The Rising

A Novel



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Product Code:
1 (in)
Size (HxW):
9.25 x 6.5 (in)
Publication date:
March 24, 2014
23.1 oz
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When nine-year-old C.J. Walker touches the arm of his mother's dead friend at her wake service and whispers the wish that she wouldn't be dead, he's just trying to do the right thing. But when the undertaker sees the woman's rosary sliding off her outstretched fingers and tumbling down her raised left arm, the firestorm can't be held in check. Frightened people near and far demand to know how many of their own loved ones might have been buried alive by the same undertaker, or by any undertaker.

But proof that C.J. Walker can indeed raise the dead is secretly videoed, then publicly aired. In a single morning, C.J.'s mother, Lynn, watches their home becoming a fortress and her son becoming a target. Grieving individuals desperate to see death let go of their loved ones; representatives from news, medical, and scientific organizations; influential religious representatives; and powerful government agencies all move in to gain maximum positions of influence over the greatest power on earth.

Through the ordeal, Lynn and her separated husband, Joe, struggle to find a way to escape with C.J., to keep him hidden from every pursuer, and somehow to make it possible for him to live a normal life again. But to do it all they must act quickly, before he's stolen away by authorities in high places.

Editorial Reviews

"Ovies is a highly skilled writer of prose. But what we have here is more than a bravura performance: we are taken to that point at which eternal mysteries touch our ordinary world. Is it realism? Read this tale and decide." 
- Thomas Howard, Author, Dove Descending: A Journey into T.S Eliot's Four Quartets

p>"Not only is this book difficult to put down, it is impossible to forget. When fine writing and compelling ideas combine, the result is essential reading. Works like this do not come along very often."
- Michael Coren, Author, Gilbert: The Man Who Was G. K. Chesterton

"A mesmerizing and provocative story packed with vivid characters and told with an easy elegance. The Rising makes you think, wonder, and then ponder what death, life, and love really mean." 
- T.M. Doran, Author, Towards the Gleam

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    Posted by Rene on Sep 24th 2023

    This book had a profound effect on me. First of all, it changed my views on how we do funerals, but more importantly, I began to comprehend that an entire book can be based on one passage of Scripture. Spoiler alert: In my opinion, this book is based upon the parable of the 99 sheep and the one sheep. Where the Good Shepherd leaves the 99 sheep and goes to find and bring back the one lost sheep. I have pondered this concept because of this book, and it has enlightened me regarding personal experiences and observations. Some may find this book a little weird, but I loved it and it helped me with some specific problems in life.