I am only half-way through this book, now, but it is very straightforward in it's message. I love everything I have ever read that was written by Gilbert Morris, and I've read them all, I think. The "House of Winslow" series was the best I have ever read.
I've never read a book by Gilbert Morris before, though my husband has and he seemed to enjoy the stories. Now I can see why. This novel truly impressed me. For people who love reading about King Henry VIII and his many problems having a son, his issues with the church, and his numerous affairs, this will definitely fit that taste. However, the book is more about God using William Tyndale to translate the Bible into English so the common people could read God's word. It follows the infamous Winslow clan that Gilbert is known for creating for his many House of Winslow books. I love stories that delve so much into the culture that you feel like you are there. Morris does this well with just enough detail to make the setting come alive, but without grossing you out at the same time. He also lets his characters mess things up and suffer the consequences. He doesn't gloss over their sin and the shame that comes with it. Morris also does a fantastic job of putting his characters into seemingly impossible situations and having God and/or His people come through for them, but not every single time. Life isn't like that and Morris doesn't portray it that way. However, when good triumphs over evil and when God changes the hearts of several characters, as a reader I couldn't help cheering for them. I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
Gilbert has again found a wonderful way of weaving a real story, which contains a solid Christian message, is highly entertaining, mentally keeps you sharp, and makes you anxious for the next work. Too bad he can't do a book a month. He is one of a handlful of Christian authors who is writing with real intergrity. I never give a 5 star, but was tempted in this story to break my own rule.