Based on a true story, this historical novel reconstructs the lives of two 19th-century African-American converts to Mormonism.
Elijah Abel, the first African-American man ordained to the LDS priesthood, carried the message of Joseph Smith to whites and free blacks on three separate missions in the 1830s and ’40s. Young and Gray have used the license of fiction to elucidate large areas of Abel’s life, including his childhood, about which little is known.
In recounting the life of convert Jane Manning James, however, they have rendered events quite closely to what she recorded herself in her autobiography.
Note: Originally published in 2000. This is a revised and expanded edition.
Title: One More River to Cross (Standing on the Promises #1)
Publisher: Zarahemla Books
Release Date: December 5, 2012
Formats: 366 pages, 6×9, softcover
Genre: LDS Historical