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One Last Wave [Paperback]

J. A. Taylor

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Book Description

March 8 2011
Katrina [Katie] Joy Delancey has staked her life on keeping the past and future away from her heart. But she is no master of fate or captain of her own journey. A near fatal race with a wild stallion, an unexpected discovery of lost African journals, and a chance encounter with a tae kwon do master, leads Katie through love, grief, faith and terror like she's never known it. One Last Wave is a story about being discovered by faith and love no matter where you are, no matter where you've been, and no matter what you think may lie ahead. About the Author J.A. Taylor relished the adventure of life and ministry in Kenya, East Africa over an eighteen year period, accompanied by Gayle, Richard, Michelle, and Laura. Tam later joined the family. With a PhD in counselling, a role as a pastor, a life in the multi-cultural milieu of Vancouver, BC and now the addition of eight grand-children--life continues to be full and enriching.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Word Alive Press (March 8 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770692614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770692619
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,565,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just nostalgia May 23 2011
By Chandra - Published on
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This book was written by a former teacher of mine, and he remains a good friend, so when I heard he'd published a book about home, I was ecstatic. The fact that I know J.A. Taylor should not concern those looking for a realistic review, even he would tell you I am hardest on those I know and love.

I began reading tentatively, unsure of whether this would be just a nostalgic trip back in time or if he would offer more than just memories I could come up with on my own.

The author has always had a great way with story-telling and this was no disappointment. The characters are well-developed and I felt as if I knew each of them as I read along. He describes the people and places with just the right amount of attention to detail. The pictures he draws with words are amazing and take me back to a different time in life - I won't say when things were simpler, because Africa is never simple. Because I have seen some of the places mentioned, I was able to imagine being there but even for those who have never been, the scenes are well laid out.

The best part was that even though I could smell the chai and see Longonot, the story added enough new detail that I did not feel as if I was reading through my own diary entries. The addition of the characters' new lives also made sure this was not just a trip down memory lane that, like many others, leaves me feeling sad and homesick.

This is not just a book for those who experienced life at RVA or who have visited Kenya. This is a book for anyone who likes a well-told story, complete with romance (not too much), some suspense, and action (horses and motorbikes and killers, oh my!). Not gender-specific so do not let the fact that Katie is telling her story take away from your expectations!

Finally, Taylor did an excellent job explaining the journey many missionary kids take on the road from parental beliefs to personal relationship with God.

I cannot wait to share this book with friends and family who have never had the opportunity to see any part of the place I still call home, and with those who shared my experience as well!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and memory inducing... May 28 2011
By Andrew Heuer - Published on
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Even if you never lived in Africa, this is a great read.

If you had the privilege of going to school at Rift Valley Academy it is a fantastic memory tickler.

A whole lot of story is jammed into the pages of this novel.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read May 25 2014
By Penny Lane - Published on
“One Last Wave” by Jack Taylor is a great read. While it took me a while to adjust to the flashbacks in the story, once I got involved in the main character’s life, I couldn’t put it down.
This novel is about a woman named Katie, and how she gradually deals with being uprooted from her life as a missionary kid in Africa to return to her native America. The story spans that life in Africa (through her diary) to her present life as a counsellor. As she finds her way in a new relationship, she is also dealing with her feelings about the past, and re-negotiating her faith in God. One unpleasant past connection returns to threaten her security, and the story develops as a fast-paced adventure. If you, too, have questions about God’s love in a world filled with hardship and grief, you will empathize with Katie and her story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very intriguing March 13 2014
By Dee - Published on
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One Last Wave was hard to put down once I started reading it. It has adventure, mystery, suspense, pain, loss, suffering, rebellion, family, friends, joy, love, romance and salvation all rolled up in one.

The author, J.A Taylor, brings out Katie - a missionary's daughter who took a different path in life, got involved with a dangerous crowd but managed to `escape' and is now trying to help girls who have been trapped. She is one big stubborn mess; talk about a girl with issues! But Bruce, the Special Forces guy is daring and very willing to give her a chance.

I really loved Katie's mom. What an amazing woman! Even in pain, loss and sickness she never once abandons her faith.

The author lets the reader sit in for Lizzy and Dean's diverse Bible study group where some hard questions about the evils of this world are answered in an easy to understand manner. I love Roxie's creative mind. "..why don't we get rid of those who are causing the suffering and get some of this peace on earth that you guys keep talking about? You doctors can come up with some injection and settle this all nice and quietly."

Although there's a nice dash or romance I love that Katie still upholds some values. "We are not getting a place anywhere because we are not married and I am still old-fashioned enough to want some kind of commitment. Sixty percent of this country might be okay with test drives, but I'm not." And I find myself shouting, "Amen!"

The author giving us a look into Katie's journal writes, "Sometimes I feel that no one else in the world, except those who've lived in Africa, can understand what it's like to be at home here." How so true and I almost want to scream, "I feel you Katie, I feel you!" That's because I have lived in Africa and can relate. I felt like I was strolling down memory lane...'chai', `chapati', `siafu', Nairobi eye acidic beetle, `matatus', potholes etc. And for the flying termites...until I read this book I had never thought about them blocking the street lights after the I see it!

This book delivers the good news of hope and salvation in a wonderful way. You will not regret reading it.

Written by Dee Kyalo, author of Crushing Invisible Barriers: Onset of a Glorious Marital Destiny.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! July 22 2013
By Leola Ogle - Published on
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I loved this young woman's story of how she is searching for herself, romance, and her lost faith in God. As Katie reads her journals -- this happens throughout the book -- I could get a wonderful visual of life in Kenya. Throw in some mystery and intrigue and this book is a must read!

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