When her son Jason is falsely accused of murder, Jackie Carpenter fights against the odds to free him. But when the prosecution seeks a life sentence, Jackie's life spins into turmoil sending her on a difficult journey of wavering faith, tentative hope, and ultimate victory.
Wife, mother, grandmother, church organist, and successful businesswoman - Jackie had it all and would have given it all up in a second to rescue her youngest son facing trial for felony murder. The only thing she had to give up was her doubts - and that led to a miracle!
Jason Veitch, a contractor building eight homes in a new subdivision, was losing thousands of dollars to copper theft. Following the advice of a police deputy, Jackie's son stood guard one night at a home under construction. When faced with three intruders, his shotgun accidentally fired and a man died.
When her son was arrested and charged with felony murder, Jackie tried to "fix it." "I became an attorney, a police officer, a judge, a juror, a forensic expert," says Jackie. "Then two weeks before trial, I realized that everything I researched was to no avail. There was nothing else I could do to help Jason."
It was then that Jackie completely turned her son over to God and began 'living and breathing' The Book of Psalms where she found comfort and guidance. Throughout the courtroom trial she shared with family members copies of Psalm 91.
"Ten long months we lived in the very pit of hell where Satan viciously attacked our family continuously," recalls Jackie. "Day after day after day after day. But at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2009, on the third floor courtroom of Coweta County Courthouse, the judge announced, 'The jury has reached a decision' and to Jason, 'Please rise' ... and God showed up!"
Jackie's story takes listeners on a journey of utter helplessness through valleys of fear and doubts to a path of faith that led to a miracle. Her testimony offers hope to the hopeless, help to the helpless, rest to the restless, and life to the lifeless.
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In addition to working fulltime as a contractor, today Jason pastors his own church. and Jackie has returned to her job as office manager of her husband's MRI company.
God began opening doors for Jackie to share her family's story in church services and women's conferences, as well as radio and television interviews across the United States and internationally.
Jackie and her family are "amazed" that God has made the way for their miracle story to become a feature film. Due for release in theaters by late 2012 or early 2013, A Cry for Justice has already won a first-place and a second-place award, both for best screenplay, at The Peachtree Village International Film Festival 2012 and Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival 2012, respectively.
Testimonials & Book Reviews . . .
The Bridge is a book for people who believe in miracles. It is also for people who need to be reminded that during troubling times God is not the guilty party. Even devout Christians sometimes need to be remindd that their strength is in the Lord, and The Bridge served as that reminder.
Miss Bob Etier
People of deep religious belief will find it an affirmation. Divine intervention and influence is credited for the strength to get through the ordeal as well as the favorable verdict of not guilty on all counts.
This powerful story of an accidental death and the unwavering faith of a mother's love and belief in the Psalms rivets the reader. If you want to hear about a "miracle" and the effect the power of prayer can have on a family, you will be very interested in this mother's story.
The Bridge clearly demonstrates that God still performs miracles in the 21st century. The key point is that when bad things happen, it's better to trust God than to blame Him. The story also reveals that it is certainly possible to survive a tragedy without losing faith.
Anyone going through a struggle that seems desperate or that is facing a sentence that looms inevitable will take courage from reading Jackie Carpenter's account of her son's incarceration and eventual exoneration. She gives God the glory and provides the scriptures that her family clung to throughout this devastating ordeal.
Jackie Carpenter's faith in her son and in her God is genuine. This comes through clearly in her writing. This is a book that will bring encouragement to anyone who has experirenced an injustice in a like or similar circumstance. Heart wrenching and heart warming. A memorable reading experience.
Richard R. Blake
As a reader of this true story, you will cringe wonder, worry, but if you are a believer, you will always keep God's love and faith in your mind and body.