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2-1-18 reviews:

“I just finished your book & found it to be really remarkable. Great read, well written and captivating. You’ve had an amazing life & you’re right, the journey continues. You’re a lucky guy to have Elizabeth in your life. It really is hard to put the book down.” – T

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“I just finished the book with a few friends. We thought it’s great. There is so much in there. The hilarious part where Jake meets Elizabeth’s mother and Grandma falls out of the car. I love his mother and how he wrote about her, didn’t like his dad much! The St. Edward Seminary years are engrossing. Jake is very honest as he recounts his struggle between becoming a priest or a world-class builder. He lays it out there, including the outside distractions to the priesthood including his own tender love story. It’s all there, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I read the ending twice, it made me cry because it was so simple, so beautiful. I was surprised when my husband picked it up and read it. He loved it because he too had daddy issues and, like Jake, was full of mischief, loved boats and had been to many of the places described in the book. He said, “This is some book. I would love to meet this guy.” – April

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“This is the first book I have read in 15 years. I’m almost through it and I can’t put it down. The story about St. Bernadette blew me away!” – Marvin

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“There’s a proverb in the Talmud that says, “every child is sent into the world by God with a message to deliver. The message may be a poem the child writes, a portrait the child paints or a structure the child builds. But every child has a message to deliver.” – Garth

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“I just wanted Jake to know that it’s an amazing book. The first night I read it, I couldn’t put it down until I found out if Jake was going to make it to a safe harbor. The last few pages moved me, and everything in-between kept me engrossed in the story. I especially liked the part about the gentlemen’s club. I don’t believe he really left God behind. He did too much good during those many years. The thing with Blessed Isidore got to me. I would have loved to read more about Elizabeth’s life.” – James

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“Your book is a page-turner and the ending is certainly an inspiration. I can start anywhere in the book and read, I miss nothing, and it flows beautifully. I bought 15 copies for Christmas presents. – Thelma

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“Parts of this book are hilarious. The way Jake lives his life and runs his Company was right on. Elizabeth, what can I say? She walks with God. What a family. ‘Let it be done.’ The ending is compelling. Jake is truly ‘the lion of God’. – Laura

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“I felt good when I finished the book. There were a lot of laughs, not sure they were intended. The scene at the cathedral when Jake got up and tried to flee from God’s presence moved me deeply. The last two chapters were, well, What can i say? I’m thinking about returning to the church. It’s been a lot of years. I want my husband to read it.” Bobby Rose Ezell

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“The things that Jake went through, the dynamics of the many relationships were well told. The part about the miracles, especially the Venezuela story, and Nevers, France, gave me chicken skin. I cried when I read about Jakes first love and cheered when Elizabeth came on the scene. The Alabama story broke me up. His writing style is remarkable and it’s just a wonderful story. Buy the book and enjoy.” – Robert

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“An excellent read and a wonderful story. Our book club read the book together. This true story of a young boy’s journey to achieve his dream has many twists, turns, and surprises. The Alabama chapter and the ending made us cry. We think it would make a great movie. We loved it!” – Marie Rex and Hedwig Schmidt.

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“What a story! Truly inspirational, humorous and spiritual, without being corny.” – Jersey Girl

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“This is a great choice for a book of the month club.”  – Gail Anderson

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“I loved this book. It made me laugh; it made me cry. The ending – wow! It would make a great movie.” – L. M. Lee

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“A fascinating story, and the only one like it. Jake Winston is truly Jake the Prodigal Son, and his story is one filled with humor and humility, faith and folly. The conclusion is sure to leave any reader benevolent and serene.”  – B. J. Salter

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“Great read. Can’t wait for Jake’s next book.” – Jane Bright

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Jake, it’s so good, so inspirational. I’m halfway through it. – Pete

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