The Lesson by Jennifer Wade

Brandon Moore is back. He is learning to forgive as he teaches others to do the same. The teacher is now the student.

Robert Moore is being released from prison. His health is declining, and with no other family, Brandon is called upon to care for him. Brandon, now a youth pastor, is still reeling from the pain in his past. He must learn to completely forgive, and soon, because he has to teach a young abuse victim to do the same before she ends up dead.

Chloe is out of options. In desperation she turns to a youth pastor in her community that she has heard many things about. He is her last chance for help. But can he help her, when his past still haunting him?

Together, and with God's help, Brandon and Chloe learn the meaning of true forgiveness.

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  • First submitted June 22, 2011
  • Last updated June 22, 2011
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  • Ron Mitchell's avatar
    Ron Mitchell wrote 2 years, 9 months ago

    You continue to amaze me with your writing style. The more I read the more I am intrigued by what you have written. Your dialogue and descriptive writing draw in the reader. Best of luck with this book. This is such a great storyline and a must read. Thank you again for you support of December Gold.

  • The Knowledge's avatar
    The Knowledge wrote 2 years, 10 months ago

    Very interesting read and had me intrigued from the start. I could only read the - time permitting- requisite 2 chapters I am giving myself, due to return read commitments. But what I did read I enjoyed immensely.
    Highly related by this reader.
    David

  • Margaret0307's avatar
    Margaret0307 wrote 2 years, 11 months ago
    As promised I have read several chapters of your book. You have a powerful story here. The way the lives of the different people intermingle is great and the message of forgiveness being such a healer is lovely. I loved the exchange between Robert and Lydia in chapter 10 and the simple 'I forgive you Robert' - if only we could all do that! I did spot a couple of minor errors in the first chapter - but things like ...
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  • Kerrie Price's avatar
    Kerrie Price wrote 2 years, 11 months ago

    Hi Jen,
    Thanks for backing 'SURVIVAL GUIDE for Christians. 'THE LESSON' is wonderful. I'm up to Chapter 10 now and don't want to put it down, but I'm trying to read other books at the same time.

  • Kerrie Price's avatar
    Kerrie Price wrote 2 years, 11 months ago

    Hi again,
    I'd really appreciate it if you'd have a read of my book, 'Survival Guide for Christians'. I'm sure you would also like Audrey's book 'Forgiveness Fits'.

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    Kerrie Price wrote 2 years, 11 months ago
    Dear Jennifer, I was going to read a couple of chapters of your book, but I've read five so far, and I'm going to have to read the rest. Your storyline has a natural flow that begs the reader to discover the next installment. It is not as dramatic as some other books I've read, but the message of forgiveness is clear and relevant to so many hurting teens today. I am putting it on my bookshelf with five stars. ...
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    Kerrie Price wrote 2 years, 11 months ago
    Dear Jennifer, I was going to read a couple of chapters of your book, but I've read five so far, and I'm going to have to read the rest. Your storyline has a natural flow that begs the reader to discover the next installment. It is not as dramatic as some other books I've read, but the message of forgiveness is clear and relevant to so many hurting teens today. I am putting it on my bookshelf with five stars. ...
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    Sarah Parish [Retired] wrote 2 years, 12 months ago
    Dear Jennifer, I've read Chapters 1 and 2, and generally I think this is well written. You situate the characters and their immediate feelings well. I haven't read further but I'm hoping that there will be more depth to them as the story continues. To be honest, it isn't really my sort of book (which is why I didn't read on) but I can see that it would attract a niche market of the Christian variety. At the beginning I ...
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    Lacydeane wrote 3 years ago
    Reminds me of when I was a teenager and we had what was called RIOT on Friday nights. It also hits home because I am 12 years sober, just finished a master's degree in Biblical Counseling and in the process of getting my ministry credentials. This book is right up my alley. I only saw two places where you might change something and both of them are in your pitch. It reads: But can he help her, when his past ...
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    KathyJohn [Retired] wrote 3 years ago

    Well written and intriguing.

  • ScottTrimas's avatar
    ScottTrimas wrote 3 years, 1 month ago

    Great plot, I loved how you described the summary of your book and the situation at hand!

  • Lenny H's avatar
    Lenny H wrote 3 years, 1 month ago

    I've read ch 1 and 2. It's well written. In ch 2 I found 'his heart stilled' - his heart throbbed perhaprs?
    and 'for a time like this''''.
    Backed.
    Hope you'll read mine.

  • CGHarris's avatar
    CGHarris wrote 3 years, 1 month ago

    I read the first two chapters and it is very well written. I tend to lean toward faster paced stories and I found myself wanting to get into the meat of the story a little sooner but that’s just me. You are a great writer and have a good sense of rhythm. Good luck with this one, I think you will be successful.

  • Geddy25's avatar
    Geddy25 wrote 3 years, 1 month ago
    Just read the first 3 chapters of your book. I have to say, in my opinion, it is very well written and thought provoking. I must admit that I'm not a religious person and that when the story was being read to the youth group, I kind of heard white noise mixed with the teacher's voice in Charlie Brown. However I understand that it was required as part of your text. I'm giving this top stars and wish you good ...
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  • Davidmauriceware's avatar
    Davidmauriceware wrote 3 years, 1 month ago

    Firt of all , You have been given an excellent and unique vision from God. I love what I have read so far. From my book, most would, and have assumed that I am not a God fearing person Once they read my book in it's entirety it will all come together. But not only are you a gifted writer, but you are a teacher through books. Keep up thr GREAT work .

  • Vic Flange's avatar
    Vic Flange wrote 3 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Jen. It's well written and has the potential to cross over from a niche market to more mainstream. I haven't read the previous book but will take a look. It's funny because the Jeremiah quote (29:11) features strongly in my own book 'Suicide Vacation'. Best of luck. Rich.

  • Julio Guzman's avatar
    Julio Guzman wrote 3 years, 1 month ago
    Despite not being Christian, Ive enjoyed the first two chapters of this book! Its heartearming at times and mysterious at others. Your writing reads fast and smoothly and your dialogue is flawless. There are some parts where you capitalize a word in the middle of a sentence but I'm guessing that's for emphasis? I've met kids my age like Brandon before that are really mature for their age, however I was in a youth group not so long ago and ...
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    Maria Constantine [Retired] wrote 3 years, 1 month ago

    Jennifer, you have created characters that as a reader I care about; I feel sadness for the pain they are going through and moved by Chloe's blood seeping bandage as she appears before Brandon. You have a clear voice as a writer and a style that is easy to follow. Have enjoyed the chapters I have read so far. Maria:)

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    SHarris wrote 3 years, 1 month ago

    after reading your first book, I am very excited to read The Lesson.

  • earthlover's avatar
    earthlover wrote 3 years, 1 month ago
    Read through chapter 4. You are a good writer, smooth, no awkward sentences. Your storyline is wonderful. I do wish Brandon had a little resistance in the youth group. It's too perfect to be believable. Perhaps you could have a couple of teens in the back who've only come for the free food and x-box. They don't pay any attention to the lesson, and instead, are making out hot and heavy in the back! LOL! I also thought it would ...
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