I have read both of Jackie Carpenter's books and was incredibly moved by them. I really hope people will run and pick up copies to read, then please go see the movie. Thanks for supporting her. Please take a moment and LIKE the movie page on facebook:
Jackie Carpenter: Businesswoman, Volunteer and Reluctant Author
Jackie Carpenter never intended to become an author; and neither did she ever expect to be a resource for persons facing a crisis in life. But Jackie took the crisis in her life, and subsequent miracle, and wove it into a dramatic and heart-wrenching story – The Bridge: Between Cell Block A and a Miracle is Psalm 91; and the Reluctant Author followed up with still another book - Georgia Justice: Journey To Faith – a remarkable guide on how to build faith when overcome by doubt, depression and tragic events. These two dynamic books are currently being produced into the Motion Picture – A Cry For Justice! Jackie continues to work as Office Mgr. in her husband Larry’s Medical Imaging Company while juggling Radio and Television Interviews and continuing to follow God in His plan for her to develop a Movie geared toward building faith in children; The Mustard Seed Kids (also centered around Psalm 91)
Selections From The Bridge: Between Cell Block A and a Miracle is
Psalm 91 & Georgia Justice “Journey To Faith”
- Jason is my youngest son, and has been building houses for the past eight years. In this particular subdivision he had approximately eight houses under construction and in this one week had been robbed of copper in three of these houses. Every time one of these houses was robbed it cost Jason approximately $6,000. This was not good considering we were already in a down economy.
- Jason was told by the deputy that he was legally allowed to have a firearm, he was legally allowed to hold the suspect at gunpoint, and he was also legally allowed to detain the suspect (by binding their hands and feet) until the police arrived. Jason was told not to shoot anyone and to wait for the police to arrive.
- At about 7:00 a.m. I had drifted off to sleep when the phone rang. I felt sure it was either Stephanie or my parents calling to let us know everything was fine and under control.
- Instead it was Stephanie screaming and crying into the phone. I will never forget the sound of her voice and what she said for the rest of my life: “Jackie, the man died, Jason has been arrested, taken to jail and charged with felony murder. They may arrest my daddy also!”
- I didn’t know what to expect since I had never been inside the county jail. It was divided into pods, with a pod representing the worst of the worst. I refer to it as “Cell Block A.” That is where they had placed my son.
- Deputy Jones had set Jason up to take the fall for himself, because he should never have advised Jason to take the law into his own hands, and because Jason took the deputy’s advice, somebody died.
- I was at the CVS pharmacy when I noticed a paperback book on the stand: Psalm 91: God’s Shield of Protection. I bought the book, took it home and started reading. The more I read, and the more I moved my life into the Book of Psalms, the more I began to live in a different way. The strength that I survived on was not my own. Jackie died that Monday night after the preliminary hearing. The resurrected Jackie was now living “under the shadow of the wings of the almighty.”
- No matter how discouraged I got, God reminded me that He was bigger than the situation. Once God reminded me of the following: “I created the whole world in six days, and on the seventh day I was finished so I just rested. So do you think this problem with Jason is so enormous that I can’t straighten it out?” It became so real to me that no matter what man did God could do more! I realized that I needed to have faith in the unseen and not the seen.
- The only place that I could deal with this was in my Prayer Closet where I literally had to hook up to Psalm 91 for Life Support. God tells us in Psalm 91 that we do not have to be afraid of the “Terror by Night”!
- We just left the attorneys office Jason said. They went over some things concerning Court on Monday. They wanted me to tell you “make sure that you do not bring your Bible to Court on Monday, because if there is a Juror who is a non-believer they might use that opinion alone and send me to prison!”
- As Jason sat in cell Block A and we sat in Jason’s living room with swollen eyes and heavy hearts, it was such a relief when Ron (Jason’s Attorney) walked into the room; but as I saw the look on his face I knew immediately I did not want to hear what he had to say!
- The phone rang. As I picked it up I was quite sure it was my dad calling to let us know that everything was fine, but it was not my dad; it was my daughter-in-law Steph telling me Jason had been arrested for Felony Murder!
Triple Horse Studios, Gift Box Productions
When her son Jason (Drew Matthews) is falsely accused of murder, Jackie Carpenter (Francine Locke) fights against the odds to free her son; but when the prosecution (Sandra W. Van Natta) seeks a life sentence, Jackie’s life spins into turmoil sending her on a difficult journey of wavering faith, tentative hope, and ultimate victory.
Based on a true story, "A Cry for Justice" will put your faith on trial as the journey of Jackie Carpenter bridges the gap between Cell Block A and a miracle.
Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival, 2012 (Second Place, Script Competition)
Peachtree Village International Film Festival, 2012 (Finalist, Screenplay Competition)
Francine Locke, Drew Matthews, Kelsi Chandler, Sandra W. Van Natta, Cameron Arnett
2nd Book Georgia Justice
Am I dying? I feel as if I am suffocating and choking on my own tears, in my own bed. I must be having a nightmare! But how can that be because I am not asleep?
As I tried to sit up I had such shortness of breath, my palms were sweating, and my fingers and toes were numb. I did not want to wake up Larry. You see this is not the first time this has happened. This has been going on now for several months. This has become normal for me.
I tried to climb out of the bed without making any noise. I was able to get down to the floor and back onto my knees down beside my bed. This was the place I had to get to in order to make the nightmare go away, and to be able to breathe normally again. For you see this is where I knelt before the Lord and prayed for strength. Strength that I always thought I had, but when tragedy struck, all strength was gone.
I was not praying for strength to get me through the tragedy, I was praying for strength to help me crawl from the bed into my Prayer Closet. If I could just make it that far without dying, then I knew once I got there I would be safe from Satan.
I crept from the bedroom, thru the darkness where I soon saw the little “night light”” that helped guide me along the way into the Prayer Closet. Once in there all I had the energy to say was “here I am again Lord”. Plug me in to Life Support, and he would gently take me by the hand, and guide my eyes along his Word, until “peace came back”, my breathing slowed down, I refocused my thinking, and I was once again able to return to bed.
MOVIE: A CRY FOR JUSTICE