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|Format: DRM Free ePub|
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2009
Jordan brings Taylor Pasbury to life with her sharp-shooting skills, quick reflexes, and her many acknowledged flaws, including a low self-esteem and a long line of bad choices in the guy department. She has lived a life of loss, first with her mom, then her dad, and last, with Simon Mason. All of these affiliations are important to who Taylor was and who she is becoming as she tries to figure out past and present relationships, especially since her mom is back in the picture.
Along with the help of Michael Harrison, Katie Parst, and Kacey Mason, daughter of the late Simon Mason, Taylor is trying to figure out what happened with the mystery surrounding Simon Mason Ministries and the supposed suicide of Elise Hovden. When Katie Parst thinks she may have a connection, Taylor ends up in the hospital with a broken finger and a bullet in her side. It isnt until later that she realizes that the answer she is looking for may be closer to home than she has been thinking.
Through a search for acceptance, love, and truth, Taylor begins to understand the true meaning of a gift as she works to understand exactly what it was that her father did for her, and what Simon did for Kacey. This is where James David Jordan brings in the truth of the gospel, coming from the most unlikely source, being that Jesus died for us, that it was a gift, and there is nothing we can do in return other than accept it. As it says in Romans 6:23 (NIV), For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. This gift is addressed again in Romans 5:6-8.
Jordan is skillful in developing his characters, giving them realistic actions, flaws, and concerns. This story has blackmail, embezzlement, kidnap, murder, and suicide all parts of a good mystery. I recommend this book because of the intelligent, natural writing; the interesting plot, complete with a few twists; and the fact that it communicates the core truth of Gods gracious gift without forcing it down the readers throat. This would be a good book for people who are struggling with trying to earn Gods grace or who feel that, since they do not deserve Christs sacrifice, salvation isnt for them. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16, NIV). Nicole E. Dynes, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
The sassy dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny, the suspense is merciless, the complex, finely drawn characters sympathetic, even the ones you love to hate. But, this is more than a murder mystery or suspenseful story. It's also a thought-provoking journey about the meaning of selfless sacrifice, illustrated by the personal and spiritual struggles of the main character. The author's intense, suspenseful writing, filled with unforeseen plot twists and turns, leads to an unexpected, but satisfying ending that leaves the reader wanting more. This is one to put on your calendar when it's released in the fall. - http://www.examiner.com/x-15805-Seattle-Christian-Book-Review-Examiner~y2009m7d9-Book-Review-Double-Cross