Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Bridgers: A Parable by Angie Thompson {Book Review}


|| Description

Three boys. One choice. No turning back.

Peyton is a rising star in the church who is well on the way to reaching his biggest dreams. Levi is a pastor's son struggling to live up to his faith under pressure from all sides. DaVonte is a kid from the wrong side of town who would be content if he and his friends were just left alone.

When an act of violence presents a sudden decision, each boy's answer will shake the community to its core and shape its future forever. Love and truth face off against fear and pride in this modern extension of one of Jesus' best-known parables.


|| Rating

4 stars


|| Review

A spectacular retelling of the parable of the Good Samaritan—a story concept I never would've considered! Other than a short story awhile back (which I also enjoyed!), this was my first read by Angie Thompson and I dearly loved the tale. <3

My favorite character was undoubtedly DaVonte, followed by Brett. Levi was great too, but I had harder time connecting with him and thought he seemed a bit young for his age.

Peyton's character bugged me to no end, but toward the end of the book, I began to realize why. He was such a vivid, realistic example of a Pharisee-like Christian. Someone who's in it to make themselves look good, who cares little about reflecting Jesus' light to a lost world. Kudos to the author for tackling that situation!

The message of reaching out to the unlovable, extending grace and love to the untouchable, was needed, solid, and so spot-on. My only issue with this little book would be that the writing style was rather confusing at first, and swapping back and forth between first-person and third-person tense threw me off a handful of times. I caught on fairly easily though and was able to follow along.

4 stars!


Content: A stabbing, not very detailed. Talk of tattoos, cigarettes, divisions between different 'classes' of people.


** I received a complimentary copy of this book from Stellae Books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not required. **

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Bound by Victoria Lynn {Book Review}


Description

Two souls don’t find each other by simple accident.  ~ Jorge Luis Borges

Levi thought he was making this journey alone. But when he meets an eight-year-old girl at the train station, that plan is turned on its head.

Casey is running away and finds out that Levi is too. They decide to journey together and their lives are suddenly bound together in a journey they will not soon forget.

Both children come from abusive situations and are running from the dangers of their previous life. Levi is confident he can handle this on his own, but when Casey is injured on the journey, he must seek help from the first person that comes into his path, or rather people. Mr. and Mrs. Bellworth are simple farm folk with a heart for kids and a passion for serving God. When their unconditional love and gentle care surrounds Levi and Casey, the troubles of their previous lives melt away and they start to flourish. But when Casey is dragged back into the abusive world she came from, the emotional trauma, pain and distrust resurfaces. Will they be forever bound by their past? Or will God answer their prayers?


Rating

4.5 stars


Review

Oh my goodness, y'all, this book. It ripped my heart out and trampled all over it and even now—nearly 24 hours later, at the time I'm writing this—I've yet to fully recover.

I've unintentionally read four books dealing with foster care in the last couple weeks, but this one hit me the hardest. Levi and Casey's dark backgrounds were shown with such raw depth and vivid pain, all the while being handled with gentleness and grace. <3

I absolutely adored Mr. Abel and Mrs. Mariah—what amazing examples they are for the younger generation! Casey and Levi were sweet and lovable, and I enjoyed Mikayla's character immensely. I quickly "called" the twist that was to come, but I didn't mind knowing where that lil' sideplot was headed. *wink*

Only downfall would be that the writing style confused me at times. Nothing major, but I would have to pause and re-read to grasp the meaning. It could've been due to the speed at which I was reading while dying to know how it all ended... but yeah, minor annoyance compared to the amazingness of this novella.

4.5 stars!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Made for the Journey by Elisabeth Elliot {Book Review}


Description

In her first year as a missionary to a small group of native women in the Ecuadorian jungle, Elisabeth Elliot faced physical and spiritual trials. In Made for the Journey, Elliot captures the mysteries and stark realities surrounding the colorful and primitive world in which she ministered. More than just a recounting of her early days, this is a beautifully crafted and deeply personal reflection on the important questions of life and a remarkable testimony to authentic Christian obedience to God.


Rating

5 stars


Review

Although this is only my second Elisabeth Elliot book, I'm fairly certain I couldn't dislike something she has written. I chose Made for the Journey (formerly published under These Strange Ashes) from the review program because, even though memoirs are rarely my thing, I wanted to learn more of Elisabeth Elliot's life story.

And I was not disappointed in the least. The author vulnerably opens up about the struggles and trials she faced during her first year in the jungles of western Ecuador. She speaks boldly of her hurt and confusion when all was falling apart and it seemed God was not blessing their efforts.

This book was an encouragement to me—definitely recommended. <3


Content Warning: Mentions of scantly dressed Indians, talk of three men sharing one woman, a childbirth scene, and a semi-detailed, jungle-version of an autopsy.


**I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell publishing in exchange for my honest review.**