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Christian Novel Review

Having always been an avid reader, since becoming a Christian I have found a wealth of reading material in Christian bookshops and in various second hand bookshops. I have found that in Christian novels one often finds truths that help in one’s Christian walk. I enjoy reading about how the various characters deal with life, and I also find I am the richer for reading a really good Christian novel. Certain authors, through their books, give you a real insight into their joys and struggles, which I find very interesting. The books which I am going to review are those which I have really enjoyed, and have read at least twice – some books, for example the “Mark of the Lion “ series by Francine Rivers, I have read at least five times each. The first books that I am going to talk about are the latest two novels by Francine Rivers,


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Thursday, 12 October 2017

WHERE WE BELONG by LYNN AUSTIN.

WHERE WE BELONG by LYNN AUSTIN is based on the true story of two Scottish sisters who crossed the desert to Mt Sinai to find ancient Scriptures in the library at St Catherine's monastery to prove the authenticity of the bible. The author has included a fair share of romance and some very interesting characters to her story, which is set in Chicago rather than Scotland.
Top students, fascinated with history and literature, the Hawes sisters, Rebecca and Flora, start their plans for adventure by researching a European trip that they hope to go on with their father when they are fifteen and fourteen respectively. Rebecca is the most adventurous of the two but the sisters are very close, having lost their mother when Flora was born, and Flora is happy to follow Rebecca's lead. Their father, himself fascinated with ancient history and good books, encourages them to think for themselves and also sees to it that they learn languages that really help them on their travels. Through wise investments he has become extremely wealthy, and they have inherited his philanthropic nature.
The novel starts with the most exciting adventure of all - their trip across the desert to St Catherine's monastery at Mt Sinai. This is alluded to throughout the novel as we see the sisters' lives unfold.
Devout Christians, the two women really live their faith, looking after those less fortunate than themselves. Rebecca's passion is ancient history, and they are hoping to find a very old bible to prove to unbelievers that God's word is true.
It is a most enjoyable and interesting book. I love the different characters and the parts they play in the story. The Author, as usual, has done a great deal of research, and she is really good at describing what her characters are feeling.
There is a strong Christian message of wholeheartedly serving the Lord rather than being caught up in the social whirl of the times, and using one's wealth wisely to help those who have nothing. I love Lynn Austin's novels, and this one is certainly well worth reading. I can highly recommend it.


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Friday, 6 October 2017

DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS by IRENE HANNON

DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS by IRENE HANNON is not only a very exciting thriller, but it is also filled with biblical truth.
Trish Bailey has been through a lot with losing her father and husband in a car accident, which eventually led to her injured mother having a stroke. She is living with her mother, looking after her, when her mother dies due to an overdose of her medication. Trish is pretty sure she did not make a mistake with her mother's pills, but she seems to have been doing a lot of strange things lately and feels guilty.
Trish's parents were well off and believed the Scripture "from those to whom much is given, much is expected" and they started a foundation, giving to charities. Matt Parker has been their accountant for about a year and Trish's mother is really fond of him, and pushes him and Trish together shamelessly. He and Trish go out together a couple of times, but Trish is not interested, although Matt is keen.
Whilst there is no chemistry between the two of them it is a very different story when detective Colin Flynn comes on the scene!
With all that has gone on in her life Trish has never lost her faith, although Colin finds it hard to believe in a loving Heavenly Father with his unfortunate childhood. Craig Elliot is altogether another matter! We see evil personified in him and also in the Russian Mafia.
Both Trish and Colin have struggled with loneliness - now that her mother is dead she feels really alone and Colin hopes she will see him as someone she can rely on. His childhood friends, Rick and Kristen, are his only "family".
Matt is very keen to become a trustee for the foundation, and, although he came highly recommended by their pastor, who is a trustee, Trish is not sure about him and insists on signing all the cheques herself.
This is a really good read - I couldn't put it down - and I can really recommend it.


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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

A TIME TO STAND by ROBERT WHITLOW

A TIME TO STAND by ROBERT WHITLOW is a courtroom thriller with a strong Christian message. 
We wonder if justice will be served in Deshaun Hamlin's case - after all he is black and was shot by Luke Nelson, a white policeman! It isn't long before there are rallies on both sides of the question, as the man in the street sets himself up as judge and executioner!
Will Adisa Johnson, a black female attorney, who has moved to Cambellton to look after her aunt, be able to act in Luke's defense, as she has been asked to do by her new boss, Theo Grayson?
Adisa's aunt Josie is in the same hospital as Deshaun, and Adisa is torn between wanting to see Luke pay for his crime and her legal responsibility to give him the best defense she can. In fact, Luke doesn't trust her, although both of them are being attacked.
The characters and their feelings are very well portrayed. I especially like Reggie Reynolds, the black pastor, who puts his career on the line to support Adisa, although he doesn't agree with her, aunt Josie with her evangelistic spirit, and Deshaun's grandmother, Thelma Armistead, who publicly forgives Luke in church.
One can't help feeling sorry for Luke and his praying wife, who stands with him and refuses to leave when things get really hot for them, even though they have a small child to consider.
This exciting legal drama has everything - a good plot, likeable characters and, most important of all, an excellent Christian message. I can highly recommend it.



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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

DANCING FROM DARKNESS by ELEANOR ISAACSON & JEANETTE WINDLE

I have just read DANCING FROM DARKNESS by ELEANOR ISAACSON & JEANETTE WINDLE. It is Eleanor's life story and it really touched me deeply.
Born in America, unwanted by her parents, dropped off in Germany at the age of two, lonely and unloved, she lived through the horrors of World War II aware of a Friend who loved her and was always with her, keeping her from harm. We see the protection of Psalm 91 in the life of a child who had never been to church, read the bible or heard the gospel!
We follow her struggles to America. Still unwanted by her parents, barely tolerated by her mother, she gets on with life and is led to the Lord by a friend at work and comes to know her Heavenly Father - the Friend who has never left her!
She realizes that the hardships she has been through have made her into the person she is today. We see how the Lord restores the locust eaten years by giving her a husband at the age of forty, who truly is the love of her life.
Hers is still not an easy life, but as she keeps going in spite of all she is going through, she is an amazing witness of what God can do in someone who is surrendered to Him.
I don't want to tell you too much of Eleanor's story - rather read it for yourself and let her tell it to you herself. You definitely won't be sorry!





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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

AN EYE FOR AN EYE by IRENE HANNON

AN EYE FOR AN EYE by IRENE HANNON is well worth reading for the exciting, suspenseful, story and for the really good Christian message. The Author is so good at making the Christian message an integral part of her stories, and, as we follow her characters' lives, we learn so much that is applicable in our own walk with the Lord.
Emily Lawson and Mark Sanders meet unexpectedly in the park after twenty years. They had been madly in love as teenagers. Their meeting is disrupted when a sniper shoots at them, injuring Emily. Mark is on loan to the local FBI from the Quantico Hostage Rescue Team, trying to get over an incident that has left him very shaken. Emily is still suffering the effects of losing her fire fighter husband five years earlier, and is afraid of falling in love again, especially with someone in a dangerous line of work.
Emily is a clinical psychologist with a very full schedule, helping people on a radio show and at a women's shelter in her free time. She really lives her faith.
It is uncertain which of the two were targeted - had Emily enraged an abusive husband by suggesting his wife should leave him, or was this pay back from the family of the teenager that Mark had shot at a convenience store robbery?
The novel is fast paced and hard to put down. Compassion and forgiveness as opposed to revenge and hatred, faith instead of fear, and love instead of hatred, loneliness and loyal friendship, are some of the subjects that are dealt with in the novel. Also we see the danger of wrongly interpreting the Word of God and demanding "an eye for an eye"! I know this book is the second novel in the Heroes of Quantico series, but I have read it as a stand alone. It is really a good read and I can highly recommend it.


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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

HIGH AS THE HEAVENS by KATE BRESLIN


I have been looking forward to the release of KATE BRESLIN's latest novel, HIGH AS THE HEAVENS, for some time, and am definitely not disappointed! The story takes place during the First World War, mostly in German occupied Belgium. The Author paints a picture of the horrors of life in war torn Europe, where there wasn't much food and the struggle for survival often led to betrayal. In fact, it was very hard to know whom to trust.
Evelyn Marche, a British Red Cross nurse, goes to work in Belgium to be with her widowed mother and younger brother and sister, after her husband of a few weeks is thought to have been killed in action.
She works in a hospital in Brussels, treating Allied and enemy patients with equal care. She and her mother live with her aunt and uncle above their restaurant where Eve works in the evenings when she gets back from the hospital.
Eve is a secret member of La Dame Blanche, part of the Belgian resistance, and is sent to meet a "package" one night, only to have the British airman land practically at her feet in the village square! It is thanks to her quick thinking that the man's life is saved, and from there on things get very complicated! Add to that an unlikely double agent, an unusual relationship with the hospital administrator, and her plans to find her siblings in France and smuggle them back into Belgium, and you have a very exciting plot! Suspicion is rampant and there seem to be enemy eyes everywhere.
Eve has a secret which makes her feel unworthy and guilty, and it is only when she is able to confess the awful truth and accept God's forgiveness, that she is able to love again. She finally experiences God's love, that is indeed "high as the heavens", and is able to forget the horrors of the past.
This is a story of courage, intrigue and sacrificial love. It really is a love story with a difference. My only complaint was that I read it much too fast, being unable to put it down!

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Monday, 12 June 2017

BREAD OF ANGELS by TESSA AFSHAR

TESSA AFSHAR has done it again - BREAD OF ANGELS is another beautiful novel, this time telling the story of Lydia of Thyatira, maker of purple dye, who we meet in Acts chapter sixteen.
We follow her journey from Thyatira to Philippi, where she meets Paul and Silas and other followers of Christ.
The Author not only has an incredible insight into the time in which the story takes place, but the truth of the Gospel runs through the novel, showing her faith in the Lord and knowledge of the Word.
Lydia's struggles, especially the struggle with fear that has dogged her since she was a child, make her very human and easy to relate to. I love the way we follow her from her childhood, where she lived with her father in Thyatira, to her new life in Phillippi.
I love all this Author's novels, but this one has become my new favorite! The story is exciting and meaningful, the characters very real, and I cannot recommend it highly enough!


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