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Such talk of damnation weighs heavy on the mind of Ninah Huff, the 15-year-old narrator of Sheri Reynolds's second novel, The Rapture of Canaan. To distract her from sinful thoughts about her prayer partner James, Ninah puts pecan shells in her shoes and nettles in her bed. But concentrating on the Passion of Jesus cannot, in the end, deter Ninah and James from their passion for each other, and the consequences prove both tragic and transforming for the entire community.
The Rapture of Canaan is a book about miracles, and in writing it, Reynolds has performed something of a miracle herself. Although the church's beliefs and practices may seem extreme (sleeping in an open grave, mortifying the flesh with barbed wire), its members are complex and profoundly sympathetic as they wrestle with the contradictions of Fire and Brimstone's theology, the temptations of the outside world, and the frailties of the human heart.
Loved this book keep you interested in the story and you will be surprise by the ending. This is a perfect book for a long weekend.Published 16 months ago by Nathalie Andree Radford
I really enjoyed this book. It was very descriptive, and tragic, with out being overwrought or cheesy. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by Amy
if it was the author's intent to disgust me, then she was successful. i put off reading this book, and now i know why. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004
The Rapture of Canaan by Sheri Reynolds is definitely a great read. It's about a 12 year old girl named Ninah who grows up in a strictly religious family, falls in love with her... Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2004 by Brittany
This book is pretty good! I was not interested in it after I found out it was about a "cult" but it was not what I thought. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004 by Rachel Dawson
This is a story about a girl who lives in a religious community and her sturggles with sin and becoming pregnant and her faith and wanting to please god. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2003 by Ashley Young
The Rapture of Canaan was a book I simply couldn't put down! The story is about a young girl whose family has strict religious beliefs and somewhat unusual or strange ways. Read morePublished on July 17 2003 by Ginger
This book was unlike anything I have read before and while I wasn't sure at first if I would like it, I got sucked into the story and weird plot. Read morePublished on May 20 2003 by "cornell727"