Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Refined - A Review

A Review

Mark and Julie Bolling with their three children had gone to Kenya to serve the people of Mombasa and environs.  But when news arrived from the states, they found their family being torn apart - literally.  The relationship between Mark’s father and himself had always been rocky, but the news they received that equaled a family level earthquake.  

The relationships were real - real enough that, at times, I wanted to pray for the characters. I found myself hating them and loving them at the same time.  These were men and women who knew Jesus or knew his followers, but they did not always understand how God could allow their world to crumble.  But as the reader makes his or her way through the book, we gain an appreciation for the good news offered by Christ through his death on the cross.  We see how even believers can struggle with the challenges that life can present.

We also are given a picture of God breaking through the resistant veneer that can be a part of life - the life of both the non-believer and the life of the believer.  The pain while waiting and resisting God is real.  On the other hand, the release that God provides when we turn our lives over to him is amazing - no wonder, a favorite hymn is called “Amazing Grace.”   

I loved the book.  But be aware that this book does not stand alone and is very dependent on having read the author’s earlier Razed.  That fact frustrated me as I read the earlier book, but that frustration was easily satisfied with the reading of this title.  I will look forward to the next book in the “Foundation Series”, Resolute.
This review is based on a free electronic copy of this book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.  

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