I can’t read one of Jim Rubart’s novels just for entertainment. Somehow God uses them in my life. Every. Single. Time. And they’re not just novels anymore.
This book releases Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins Christian Publishing.
Let’s begin with the summary:
And now, my review:
I usually have the privilege of reading Jim’s books as ARCs—advanced reader copies. These may or may not contain some typos, or some elements that may later be changed during the editing process. So, I won’t quote passages here, though I certainly highlighted a few places in the version I read. Because I don’t see the finished product, I like borrowing the audio files from the library after they’re available. Unlike with some novels where a reader is hired, Jim himself reads the books for us. And no matter how much I gain from the read-through a few months before I listen to the audio books, I always glean more in the listening. (Just ignore the fact I may linger in the car while I run errands around town.)
As usual, Jim’s use of setting captured my imagination once again. Sure, these are fantasy novels with plenty of supernatural elements, but the Pacific Northwest also plays a “role” in the story and I love that! A beautiful setting.
His books are easily visualized, and like with the earlier books, I could see this playing out as a movie including Seattle attractions.
Beneath that, though, are the spiritual elements. With themes like identity, truth, one’s calling, approval seeking, humility, and personal worth, readers will find relatable elements. And without being preachy, Jim presents principles that offer revelation and insight.
I liked Simon’s characterization and how this title brought hope—the hope of restoration only available from God.
Another great book from this author.