I believe this is one of the best book series and I truly hope Mr. Whitlow continues to write such timely, classic novels of how wonderful it is to live a holy and blessed life. I enjoyed the romance entwined throughout the series, and how this book can teach many it is possible to live in such a manner with wholesome values and holy living, and I believe it inspires others to live in such a radical and set apart way. I love the characters and the elaborate detail involved in the writing style and storyline, which makes one identify with the characters and imagine actually being in the settings. Mr. Whitlow is a superb writer.
The book educates the reader of how to walk in love and truth, along with highlighting the importance of appreciating and honoring the LORD, family, and our relationships in a way that reflects Christ in all we do. Being honest with oneself, having a loving and repentant heart, remaining true to the LORD and to oneself, and being humble are key components interwoven in the bedrock of the storyline. I think in many ways that even if someone has not come from a family where they were treated so well, or to which they experienceed such great family love and values, and roots of Christianity, this story can lead many to Jesus, as well as impart virtue and family values and spur many to live in such a way that honors God. When one truly knows the love of our Heavenly Father, and knows our LORD Jesus from his or her heart, the transformation can be so breathtaking and inspire the person to truly desire to love wholeheartedly for Christ. This is the key to life, and our desires, habits, and lifestyle change to reflect the image of Jesus, and to that of which truly draws others around us to Jesus. The main character attracts because she is light and salt, and set apart in an opposite culture. We are sojourners, yet changing the world around us, and the people around us with every step we take.
I truly hope Robert Whitlow writes many more books in this fashion and look forward to the next one which the LORD inspires him to write. I do believe the LORD's hand is on him and this series strongly and trust the LORD will guide this author, and I am thankful he is allowing the LORD to use him in such a powerful way. Thank you!
Deeper Water by Robert Whitlow is book one in the Tides of Truth series. This is the first Whitlow book I've read and I came across it as a free kindle download via Vessel Project.
Tammy Lynn Taylor is from a devout Christian family with some rather strict beliefs: females wear dresses and skirts below the knee, no makeup except on rare and special occasions, children must consult their parents for decisions, and the Sabbath is strictly reserved for resting. She was homeschooled until high school when she was allowed to attend the public high school and play sports while wearing very modest sports uniforms. As a second or third year law student, she is preparing for an internship of sorts.
Moses Jones lives in a shack on the Ogeechee River. When he goes fishing, he sees faces in the water. He wonders why they haunt him so and when they will pull him under with them.
Normally I don't care for a female main character, but Robert Whitlow has done an excellent job of not only creating memorable characters but also mystery and suspense. I became so emotionally wrapped up in the story that I wanted to sit down and talk to some of the characters and I cried through the last two chapters. Tammy, though in her second or third year of college, came across as much younger, but I'm sure that is due to her family's beliefs and convictions and the more I read the more I could relate. While in some ways she comes across as shy and timid, at others, especially when her convictions are on the line, she has steadfast confidence. Though I find it hard to believe that a law firm would manage to take on 3 such religious summer clerks, I am not surprised that two rather different Christian men (Zach and Vince) would find her attractive.
Moses and Tammy's paths cross when Judge Cannon assigns each summer clerk with a misdemeanor case. Moses Jones is accused of twenty-four counts of trespassing. As she researches the charges, she discovers connections between Moses Jones and one of the partners of the law firm, Joe Carpenter and an unsolved missing child case. Zach Mays, her supervising lawyer, cautions against digging any deeper than the relevant charges. Vince Colbert, a fellow summer clerk, passes along any info he stumbles across, including warning her that he has overheard the partners talking about her and her case. Tammy believes that God put her in that law firm with that case to uncover the unresolved death of a little girl from years ago and to tie up the loose ends, even if it means the end of her career and possibly her life.
This is one of the few Christian fiction books I have read that was not overly preachy except what fit each of the characters. While the main character is a young woman and two men are attracted to her, romance is kept as a shadow in the background. Whitlow's knack for mystery and suspense are fantasticâ€”one of the best Christian mystery/suspense I have ever read. I will definitely be reading the next one in this series and will look for more books by Robert Whitlow.
I enjoyed reading this book. It was a good moral based story with interesting characters. At times I just could not stop reading as I wanted to know what happened next. I would definitely recommend this book.