Book Review – Bridgers : A Parable by Angie Thompson

Book Review – Bridgers : A Parable by Angie Thompson

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Book Review – Bridgers : A Parable

by Angie Thompson

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Reviewed by Julia Wilson

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.


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Reviewed by Dale E. Lehman

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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Book Review – Veiled by Cyana Gaffney

Book Review – Veiled by Cyana Gaffney

Book Review – Veiled

by Cyana Gaffney

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You Go Before Me

Veiled by Cyana Gaffney is an absolutely cracking contemporary Christian suspense that draws the reader in from the start.

The opening immediately presents the reader with questions. “If only she could go back and make different choices.” I was hooked. What different choices were needed? What had she done?

The novel is cleverly constructed with the timeline fluctuating and the character focus changing. I clung on to the action with trepidation and anticipation. The ending was brilliant and has set me up for book two. Let me assure readers though, the ending did wrap up my questions but whetted my appetite for what is to come.

Guilt weighs us down. Consequences of actions have far reaching effects. “She lost herself that day… and God whom she had not spoken to since.” Life will either draw us towards God or push Him away. “I just don’t believe anymore.” If we are wise, we will cling to God.

Though we may move from God, He is faithful to us, awaiting our return. His silence has nothing to do with Him not speaking and everything to do with us not listening. We need to draw near to God and hear His whisper.

The novel is mainly set in Saudi. Here the customs and way of life is very different. There were some hard to read (but realistic) scenes due to corruption and cruelty. Trust is the focus of the novel. People let us down. Regimes cannot be trusted. God is faithful. If we put our trust in Him, our feet will always have a firm foundation no matter what life throws at us.

Veiled was a powerful if disturbing novel. It was realistic and opened my eyes to the plight of women. It was an incredible story that tugged at my heart and played with my emotions. I can highly recommend it.

I received this book for free from The Book Gobbler. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


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A story of pain & fear; capitulation & inner strength;  love & rediscovery of faith

“Veiled” is the story of a young woman’s trip to Saudi Arabia, which goes to hell in a hand basket from the moment she lands. Hailey is arrested by the religious police when she lands in Riyadh and is taken on a journey of horror and fear from that moment on. No spoilers here though.

I stepped out of my comfort zone in reading this Christian Inspirational novel, but I was seduced by the blurb and I was not disappointed at all. This is an excellent suspense novel, filled with emotion and fear, and takes you on a journey that will both amaze and horrify you.

I really enjoyed this book. At first I wasn’t overly enamoured with the main character, but as she gained inner strength and determination, it was hard not to be right there with her. Your pulse will race as the suspense builds…over and over.

It is a story of pain and fear of the unknown; of capitulation and inner strength, but it is also a story of love of humanity, and rediscovery of faith.

Though this book may horrify many readers as they uncover this very different culture, the story is told with a good measure of sensitivity and understanding. The suspense is palpable and the outcome not really certain until the end where it leaves you on a cliffhanger.

Will I read the next book? You betcha!


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Devastated by events in her life, Haily Pearson decides to leave early to surprise a friend in Saudi Arabia. But by not telling anyone she’s changed her plans… no one knows that everything has gone horribly wrong. Weeks later, when Ryan Foster calls to check in on her, he is terrified to learn that Hailey never arrived. If she’s not with Anna, then where is she? Hailey’s story will pull you in. Gripping each page for more details, you will wonder if hope can be found. In her story, and in ours, light, sometimes, may only be found in the darkest places.

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Book Review – The Key of All Unknown by K. A. Hitchens

Book Review – The Key of All Unknown by K. A. Hitchens

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Book Review – The Key of All Unknown 

by K. A. Hitchens

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This Novel is Among the Best I’ve Read in Recent Times

Dr. Matilda Moss is moving toward a bright future. A top British stem cell researcher, she’s on the verge of a breakthrough that promises cures for a variety of ailments. But then a fall from a balcony leaves her brilliant mind trapped in a useless body slipping inexorably toward death. Unable to move or speak or even blink her eyes, she is powerless to explain what happened to her. Was it a failed suicide? Attempted murder? She can only listen to the speculations swirling about her, collect hints from those who visit her hospital room, and sift through her own memories in an effort to find the meaning behind her life and impending death.

“The Key of All Unknown” floored me. Told in first person through Matilda’s eyes and mind, it is full of heart-wrenching, gut-wrenching twists and turns. Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, the tale rounds a new bend and everything changes, not just once, not just twice, but time after time. Beneath it all runs a current of philosophical and moral questing touching on the deepest questions of life and death, and critiquing society’s mad rush to devalue its own humanity.

Emotional, topical, and beautifully told, this novel is among the best I’ve read in recent times. I can’t find a thing to complain about, except a very occasional quibble over an excessively ornate description, and that may just be a matter of taste. The ending so unequivocal that you’ll either be deeply moved by it or you’ll hate it, but either way it’s worth the reading. Five stars for story, five stars for the writing, five stars hands down. Brava, Ms. Hitchens!

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Unbelievably Beautiful

The Key Of All Unknown by K.A. Hitchins is a beautiful contemporary novel that I read in just one sitting. I was unable to put it down.

Trapped in her body, Tilda hears everything that is going on. Bit by bit as her memories play out she longs for her body to respond. The words “If you look at me again, you’ll see I’m here” just break the reader’s heart. How many of us are locked inside our bodies, just longing for the world to see the real us?

The book is written in the first person so the reader ‘experiences’ all that Tilda does. We ‘feel’ her frustrations and her pain as she is manhandled by those supposed to care. “I’m a medical condition to be analysed, not a person to be comforted.” Conflicting opinions reign as Tilda fights for her life. Whose side are you on?

The reader senses the raw emotion of her father. “My love isn’t enough. It can’t reach her.” Sometimes our love is not enough to nurse our loved ones back to health. The hopelessness and helplessness are painful to witness.

There are crimes to be solved. The reader tries to piece together what has happened. Even in the darkness, there can be hope for new life if we just hold on and do not give up.

The Key Of All Unknown was beautiful. I hung on to every word that K.A. Hitchins wrote. There were moments when my jaw literally dropped and radiance and love filled my soul.
Why don’t you read The Key Of All Unknown and experience the peace that passes all understanding, as you read this work of great beauty.

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An Incredibly Well-written, Highly Unexpected Story

Like I mentioned in the introductory post for this month’s book club pick, The Key of All Unknown by Kathryn Hitchens, I was excited to pick up a thriller for the first time in a while. And thrilling this book was! The entire book takes place from the perspective of Tilda Moss, a brilliant scientific researcher who appears to be in a vegetative state, but is actually suffering from locked-in syndrome, as she fights to remember why she landed in the hospital in the first place and figure out how to signal someone that she is, in fact, sentient.

The book takes place almost entirely in Tilda’s head, save the moments when she is able to listen in on the conversations that take place in her hospital. Between those conversations and her fleeting memories, Tilda realizes there is much, much more at stake than just her own life. With incredible and surprising twists and turns, Hitchens manages to weave a story that is suspenseful, enticing, and moving. The reader gets a front row seat to Tilda’s struggles as she fights to survive, fights to be recognized as awake and aware, and fights to remember. As she lays in her hospital bed, piecing together memories and listening to doctors, nurses, and family members discuss her fate, Tilda is left to contend with her life up to that point, faith, and what happens next.

Hitchens does an excellent job of drawing her readers in and keeping them reading. Just when you think the story is slowing down or dragging, another twist or shocking piece of information appears and you have to keep reading. I was deeply moved by this book as a whole, but especially the last third or so. I will often feel emotional at the end of a book, but rarely do I cry real tears, much less sob as I read an ending. The Key of All Unknown brought me tears. I was sobbing by the end, and had to take a second before I could finish reading.

The Key of All Unknown is an incredibly well-written, highly unexpected story. As I read the story, I imagined all sorts of possible outcomes. But the outcome that happened was both completely unexpected and absolutely perfect. I look forward to reading more books by Hitchins in the future.

The Key of All Unknown by Kathryn Hitchins gets 5/5 stars.


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