Something That Lasts by James David Jordan

something-that-lastsWhen Ted Balik rises from the pew to speak, no one in the crowded sanctuary of the O’Fallon Bible Church can imagine that within minutes, their lives will be shattered and their community scandalized. Sitting behind the alter, the Reverend David Parst goes pale and glances toward Balik’s wife, Erika. Near the front of the church the pastor’s 12-year-old son turns to his mother, who is rocking gently in a self-comforting hug, as if she senses that what Balik is about to say will tear her family apart

First of all, can I just say this book was very Twilight Zone for me. The beginning of Something That Lasts takes place in O’Fallon, Missouri, where I have family and the rest takes place in Dallas, where I currently live.

Something That Lasts is a very well-written story. Not exactly a “feel good” read, but Jordan’s novel provides a real depiction of how good people can be devastated by their choices and how complex grieving can be.

I remember starting this book long ago, probably in 2006, but don’t remember why I put it down. It became a movie in my mind and the writing bring the reader through the emotions of anger, disappointments, tears, and ultimately joy. Jordan’s characters realistically heal in a way that doesn’t seemed forced, doesn’t seem unrealistic.

My only complaint is that there were a sections were I was tempted to skip to the next chapter, a couple of pages at most. Something That Lasts is a long novel because Jordan goes to such lengths to make the reader feel the consequences of the father’s sins. However, it seems long, despite having only 324 page and, at times, I wanted to bail.

Book Mentioned:

  • Jordan, James David. Something That Lasts. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2006. Originally published 2004. Print. 324 pgs. ISBN: 159145428X. Source: Gift.
Book Cover © Thomas Nelson Publishers. Retrieved: November 19, 2008.

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