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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,395 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deborah Bedford, Joyce Meyer Narrator: Ellen Archer Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jenny Blake has a theory about life: big decisions often don’t amount to much, but little decisions sometimes transform everything. Her theory proves true in the summer of 1955, when fourteen year old Jenny makes the decision to pick up a penny imbedded in asphalt and ends up stopping a robbery, getting a job, and meeting a friend who changes her life forever.

Jenny and Miss Shaw form a friendship that dares both of them to confront secrets in their pasts, secrets that threaten to destroy them. Jenny helps Miss Shaw open up to the community around her, while Miss Shaw teaches Jenny to meet even life’s most painful challenges with confidence and faith. This unexpected relationship transforms both characters in ways neither could have anticipated, and the ripple effect that begins in the summer of the penny goes on to bring new life to the people around them.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “You’ll love this book! Expect to be captured in the first few pages. Need a reminder of God’s plan to use little things to make a big difference? Then dig in.”

    Max Lucado, New York Times Bestselling author of More Than a Carpenter

  • The Penny is an emotionally gripping story that stayed with me for days. Unforgettable! In their own bold and savvy way, Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford shake up the Christian fiction world.”

    Debbie Macomber author of Family Affair

  • “Enlightening”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Krystle | 2/18/2014

    " One of the more powerful books I've read in awhile. Sure, it's slow-moving and its strength is not the writing...but the theme is perfectly laid out subtly throughout the story. Coming from someone who isn't very religious, I thought the undertone of Christianity was enough to get the point across without being too heavy. A precious story that can be applied across numerous settings still today. A great read for a book group or advanced students. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Debbie Dunn | 2/11/2014

    " She talks about abuse and how it affects our lives. It is revealing (because she also was aboused) and set in a time period when abuse was covered up. I cried through parts of it and I am not easily moved to tears. If you grew up in the 50's and 60's, you will be taken back to a period of time where things were different. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Krissi | 2/7/2014

    " This was a great book. I didn't read any of the reviews until after I had started the book and realized that the story line dealt with abuse. When I could move past that, the book was about so much more. It was well-written and a great read. I would definitely recommend reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christina | 2/2/2014

    " This book I found very intriguing. While it involved Christian values, they were woven into the story without being preachy. This is the first of Joyce's books I've read that was fiction, and I was very impressed. "

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