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Format: PDF Download Vendor: Bay Forest Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781613280157 ISBN-13: 9781613280157
Eric Wilson is the New York Times best-selling writer of Fireproof. In a twist on one of the world's oldest tales, the Accuser now employs a different strategy to see if he can turn man's heart away from God. The Vreelands have wallowed for years in fianncial difficulty, but what will happen when they are 'blessed' beyond their wildest dreams.
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5 Stars Out Of 5
Worth Every Penny
September 28, 2011
1 Step Away is the story of the Vreeland family. Brett, the hardworking dad who wants to make a better life for himself and his family. Sara, the patient wife, who also works hard. Their two kids who struggle with bullies and how to pay for soccer pictures. Until, in a strange twist of fate? they are gifted a huge sum of money. They are a family of faith, so through it all they pray, stick together and share a little ice cream on pay day. In the hands of a less gifted and prophetic writer, this book could have devolved into the pandering, preachy and trite books lining the shelves in the "Inspirational Fiction" aisles.
But thank God Eric Wilson is a master storyteller! The characters are so real your heart aches as Brett struggles not just with paying the bills but what it means to be a father, a husband and a provider. As Sara is caught in her past you sympathize with her need to reconcile her faith, the lack in her life and her love for her husband. Claire, Brett's mother, is the 'good wife' on the outside while hiding a life of pain from her own son. Even the bad guy is multi-dimensional, making him far more scary in my opinion.
To be honest, it has taken me a month to read this book. I had to keep putting it down because it was 1 Step Away from my personal financial and family reality. That is the true gift of this, and many of Eric's other works. He draws you in and challenges you to put yourself under the same lens-peering into the lives of these living and breathing characters. The story begins slowly, like the journey up the first hill on a roller coaster, before Wilson sends you on a ride with twists which turn you upside down and leave you a little breathless. Frankly, I am heading right back in line to wait for the next one!
I will become a collector (though not like those in another of Wilson's series you must read, Jerusalem's Undead). Most faith based fiction is like eating chinese food-quick, easy, and cheap but leaving you hungry hours later. 1 Step Away and those to come in the Number series will be like a fine meal you linger over for hours and don't blink at the check-for it was worth every penny.