1 Stars Out Of 5
Unbiblical & just ridiculous
November 25, 2015
Saint Albans, WV
For A Texan's Choice, the 3rd and thankfully last book in The Heart of a Hero Series.
I cannot believe this author even sells books.
Gray's writing and thinking is incredibly biblically inaccurate. Again, it seems as though every single character in her books is "saved," regardless of the kind of lives they live. For example, the drunk, worthless, gambling, loser of a father at the very beginning or dies, yet somehow went to "be with the Lord." All because he believes in God. Believing in God DOES NOT SAVE YOU! Satan himself believes in God! The gospel is never, ever presented in her books. Jesus Christ himself is never mentioned (not to my memory). Her idea of salvation is simply believing God exists or even "might" exist, have a desire to be forgiven, and wanting to go to heaven. To the author, that's what it takes to be saved, totally disregarding the need for a saving faith, REPENTANCE, and the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. She thinks that WE are the ones that make the "great changes in" our lives to "become the person[s]" we "wanted to be," that's it's simply a decision we make. The author places absolutely everything on the person, and nothing on God, the only one who truly can save. The author actually believes we're DESERVING of God's grace (pg 111)!! She believes we end up having to "pay penance" for the things we do wrong (pg 262). She writes as though either everyone has faith as soon as they're born, or that people plant or "give" the "seeds"=faith into others: she states "...we all have to make peace with our faith at one time or another." What does that even mean??!! No, we don't "make peace" with our faith or anything else. She says, "I have a feeling you and your sister and father GAVE HIM THE SEEDS, but Scout took the time to WATER and NURTURE that FAITH" (emphasis mine). The seeds that are planted is not faith! Faith comes from God; from hearing the WORD of God, the gospel. Gray has no idea what a saving faith is, or how one truly becomes a child of God.
Once again, so much in this book echoes the first and second books. Russel's step father tries to rape Russel's girlfriend, so Russel kills him (Miles, his sister, and Price); Scout and Rosemarie are basically forced to marry due to circumstances (Clayton and his wife).
One main character, Rosemarie, has, of course, such a terrible home life, her mother hates her, she's abandoned by all her family. All the females in Gray's books are so WEAK; and most of the characters have such awful lives (Russel grew up being beaten and starved), and all are just plain ridiculous in their thinking!! Scout is just so absolutely certain that his whole family hates him; nothing at all ever gave him a reason to think that; in fact just the opposite is true!! (mainly stated in 1st book). Scout comes home to fine Clayton there; Clayton hugs Scout, and when he pulls away, Clayton's eyes are wet and he says, "I'm sorry.... It's just for a while there, I was afraid I'd never see you again." And a little later Scout actually asks Clayton if he hates him!!! How stupid is that?!
The author curses/cusses/swears. Some authors believe (although I doubt it's without conviction. And if it is, well, they should be examining themselves) they can use certain words simply because they are, indeed, "normal" words; that is, they aren't necessarily curse words. For example, hell is a word; it is a real place in which the unredeemed with spend eternity. But used any other way than that, it becomes a swear word. Another example is damn. Another is ass; ass is a donkey; used any other way is a curse word. That's what this author does with at lease two of these terms.
For some reason, although it's not that important, Gray believes that having sex makes a marriage "legal," That's what a marriage license is for (because that's the law of the land).
I absolutely do not recommend this book or any other book by this author to anyone. No one.