Friday, February 11, 2011

The Brotherhood

Jerry B. Jenkins

Jerry Jenkins' The Brotherhood is the first book of what looks to be a series focusing on the work of a group of men and women employed by the Chicago Police Department. Boone Drake worked in the 11th Precinct – Chicago's most dangerous. But he was in line or a big promotion – if life did not get in the way.

The loss of most of what he lived for and dreamed of was almost too much for Boone – it would take him to the edge. But as he discovers the faith, that he never quite had, he discovers that life can go on even when it seems that all is gone.

The author has done a wonderful job of bringing to life a character that struggles with what most would say are too many loses. The book does not hinge on the “magic” that I find in too much Christian fiction, but on the work of God in a man's life as he is surrounded by the love and prayers of God's people. Prayer in and of itself is not “magic”; it is one way in which God allows His people to demonstrate His live to a hurting and broken world. In the coming year, I will look forward to a sequel being published to The Brotherhood. In the meantime, I encourage the reading of the book to all who have experienced loss or to those who work with those who experience loss.

This review is based on a free review copy received as part of the Tyndale Blog Network.