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Abiding Darkness by John Aubrey Anderson
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Embarrassed to give a one-star review since I should've known better and stopped reading it the moment I realized how much I disliked it. But the reading challenge only gives you credit for completed books and not "pages read" so I suffered through it.

My entire review can be summed up with an alternate title that is most befitting:

Christian Evangelism for Dummies: 0100
The remedial step-by-step guide to using Bible-Thumping power to successfully convert non-Christians.

And as a practicing Christian this is just the kind of sensationalism that fuels the unfavorable and stereotypical reputation that many people hold of Christianity and Christians in general. Ugh! ( )
  iReadby | Apr 27, 2014 |
On one level this is the story of a headstrong young girl--Missy Parker--and the struggles she undergoes as she grows up in the south just after WWII. On another level it pulls back the curtain and allows the reader to peek into the unseen spiritual world. You see from the time of Missy's youth she has been a target--a target for demonic forces who want to destroy her and those who love her. Missy and those around her also suspect the involvement of forces that they can't see, as unusual events and violent attacks seem to plague Missy's life. Several of them embrace God and their faith in Him steers them through these dangers, though not without great personal cost. The characters of Mose and Pip, Missy's adopted parents, are particularly memorable. Anderson gets a bit preachy at times, but he has crafted some wonderfully creepy scenes and memorable characters. The version I listened to was also expertley narrated. ( )
  debs4jc | Feb 14, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446579491, Hardcover)

This sweeping saga weaves a riveting tale about a young girl's battle with one of hell's minions determined to destroy her and those closest to her. This is the first volume in the Black or White Chronicles series relating stories of life in the Deep South during its most tumultuous times.

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Turmoil comes to what was peaceful Mississippi cotton country in 1945 when good and evil go to war at Cat Lake. Missy and Bobby Parker, white children from a privileged family, and Junior Washington, their black friend, are caught in the epicenter of the first battle. In the aftermath, Missy takes up a life mission that fuels the fire of aggression in the evil lurking in the lake. The war destroys lives in and around Missy's family and community. The lives of the Parker and Washington families, linked for generations by land and work, are now bound by spiritual warfare. Missy struggles to find the strength to endure the onslaught. With the help of supernatural guardians and the spiritual guidance and love of both families, Missy must come to terms with the truth about the malevolent plot against her--or die trying.--Publisher description.… (more)

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