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Tate by Susan May Warren

Just Show Up

Tate by Susan May Warren is a marvelous Christian contemporary romantic suspense. It is the second book in the Montana Marshalls series but can be read as a stand-alone.

Domestic terrorism is at the height of the novel. It is designed to upset the internal workings of America and spread fear and distrust. We cannot always be living in fear, we need to trust that God has got this. “Stop living in fear that it’s all going to crumble.”

The reader enters the world of bodyguards. We see the dedication, bravery and resilience needed to protect others as bodyguards put themselves in the line of fire. “He doesn’t know the word quit.”

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All Manner Of Things by Susie Finkbeiner

Don’t Duck And Cover

All Manner Of Things by Susie Finkbeiner is a heart-wrenching Christian historical novel focusing on a family affected by war. The action is set in 1967 during the Vietnam War but families are still reeling from the Korean War. I do not normally cry over books but I cried over this one. It is beautifully written and I ‘felt’ included in the family as the book is written in the first person from the point of view of eighteen year old Annie.

The novel is a microcosm for the macrocosm of American families affected by war. It is a close knit family and community that laughs together, lives together and cries together. In some ways life in 1967 was far simpler but in many ways it was so much harder.

War hurts. It hurts civilians. It hurts the forces and it hurts God. “I can’t believe that God created us for all this death and destruction… War wasn’t His idea.” The reader becomes acquainted with the thoughts and fears of both the servicemen and those on the home front as part of the novel is in the form of letters to and from Vietnam to various family members. The servicemen were brave young men who ‘did it afraid’ as they answered the call to serve their country. “You gotta just look to God… When I get scared, it’s about the only thing I can do.” God was alongside those serving and those at home at all times, even if He seemed silent. He never left His children alone.

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The Final Stage by Nate Allen

Giving Hope Back

The Final Stage by Nate Allen is the final book in The Faceless Future trilogy. You do need to read the previous books in order for the book to make sense. The whole trilogy is set over a year and follows on in chronological order. This is a thrilling End Times trilogy.

In this final book we see the separation of the sheep and the goats. We need to be wary of wolves in sheep’s clothing. When the End Times come we will all have to make a choice – are we for God? Or against Him? Where do we want to spend eternity?

There are scenes within the story that are reminiscent of Paul and Silas in jail. We are called to proclaim the gospel at all times and to shine the light of Jesus in the darkness.

At the end of our lives, we hope to hear “well done good and faithful servant.”

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Better Things Ahead by Nate Allen

The Battle Rages On

Better Things Ahead by Nate Allen is the second book in The Faceless Future trilogy. You need to read book one first for it to make sense. The battle in the End Times continues.

The powers of darkness are still possessing souls but this is countered by a movement of people turning to Jesus. The spiritual battles rages on. There may be internal battles but once a person has turned to Jesus, He fights for us and will not let us go. We need to keep our eyes fixed on Him and trust Him in the dark.

The lure of fame and fortune is a powerful one. Once it consumes a person, the soul grows ever darker. We need to be wary of where our passions lie.

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