“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” – Psalm 9:9-10
This story truly has it all: action, heartache, hope, love, warm fuzzies, you name it. The story runs parallel with the first book in the series, Here Comes the Light, and intertwines beautifully without any spoilers or obvious flags.
One of the requirements for a story to be good in my ‘book’ is the element of surprise. For a while, I thought I had the story figured out and the ending predicted, but I was not prepared for the heart wrenching twist and turn of events toward the end.
The story follows the lives and events of a few teenagers who attend Cambrooke High School. The author does a great job portraying the emotional turmoil most teens experience at one point or another and how a teen can rebel even when raised in ideal conditions. One aspect I like about the story is how just because a person makes it over one hurdle, it doesn’t mean they won’t fall at the next. Life is about ups and downs and leaning on God is the only way to make it through.
Keep in mind during reading that this book is based on very real life events. Real life isn’t always pretty. Even though this book points its readers to Jesus, the characters battle many sins and endure many hardships most of us will face within our lives at one point or another such as: single parenthood, teenage drinking, teenage pregnancy, betrayal, premarital sex, foster care, bullying, school violence, unsupervised parties and hot-tempered actions. Even though life gets ugly, the author does a great job showing us there is hope and a better way.
Due to profanity and sexual content, I recommend this for readers ages 16+.
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