I've read every book by Chris Fabry and this is second in my mind only to June Bug. This book made me wrestle with feelings I thought I had abandoned a long time ago. From the deceitful people at church to the racism from the same people, reading The Promise of Jesse Woods was like reliving some of what we went through ten years ago at our last church. At times it was hard to read, especially knowing that the nasty characters never changed because they didn't in our real-life experience either. Though not the main story, it impacted me greatly.
Jesse's story also impacted me and I put the book down with tears and a feeling of satisfaction. Beautifully written. If you read one book this year make it this one.