Suvi has a past that breaks your heart. Instead of her life getting better, it gets worse. Dragged onto a path of darkness, she feels forsaken. Feels that God is not real. But then she meets James and her opinion slowly but surely begins to change.
I desperately wanted Suvi to understand God’s grace. Not only that, but I loved watching James mature. He preached the gospel to others, but maintained a since of piety that irked me. No one is too far gone from God’s grace and it seemed he disagreed. Finally, he got it and that’s when the book won me over.
In Secret Keepers, I was hoping that the same message of God’s grace would continue. However, the secrets from Suvi’s passed was the main focus. It was horrifying read at times as I empathized with her character. At times, I had to put the book down and pray for people who battle a similar past. The suspense was upped as the story continued.
In Hands of Mercy, I must admit I was frustrated with the story. How much could Suvi and James endure? Didn’t they deserve a happy ever after? Yet it was through James’ sacrifice that a chance to describe Christ’s sacrifice that made the book worthwhile. When the author comes to a scene that describes the purpose of the title, I was riveted. It brought me to tears and continued to echo in my heart after I finished.
Now for some disclaimers. I’m afraid that some believers will take offense to this book. Curse words are used and there are many references to intimacy outside of marriage. At times, I wondered if I should finish because of the topics reached and the manner in which they are portrayed. I do think there are some great points to this book, I’m just not so sure a lot of Christians can handle the way it is written. If these things won’t bother you, then I encourage you to read it.
**I give Eyes of Light 4 out of 5 stars, Secret Keepers 3 out of 5 stars, and Hands of Mercy 3 out of 5 stars. (Rating system is based on Goodreads.)
***I received a free copy via SLB Tours in exchange for an honest review.
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