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Book Review – Bridgers : A Parable
by Angie Thompson
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| Dale E Lehman
Fish Sticks And Joan Of Arc
Bridgers: A Parable by Angie Thompson – wow, wow, wow! What a powerful contemporary telling of The Good Samaritan. Bridgers is an amazing read, packed full of Godly truths.
God came for everyone. God loves everyone. Who are we to judge when we should be loving?
Just as in the Biblical story, people walk on by with excuses for not helping. “I needed to get to church.”
A young man, rough to look at but with the seed of the love of God planted in his heart, lives out the love of God. He prays “begging a God you’re not even sure exists” to help him.
The novel urges us to be the change we want to see. We need to be the ones bridging the gap. We need to not just talk the talk but walk the walk. The novel asks “where would Jesus be?” He would be with the people who need Him most and need to hear about Him. Jesus asks us to do the same. “Don’t ever underestimate what God is doing through a willing vessel.”
Too many of us spend too much time on our appearances. We end up looking good without necessarily being good.
Bridgers: A Parable is just such a powerful read. Read it in tandem with the parable of The Good Samaritan in the Bible. Our God is a great big God who loves everyone. I will leave you with my favourite quote:
“He is stronger… than addiction… than fear… than any chain the enemy can use to bind us.”
I received this book from The Book Gobbler for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
A Smart and Funny Retelling of the Parable of the Good Samaritan
Upscale Woodbridge is separated from its neighbor and polar opposite Graveside by a river crossed by a single bridge. The social divide between the communities is alive and well at the local high school, which serves students from both sides of the river. There, teenagers from Graveside call the those from Woodbridge “bridgers,” while Woodbridge students just call their Graveside counterparts deadbeats. Fear and suspicion keep the two groups from mixing except under the most acrimonious circumstances.
One evening, track team member Brett Martens is running on the wrong side of the bridge when he’s attacked by a group of gang members and left for dead. Enter DaVonte Jones, a student from Graveside, who finds him and, knowing nothing of religion except that God cares for all people, goes to extraordinary lengths to get Brett to the hospital. This simple but heroic act of kindness sets off a chain of events destined to bring DaVonte into a fuller knowledge of God and to transform relationships in the two communities.
“Bridgers” is a smart and sometimes funny retelling of the parable of the Good Samaritan. Aimed at a YA audience, it carries a strong, overtly Christian message, but because the focus is on universal principles, it can be appreciated by people of all religions. The tale unfolds through the eyes of a wonderfully drawn cast of characters, primarily young people but with a few key adults helping them along. The somewhat unusual device of telling DaVonte’s parts in first person and the rest in third works beautifully. My last real experience reading YA fiction was when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, but nothing here is dumbed down, so everything ticked along for me. You don’t want to put this book down, and it’s short enough that you may not have to. Five stars for story, five stars for writing, and five stars overall. Brava, Ms. Thompson!
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