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.”
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
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.”
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.