224 pages, softcover from Howard.
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Review 1 for The Bell Messenger
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:November 9, 2013
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lcjohnson1988
Location:Indiana
Age:45-54
Gender:female
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The story begins during the Civil War. Confederate soldiers are hunting a deer to quell their starvation. What they don’t realize is that Union soldiers have also spotted the deer and the Confederates. The Confederates unknowingly walk into an open field and seal their fate. Soon the Union soldiers are scavenging anything of value off the dead Confederates. The Union leader, Jeremiah Tate, realizes he has shot a young teenage boy and is racked with guilt. Before dying, the boy presses the Union leader to take his Bible. Thereafter, Jeremiah Tate’s life will change, but in what manner?
Flash to the future and see Gary Brandon receive a box with what appears to be some very old, valuable objects as a college graduation gift from his drunken uncle. Gary wonders where his uncle got this stuff and if he got it legally. He finds an old Bible in the box, opens it and reads the letters inside. He immediately senses the Bible is not his to keep and begins searching for family of the last known owner. His search uncovers some very interesting characters and history, but can he find the Bible’s true home?
This is a very interesting, entertaining and unique story that will hold the reader’s interest throughout. The use of flashback to follow the path of the Bible’s journey is used effectively. At first, some holders of the Bible believe it to have magic or mystical power, but eventually realize it is not the book itself that has power, but the words inside. The words have the power to change lives, saving lives and giving lives to those who become messengers and share what is inside the Bible. The journey starts with a 14-year-old boy, Elijah Bell, and his willingness to go to war to fight, but his war was fought in the spiritual realm, fighting for the souls of men. To read about the many lives transformed by this one messenger who was willing to obey the call of the Lord was fascinating. How many lives can you change if you’re willing to answer the Lord’s call?
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Review 2 for The Bell Messenger
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5 out of 5
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This book is great in every way

Date:January 21, 2011
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Rebekah S
Location:West Plains, MO
Age:18-24
Gender:female
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This book is so good (as are the other books by Robert Cornuke)!! It is one of my all-time favorites and just about everyone would enjoy it! My twelve-year-old sister and teenage brothers read it and liked it as well!! I love the history, the action, and the suspense...the story is so vivid that I found myself swept away with the characters and couldn't put the book down!! I have recommended this book to all my friends because it is well-written and the way the Bible is intertwined in the plot is truly wonderful!!
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Review 3 for The Bell Messenger
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:August 26, 2009
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A.M.
This is, by far, the best novel i've read. It makes you realize the power of GOD's Word. I'm buying more copies to give to family and friends. I know this will make a beautiful present. I couldn't put the book down and my 12 year old son kept asking me how long it'll take me to finish reading it so he can get his chance too!
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Review 4 for The Bell Messenger
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:April 29, 2009
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Tamara Lewis
I really couldn't put this book down. The author weaved the storylines in a way that kept you wanting more, and seamlessly weaved the story from the past and the present. Little by little, the pieces are revealed and the story of the characters come to life.Definitely reccommend this book.
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Review 5 for The Bell Messenger
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Date:February 20, 2009
I enjoyed this book. Quick read. Great story. Showing that doing the right thing can take us on a journey of blessings that otherwise would have been lost.
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Review 6 for The Bell Messenger
Overall Rating: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:November 2, 2008
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Sandra Hackett
This is a wonderful book, I love the premise,how the word of God in any form, never fails to change a life if it is allowed to work as intended. I would be interested to know whichsegments each author is responsible for writing. It was seamlessly organized!
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Review 7 for The Bell Messenger
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Date:October 13, 2008
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Elizabeth Ross
I didn't want to put it down. It is rather graphic in parts. All in all I would read another book by this author.
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Review 8 for The Bell Messenger
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:September 18, 2008
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Mary Mirandona
I loved this book! It has adventure, intrigue, and a riveting plot. The author weaves the story between the past and the present in a captivating manner that keeps you interested and wanting more of each time frame. The book is rich in history as well. Wherever he takes you in the travels of his characters, he reveals things about the location, people, and cultural mores of the times, things that we never saw or learned about in any of our history books at school. The ending was satisfying, but abrupt. I wanted the story to go on. It's that kind of a book.
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