This was a compelling book. I have read a number of literary novels, but this is extraordinary literary fiction. Similar books with female charactersThis was a compelling book. I have read a number of literary novels, but this is extraordinary literary fiction. Similar books with female characters (regarding tragedy and the ultimate search for God) are Into the Free by Julie Cantrell, and Watching the Tree Limbs by Mary Demuth. Only this book features a main character that is a young man who is growing up and trying to find his way in the world. He is searching for a place to belong, and although he had quite a variety of religion in his background, some of what he learned was messed up. At the same time there were checks in his heart when obvious false teaching came into play. Similarly themed books about young men written in a literary style are From the Dead by John Herrick and Between these Walls by John Herrick. I loved both of those books. Some others are Words by Ginny L Yttrup and Pocketful of Pearls by Shelley Bates.
The fact that Jump is a Christian novel makes it that much more compelling to me because I love reading books with a spiritual element; especially the kind that drives many of us to search for that missing piece (peace) in our lives. Some people might find the reality of this man's struggles to be a bit too edgy for them, but I loved it. I really, really did. There is simply not enough realistic emotion embedded in tragic tales written by Christian authors, though they do exist. Too many authors tend to lean toward the conservative end to sell their stories to bigger publishing houses, but stories like this really speak to people's hearts. I can't say much about this book without giving away spoilers, but I will say it was very easy for me to relate to this character and the issues he faced. Wonderful literary fiction. I highly recommend it....more
I loved this story. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I wanted to read the book first anyway. It was well-written and made me think about some of theI loved this story. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I wanted to read the book first anyway. It was well-written and made me think about some of the events that happened from other people's perspectives. And the coolest thing about this story was Rachel's part in the Roman's understanding of Jewish history and how it all fits together with the Messiah. I loved how she even thought while making of the unleavened bread with it's stripes and holes and remembering what they meant. Everything tied back to the Messiah and Jesus fulfilling the prophecy that she grew up hearing about from her family's study of the Torah.
The author says at the end of the book she was not actually part of the movie due to time constraints, but Rachel was in the original screenplay. She was my favorite character. Even though she knew she was living in sin by allowing Clavius to visit her house, she still talked with him about the prophesies of her people and answered his questions when when he came to visit her at night. I found it fascinating how God still used their relationship to open his eyes to the possibility of God coming to earth in the form of a man and redeeming us all. I loved how she shows through his perspective that Jesus was utterly and completely dead, and then when he examined the tomb it didn't look like it was broken into but that something inside the tomb snapped the ropes, etc. Anyway, I can't wait to see the movie. ...more
I really enjoyed this story. GS Davis has a way of tugging at your heartstrings by bringing the old and new together in a supernatural way. This is aI really enjoyed this story. GS Davis has a way of tugging at your heartstrings by bringing the old and new together in a supernatural way. This is a story about two people who have made mistakes in love but were fortunate enough to have someone from their mutual past proactively trying to bring them together because he has a vision for their future. This story has a Nicholas Sparks feel to it with an inspirational twist. In fact, there were a few times the author had me in tears, but they were tears of joy.
I learned a lot about the occupations of the hero and heroine (photography and building environmentally friendly housing.) The descriptions were actually quite fascinating in regards to the detail that the author includes as part of their daily lives. These characters felt real to me and even the secondary characters were well done. Without giving away any spoilers I can tell you for sure that the author's writing pulls you in and the story will tug at your heart. Highly recommended!...more
I enjoyed this book. It made me think of a warm and fuzzy Robin Hood themed story (the one made by Disney with the Fox and Hare, etc,) but with a ChriI enjoyed this book. It made me think of a warm and fuzzy Robin Hood themed story (the one made by Disney with the Fox and Hare, etc,) but with a Christian twist. There is a strong faith element to the novel that makes it clear how our relationship to God must be personal to be effective. I could not agree more. There is also a bit of A Knight's Tale blended in with the knights fighting in tournaments and jousting. It put me in the mood to want to go to a Renaissance Festival, lol!
It was clear the story was tailored by the publisher to fit their typical readership. I'd say this book was rated G overall. There were a few realistic elements that shaped the main female character, like the physical abuse she and her mother suffered at the hands of her father, but it was a very small part of the story. It did fit the mentality of the times -- that women were supposed to be ruled by the men in the family.
I can see how Gwen's childhood and seeing what her mother endured would make her want to train to fight if needed to protect her family from the brutality of her father. I can see her hanging out in trees to get away from it all. I do feel a bit disadvantaged by not having read the first book in the series, which sounds like it had an even stronger Robin Hood theme, including a heroine named Merry. I do believe the story that comes next will be about Rosalind, and if so, it will no doubt tug on heart strings. Overall, this was an enjoyable read....more
This story was compulsively readable and very well-written. The pacing felt just right and held my interest so I read it from start to finish in one dThis story was compulsively readable and very well-written. The pacing felt just right and held my interest so I read it from start to finish in one day. There was believable tension between characters. Everything felt natural including their attraction to each other and their emotional responses to different things that came up.. Several times I was moved to tears and it may be that the heroine's emotional expression reminded me of other situations that I've experienced in my own life. Regardless of how it happened, this author had me in tears several times, but they were the kind that were rejoicing in the heroine's healing on her journey. They were not tears of grief or sorrow. The scenes that moved my heart were beautiful and healing. I dare say this book really brings out the author's passion for story-telling and is one of her best books. As soon as I got it I read it straight through. Highly recommended and worth every penny (and then some!) ...more
This is a classic romance (man meets woman, man loses woman, man ultimately wins woman's heart,) but with a strong faith element. If you enjoy inspiraThis is a classic romance (man meets woman, man loses woman, man ultimately wins woman's heart,) but with a strong faith element. If you enjoy inspirational romances that have forgiveness as a key element to the story, this one is for you. It's hard to post much without giving away a spoiler, so I'll summarize the heart of the story. The emphasis is on the heroine's emotional healing and the hero's part in it. There is some deception at first, but of course, being a Christian novel, the secrets must come out.
Deborah has crafted an enthralling story. It's very well-written and I enjoyed the inspiring tale about how love, compassion, and forgiveness are the glue that holds male/female relationships together....more
John Herrick is a fantastic writer that knows how to draw you into a character's heart and mind. I always feel a connection to his characters. Given tJohn Herrick is a fantastic writer that knows how to draw you into a character's heart and mind. I always feel a connection to his characters. Given the description, I got the gist of the content. But the beauty in writing a story about internal conflict is that you can dig down deep and make the story go any way you want it to. And that's where the artistry begins.
The content gets a bit heavy at times, which means you almost have to digest it slowly to grasp the heart of the book. But I love novels that make me examine the hard things in life. There are no pat answers, and Hunter asks himself just about every question a man would consider in his situation. It's tough to wrap your mind around the concept if you haven't given it much though. I found the story to be well-thought-out and spiritually sound.
On the surface, the term "gay Christian" seems like an oxymoron. But it's really a story about dark, internal secrets and hiding our true selves from the world. It's a sin like any other sin. The heart of the story is about the struggle. About pretending to be something we're not and how it not only hurts ourselves, but others we love, when we bury things deep inside and let no one in.
What spoke to my heart the most in this story was the deep, emotional conflict Hunter had within himself. The author didn't emphasize Hunter and Gabe's sexual attraction, but focused more on their feeling drawn emotionally to something not really understood, but felt nevertheless. Feelings aren't sinful. God understands that we struggle, which is where grace comes in.
The truth is Jesus came to save us from our sins - both outward and inward. That doesn't necessarily make our struggles go away. Like with the Apostle Paul, who wrestled for the rest of his life with a "thorn in the flesh." God did not take it from him even when he begged for relief. Sometimes our struggles are a part of who we are. We don't know how they started or how they will end. It's all part of the journey we call life. The lesson is to lean on God through it all. Great story and highly recommended....more