The Thorn Of Truth by S.L. Russell

Cast Your Cares On Him

The Thorn Of Truth by S.L. Russell is a marvellous Christian crime suspense that consumed me from the start.

The main themes are of being truthful and living with integrity. The main character faces a dilemma between representing the truth or bowing to popular opinion and twisting the facts to suit. Walking the truthful line is not always popular but it is the right thing to do. Sometimes it seems as if the line between truth and lies is not always black and white but a blurred shade of grey as even those who should represent the truth forget to do so.

Living a life of integrity enables us to walk tall with a clear conscience. We will have nothing to reproach ourselves for if we live truthful, open lives.

When we struggle with life we need to tap into God. “There’s a higher power with a better view of your problems.” What worries us does not worry God. He sees the bigger picture.

There is the theme of trust. Sometimes people let us down but God is faithful. We may feel as if God is far away or even absent but our feelings are unreliable. God is always with us.

Sometimes in life we find ourselves wandering away from God. Within the novel we witness a prodigal returning to church. “It’s like a homecoming.” Imagine the party in heaven when one lost child returns. We all need to find a church where we feel comfortable and where we can call ‘home,’

Forgiveness is another theme. “Bitterness … was toxic and would not only eat away at me but also poison … my life.” If we do not forgive, we risk becoming bitter and destroying ourselves from the inside out.

Good friendships are precious. Within the novel we witness friendships budding and blossoming.

Family is important. Sometimes they let us down but we love them anyway. Pets are part of the family. I loved the inclusion of Gordon the dog.

We all face choices daily. We need to be responsible for our own choices. We need to choose wisely.

The Thorn Of Truth was a brilliant compulsive crime suspense that I greedily devoured. It is exciting and also full of godly wisdom.

I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

JULIA WILSON

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