Laquita McCurry Wisener of Star City will review “Jacob’s Way,” written by Gilbert Morris, at 10 Saturday, Dec. 2, at the First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St.
Held in the fellowship hall, the review will be followed by refreshments and hand crafted door prizes. The public is invited to attend.
“Gilbert Morris, who specializes in historical fiction, delivers a story in ‘Jacob’s Way’ which teaches a lot about Jewish/Russian immigrants of Post-Civil War America and provides an uplifting story that points to God,” according to a news release.
The story depicts Reisa Dimitri and her grandfather, Jacob, who are forced to leave Russia because of their Jewish heritage, according to the release.
“To make money Reisa, Jacob and their friend Dov, travel from town to town selling items. Their paths lead them into the South where they meet Sam, a devout Christian. Unfortunately Jacob becomes ill and at the insistence of Sam, Reisa, Jacob and Dov they are convinced to stay there. One day, Ben Driver, a veteran and an ex-con just released from prison was found unconscious, near death. Reisa and Dov brought him to their house where Reisa nursed him back to health and struggles with her grandfather’s surprising conversion to Christianity,”according to the release.
The reviewer, Wisener, is the daughter of the late Rev. Allen and Lillian McCurry of Little Rock, where she grew up. Her father accepted a church in Dermott, where she met John Charles Wisener, the love of her life, according to the release.
They were married following high school and moved to Pine Bluff where Charles Wisener worked as a conductor for Cotton Belt Railroad. They had three children, Joy Lynn, a principal at Drew Central Elementary in Monticello; John Charles III, a lawyer in Little Rock; and Angel, a music teacher in the Watson Chapel School District.
Laquita Wisener finished college with a degree in history and English at age 40 and retired to take care of her husband in 2003 when he became ill. She has served as pianist at several churches and for the Star Chapter of Eastern Star. She enjoys traveling, camping, knitting, crocheting and reading.