"New York Times" bestselling author Jerry B. Jenkins, best known for the "Left Behind Series," refers to his 2008 novel "Riven" as "my life's work." Unlike any of his other 175 books, "Riven" is the dramatic story of a career criminal and a washed up pastor who cross paths on death row. Tyndale House Publishers is making "Riven" available as a free ebook download on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com until March 31.
With its title taken from the original lyrics of the old hymn "Rock of Ages," "Riven" portrays the lives of Brady Darby, a no-account criminal under a death sentence and Thomas Carey, a weary man of God working as a prison chaplain, and how death, guilt and despair are unfathomably trumped by rebirth, forgiveness and hope.
Charles Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship says about "Riven," "Thoroughly moving, 'Riven' leaves an indelible impression on the reader. Its characters and message stay with you long after the final chapter. For me, it is also a deeply personal reminder of why God called me to prison ministry so many years ago."
"We felt 'Riven' is a special book, and we wanted readers to have the opportunity to enjoy it for free," says Cheryl Kerwin, Tyndale senior marketing manager. "As the book's theme is about redemption and has a moving portrayal of a modern crucifixion, it is an inspiring way to move into the Easter season."
Tyndale's Senior Vice President and Publisher Ron Beers calls Jenkins one of the most entertaining novelists of our day. "This book is special for two reasons," he says. "Its message of grace is powerful and profound -- this is the kind of book that you will want to pass on to others. Also, this is the book Jerry says he waited 20 years to write. His passion for this book clearly shines through in every page."