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May 15, 2007
The Great Awakening Series is awesome. These are four great books that I found difficult to put down, and once I was finished with one, would grab the next one to begin. I didn't want any of them to end. Bill Bright, you are missed!
Storm is hard to put down. Compelling, fascinating and well-written, this book is packed with a spiritual punch, too. I would recommend this novel to men, women and teens, even those who don't like history. The characters are rich, human and likeable. Storm would be an excellent read for those who homeschool and want to help history come alive for their students. The novel finishes with the details of the fictional accounts and historical facts, so it is clear which is which. The story offers intrigue, a hint of romance, danger and humor. A strong evangelistic thread runs through the lives of the characters which crackles with intensity in certain situations.
The Storm instantly transports you back to the turn of the nineteenth century. A time when the young United States was preparing for a presidential election that would mean the first change of parties. A time when our country had strayed from its founding faith roots. People were ready to create a second revolution because of politics. But revival threatens to spill across the country. The author makes the revival (and the need for revival) leap off the pages by creating characters you care about. As you watch young Asa respond to a challenge and commission to personal revival, revival comes to life. The portrait of revival in the hills of Kentucky challenged me to consider my own desire for revival and the need for revival to start with me. The characters were so real I was ready to google them and see what happened after the book closed. Fortunately, the author's end notes identify which characters are pure fiction and which are historical. Saved me a lot of fruitless time on the web.Pick up THE STORM, and you won't be disappointed.
Author Jack Cavanaugh, with help from the late Bill Bright, has added a third book to the popular Great Awakening series. Storm is an historical novel set around the turn of the nineteenth century. Although darker in tone than its predecessors, Storm holds great Christian lessons and the familiar spirit of revival. Asa Rush is a struggling freshman at Yale College, a school facing struggles of its own. This once-Christian stronghold has nearly lost its faith. The students are abandoning a life devoted to Christ in order to follow ideas of rebellion, imported from the French Revolution. Asa is one of the few Christians left, and must continually defend his beliefs to others. One student in particular who leads the charge against him is sophomore Eli Cooper. Asa and Eli are complete opposites, but the two seem to be drawn together. They are constantly stepping on each others toes and their conversations often end with fists being thrown. Asa would love to get away from his nemesis, but God has other plans. He wants Asa to bring Eli to Christ. This is a task that is made even more difficult by the darkness and evil that is brewing on campus. Cavanaughs style of writing is easy going. He uses short chapters, action, and a quick pace. The novel has an intriguing plot that keeps the reader turning pages, enjoying likeable characters. Although likeable, they are a bit exaggerated. Storm carries with it themes that most Christians can relate to, such as: being a believer among unbelievers; the struggle to follow Gods will; and putting ultimate faith in the Creator. Asa embodies them all. He is in every respect a human, coming up short numerous times, but his drive and determine are inspiring, as is the novel. It is recommended for anyone who wants a powerful story about the strength of God. Andrew Culbertson, Christian Book Previews.com
In 1798 Yale College freshman Asa Rush is eager to attend classes since school president Timothy Dwight announced his intention to re-establish God in the campus including the curriculum. However, Asas first assignment is a stuttering humiliating debate with cocky senior student Eli Cooper. His spirits pick up again when he notices his sisters friend Annabelle in his class. He finds her charming and attractive, but so does Eli. They compete for the love of Annabelle.<P>President Dwight informs Asa that the lad has a calling from God to befriend Eli. Asa does not feel very Christian towards his rival, but knows he must try. Meanwhile, the election of 1800 between Adams and Jefferson is heating up the country with the latters supporters talking a second American Revolution if the former triumphs. As a Jeffersonian, Eli leads the local organized insurrection. However, a third force Scourge manipulates the Jeffersonian and the Federalists, pushing for a civil war. While both sides ready for war, with little hope for success except in his faith that God will show him the way, Asa tries to turn Eli away from hostilities by trying to lead his adversary to God.<P>This is a superb inspirational historical political fiction story that grips the audience on several levels. The key to the fine tale is that the religious message of the Lord shapes individuals, groups of people, and nations, etc and is imbued inside the exciting plot without preaching. Instead readers obtain a powerful gaze at America at the end of the eighteenth century as the Jeffersonians and Federalists battle for control during a pre-Darwinian era when faith in God is being shook by philosophy during the Age of Reason.<P>Harriet Klausner