Fifteen years ago, Zeely Wilkins and Ron Jenkins were ignored by their school---and went separate ways. Called back by the past---and the one teacher who believed in them---Zeely and Ron now have to decide what love really means! Can they hear the music that brought them together---or will secrets keep them apart? 368 pages, softcover from Revell.
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Customer Reviews for Songs of Deliverance
Review 1 for Songs of Deliverance
Date:September 11, 2012
This is a great page turner book :)...I recommend this to those who like a good book to read
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Review 2 for Songs of Deliverance
Date:August 5, 2011
Breath taking and full of surprises! I loved the characters!
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Review 3 for Songs of Deliverance
Date:July 3, 2010
Everyone has a past. Not everyone can see beyond someones past and accept them for who they are in the present. And, not many can break through their own past and have the courage to step out and believe in themselves, and others, again for a long, long time. Such is the obstacle that stands in the way of Zeelys victory, deliverance, and peace. Not only Zeely, but her friend Grace, and others that have come together to support the teacher they all had in their youth that saw beyond their faults into their futures, and believed in them when no one else did. At the knowledge of Joyces illness, her students, now grown, have returned home to her, and found themselves opening the doors to their pasts that have been long since shut and locked. Will Zeely, Grace, and the others be able to overcome their pasts, stabilize their present, and redefine their futures? Can they find the strength to trust and love again? Will the wounds that have been opened and reopened ever heal? For so long the song of despair and pain has played loudly in their ears, but the faint sound of a Song of Deliverance has begun to grow in volume. Will it be tuned out and rejected, or will it be the new song of delivered hearts?Marilynn Griffith astounded me with her book! This one touched me deeply though, because I can personally relate to some of the issues mentioned in the book. The situations are real ones that people deal with in this day and time. The characters seemed so real to me, like my own friends! Good book, great read, and recommended by me! *smiles*This book was provided by Revell Publishing for the purpose of review, and is available at your local Christian bookstore now.
Songs of Deliverance contains beautiful prose and insightful moments that make the reader think. I feel like I did myself a disservice by not reading the first book first, though. It seems like several foundations were laid in the prior book that I didn't have full access to since I began with the second in the series. I don't recommend that because it took away from my overall experience. That said, this story also contained more than a few "no way" moments for me. I felt like I was watching a talk show similar to Maury Povich where skeleton after skeleton came out of the closet. There were several situations that were unbelievably coincidental. But I have to say that made for great drama like you'd see in a soap opera. People were discovering all kinds of things they never expected, and parents that were not who they thought they'd be, etc. And tortured characters? This author has mastered that technique. The romantic elements were fabulously yummy and the message about true love and marrying for the right reasons and not to rescue someone were believable themes that were very well done. The faith element was strong and the book wrapped up the loose ends. I read this book quickly, and while a bit confused at first (due to starting with the second book) I was able to pick up on things and move on. I recommend it.
Songs of Deliverance by Marilynn Griffith is the powerful sequel to Rhythms of Grace. The story picks up in the middle of an attack on dancer Grace Okoye and her rescue by her friends Zeely, Ron, and Brian. Each character has a rich, multi-layered history entwined with the others. Ron and Zeely have loved each other since high school, but each is engaged to another, and Grace and Brian are soulmates who can't seem to get past their history to find each other again. I wish that I had read the previous book, because it is important to untangle all of the lines of connection between the characters as well as the minor characters, although in Griffith's writing there are no minor characters. Every one is brilliantly rendered and completely real. Her writing is thick and rich, trapping readers and pulling them in this story of love, faith, and friendship. I want to know these people. I want to see Grace dance, Zeely sing, Brian play the drums, and Ron preach. Their story broke my heart and then put it back together again. I've been a fan of Griffith's for years, but this is absolutely her best work yet.
In my adventures in the blogosphere and book reviewing, I'm being exposed to lots of wonderful authors. The latest is Marilynn Griffith. She's a freelance writer and author, speaker, and a wife & mother to 7 children in Florida. Her latest book, Songs of Deliverance, is an emotional and intense tale about characters who live in Testimony, OH Zeely, Ron, Grace, Brian, Jeremiah, Sean, Quinn, etc.. Each of the chapters is written in the first person point of view of the different characters. It's a wonderful technique which makes each character come alive. I could easily see this book come to life in the form of a movie.I loved the fact that many of the characters were constantly in prayer and constantly aware that they needed the Lords help in order to become better people and more like Him. Sin abounded, but Gods grace abounded all the more. It was a very powerful portrait of faith and grace. This book is full of twists and turns and real life episodes. I was constantly surprised by the latest revelations. Each new twist made the world smaller and brought the characters closer together. Most of the characters in this book are Christians, but they also, as do we all, live in the world. They've made mistakes and lived full lives, and each is coming to the Lord for deliverance and redemption in his/her own way and on his/her own terms. In the end, the Lord delivers and redeems many of them (not all of the storylines were resolved in this book, so I am patient!). Although I did not read Rhythms of Grace (which might have made this one easier to follow), I do want to follow the people of Testimony, Ohio, to see how lives turns out for all of them, and therefore hope there is another book on the way. This book was provided to me for review purposes by Revell Books.
Here we see redemption from the past, forgiveness in the present and hope for the future. Everyone needs a teacher who will never give up on them. In this story of Grace, Zeely, Ron, Jerry, and Brian we find Joyce Rogers, the teacher who always inspired and believed in her students. As these characters are brought back to school, they find themselves again and will find what real love is. This story revolves around each of these characters, beginning with their pasts, as each chapter brings us closer into their lives, and brings our hearts to understand the situations and choices they made that not only effected their lives, but those around them. These characters are real and vibrant. They are showing us the struggles in life and how we can overcome with our faith in God. I love how through the story we see God speaking to these hurting souls saying, "For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle, in the secret place of His tent He will hide me, He will lift me upon a rock." Even though their paths separate, God has a way of bringing them together, along with healing their hearts and renewing friendships. I enjoyed this story, the depth of each character, and leaves you with hope. This book was a gift from Revell for its review.