About the Book
The Walls Come Tumbling Down
Perfectbound, 6x9, 250 pages
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Jericho Rhodes, twenty-seven and just out of Union Seminary in New
York City, leaves the man she is in love with and plans to marry and
comes to the small town of Licking Creek, Pennsylvania, to try out, on
her own, her vocation as a parish minister.
There she confronts the issues of the larger world – a factory making
missile detectors, few employment opportunities for young people, drug
abuse, neglect of the poor and outcast, violence, sexism in many forms,
and fears for the future. It is also in Licking Creek that she meets two
more men – one not at all intimidated by ministers, and another who
alternately attracts and infuriates her.
The greatest need of the town is for a place where the community’s
youth can gather. Jericho, with the help of her church’s young people,
enthusiastically undertakes a fund-raising event to set up such a center.
But along with work on the Youth Center project and other personal,
church, and town concerns, the minister as innovator, as catalyst, has
set in motion forces which will ravage the community, and before Talent
Night is over a marriage will be in serious jeopardy, a father-daughter
relationship will have escalated into violence, and a young man she has
urged the community to trust will bring about the death of two people
Jericho Rhodes has come to love.
About the Author
Martha Whitmore Hickman has written two novels, one collection of short stories, a couple
of books on different life stages, a book on recovering a sense of sabbath, a book to enrich
your understanding of certain hymns and songs, several books on grief - personal essay
books... and fourteen books for young children, as well as fiction, non-fiction, and poetry in
journals and anthologies. A native of Massachusetts, she lived a number of years in the
south, and now lives with her husband in Los Altos, California.