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The Gifted Sophomores

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The Gifted Sophomores

When three mismatched high school sophomores begin squabbling over who's to blame for the yearbook photo day disaster, something unexpected happens. As accusations fly, these three teens (alike in their Christian faith but different in every other way) see the walls literally start to fall in upon them. Within minutes, Tiffany the cheerleader, Josh the geek and Mo the football player are trapped beneath the rubble of their high school building.

Tiffany is blinded by glass. Josh's legs are crushed. Mo's voice is damaged from smoke inhalation. Lying under the unsteady remains of the building, Josh urges the three to hold hands and pray. As the hours pass, Josh continues to encourage the survivors with hope-laced words of affirmation. When they almost give up, the trio hears noises above them and is immensely relieved to be rescued. At the hospital, all three victims are met with dismal prognoses, fearful that their injuries are beyond repair. Then something miraculous occurs during the night. When morning comes, Tiffany can see, Josh can walk and Mo can't stop talking. Miracles, three times over.

Astounded and somewhat confused, the teens compare notes and realize that God healed them, gifted them really, to seek out other hurting people and offer faith, hope and love. While they learn to use their "super" gifts to heal others without overwhelming or frightening them off, Tiffany, Josh and Mo recognize that God has designed them to work together for a higher purpose. Each one doing what he or she does best, the teens see dramatic changes in friends, family and strangers as they band together to seek out those in need.

Grateful for the opportunity to make up for lost time and regretting that they hadn't been more committed to serving Christ prior to the earthquake, the gifted sophomores are energized like never before. Then, just as they think they have this "gifted" thing all figured out, another twist occurs and all three are faced with developing their faith in a trustworthy God despite raging inner fears. By the book's end, each teen has been radically changed, and they will never see, move or speak as they did before.

Reviewed by Michele Howe on November 15, 2011

The Gifted Sophomores
by Terri Blackstock

  • Publication Date: November 15, 2011
  • Genres: Christian, Fiction
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • ISBN-10: 0849943426
  • ISBN-13: 9780849943423