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Chapter One

The wipers slap furiously, whipping back and forth like wild things, but the windshield remains a murky puddle before my eyes. I lean forward and push my chest against the steering wheel as I try to see what's ahead. The curving road is pitch-black--dark and shiny--and the blindingly bright headlights of the vehicle tailgating me don't help.

Why did I take this road? And why am I driving so late at night? I adjust my rearview mirror to subdue the lights, and then I step on the gas in an attempt to outrun the impatient jerk. Or maybe I should just pull over. But where?

Just when I think I've lost my tailgater, a truck barrels down the road toward me, its lights glaring straight into my already compromised vision. The wimpy wipers don't help

at all, and I can barely see as I start to brake because it looks like the truck has crossed the centerline into my lane. It feels like he's hurtling straight toward me--a headon

about to happen

I jerk the steering wheel to the right and swerve off the road, hitting the gravel shoulder at about fifty miles an hour and totally out of control. Then in the same split second, certain that my car is about to dive into the steep ditch and roll, I crank my steering wheel back to the left and careen across both lanes of the highway, crashing straight through the end of the guardrail, almost as if it's not even there.

There's this moment of eerie silence as my car, free of gravity, plunges into thin air and total darkness. But when it lands, it's like an explosion. And the jolt to my body is shocking then numbing. I can't breathe. It feels as if someone has a pillow over my face, and my chest and head ache from the impact. Something cold and wet creeps up my legs like the fingers of death. I try to kick whatever it is away, but my legs are pinned to the seat, unable to move.

I free my arms in an attempt to fight off this thing that's suffocating me, but it seems to deflate just as quickly as it came--the airbag. I peer through my shattered windshield. My left headlight illuminates what appears to be water running swiftly all around me. And I remember, yes, the Willamette River runs along this stretch of country road.

My car's not fully submerged in the river yet, although the front end is partially in the water. But I feel the car shift, as if the wheels aren't on solid ground. I force the gear into reverse, hoping that I can back up, but the movement makes the car lurch forward. I prepare myself to be swallowed by the river. Stuck in this car, my death trap. How long does it take a vehicle to sink? How long does it take to drown?

A new rush of adrenaline hits me. I'm not ready to give up. I push the button for the electric windows, but they don't budge. I attempt to force open the door, but it's stuck tight. Even if I got it open, I can't free my legs from whatever pins them down.

The water's up to my waist now and numbingly cold. Or have I lost all feeling in the lower half of my body? I'm not sure if it's the dashboard pressed down against my thighs. Or maybe it's the engine. I don't know. But I know that I'm trapped.

It seems almost silly, but it's as i

Synopsis:

Meet Samantha McGregor

She seems like your average teen, but Samantha is unusually gifted. God gives her visions and dreams that offer unconventional glimpses into other people's lives and problems. It's a powerful gift with a lot of responsibility...

Bad Connection: Book One

Kayla Henderson lives on the edge. She likes to break the rules, considers partying an extracurricular activity, and can't stand her parents. So, most people aren't surprised when she goes missing. Like everyone else, Samantha McGregor assumes Kayla has run away. But then she has a vision where Kayla is tied up with duct tape over her mouth. Freaked by the image, Samantha wonders, Is Kayla alive or dead? Was the vision real or just a silly dream? Most important, can Kayla be found before it's too late?

If God Gave You a Vision,

Would You Trust It?

Samantha McGregor knows that Kay

Synopsis:

Meet Samantha McGregor

She seems like your average teen, but Samantha is unusually gifted. God gives her visions and dreams that offer unconventional glimpses into otherpeople's lives and problems. It's a powerful gift with a lot of responsibility...

Bad Connection: Book One

Kayla Henderson lives onthe edge. She likes to break the rules, considers partying an extracurricular activity, and can't stand her parents. So, most people aren't surprised when she goes missing. Like everyone else, SamanthaMcGregor assumes Kayla has run away. But then she has a vision where Kayla is tied up with duct tape over her mouth. Freaked by the image, Samantha wonders, "Is Kayla alive or dead"? Was the vision real orjust a silly dream? Most important, can Kayla be found before it's too late?

"If God Gave You a Vision, "

"Would YouTrust It? "

Samantha McGregor knows that Kayla Henderson likes to break the rules, considers partying an "extra-curricular" activity, and can't stand herparents. Fine. That's Kayla's thing. Samantha's not even surprised when Kayla goes missing. Hadn't she been saying she was going to take off, to go meet her online"boyfriend" in person? It might not be the smartest move in the world, but Kayla would be okay. She always was.

Then the vision comes...and reveals that Kayla is far fromokay.

Samantha freaks. Was her vision from God or just imagined? If Kayla's really in danger, what can Samantha do? Only one person can help her: Detective Ebony Hamilton, herfather's former colleague.

Now this unlikely pair must work against the clock--and the system--to patch together the truth and find Kayla...before it'stoo late.

{INSERT ENDORSEMENTS TO COME}

READER'S GUIDE INCLUDED

Story Behind theBook

"The secular world has become very interested in 'supernatural' gifts. Take, for example, shows like "Joan of Arcadia, The Medium, Monk, and DeadZone ." Yet it's God who gives every good and perfect gift. My guess is that we humans barely tap into the vast variety of gifts that He has to offer. Not only that, but our fast-paced, high-tech culturerarely relies on those good 'old-fashioned' character traits like insight, intuition, wisdom, and foresight. My hope is that this series will provide a fun way for teens to explore deeper levels ofspirituality and creativity while inspiring them to a greater love for God." — Melody Carlson

"From the Trade Paperback edition."

About the Author

Melody Carlson has published more than one hundred books for children, teens, and adults—with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestseller’s List. Several of her books have been finalists for and winners of various writing awards. Her Diary of a Teenage Girl series has received great reviews and a large box of fan mail. Melody has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping, and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307562364
Publisher:
The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Religious - Christian
Author:
Carlson, Melody
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Religious - Christian - General
Publication Date:
20090219
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
256

Related Subjects

Children's » General
Children's » Religion » Christian » Mysteries and Detective Stories
Children's » Religion » Christian » Values and Virtues
Children's » Religion » Christianity
Children's » Religion » Christianity » General

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"Synopsis" by , Meet Samantha McGregor

She seems like your average teen, but Samantha is unusually gifted. God gives her visions and dreams that offer unconventional glimpses into other people's lives and problems. It's a powerful gift with a lot of responsibility...

Bad Connection: Book One

Kayla Henderson lives on the edge. She likes to break the rules, considers partying an extracurricular activity, and can't stand her parents. So, most people aren't surprised when she goes missing. Like everyone else, Samantha McGregor assumes Kayla has run away. But then she has a vision where Kayla is tied up with duct tape over her mouth. Freaked by the image, Samantha wonders, Is Kayla alive or dead? Was the vision real or just a silly dream? Most important, can Kayla be found before it's too late?

If God Gave You a Vision,

Would You Trust It?

Samantha McGregor knows that Kay

"Synopsis" by , Meet Samantha McGregor

She seems like your average teen, but Samantha is unusually gifted. God gives her visions and dreams that offer unconventional glimpses into otherpeople's lives and problems. It's a powerful gift with a lot of responsibility...

Bad Connection: Book One

Kayla Henderson lives onthe edge. She likes to break the rules, considers partying an extracurricular activity, and can't stand her parents. So, most people aren't surprised when she goes missing. Like everyone else, SamanthaMcGregor assumes Kayla has run away. But then she has a vision where Kayla is tied up with duct tape over her mouth. Freaked by the image, Samantha wonders, "Is Kayla alive or dead"? Was the vision real orjust a silly dream? Most important, can Kayla be found before it's too late?

"If God Gave You a Vision, "

"Would YouTrust It? "

Samantha McGregor knows that Kayla Henderson likes to break the rules, considers partying an "extra-curricular" activity, and can't stand herparents. Fine. That's Kayla's thing. Samantha's not even surprised when Kayla goes missing. Hadn't she been saying she was going to take off, to go meet her online"boyfriend" in person? It might not be the smartest move in the world, but Kayla would be okay. She always was.

Then the vision comes...and reveals that Kayla is far fromokay.

Samantha freaks. Was her vision from God or just imagined? If Kayla's really in danger, what can Samantha do? Only one person can help her: Detective Ebony Hamilton, herfather's former colleague.

Now this unlikely pair must work against the clock--and the system--to patch together the truth and find Kayla...before it'stoo late.

{INSERT ENDORSEMENTS TO COME}

READER'S GUIDE INCLUDED

Story Behind theBook

"The secular world has become very interested in 'supernatural' gifts. Take, for example, shows like "Joan of Arcadia, The Medium, Monk, and DeadZone ." Yet it's God who gives every good and perfect gift. My guess is that we humans barely tap into the vast variety of gifts that He has to offer. Not only that, but our fast-paced, high-tech culturerarely relies on those good 'old-fashioned' character traits like insight, intuition, wisdom, and foresight. My hope is that this series will provide a fun way for teens to explore deeper levels ofspirituality and creativity while inspiring them to a greater love for God." — Melody Carlson

"From the Trade Paperback edition."

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