I Chronicles 29:11 "Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all."

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Coldwater- Book Review

What a weird book!! I have to say I finished it because I promised to review it, and there was no explicit content. Otherwise, not my cup of tea. When I read fiction under the Christian heading, I really like there to be some sort of redemptive element to the story. Not necessarily that everyone finds God and lives happily ever after, but that there is some mention of God somewhere in the book, even if it is implied.

From this dark story, all we get are the movements of the forces of evil. And perhaps that was the author's intent- to show us a circumstance where evil can take root in a person's life and not let go. However, for me, it didn't make for good reading. It was too weird, the small town country people a little too supportive of Haywood, even against their better judgment, without good cause to be so. And the people who chose good had no outside force encouraging them to do so, unlike those who chose to do evil.

The writing style was enjoyable. I did like the way the story unfolded, though it was confusing at first. I felt bad for Michael, the main character. His story was sad, but really unfinished. Why did he feel compelled to act the way he did as a child? Why did jealousy consume him, and how did his parents not see it? Why was the sister so consumed with revenge? Was this family just targeted by evil, or what?

The biggest problem I had with this book is that it made it seem like if you have done something evil, you can never get rid of that fact. You can never have redemption. The evil within those who have killed would never let go until you died. And spiritually, that is just not true. Thank God for His forgiveness and ultimate redemption of us! Seeing Michael's journey to redemption would have been a much better story, especially in this genre.

I don't think I would read another book from this author, and I definitely wouldn't read another book in this series. There are plenty of books by worldly authors if I want thrills without any kind of religious element.


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