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It was the kind of day when even the lost believed. When possibilities were larger than reason, when potential was grander than circumstance, when the long, dark days of doubt were suddenly cast off and laid to rest. Brushed away with a smile and a certainty. And in this moment, from this place, you knew the real magic could happen.

It was exactly this kind of day at the edge of a town in a southern place called Echo, Florida. Lying safely on the state's northern border, Echo was first brethren more to its Alabama cousin than to the Gulf Coast. The land rolled by in rural peace and contentment, not given over to the moods of saltwater tides and open horizons but to the soft singing of wind in the pines, of roosters calling in the early morning light, of small cornfields and freshwater fishing holes.

The firstborn leaves of March had sprouted into the tiniest sea of baby green. The world was breathing in and out, moving everything in its path slightly, and on due course, with a gentle, four-edges-of-the-earth kiss. The birds had filled the trees, rumbling from their winter's sleep, and here they were now, glorious and in full song. Squirrels scampered, quick and unseen, beneath banks of dried loblolly pine needles, then ran up the trees so fast they left nothing but a trail of falling bark.

Down at the edge of the powdery dirt road was Mullet Creek, running quietly, steadily throwing off stars of light

from its surface. You could hear the airborne fish breaking the bonds of water, then falling with a plop back into the chilly green of the creek.

Within all the living things--the dirt, the water, the cloudless sky, the pine trees long and whispering--was the

expectation of something coming. Something full of light and wonder.

When the expectation had stretched as far as it could, had built a crescendo into a feverish pitch, a peculiar wind

appeared. Only a tiny thing at first, but even then something special, something delicious and unique. A whirl began to take shape, collecting dirt from the dry bed of the middle of the road and spreading it upward into a spiraling funnel of substance. For a moment it appeared to be an errant breeze that caught the dirt and gave it a twirl, a bit of a dance, before it would settle itself to the nothing it once was. But the dance didn't settle. Instead, it climbed higher and higher, pulling a streamof sandy soil, twisting it to and fro, as if something was shaping it with a manner of something in mind.

At first, there was only the wind, the dust, the dirt, but then, shifting in and out of visible, were two well-worn and traveled boots.

The dirt traveled higher, faster, revealing two trousered legs and then a waist, a chest, two arms with hands, until finally a head and on that head, a hat well lived in.The image presented a man who had been around, a traveler or a storyteller.

For a time the man and the whirlwind were one and the same. Man and whirlwind. Whirlwind and man. But after a long moment, but still only a moment, the man stepped straight out of that wind, and without the least bit of tussle he planted his boots on solid ground. And in this exact manner, on this kind of a day, the man was born feetfirst onto the earth.

He adjusted himself, pulling the clothes about his body, arranging the pants, the shirt, the jacket just

Synopsis:

When a stranger's mysterious gift brings her memories to life, a lonely widow must decide whether to cling to the past or embrace the future, in this novel that weaves mystical elements with tangible touches of God's redemptive grace.

Synopsis:

River Jordan's Saints in Limbo is a compelling story of the mysteries of existence and, specially, the mysteries of the human heart.

Ron Rash,

About the Author

River Jordan is a critically acclaimed novelist and playwright whose unique mixture of Southern and mystic writing has drawn comparisons to Sarah Addison Allen, Leif Enger, and Flannery O’Connor. Her previous works include The Messenger of Magnolia Street, lauded by Kirkus Reviews as "a beautifully written, atmospheric tale." She speaks around the country on "Inspiring the Passion of the Story" and makes her home in Nashville.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307457912
Publisher:
The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Subject:
Widows
Author:
Jordan, River
Author:
River Jordan
Subject:
Christian fiction
Subject:
Fiction : Christian - General
Subject:
Christian - General
Subject:
Christianity-Christian Fiction
Subject:
Metaphysics -- Fiction.
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090505
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
352

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Product details 352 pages Doubleday Religious Publishing Group - English 9780307457912 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , When a stranger's mysterious gift brings her memories to life, a lonely widow must decide whether to cling to the past or embrace the future, in this novel that weaves mystical elements with tangible touches of God's redemptive grace.
"Synopsis" by , River Jordan's Saints in Limbo is a compelling story of the mysteries of existence and, specially, the mysteries of the human heart.

Ron Rash,

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