Nail Bitingly Good
Fear Is Louder Than Words by Linda S Glaz is an amazing nail biting Christian thriller. I was literally on the edge of my seat for the whole read. It was exciting. It was heart breaking. It was Horrifying. It was faithful.
Some books are really easy to review. This book was really hard as it was all so fabulous. It is difficult to know where to start. The whole book is packed full of good, sound godly advice juxtaposed with breath taking action. It is an unusual combination but it works really well and I want more, more, more by Linda Glaz.
There are many themes covered within the novel but running throughout is that of God and of faith. Rochelle had a strong faith but it wasn’t always that way. She used to be so angry, as she says she was “wearing anger like a fashion statement. And my hate ate me from the inside out.” Rochelle realised that there had to be more to life than anger. She realised that anger made her a prisoner and she needed to deal with it. She was angry at people. She was angry at circumstances. She was angry at God. Rochelle needed to repent of her anger and she needed to learn to forgive. Only then could she be free to be the person God intended her to be.
Anger is a thread running throughout the novel. It has the power to destroy lives. It ruins futures. It kills relationships. The source of the anger needs to be identified and the fire that motivates evil put out.
There is discussion within the book about what it takes to be a Christian. Some people think that they have to ‘be good’, but being good doesn’t mean that you are a Christian and it doesn’t mean bad things won’t happen to you. To be a Christian is to surrender your life and your heart to Jesus. To always be motivated by Him and to live for Him.
Linda Glaz highlights some very sensitive issues and deals with them in a caring way. There is a case of PTSD following Desert Storm within the novel. War changes people. It damages them. They do things to escape what they have seen. There can be a fall-out that affects their families and others. This is portrayed well and sensitively in the novel and it is heart breaking to see the generations destroyed by war.
The other very sensitive topic is that of eugenics. Prospective parents all want strong healthy babies but there can be a high price to pay for some.
The theme of fear is present in the novel from the start as Rochelle, a Christian radio presenter, is attacked. She does not know the identity of her attacker but the reader knows his name and his intentions, just not why he targets her. I must admit I was jumping at times as I was so caught up in the action.
Rochelle is afraid to love. She has loved and lost and it hurt. Now she tries to guard her heart. She fights to hold on to it. However as fear threatens to take over her life, she needs to find some-one who will help her feel safe. She recognises her need as she says “I don’t doubt God is always with me. It’s important on occasion to have a person in the flesh to make you feel safe.” I could certainly empathise with this.
I was completely enthralled by Fear Is Louder Than Words and I just could not put it down. Reading was the last thing I did at night and the first thing I did in the morning. There are so many amazing godly truths in the novel as well as a total roller coaster of a read. I cannot urge you enough to pick up a copy of this book, and then plan on doing nothing for several hours. Absolutely excellent.
I was given a free copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.