Straightened by Alana Terry is another fabulous Christian suspense. It is the fourth book in the Kennedy Stern series. Alana Terry writes gritty Christian fiction about relevant topics, designed to educate and inform.
Straightened deals with the topic of homosexuality. She writes with sensitivity. She also revisits the HIV topic, introduced in book three.
This world is full of hate for those different to ourselves – be it sexual orientation, skin colour, religion. This was never God’s design. God is a God of love who wants us to live in peace with each other. “I’m sad. Sad that we live in a world where people are so full of hate.” People are quick to point the finger at others. They forget we are all sinners in need of a Saviour. And they forget about God’s grace that is freely given to all.
The novel has the topic of judging. “Don’t judge someone just because they sin differently than you… Don’t judge someone until you’ve crawled into his skin and walked around a bit.” We need to concentrate on our own walk and not be so concerned with others. We all sin. There are no gradients to sin. All sin is sin and is covered by God’s grace and forgiveness.
The world is a harsh place but “somewhere above the darkness and confusion, was a God of love.”
Prayer is important. Prayer is talking to God and building a relationship with Him. In the bad times and the good, we need to give thanks to Him and praise Him in the storm. “We give thanks and praise Jesus because you kept us safe.”
Straightened is a powerful read. The plotline is fabulous… entertaining and educating. The most powerful message is that of love. God is a God of love and we are to love like Him
Another cracking story from Alana Terry. It’s on to book five now.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
Thanks so much for the review!