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on November 7, 2001
I won't deny the talent of Jerry Jenkins, he is a fine writer, technically smooth, and keeps the reader's attention whether it be in a Left Behind installment or a different genre. But my reservations on this book could be applied to his other books too, and that is, that he tends to stretch the bounds of believability. In the Left Behind books, the red flags took a similar form; as to whether or not these characters could actually experience these things, and know each other, and all have such important parts to play without the bad guy figuring it all out or them giving themselves away as I believe a true Christian would have to in the face of such evil. In this book, I questioned the absolute, abject misery he subjected his main character to. Yes God uses hardship to hone us, and yes, the life of faith is often difficult. But it almost seemed to me that around every bend he was trying to find new ways to torture this poor character. I have walked with God many many years but have never known anyone to have endured what this person endured. A bit of a stretch -- and God makes us more like Jesus through many circumstances, not just flat out catastrophe. I guess I felt tortured by this book too. 3 stars only!
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on September 8, 2002
Elizabeth Grace LeRoy Bishop's life hasn't exactly been a walk through the park. Starting out life with only one parent, she learns as a teenager (on the same night she commits her life to Christ) that her father is dying of cancer. She is left only with a bitter, greedy aunt, but she still hopes that she can find some joy and fulfillment in her life. Soon enough, it seems that that will happen, since at church camp, Elizabeth meets handsome, kind, Christian, and too-good-to-be-true Ben Phillips. Tragedy mars that relationship as well, when Elizabeth learns on her senior high gradution day that Ben is missing in action as he fought in WW1. And her life continues in this fashion, until it seems that some sort of catastrophe has happened to everyone that Elizabeth cares about.
[...] In conclusion-this is a book that I think tries to make a valuable about being a faithful Christian no matter what, but it makes the point in a way that's a little TOO extreme.
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on May 6, 2004
Shame on anyone who walked away from this book unchanged! I found myself crying and laughing out loud. It made me and still makes me press on toward the goal of the upward call in Christ Jesus! Every christian woman with prodigal children and tragedy should read this book. The point (which obviously some of the readers giving it less than 4 stars missed) is that even if you must walk with Jesus seemingly alone for what ever reason, you must continue to walk with Him trusting Him and clinging to Him. Our reward is not here its in Heaven. My grandfather died (when i was 4) before he saw anyone in his family saved and 19 years later the first (me) was saved. Imagine if he would have thrown in the towel. His motto and mine is "Though None Go With Me Yet I WILL Follow". Thank you Mr. Jenkins for writing this heartfelt life changing (for me anyway) novel!
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on June 25, 2002
I cannot believe the few people who gave this one star. I found this book to be the best one I have read in ages! The main character, Elisabeth, is very lovable and believable. Although there are many painful times and doubting moments, I am in love with this novel. This story showed a "normal" Christian who faced trials, had a period of doubt, and realized that God was always faithful. I often found myself about to pause in order to pray for Elisabeth and then remembered she is only fictional. But, is she really? I think all of us have similarities to her.
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on May 20, 2002
The Christian life is not necessarily the "easy" life. The main character's faith in God is strengthened through trials. What trial is too great if it brings you closer to God and conforms you into the image of Jesus Christ? If you do not know Him, find out how to be saved in the books of John (3:16) and Romans (3:23, 6:23, 10: 9,10).
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on April 6, 2014
This is only my opinion. I'm not religious ! If you are religious this book is for you. They also have a movie which I purchased and its horrible....
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