First-Line Fridays

First Line Friday #3


Convicted: A Crooked Cop, An Innocent Man, and an Unlikely Journey of Forgiveness and Friendship


“The crowd parted like the Red Sea. At first I could not see what was happening or why the hundreds gathered in Benton Harbor’s Broadway Park for our church’s Hoops, Hotdogs, and Hip-Hop festival moved aside so quickly. But then I saw him. I recognized his face but I had trouble putting a name to it. Whoever he was, he was angry, angry enough that the crowd instinctively cleared a path for him. And he was headed straight toward me.”

In light of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, I want to showcase this non-fiction text due out on September 19th. The book is about a crooked cop and an innocent black man. It is a true story set in Benton Harbor, Michigan. This story illustrates true faith in God, grace, forgiveness, and eventual friendship. But, it also details the hurt, anger, and injustice caused by our judicial system. It’s scary to think how little the value of life means to some people in this world. I’m about half-way finished with this book and will definitely post a review ASAP. I will do a giveaway as well because I really feel this is a book that needs to be passed around and read by all. So, check back in a few days for my review and giveaway!

For more details on this non-fiction text, click HERE.

Now it is your turn! Grab the book you are currently reading, open to chapter one, and post the first sentence (or second sentence) in the comments below.

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19 thoughts on “First Line Friday #3”

  1. Sounds like a powerful read. And welcome to First Line Friday, since I think this is the first chance I’ve had to visit! 🙂

    I’ve got the first line from “Chasing Secrets” by Lynette Eason on the blog today, but I’ve just finished reading “A Rose So Fair” by Myra Johnson, so I’m going to share the first line from that here:

    “Now just you hold it right there, mister.” Rose Linwood sighted her unwelcome visitor down the length of Grandpa’s trusty Winchester.

    She’s a spunky one!

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  2. This sounds like a powerful and gripping read.

    I’m featuring “Healing Love” by Jennifer Slattery on my blog today, but I’m currently reading “A Name Unknown” by Roseanna M. White.

    May 1914

    Rosemary Gresham may have been a thief, but she was a thief who preferred to work in broad daylight.

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  3. Sounds interesting!
    Happy Friday! My first line is from An Alaskan Christmas by Belle Calhoune: “Finn O’Rourke paced back and forth in terminal 27A of the Anchorage airport.”

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  4. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am glad you have the chance to read it, as well. I agree that EVERYONE should set an afternoon aside to read through this book. It will anger you, it will make you cry, it will challenge you and it will — dare I say it, convict you. This book is so much more than I had given it credit for when I first picked it up. In my opinion, this should be required reading in every high school Freshman and/or Sophmore English class.

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    1. Yes, the array of emotions I have gone through as I’m reading this book… It’s been insane! I would love to teach this book to my 9 Honors kids. Now, if I could just find the funds!!!


  5. Sounds intriguing!

    Since I’ll be finishing Pepper Basham’s The Thorn Healer before lunch, I’m sharing the first line from my current Chapter 22: “I hate leaving you like this.” Catherine stilled her movements from packing her trunk, her coral walking suit an elegant fit on her delicate frame. “Not when David and Alexander could help tend the sickness.”

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  6. Heather Munro gazed down Victoria Street so long, she became another gray-suited statue along the Royal Mile.
    From The Case of the Clobbered Cad by Debra E. Marvin!

    Thanks for the tip on this relevant book.

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