The Promise of Jesse Woods is written by Chris Fabry, author of War Room. Matt Plumley moved to Dogwood with his parents. He quickly becomes best friends with mixed-raced Dickie and a very poor tough girl, Jesse. Matt’s father is the new pastor in town to a church controlled by a prominent and controlling man, Mr. Blackwood. Mr. Blackwood used getting the pastor’s home finished as a means to try to control the pastor and his family.
Matt left Dogwood after school and had no contact with his friends. Years later Matt is contacted by Dickie, Jesse is getting married to Earl Blackwood. While growing up Matt promised to marry Jesse. Now he is troubled with what he should do, he still loves Jesse. Matt’s return home brings back a lot of memories of the summer of 1972 and reveals to him a lot of things that happened while he was growing up that he did not know.
I really like this book. It is a book of growing up and moving on. Matt did the same thing a lot of people do, he moved away from home, started a career and did not keep in touch with childhood friends. This story shows how strong the ties to our childhood friends can be and how they can affect our lives. I really like how the book shows what it was like for a Matt as a pastor’s son. He grew up in a Christian home but confused being a Christian with being someone who rescues others. I would recommend this book to anyone.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishing for an honest review.
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers