Jacob's Bell

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 29 Jan 2019

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This is an excellent book set in Chicago about a man seeking forgiveness from his children. A kind pastor befriends him and helps him through this journey. A must read. 
I was given this copy by Faith Words and Net Galley for my honest review.
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Jacob’s Bell is such a good book.  I enjoyed the plot, characters and the author’s writing.  The author is new to me and I will be reading more of his books.
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Such a wonderful book! This story caught me from the beginning. A story of love and forgiveness, a life changing read. I cried while reading this story, so much hurt and wasted time. I love that it is a Christmas book because that is the day of true miracles, the birth of Christ..
This story portrayed that in every page, I see homeless people through new eyes, they have stories of hurt and loss. We need to love and help them as the characters did in this book. You will definitely want to read this book, so much depth and emotion in every page. Perfect for the reflection of the true meaning of Christmas!
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What a wonderful Christmas story!! This book is absolutely amazing. I have never had a book touch me like this one did, if we could only see things through the eyes of a child. A wonderful story about overcoming your past and seeking forgiveness from those who you hurt with God's help. I recommend you have a tissue handy when reading this book. This book deserves a lot more than 5 stars. I honestly think Jacob's Bell will be a new Christmas classic. Thank you FaithWords via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. This is my honest opinion of this wonderful book.
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A touching story centered around one man's redemption and need for forgiveness. Jacob's tale is one many may relate to as he wrestles with the past and searches for a way back to restore relationships he has ruined by his poor choices. Set mainly in 1944, his story is told in a simple, narrative style, using flashbacks. Details of his choices and hard living give way finally in the light of his redemption, and the tale takes a hopeful turn. It brought me to tears, which surprised me, but knowing we are all in need of God's forgiveness and grace touched me. Sometimes forgiving ourselves can be the hardest obstacle to moving forward in our lives. I like how the pastor said it, "...one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself (is) to forgive... including yourself."

Readers looking for a quick, uplifting story set at Christmas with a redemptive theme may enjoy this story.
(Contains some references to alcoholism, and war.) 
3.5 stars
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This book was an amazing read!  I really loved how the author carefully crafted each of the characters, both the major and minor ones.  The story is one of love and forgiveness, of a life that has gone terribly wrong and the struggle to right those wrongs.  It is one of struggling to forgive the wrongs that have been done to you, and the innocence of youth.  I loved the setting and descriptions, and look forward to seeing more from this author!  (It is so realistic, that I thought it might be based on a true story, but the author says it is not.  However, he was a very nice person to speak with!)
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