- Mass Market Paperback: 325 pages
- Publisher: Urban Books; Reprint edition (4 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601628560
- ISBN-13: 978-1601628565
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.2 x 17.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,930,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Former Rain (Urban Christian) Mass Market Paperback – 4 May 2010
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Vanessa Miller tells an engaging realistic story of how people respond when they are hurt and bitter. How they lash out and do things that you cannot take back and always regret. However once she introduces God into the lives of these people, the dramatic fiction takes a backseat to scriptures, sermons, and bible lessons. The excessive use of these elements distracted from the story and everything that was played out in the dramatic seemed to be laid out in the scripture or in a "Christian" explanation. The reader is even subjected to that actual voice of God giving direction and a visit to hell. Despite these things, I appreciated the story and the storytelling. The ending was a real stretch that fit like an afterthought, although it may play a part in the anticipation of the sequel in the planned Rain trilogy.
I would recommend this book to other Christians and those who are open to Christianity. It would be a definite plus for book clubs that exist in churches. This book offers much to be discussed.
The characters pull you in and there are a few twists and turns. Even though a couple of twists are a little predictable, the book leaves you wanting more and now I am here to buy the rest of the series. Make sure you read these in order though Vanessa Miller provides you the background and snippets from the other books to help you understand where's she's going it's best to read them in this correct order: Former Rain, Abundant Rain, Latter Rain, Rain Storm and Through the Storm. It's a good read that deserves 5 stars that will make you appreciate that God reaches out and uses all people. That's what His people are comprised of, real people with real issues facing the consequences of their actions but experiencing His grace and mercy through the rain!
Nina and Issac have many challenges as well in their dysfunctional relationship that include, drugs, incarceration, cheating, and a child. Nina seeks to change her life for christ and her child, will Issac join her? Or is it too late to change a murderer, drug dealer, player from a life of crime?
Vanessa Miller is a great storyteller. This is the first book that I've read that brought tears to my eyes when Elizabeth was about to be hauled off to jail in front of her daughter. The scene was so real and it broke my heart.
This is a MUST read! Highly recommend.
After reading this book Ms.Miller earned a place on my author to watch list.After completing the entire series she most definitely moved to my list of all time favorite authors to date.Kudos!