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Counted Worthy

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  160 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Heather Stone lives in fear of repeating the past, yet she continues doing the one thing that could trigger another disaster. When the police trace an illegal Bible to her house, Heather’s world begins to crumble.

Her father’s life hangs in the balance. No one with the power to help knows or cares. If she tries to save him, she could lead her friends to their deaths. If sh
Paperback, 248 pages
Published November 2014 by Leah E. Good
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Amanda Beguerie
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Counted Worthy changed my life - and quite literally, at that. Through reading it, my love for reading was reawakened, I became an Official Fangirl, I was introduced to the indie publishing community, and a passion for my faith was sparked once again. In getting to know the author, I started my own blog, decided to write my own book, and start college at age fifteen through her guidance to become an editor. If it weren't for Counted life would be so incredibly different.

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Brett Harris
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Every generation must discover it’s own storyweavers. Leah Good is one of ours and we are fortunate. Counted Worthy is a thrilling work of inspirational fiction that perfectly complements the message of Do Hard Things. Grab a copy for yourself, grab a copy for a friend, and help spread the word about this phenomenal debut. Counted Worthy belongs in the hands of every Christian teen and story lover in the country. It’s that good.
Leah Good
Jul 15, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Finished re-reading this to get context and forgotten details to use in figuring out book two. Keep praying for me, guys!
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was certainly not what I was expecting, but it was very very good. Then it made my eyes watery. Let me tell you, ninety-nine percent of the time, I do not cry.

Police trace a illegal Bible to Heather Stone’s house, and her world begins to crumble. Her father is arrested and it’s only a matter of time before he’s killed. Heather has already lost her mother, can she handle losing him too? She doesn’t want to repeat past mistakes. Though if she tries to save him, it could lead her friends
Kate Willis
Why did I not know this existed??!!! It has all the elements of my favorite dystopians--banned books, bicycle chases, sneaking past security, and some broken down infrastructure--with no love triangle or adult content to make me throw it out the window. Seriously good. The writing style was so fun, my Kindle highlighter and I went on a spree together after the first chapter pulled me in to the point of no return. Quite the surprise twist there! Heather was so real. She struggled so much but turn ...more
R.J. Rodda
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, ya, dystopian
I count this Christian dystopian novel worthy of being read and enjoyed! If you are Christian and liked the Hunger Games (or at least the premise) check this out. This has a girl leading a campaign against a repressive government who executes Christians. While this scenario actually does happen around the world currently, this book is set in a future America. This is a fast-paced easy read that is very Christian and even includes lots of Scriptures in a way that felt relevant to the narrative (m ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Heather Stone lives in fear of repeating the past, yet she continues doing the one thing that could trigger another disaster. When the police trace an illegal Bible to her house, Heather’s world begins to crumble.
Her father’s life hangs in the balance. No one with the power to help knows or cares. If she tries to save him, she could lead her friends to their deaths. If she does nothing, her father’s fate is certain. Can she evade a hostile police force and win public sympathy
Sarah Grace Grzy
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 13+ for mild violence and non-graphic death
Recommended to Sarah Grace by: Allison Tebo
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I didn't want it to be overrrrrrr!!!!! *weeps*

This book was amazing! I adored it! I must have a sequel, like, a week ago! Please please hurry up, Leah! I planned to read this slowly and enjoy it, but still ended up finishing it in two days. XD

The story was gripping. From the first page I was completely hooked. The world building was very well done. Some dystopian books tend to lack in the world building department, and leave the reader scratching their heads at times,
Libby May
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this more then any Distopian I've read. And since I've only read five, that's pretty easy.
What I liked:
Heather was a likable character, even with all her struggles.
The action scenes were pretty well played out.
There was no romance, and really no content in that direction.

What I didn't like:
The over controlling government was never super clearly explained. I realize the author probably didn't want it to dominate the book, but it would have really helped if I had know who these people w
This book is free on Kindle right now (March 2019), and I recommend it! Definitely snap it up if Christian dystopian sounds appealing.

I've read books that are better written, but this is a quality indie novel with a powerful story and themes, and the ending moved me and brought me to tears. So that's a recommendation in itself!

My review below is from years ago, probably the first review I ever posted here. Back then, I tended to be more positive and balance it less with critique in my old rev
Paul Willis
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
The dystopian genre is generally captivating (The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Giver, etc) but the worldviews, causes, and solutions (as well as content) always irk me. Counted Worthy was a refreshing change. It had all the elements of dystopian: over-regulatory government, the lasting effects of an old civil war, and just a little bit of unfamiliar technology. But what made the difference was the cause.

It is a story of Christians, persecuted for their faith, and struggling to survive in a hate
Allison Tebo
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, dystopian
An amazing and inspiring read! I was very moved and uplifted by this book and was extremely impressed not only with Leah Good's writing style, but the deep truths that she conveyed. I was especially impressed with how she portrayed Heather's fears but balanced them with the enormous Christ given courage that she possessed at the same time. A beautiful and inspiring read!

I really, really enjoyed this book - and I NEED A SEQUEL!
Clare S-B
Exceeded expectations, It is so refreshing to read a book that is beautiful in every way once in a while. This book was like a shining gem. I have nothing bad to say about it! It may not have been quite as epic, long (I wish it was longer), fast, as many others, but everyone should read this book. It is terrifyingly realistic. I could fully believe it could happen in the future. Normally dystopian books seem just a little far fetched in some ways, but this one could happen, and the thought that ...more
Jason McIntire
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've been intending to read this book for some time. After picking it up on sale a couple of weeks ago, I sat down today and went through it in one 2-3 hour shot.

What I liked:
- It held my attention comfortably.
- The scenario seemed reasonably realistic for dystopia. Reminded me of the world in the Lammimans' film "Remember," but without the strange clothes and (mostly) without the made-up weapons and technology.
- I could relate to the main characters.
- The Christians accomplish things by sacrifi
Hailey Rose
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Counted Worthy is a book I had been wanting to read for a LONG time. I was so excited to finally read it…and to add another book to my list of favorites.

Plot/Storyline: 5/5
Well executed and well structured. Not to mention extremely realistic and enjoyable.

Characters: 5/5
I loved the characters. Heather confused me a little at first, but as the book went on I felt like I got to know her much better and she wasn’t so mysterious.

Writing: 5/5
Not only was the writing spectacular, the pacing of the s
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Beautiful. Counted Worthy is scarily realistic, but this just made it so much better. I could relate with the fear Heather had, and I felt that I really knew her by the end of the story. This book shows the Christian faith wonderfully. It's hard to do the right thing, and sometimes it hurts, but it's always right. I loved the reminder to stay strong in faith, and trust in God. This is a great book for everyone, and I really recommend it. Counted Worthy is definitely an amazing read. ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any Christian, especially Christian teens
Recommended to Grace by: The Rebelution
Shelves: 2018-favorites
Wow, that was good.

I read it in a single day, unable to put it down. The writing was so much better than any other self-published books I've read; it's to-the-point without skimping on descriptive details. Overall, in both writing and design, it didn't feel self-published, and I could tell that Good knows her stuff.

She wrote a book centered around Christianity, and it isn't sentimentalized or cheesy AT ALL, which is a huge accomplishment in itself. There are verses everywhere, and Good doesn't
R.F. Gammon
Oh my goodness.
Oh my goodness.
Oh my goodness.
I read this thing in two days. I used to be a very fast reader, but I've gotten slower lately. The last book that I raced through like this was Catching Fire.
And oh my.
Before I go on to the rest of my review, ai wanted to mention a couple things I found interesting.
1. I am currently writing a Christian dystopian book with a similar premise to Counted Worthy.
2. In that book, the male best friend is named Bryce.
I just thought that coincidence was co
Claire Banschbach
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Despite not being a huge fan of dystopian, I really did enjoy this book. Set in a futuristic America where religion is outlawed, one girl's faith is tested as she tries to save her father.

You don't get much Christian dystopian, but this one really seemed to "work". I liked the world that was crafted. It seemed realistic, basically a run down version of today's world. The plot line was refreshing. It wasn't one girl trying to take down the elite while figuring out she's special. She's just tryin
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Radical. Intense. Compelling. Leah Good’s dystopian novel, Counted Worthy, powerfully embodies the message that today’s young people need to hear: the Reason we have to die to self, pursue the impossible, and when all else fails, to stand. This is the message that has the potential to turn a generation of complacency into a generation of inspiration.

Read it. You'll be glad you did.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, this book was...powerful. It was really, really good.
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Actually 4.5 stars

Counted Worthy is a gripping story that hits all too close to home for Christians today. Heather smuggles Bibles, despite the danger attached to such a task. But when one pick goes wrong and her dad is arrested, Heather must overcome her fears and make the right decisions to have any hope of securing his freedom.

I loved this book. It was so well written. It wasn't too long, and while it felt like it could've been longer, it didn't feel too short at all. I enjoyed meeting Heathe
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
When I first saw the premise of this book, I was really skeptical since I've seen this premise so many times before and it always turns out really cliched and boring. However, a number of my friends liked the book, so I decided to give it a try.

Turns out it was a lot better than I expected.

It feels like an author's first or second novel in many ways--the worldbuilding is pretty basic, the prose is okay, the protagonists seemed to succeed too easily, and a couple story elements left me scratching
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I probably shouldn't have, but due to some of my experience with Christian fiction, I started this book with a little trepidation, wondering how cheesy it was going to be. All hesitation evaporated before the first chapter had ended. This isn't an "and Jesus gave her peace about which scarf to wear to the dinner party where she would find the handsome, dashing man He had selected for her since before time began" story. This is a book with real characters facing real problems in a future that cou ...more
A.L. Buehrer
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I read this book when it came out in 2014. I had read Do Hard Things and Start Here, and Brett Harris was endorsing this novel almost as part of the set. I was excited because I was a teen writer too, at the time, working on the Stardrift Trilogy, and seeing another teen doing what I hoped to do was inspiring. Furthermore, it was Christian dystopia, which I thought was kind of cool. So I asked for it for Christmas.

Things I liked:

• Fast pacing. This book wasted no time in getting started. We got
Nov 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks-i-own
What I thought:

I was pretty excited for this book but … I just didn’t really get into it. Like, it was good, but I dunno.

So, this was a good Christian dystopian and all. It’s got action and some pretty good lessons packed into it, and Leah did an awesome job with the writing!

But, despite the good writing, I just didn’t connect well with it. *shrugs*


I was actually surprised by Miss Leah’s writing. Especially for being so young and this being her debut. And since she’s an indie author
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
From the very first page I was hooked into the action and suspense of this story. It was very well written and I felt that I was right beside Heather and her friends as they struggled to stay hidden from those who persecuted them and to spread Christ's light to others.

What I Liked: Even though this was a fictional story of persecution of the Christian church, I felt more grateful for the freedom of religion that I enjoy today and desire to pray with more fervor for my brothers and sisters in Chr
Sarah Phillips
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've had some minor conversations with Leah before, as we are somewhat distant acquaintances, so I was interested when I heard she was writing a book. A review of it on The Rebelution website sparked more interest about it, and so after reading a short sample, I bought it yesterday. I was glued to my Kindle. This book is captivating. It has an intense, realistic plot that pulls you in and refuses to let go. Heather's struggles are so easy to relate to, even though the setting is in "the United F ...more
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
I received Counted Worthy yesterday afternoon, started reading immediately. Kept me up until eleven.

Today, practically all I've done is read Counted Worthy.

What did I expect?

An AMAZING debut by my friend, Leah, that not only was dystopian, but Christian.

What did I get?

A do hard things story.
And exactly what Brett Harris said that is printed on the cover, "[A] PHENOMENAL DEBUT."
I knew for sure that it would be awesome, but not as awesome as this.

It was gripping. And I cried.

Another thing I would
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Leah is first and foremost a born again daughter of God. She became a homeschool graduate in 2011 and finished a bachelors degree in Marketing in 2013. Her passions are writing and orphan care. Reading takes up most of her time when she isn't writing, researching, or maintaining one of her two blogs, Leah's Bookshelf and Teens Interceding for Orphans. ...more

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