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416 pages
Sep 2005
WestBow Press


by Robert Whitlow

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Jimmy, a little boy with a strangely photographic memory combined with learning disabilities is called into court to recite word for word what he overheard. The boy’s testimony begins a series of events that spread in unexpected directions.

Jimmy faces things that scare him with growing courage. He faces challenges that give him self-respect and teach all those around him about child-like wisdom and Christ-like grace.

Jimmy begins with a courtroom drama that is fascinating. Then Whitlow pauses, meandering through the book describing Jimmy’s quiet southern hometown and the people Jimmy loves. This part is very dry, but stick with it because once things get rolling again, Whitlow writes a story that is riveting. -- Mary Connealy, Christian Book

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Jimmy knows he's different from the other teenagers in Piney Grove, Georgia. He's what people call "slow," which means he doesn't always understand what he sees and hears. But Jimmy sees and hears a lot-even the occasional angel. And Jimmy remembers it all with uncanny accuracy, which is why his lawyer father asks him to testify in a trial. Jimmy's testimony saves the man from jail but has far-reaching consequences for himself and the people he loves.

Peopled with a cast of Southern folk at once familiar and unexpected, Jimmy is an extraordinary tale about growing up in the midst of real struggle. Like Mark Twain and Harper Lee, Robert Whitlow uses an innocent's limited viewpoint to illuminate complex human realities-and to touch the heart. From the first encounter with Jimmy to that last bittersweet goodbye, Jimmy will enthrall and delight.