ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
STEPHEN BALDWIN - actor, family man, born-again Christian - makes his home in upstate New York with his wife and two young daughters.
Equally adept at drama and comedy, Baldwin has appeared in over 60 films and been featured on such top-rated television shows as Fear Factor and Celebrity Mole. He has his own production company that is developing projects for television and the big screen. These days, however, his role as director, co-producer and host of Livin' It - a cutting-edge skate video is bringing out his white hot passion for evangelism.
Writer and communicator Mark Tabb calls himself an “internationally unknown author.” Although his books have been published around the world, he is best known for his collaborative works. His 2008 release, “Mistaken Identity”, written with the Van Ryn and Cerak families, hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list for two weeks, and remained on the list for over two months. He and actor Stephen Baldwin teamed up on their 2005 New York Times bestseller, “The Unusual Suspect,” and with their first work of fiction, “The Death and Life of Gabriel Phillips,”
ABOUT THE BOOK
Even years of experience haven't prepared Officer Andy Myers for this case---
When Officer Andy Myers met Loraine Phillips, he had no interest in her son. And he certainly never dreamed he'd respond to a call, finding that same boy in a pool of blood. Even more alarming was the father standing watch over his son's body. Myers had never seen a man respond to death-particularly the death of a child-in such a way. When the father is charged with murder and sentenced to death, he chooses not to fight but embrace it as God's will. Myers becomes consumed with curiosity for these strange beliefs. What follows is the story of the bond these two men share as they come to terms with the tragedy and the difficult choices each one must make.
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Death and Life of Gabriel Phillips, go HERE
FROMMIPOV: When I first received this book I was unaware that this book was authored by Stephen Baldwin of the acting Baldwins. When I was informed of this I got really excited, because I remembered when Stephen Baldwin became a Christian, and the paparazzi hub,bub about it. We were living in the Ventura, California area really close to Hollywood at that time and you would've thought he'd announced he was following satan himself. See in the Hollywood set, if you're not a Christian Scientist you're nothing.
Getting to the book . . . the book is not your mainstream Christian fiction. It has cursing that you would not normally find in an "A" typical Christian book. At first I could see where Stephen and Mark were going with this. The fact that Stephen is coming from the background of substance abuse, no prior relationship with Christ he wanted to portray a similar character and then wanted to bring him full circle. The problem with the idea, was that it went on far too long. We never really saw Andy Meyer's conversion or the conclusion to the death of the young boy. I was really disappointed in this book!