I did not read book 1 in this series nor book 3. I'll probably pass on both. Before I tell you whether I liked or disliked this book, I'll let you know I've read a few heavy books lately, and am currently reading a heavy book. This I believe is the main reason I did not like or care for this book, A Passion Redeemed. I just finished reading Chris Fabry's new book Not In The Heart, which is about organ donation, death row, family dysfunction, gambling. Also I just read a heavy and deep theological book, Salvation Accomplished By The Son The Work of Christ by Robert A. Peterson. I am currently reading a non-fiction book for review on my blog @ Impressions In Ink, entitled, The Great Influenza by John M. Barry. This book is the same time period as A Passion Redeemed, but it is about the influenza that killed millions of people in the world just as World War I is finishing. I'm also watching every Sunday night Downton Abbey on PBS. As you've guessed my mind was already on the time period of Edwardian and World War I, so reading a fiction book about a supercilious and flibbertigibbet young woman got on my nerves. The books main thrust and theme is in Charity and Mitch's dialogue, and their confrontations of desire and trying to snuff it out. Charity's family back in Boston is brought in to the story in brief moments, especially worth noticing is that in the beginning of the book, Charity is referred to as "stubborn, wild, and hard to reach." I do believe the author has written a book on the errors of trying to live life on our own terms, and that disastrous results happen when we leave God out of our lives. Charity did not want to weaken herself by believing in God. She wanted to be the master of her own life. Mitch on the other hand has become a believer in Jesus, yet he is desperately grasping to God to help him leave his old self and its desires behind; unfortunately Charity keeps making her presence known in Mitch's life. So, even though I did not care for this book, it does have redeeming thoughts and teachings in story. This book did get great reviews according to Amazon, but it was me that did not like it.
Published September 2008 by Revell A Division of Baker Publishing Group, 480 pages
Christian Fiction/Love Story/Ireland/Early 20th Century
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