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Mysterious Ways
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Publisher:  River Oak Publishing ISBN-10:  1589190270 Type: 


Copyright:  2005

River Oaks Publishing
Christian Western Writer Terry Burns

Amos was a con man, hiding in the guise of a circuit riding preacher. The only problem was, they started expecting him to perform in the role.

In Mysterious Ways, author Terry Burns takes the reader on a journey through the old West, as the career of a thief and gunman, Amos reveals not only human nature, but divine nature as well. From the moment Amos steals a parson’s clothing and disguises himself as a preacher, his life begins to change, and, consequently, he changes the lives of those he meets. Terry has crafted a novel of uncommon power and force, revealing both sin and redemption, while lifting the reader to a higher plane where faith and prayer play a strong role in the lives of men and women as God reveals his hand through an unlikely source, the criminal Amos. If man is on a spiritual quest throughout life, witting or unwitting, then men such as Amos might just be one of his messengers. There is inspiration in these pages, and proof
that God does indeed, work in mysterious ways.

Editorial Director, The Fiction Works

Jory Sherman


Pulitzer nominated and Spur Award winning Author
Mysterious Ways -
advance copy review
Les Williams - freelance reviewer

Amos Taylor spots what he feels will
be the perfect disguise to use after his next robbery. So he takes a preachers black-frocked suit off a clothes line. Unknowing to Amos, this pilfering of a preacher's suit will have a far reaching effect on Amos life than he ever imagined. With his new disguise in his saddle bags, Amos stops the stage headed for Quiet Valley, taking the money from the coach and all the passengers except Judy Valentine. Leaving all the passengers and driver standing, Amos takes the coach a little
further down the trail where he changes clothes and returns to begin his charade.

Upon entering Quiet Valley, Amos as expected, is mistaken for a preacher. Now his life begins to get interesting. Amos meets Joseph Washington, on old blind black man who though educated, plays the part of an ignorant ex-slave. Joseph upon first meeting Amos, knows immediately that Amos is not a preacher, however, Joseph does see the Lord working through Amos and decides to help Amos in his disguise as a preacher. Amos after a time decides he needs to get a road stake to get out of Quiet Valley before he is discovered for who he really is.

Amos's schemes will come back to play an important part of his newly discovered faith in the Lord. Terry throws in some clever plot twists, in particular Amos preaching on the book of Amos along with the trial and verdict handed down to Amos. MYSTERIOUS WAYS is an EXCELLENT book well worth reading. I rate MYSTERIOUS WAYS 5 STARS.

Professional Reviews

Frank Roderous
Terry Burns gives you people you care about, a rip-roaring yarn and at the heart of it all the story that makes everything worthwhile, the story of salvation.

Mike Nappa
"In Mysterious Ways, novelist Terry Burns writes with an entertaining ease that catches your attention right away--and keeps you wondering what will happen next. Plot twists and surprises enter the story with regularity, and (for once) this is a suspense novel that doesn’t have to resort to murder to keep the tension high. Easily recommended!"

---Mike Nappa, author of Tuesdays With Matthew and Who Moved My Church?

Cindy Holloran
Cindy Halloran, reviewer wrote: I thought your

book was WONDERFUL! It is definitely getting

a recommendation. I will also be sending a review

to a syndicated entertainment column I contribute to.

The review for Mysterious Ways will be in

numerous Christian and Community newspapers

across the nation and Canada. The review is posted at

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