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Bloody Point by Linda J. White

16th December 2007

Bloody PointI discovered White’s first novel in my weekly Bible study, of all places.  Our normal teacher was gone for the week, and Linda White was asked to step in.  She did a great job leading our study of Romans, and as a bonus for me, I discovered that she was a published author.  White works for our local paper as assistant editorial page editor, and in her free time, has written a mystery set in the Chesapeake Bay.

A few thoughts on the book:

  • I enjoyed the history, geography and local information that White includes in her book.  It gives the story a sense of authenticity, and made me want to visit the places she writes about.
  • White has written a Christian mystery without including a budding romance as one of the main plot lines.  Has any Christian author ever done that?  It was very refreshing.  I’m all for romance, but there is more to the Christian life than finding the perfect man!
  • White addresses the difficult subject of praying for God’s healing.  Why does God sometimes grant healing in a spectacular way, but other times he allows a person to remain sick, or even die?  White tackles this question head-on.
  • The suspense part of the book was a little lacking for me.  I felt like the “bad guy” wasn’t quite scary enough, and there wasn’t much surprise as to who it was.

Overall, I enjoyed White’s book.  It was entertaining, well researched, and solid in theology.  I’m looking forward to more from her in the future.

In Search of EdenMiranda became pregnant as a teenager, and was forced by her mother to give away her baby. Years later, Miranda can’t stop grieving the loss of her baby. So, with only a photograph as a clue, Miranda sets off in search of her baby, now 11 years old.

Many Christian writers have tackled the subject of adoption. NIchols manages to bring a fresh look at a sensitive subject. She delicately balances the needs of the biological parents, the adoptive parents, and the child herself. But her story goes beyond adoption to the family as a whole. She writes of flawed families trying to love, to reconcile, and to care for each other in spite of the hurt.

Mazzarella’s book won the Christy Award in 2006 for best first novel. It is a refreshing read in a genre (inspirational fiction) that is saturated with “Christian” smut. Dottie is a single woman farming her family’s land. She is struggling to make ends meet, when Mattie comes to live with her. Mattie’s mom was Dottie’s childhood friend, and upon her death, she unexpectedly left Mattie and Mattie’s inheritance to Dottie. Dottie takes Mattie in, but holds her at bay, as she does with everyone else in her life. Loving Mattie as a daughter will require Dottie to break the silence that she’s so used to living with.

The Scribe by Francine Rivers

09th September 2007

The Scribe (Sons of Encouragement)The Scribe is the fifth book in Rivers’ Sons of Encouragement series. It tells the fictional story of Silas. I think that I enjoyed this book the least of all the books in this series. We know so little about Silas’ life that this book seemed extremely speculative. Other fictionalized accounts by Rivers (of Aaron, Caleb, Amos, and Jonathan) were much more grounded in Biblical fact because there is simply more written in the Bible about these men.

The Prophet (Sons of Encouragement)This book is fourth in the Sons of Encouragement series. In this series, Rivers writes a Biblically based, fictional account of some of the lesser known men in the Bible. The Prophet is the story of Amos. Reading the book was encouragement for me to re-read some of the minor prophets, like Amos and Hosea. Rivers stays true to the message that God gave Amos, and also uses the story to explain the culture and times that Amos was living in. This book would be excellent to read in conjunction with an in-depth study of Amos.

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