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Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2009
Series: Secret Life of Samantha McGregor
Samantha McGregor has an amazing gift from God: she often has prophetic visions. Dreams visit her, serving as a warning for something that could happen to someone she knows. With her brother Zach coming home from a ninety-day rehab for a meth addiction, she figures everything will be fine. Unfortunately for her, things do not go smoothly once her brother returns. Samantha also begins to receive certain visions of drug-related dangers. Soon, life seems to unravel for Samantha as she begins losing trust in her brother, and she starts hearing about people using drugs around her very own school. How can she know whom to trust?
From the first chapter, readers will find themselves captivated by this enthralling novel. The story is very well written and seems to go by quickly once you are drawn into the core of the plot. The main character, Samantha, is clearly a devout Christian. This is portrayed by the way she treats her friends and even those people she doesnt know all that well. It is easy to see that she loves most everyone around her, just as God does. An unforgettable scene in this book is when Samantha has a vision of a cabin caught on fire and someone, whom she believes to be her brother, shot and killed. It will keep readers wondering until the end about what truly happened.
Samantha Sam McGregor is a teenage girl living her life for God. When all the drug-related confusion begins occurring, she needs to rely on Him for guidance. As her family seemingly falls apart, she tries her best to keep it connected even as her brother and mom continuously get into fights. On top of everything, Samantha helps the local police as a member of their new drug task force, trying to find leads on who is manufacturing and selling drugs to the people of Brighton. She continuously dreams about drug-related danger and turns to Ebony Hamilton, her friend working in the police department, telling her about it. It is clear that Sam has her life set straight for the Lord, and she also has a best friend, Olivia, who also encourages her spiritually. For the most part, Sam is in a city full of non-believers, but she doesnt let this stop her from telling folks about the amazing God she serves.
In the end, Samantha must confront her fears of her brother being involved in the trafficking of drugs and possibly the death of a man. Once you finish reading Playing with Fire, you will be amazed at the outcome of the story and how the mystery is finally resolved. My only negative comment on this novel would be how the author seems to overuse the word Okay in her dialog. Overall, this novel is easy to immerse yourself into, whether you are a boy or girl. I would honestly recommend Playing with Fire to any Christian teenager who likes a great suspenseful story with a bit of a mystery added to it. Michael Moore, Christian Book Previews.com
Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5December 26, 2008Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: femaleIn Playing with Fire by Melody Carlson, Samantha McGregor, the girl with the spiritual gift of prophecy, has a vision that hits close to home. Her brother, Zach, was into drugs but is home after being in rehab for three months, and everything seems to be going okay. However, Sam starts having dreams and visions about dangerous situations and drugs. It seems like tons of kids at her school are using drugs, and Samantha has some frightening visions about someone she knows. If that werent enough, Sam has a vision about a burning cabin and someone who has been shot. She knows Zach is somehow involved, and she tries to figure it out on her own without Detective Ebony Hamiltons help. But will Samantha be able to do it on her own? Will she be able to save her brother and her friends?Sam is a strong, three-dimensional character and offers hope and light in dark situations. Her faith in God gets her through the difficulties in life and she stands as a good role model, even as a fiction character. This is a must read!
Niessa1 Stars Out Of 5April 2, 2008NiessaThis book was good and it had a good plot. But compared to the first two books in the series it wasnt as good. I could not put the first two down but this one I have been stuck on the 4th chapter for a while because it isn't as intriging. I look forward to reading the 4th book in the series and I hope it gets better.
Elise4 Stars Out Of 5January 22, 2008EliseThis book is a great read for any teenager,boy or girl. I liked how the author conveys how harmful drug use is, but doesn't preach it. It's present throughout the book that the main character needs God and relys on his support and witnesses to others. Definetly a great plot and storyline and will keep you at the edge of your seat!
Deborah5 Stars Out Of 5August 23, 2007DeborahThis book hits closest to home for Samantha because it deals with her brother and his ongoing drug problems. This book will appeal to families that have suffered with a family member in this same situation. This book focuses on the dangers of drug use among teens. There is no preachy "Just Say No" campaign forced on the reader. Carlson seems to understand why teens would possibly be tempted to use weed or meth or other drugs. Of course there a valid reasons why you shouldn't but Samantha, Olivia and other characters don't act like they are better than those who use them. I really liked how the party in the beginning was show with lax parental supervision. It is sad at how many parents turn a blind eye to their underage kids drinking, having sex or smoking because they figure if it's done at home, it won't be a problem. I'm glad that Samantha and Olivia were mature enough to get out of that situation without making a big scene. I really like the two girls, if I were still in high school I'd want to be friends with them. The writing again is top notch, I'm able to see how the characters feel and understand their actions. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series.
Harriet Klausner5 Stars Out Of 5June 28, 2007Harriet KlausnerAlthough Zach completed his time in rehab for his meth habit, his sister Samantha worries he has no positive beliefs such as in the Lord being there for him. Instead she fears he will just step back into the same situation that led to his addiction. However, she has no idea what to do so she does nothing until she dreams about a meth lab explosion that she thinks might be a warning from God to intervene.Out of fear that her brother might go to jail, Sam decides not to offer her services to her mentor Detective Ebony Hamilton, but goes undercover at the high school as an informant to the police meth task force. She looks for the link between meth and other illegal drug sales and her high school as she hopes to help her brother and her friends before they say yes to drugs but is unaware of the danger she places herself in.The third Secret Life Samantha McGregor tale contains plenty of action and a deep look at what is spiritual understanding as Sam struggles to interpret her visions that she assumes come from God while having mortal issues especially involving Zach. Sam, as she did with BAD CONNECTION and BEYOND REACH, makes the tale with her caring about others. Young adults will appreciate PLAYING WITH FIRE as its relevant theme; drug use amongst teens makes for a fascinating spin to a Christian police proceduralHarriet Klausner