Filling his lungs with cool October air, Pastor Ezekiel Freeman started his morning vigil. “It’s all right, honey. During summer months, he often crossed over to Riverfront Park, especially when the camp was full of visitors living in pitched tents at the small adjacent campground. Bridge to Haven (Book) : Rivers, Francine : Having been abandoned as a newborn and found and raised by Pastor Ezekiel Freeman in the small California town of Haven, Abra Matthews feels like she doesn't belong and at the age of seventeen runs off to Hollywood, becoming starlet Lena Scott. Priscilla Matthews spoke to them one Sunday after services. There, she becomes starlet Lena Scott, made over by a Pygmalion-like agent who wants everything from her, even while Abra/Lena … . Abra laughed and imitated her. Zeke and his son, Joshua—Abra’s closest friend—watch her grow into an exotic beauty. Is there someone in your life who struggles with PTSD? You can rest without worry or interruptions for a few hours.”. This story is masterfully written, with clear, consistent characterization. Which character do you most identify with? “The whole room is one big playpen right now, Marianne. “The Japanese bombed one of our Naval bases in Hawaii!”. Release Calendar DVD & Blu-ray Releases Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets In Theaters Coming Soon Coming Soon Movie News India Movie Spotlight. Was it a kit- ten? Don’t cry.”, Abra clung to him, her heart thumping fast and hard as she listened to Mommy and Daddy arguing. She made a sobbing sound, and then she let out a long breath and relaxed. Uttering a strangled sob, she turned away, searching. TV Shows . Parents Guide. Even fewer know the price she’s paid to finally feel like she’s somebody. A New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller! Abra soaked in the warmth and felt drowsy. She awakened when Mommy made an odd sound, a low groan, and muttered, “Not now, Lord. The crickets in the tall grass and the hoot owl in a towering pine fell silent as a car pulled into Riverfront Park, stopping near the rest- rooms. “If you ever want to talk, Dutch, just call.”. Pebbles crunched under his feet. Amazon Barnes & Noble Books-A-Million Bookshop ChristianBook.com Lifeway Parable Tyndale House Walmart, Apple Books ChristianBook.com Google Play Kindle Kobo Nook, Apple Books Audible Audiobooks.com ChristianAudio.com Google Play Kobo Libro.fm Nook Audiobooks. The truck’s brakes squealed briefly as it stopped. Redeeming Love and the Mark of the Lion series are my favorites by her, and Bridge to Haven is in their caliber. “Play quietly, Abra, and let Marianne sleep awhile.” As soon as Daddy went back out to the car, Abra went into Mommy and Daddy’s bedroom and climbed up on the bed. no . He heard the sound again, and this time he recognized it. Summaries. No longer in the protected warmth of a mother’s womb, the abandoned baby felt the stinging cold of the world. .” Her eyes grew moist. Bridge to Haven is not only honest and riveting, it's full of beautiful, biblical allegory. As he lifted her into the curve of his arm, her arms spread like a tiny bird attempting flight, and she let out a tremulous cry. Bridge to Haven is back to the Francine Rivers I adore. “Oh, my!” Mitzi hurried over and grabbed her hand. Mommy seemed better when they all sat down to dinner. Did I misunderstand, Lord? I know I am. To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven. by Francine Rivers. You hold on to life, now. The attack also was made on all Naval and military activities on the principal island of Oahu. The child was half-asleep, and Marianne looked too weary to rise. Who—or what—is the bridge? “Let me tuck her in tonight.” He lifted Abra away from Marianne’s side. “We have our boy. Summary: To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. The child came in a rush of slick warmth, spilling from her body, and the young woman gasped in relief. Bridge to Haven (Book) : Rivers, Francine : Having been abandoned as a newborn and found and raised by Pastor Ezekiel Freeman in the small California town of Haven, Abra Matthews feels like she doesn't belong and at the age of seventeen runs off to Hollywood, becoming starlet Lena Scott. I laughed out loud, I cried, and I sang along with the Hymns that I recognized. They’ll find someone to take her.” He tried to lead her away. Zeke thanked God Joshua was only nine years old, and then felt guilty, knowing how many other fathers had sons who might soon be going off to war. Mitzi lifted her chin. Are you all right?”, Shaking, Abra stooped to pick up the pieces of the ornament she’d broken, but Joshua moved her aside. Francine Rivers has woven a deeply moving story with an adept hand that knows just how to layer humanity, in all its beautiful and ugly truth, into almost every individual who steps onto the page. “I saw Sharon yesterday.”, Dutch let out his breath. Joshua had gone off in his Boy Scouts uniform to sell Christmas trees on the town square. Others were strangers, men who looked tired and worn from crisscrossing the country, picking up odd jobs along the way, living hand to mouth. He felt tenderness and pride well up inside him. Essential for Rivers’ many fans.” —Library Journal (starred), “One of the edgiest Christian romances I have had the pleasure of reading in a long time. She could remember him carrying her on those walks and wished he still did. Disappointed, Abra closed the lid on the piano and followed them out to the car. If you could sit down and talk with her at that moment, what would you tell her? Daddy prayed the blessing. He shouldn’t have been surprised to see Marianne standing outside the window, her arm around five-year-old Joshua. This story takes Abra to some very dark places before a pinprick of hope breaks … This Bridge to Haven book is not really ordinary book, you have it then the world is in your hands. Abra sat on the piano bench, swinging her legs and playing chords. A New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller! How and when is her prayer eventually answered? “Our Father, who art in heaven . When he came back inside, he slumped into his easy chair. Marianne looked wilted. “They agreed to pay me fifty cents a week. Did you agree with Zeke’s advice? The book begins with Pastor Zeke discovering a little girl, just born, abandoned by the bridge into Haven. How does it impact his relationship with his father? Even fewer know the price she's paid to finally feel like she's somebody. He stopped at the corner, debating whether to go to the bridge or make his way home. Body feverish, the young woman struggled out of her thin sweater and laid it over the infant. All of Marianne’s motherly instincts had kicked in, but each day wore her down a little more. “No. “. Taking her in for her first years, he eventually feels he must give her to another family from his church to raise. What do I do now, Lord? The strength of the book lies in the many setting details of time and place. She pushed the covers off and tiptoed into Mommy and Daddy’s bedroom. “Found it so soon.” She set it on the mantel. To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven. “And these old necklaces! Abra lay awake, listening to the low sound of their voices. Only way I’ll go is if I’m carried there in a pine box.”. She made prayer hands, and he put his around hers. The bridge to Haven figures prominently in the story: Abra is born --- and abandoned --- under the bridge. “The fort is too small.”, Marianne smiled, Abra tucked close beside her in the easy chair, a book of Bible stories open. “Protect from what, Daddy?”, “Nothing.” Marianne gave Zeke a quelling glance. Hitler grew ever more ambitious. She dug through more makeup and powdered her cheeks, coughing as a sweet-scented cloud engulfed her. “That’s my girl,” Mommy said and snuggled her close. . “I’ll bundle her up.” He folded a blanket into a triangle, plucked Abra from Marianne’s arms, tied it around his waist and neck, and straightened. For those who have not yet given this bestselling legend-of-an-author a try, I highly recommend Bridge to Haven.” —USA Today, “Rivers returns with a page-turning recasting of the story of the prodigal son, here a prodigal daughter… This story arc will be particularly resonant for Christian readers, but Rivers has the writing ability to reel in others who enjoy a well-told tale of redemption.” —Publishers Weekly, “Rivers’ persistent Christian message will please readers who are seeking fiction with a repeated and strong message about redemption and salvation.” —Booklist, “It is obvious why [Rivers] is a bestselling author, as she knows her craft so well…Even though the book was set in 1950s America, the themes are universal and timeless…If you’ve never read any of Francine Rivers’ books then go and discover them for yourself – you are in for a real treat.” —Christian Today, “The style is riveting. . She played scales and chords, though it was hard to reach all the notes at once. A soft cry came, then a plaintive wail. Summary: To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. A New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller! She’ll need a room of her own.”, There was no reasoning with her. “Want help unloading the truck?”. The church door banged open, and a man ran in. Why is it easier to see God’s hand in our lives in retrospect than to trust that He’s leading us in any given moment? “I’m fine, Zeke. “A little simplified Beethoven is the order of the day.”, Abra played until the mantel clock struck four. Caring for another newborn would be far too taxing for her. I’m more worried about where Dutch will end up.” The man worked six days a week and saw no need to spend the seventh in church. Will he act on it … Holding the rail, he leaned over, peering into the shadows of the abutment. “Now, we must be serious.” She stepped aside and waved her hand airily for Abra to sit on the stool. She stood, nudging the stool aside, and kept playing, putting one foot out and then the other, in a clumsy hop-kick, hop-kick. 15058 Ratings. Mommy lifted the covers. Even fewer know the price she's paid to finally feel like she's somebody. Turning the steering wheel, she pressed down too hard on the gas. “Be good for Mitzi, honey.”. “You two finish decorating the tree while I get a fire going.”, Mommy turned on the radio and found a music program. “You’re exhausted.”, “Abra can get into something faster than I can say, ‘Jack Sprat could eat no fat.’”, Others in the congregation noticed how tired Marianne looked and voiced concern. The story speaks volumes about the difficulties of life and how faith, hope, and love can indeed win out.” —Bookreporter.com, Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s womb you have cared for me.