4 out of 5
This is not a novel for the faint of heart! The book is long at 512 pages. The cover isn’t very attractive. And the blurbs on the back make it sound like an interesting, but tedious read. I must say that it is anything but.
The author does an amazing job of making you feel as if you have been to, seen and experienced this very trying environment. It is very apparent that the author knows firsthand about the story and setting that she is writing about.
The story begins with Julie Baker going to Columbia with a group of reporters and political leaders to investigate the killing of three Americans. Julie is a missionary kid that grew up in Columbia. While she is there as part of the investigation she decides to go see where she used to live. While she is on this side trip she and a group of others are abducted by guerillas. She does eventually get free, but there are other unseen forces that are involved.
I thought this book was pretty faced paced over all, but I will say that it did have a few spots that entailed the day to day mundaneness that tended to bog the story down. Press on through those parts because you don’t want to miss this story of how God Himself holds us in the palm of His hand. You will be reminded throughout the story that God’s plans are so much bigger than ours. Especially those plans that make no sense at all to us in our finite minds.
I recieved a copy of this book from Kregel Publications all thoughts are my own!