A friend of mine gave me a Facebook shout out when she finished this book a couple of weeks back. She thought I would love it. She was right. This is a highly readable, interesting book. The middle does get a bit depressing, but press on and finish it, it's worth it.
The story flips back and forth between Thomas, a pastor, and Brady, a kid from the wrong side of the tracks. You know their paths will cross at some point, but it takes a good three quarters of the book to get there. The good thing with Jenkins' writing is that you don't feel disoriented with the 2 stories being told simultaneously. It's easy to follow both and you do care about both characters (which makes the book difficult to put down). I don't want to say too much about the plot as I don't want to give anything away. This one is definitely worth your time.