There is just something about Jolina Petersheim's writing voice that I really, really like. She just manages to capture the inner turmoil that her chaThere is just something about Jolina Petersheim's writing voice that I really, really like. She just manages to capture the inner turmoil that her characters are going through in such an authentic way. In The Alliance you get a look at the end of the world as we know it brought on by an EMP ( Electro-magnetic pulse) that knocks out all electricity, cell phones, etc. The 2 main characters in this story- Leora a disillusioned Mennonite who has faced more than her share of hard times, and Moses - a former soldier and another who has faced more than his fair share of hard times. These 2 very characters manage to find each other and perhaps it's their pain that most draws them together. They both recognize each other's pain and completely understand and empathize. It's interesting though that while they are romantically drawn to each other, I would definitely not say that that is the main draw of the book. It think it's much more about what happens with us and our faith when we are struck down by the tragedies of life again and again- does it grow stronger, or do we tend to just depend more and more on ourselves. The control issue that Leora has is one that I think many of us can relate to as well. But what happens when things happen that are completely out of our control? I cannot wait to read the next book The Divide and see what happens to these 2 characters.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. For me it was "It's a wonderful life" meets Max Lucado. :) I really appreciated the author's journey in this book, thaI thoroughly enjoyed this book. For me it was "It's a wonderful life" meets Max Lucado. :) I really appreciated the author's journey in this book, that with each person he meets, there is a new lesson to be learned. To me that is where the "Max Lucado" comes in. If you have ever read any of his books, you will know that he is a master at bringing the scriptures alive in common place situations. I love that. I feel that Mr. Coffey does that equally as well and in story form, I love that too. I felt utterly encouraged as I listened to this book (I got the audiobook version), because I felt that if we open our "spiritual eyes" a bit that we too can truly learn some spiritual lessons from the folks that we encounter every day. We just have to take the time to truly see the people and hear God teach us the lessons. It's a slower paced story but it's truly worth it. Great novel!
As many others have posted before me on this book as to questionable content, I completely understand their objections- there is a lot of "stuff" in tAs many others have posted before me on this book as to questionable content, I completely understand their objections- there is a lot of "stuff" in this book that is surprising to see in a "Christian Fiction book". I'm not going to be running to my grandmother saying, "Please Granny read this." However, with that being said, I have to say that the authenticity in the writing is so good, the character's so real, and the struggles they face, very real as well. For those who have really wrestled with the "Why God, did you let this happen?" questions will completely relate to this story. I had tears streaming down my face several times as someone who has experienced real grief, as those scenes were so very touching and well written. The friendships of the 3 women- Carrigan, Laine and Ella-Rae were funny, poignant and very authentic. I did enjoy this book and this journey with the characters even as I wiped away my smudged mascara after finishing the book.