NEWNAN, GEORGIA – With the trial only two days away, the attorney's suggestion was politically correct and sound legal advice, but the mother of the son facing trial was terrified the advice would likely nullify the miracle she was praying for and send her son to jail for 30 years.
Jackie Carpenter, whose son Jason was on trial after being framed for felony murder, had prayed for a miracle since the arrest but two days before the trial was asked by her son's attorney not to bring her Bible into court.
"The attorney was afraid a non-believing juror member might be offended, hold it against Jason, and vote to send him to prison for 30 years," says Carpenter. "But I had trusted God for a miracle all those months since the arrest and had to decide then whether I would take God with me to the court-room or leave Him at home. I decided to take my Bible with me and that's when God decided to show up and deliver a miracle in the court-room"
It took 10 months of building up her faith to become strong enough to choose between offending a juror or offending God, says Carpenter, author of Georgia Justice: Journey to Faith ($11.99, paperback, 978-1-61579-684-7; $19.99, hardcover, 978-1-61579-685-4; also available in e-book format 158 pages). http://www.bridgetoamiracle.com/georgia-justice.html
Carpenter's youngest son, Jason Veitch, is a contractor who was building eight homes in a new subdivision and was losing thousands of dollars to copper theft. Following the advice of a police deputy, Jason stood guard one night at a home under construction. When encountering three intruders, his shotgun accidently fired and killed a man. Subsequently some shady actions by the police deputy led to trumped up charges of felony murder.
Carpenter told the story of how the false charge crushed her family in dramatic fashion in her first book, The Bridge: Between Cell Block A and a Miracle is Psalm 91 (ISBN 9781615796847, 2010 Xulon Press, 118 pages, $19.99 hardcover). The author's first book goes into detail about the tragedy, the trial, and the triumph and the second book describes the torment.
Georgia Justice is a story of faith-building – a how to story of what it takes to escape from doubt, depression, and torment to faith, hope, and victory. "This is the story of a mother's terror when out of nowhere her son is charged with felony murder," says Carpenter, "Georgia Justice is a journal of Satan attacking me daily, creating doubt, terror, and depression leading to horrible nightmares and daymares. Only in my prayer closet could I find peace and escape from fear"
Commenting on her depression, Carpenter says: "What good is a depressed Christian for the Army of the Lord? Depressed Christians do not even want to get out of the bed and face the day, let alone be an encouragement to the lost without Christ. It is not God's plan for His people to suffer affliction from Satan. It is our choice"
Carpenter said her first book, The Bridge, is a story of tragedy and how an entire family struggled until God delivered a miracle but her second book, Georgia Justice, is a journal of what to do when tragedy strikes and how to get through the dark days that follow to bring about a positive ending.
After the acquittal Jason returned to his construction company and also pastors a full time church. Jackie has returned to her job as office manager of an MRI company but also finds time to share her journey from a cellblock to a miracle.
Georgia Justice is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com or at the author's web site: http://www.bridgetoamiracle.com/
About the Author
A native of Georgia, author Jackie Carpenter is office manager for husband Larry's medical imaging company, a church organist, assistant Sunday School teacher, social director of a senior adult Bible Class, wife, mother and grandmother. She knows God inspired her to write Georgia Justice and The Bridge and followed His leading throughout the writing process. "I am God's Secretary. He dictated and I typed" Jackie says of both Georgia Justice and The Bridge. The author appears regularly as a speaker at ladies' retreats and Christian conferences.
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REVIEWS & PRAISE FOR
"Overall, this book was genuine. It even came with a little pin.
There is also an emphasis on trusting in the Lord, along with important Bible quotations from the Book of Psalms. The author even includes a note at the end about accepting Jesus for salvation"
-- Teresa Konopka
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"The Bridge is a book for people who believe in miracles. It is also for people who need to be reminded that during troubling times, God is not the guilty party. Even devout Christians sometimes need to be reminded that their strength is in the Lord, and The Bridge serves as that reminder"
--Miss Bob Etier
"People of deep religious belief will find it an affirmation. Divine intervention and influence is credited for the strength to get through the ordeal as well as the favorable verdict of not guilty on all counts"
-- Charles Ashbacher
AMAZON TOP 50 REVIEWER
"This powerful story of an accidental death and the unwavering faith of a mother's love and belief in the Psalms will rivet the reader. If you want to hear about a "miracle" and the effect the power of prayer can have on a family you will be very interested in this mother's story!"
-- Deb Fowler
AMAZON REVIEWER Rank 136
"This is a good, inspirational story… you can absolutely see the conviction in her [Jackie's] heart that God's love and grace alone brought her through this difficult time…
she simply wants to share her miracle with you"
"Anyone going through a struggle that seems desperate or that is facing a sentence that looms inevitable will take courage from reading Jackie Carpenter's account of her son's incarceration and eventual exoneration. She gives God the glory and provides the scriptures that her family clung to throughout this devastating ordeal"
-- Maggie Harding
"This is a story of the power of prayer and unyielding faith. I read this book in a little over an hour, but the message was very powerful. If you haven't read this book, you're missing a great testimony"
--Reading at The Beach
"Jackie Carpenter's faith in her son and in her God is genuine. This comes through clearly in her writing. This is a book that will bring encouragement to anyone who has experienced an injustice in a like or similar circumstance. Heart wrenching and heart warming. A memorable reading experience"
--Richard R. Blake
Amazon Top 500 Reviewer
"As a reader of this true story you will cringe, wonder, worry, but if you are a believer, you will always keep God's love and faith in your mind and body. The book is easy to read but it exudes faith throughout and you will gain that while reading"