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4 Stars Out Of 5
October 15, 2014
While I was reading, there were times it almost felt like dj vu because the action in the story almost reflected the current happenings we hear about on the news! Ralph Reed draws readers into the suspense so well, I believe, because of his various work experience in the political realm. What brings a higher sense of tension to the story is how those who believe in God are treated or spoken to, which so reminds me of todays news.
As I read I learned to have a deeper appreciation for what presidents coming into office must have to wrestle with in terms of events needing a decision. Throughout the novel Ralph Reed does an excellent job reminding us that the battle we face is a spiritual one not a human one. So much happens behind the scenes in Washington today that Americans just arent aware of, but we can be thankful that God is in control. The tale is very intriguing with action and tension building on many fronts of the story, but following the writing wasnt hard for me.
The audience may find the book lacking in hope because of all the backbiting, infighting and blame-laying the characters tend to do. However, I believe the authors intent was to show us through fiction how much we need to pray for America and her leaders. Our hope is in Christ and therefore we can read a political thriller like this and perhaps come away with new insight on how to pray. I cannot fathom working in the political arena as a Christian without coming out disillusioned. Therefore, I am all the more convinced our prayers are needed in this area. We dont have to lose hope, but we can help those called to fight the good fight!
Take some time to read this suspenseful, thrilling, behind-the-scenes look at government!
I'm only at Chapter 3 and I have to stop reading. I was reading on page 21 a conversation between Andy Stanley and Keith Golden and in the middle of that conversation a comment was thrown in by someone named Morris that is not even in the room or in the conversation. Again, reading on page 25 a conversation between Joseph Penneymounter and Christy Love a comment is thrown in by someone named Pennington who is not in the room with them. I can't go any further if this is what the rest of this book is going to be. I wished I had never bought it. It was a waste of money.
I received this book from B&H Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Let me begin first by saying that this author is a talented writer. If you want a true-to-life depiction of the nasty state of our present political system this is the book for you.
It was the first political thriller I have ever read. Although, it is true-to-life in many, if not all, aspects it was not an easy read to me. Within the first few pages the reader is introduced to a plethora of complex characters each with lengthy, tangled histories. I found myself having to turn back to previous pages to keep track of who was married to whom, who was having an affair, who broke up with who - what woman was a wife, hooker, intern, secretary, lover of so-and-so, daughter, mistress or girlfriend - and how they were all connected. Too much for me!
I worked in the political arena for a brief time and found the real-life experience nauseating and disgusting. In fact I felt dirty and dishonorable by even being in the same room as some of the senators, representatives, gubernatorial candidates, lawyers and judges. This is where I saw first hand some of the filthiest life-styles, dirtiest language and most silent christians! I hated counting money of contributors knowing some of it came at the cost of moral compromise or some promise of legislation. Leaving this arena in fact was like being liberated from a prison camp.
The characters and plots are very well developed and thought out, in fact it is like an intricate spider's web. If you don't believe in the butterfly effect before reading this book you will after. I applaud Ralph Reed for his work on this book. He was honest in his depiction of life and the truth of politics and religion. It is amazing to me how in real life and in fiction that politicians can justify the breaking (as they call it "bending", "side-stepping" or finding the "loop-hole" - all of which are dishonest) God's laws and the law of the land that they are called to uphold and protect for political, party or personal gain.
This book will most certainly keep the politically minded reader on their toes as they follow the plot and sub-plots to climax. You will love some characters while hating others and you will most certainly be in a frenzied state of wanting to find out how all this mess works out. This book has it all: war, terrorism, political and social unrest, political mis-steps, sex-scandals and cover-ups. The reader will be entertained.
Personally a good christian novel causes me to look at myself and evaluate my own actions or causes me to recognize the goodness of God. Though this did have an interesting preacher and did have a theme of God laced in it - it was overshadowed by the filth of the political arena. This just really made my stomach knot up - I was so sick of sex-scandals and the ensuing cover-up attempts and pay-off attempts that I really could have vomited. I can't stand having this shoved down my throat my newscasters in real life and don't want to read about such filth in a book. I realize it goes on - but it ought to be given less recognition unless it is to state what an abomination this is to God's sovereign law and the covenant of marriage.
Again this was received as a review copy from B&H Publishing in exchange for this honest though not positive review.
The Confirmation is a fast paced political thriller from an insider. I worked with Ralph Reed as lobbyist for Christian Coalition, and the picture he paints is a realistic one. The novel is good. The story a sad but a true commentary on our political situation in this country where all decisions are based on retaining power.
If you like political thrillers, I can recommend The Confirmation.