Seek and Hide
Seek and Hide  -     By: Amanda Stevens
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 418
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.51 X 0.93 (inches)
ISBN: 1434708659
ISBN-13: 9781434708656

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Six years ago, the government took control of the church. Only re-translated Bibles are legal, and a specialized agency called the Constabulary enforces this and other regulations. Marcus Brenner, a new Christian, will do anything to protect his church family from imprisonment—including risk his own freedom to gain the trust of a government agent.

Aubrey Weston recanted her faith when the Constabulary threatened her baby. Now released, she just wants to provide for her son and avoid government notice. But she’s targeted again, and this time, her baby is taken into custody. If only she’d never denied Him, maybe God would hear her pleas for help.

When Aubrey and Marcus's lives collide, they are forced to confront the lies they believe about themselves. And God is about to grab hold of Marcus’s life in a way he’d never expect, turning a loner into a leader.

Author Bio

As a child, Amanda G. Stevens disparaged Mary Poppins and Stuart Little because they could never happen. Now, she writes speculative fiction. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in English, she has taught literature and composition to home-school students. She lives in Michigan and loves books, film, music, and white cheddar popcorn.

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  1. lcjohnson1988
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    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic!
    February 21, 2015
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Ever hear the phrase that truth is stranger then fiction? In the first installment of this series, Amanda Stevens invites readers into a world where Bibles are forbidden, Christianity practiced in any way is unlawful, and those who dont turn in those who do the aforementioned are also guilty of a felony! The tale introduces us to characters who are unashamed of being a Christian and to those who are. In the fictional world, those guilty of Christianity go to a re-education place, jail or worse.

    Enveloping the whole story is Gods involvement in the lives of the various characters and how sometimes we cannot understand the why of life. There is a battle going on here in the book between those sharing Christ with others and those going to various lengths to squash or kill the message. There are themes of frustration, hope, longing, seeking and returning. The lives of most characters are lived under constant fear of what are call con-cops who show up with warrants to question, search or arrest.

    Lost and Found is the next novel in the series and recently released by David C. Cook. My copy is coming soon! I am in awe of the writing ability of Amanda to tell a story that might be Americas future if people dont stand up now, though I know it is happening in other nations around the globe. When reading a novel such as Seek & Hide, I am thankful to God that I live where I can read, speak, pray and more without hiding or fear.

    When you read it, see if you can spot what character portrays their beliefs or denies them, maybe even not acknowledging God, and then keep turning the suspense-filled pages! At times I found myself emotionally reacting to the novel and knew beyond a doubt that telling stories is a powerful medium, and I appreciate the authors who tell them. Keep writing Amanda!
  2. Andrea
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good writing, well developed characters, pertinent plot
    September 16, 2014
    Andrea
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The only reason I gave this book a 4 instead of a 5, is because I reserve 5 stars for the ultra-greats, like John Steinbeck and Harper Lee.

    These are the aspects of books that I normally assess when I am deciding whether a book is good and worth recommending:

    1. The Writing: This book is full of well thought out good quality writing. The author is able to write pretty prose without distracting from the intense plot or seeming out of place within the character points of view. The writer is able to vary her voice to fit the two drastically different characters you are getting the story from. You feel like you are getting real thoughts from real people. You are able to see how the two characters can view events and choices in completely different ways and both be right in their own way. The dialogue is intelligent, and free of cliches (or at least I didn't notice any.) She also does not spoon-feed all the information to the reader. She allows the reader to infer certain things from the hints she drops about issues the characters do not want to think about head-on.

    2. The Characters: These are very intricate characters that are well developed throughout the book. The people in this story all have a vast number of characteristics that you are able to put together from the hints that fall throughout the book. Within each character, there are strengths and weaknesses that conflict with each other the way they would in a real person. These characters are all broken by the world, but grow and change from their interactions with each other. Their cores remain intact, though. Their actions always stay true to who they are, and there are no compromises on that to move the plot in the direction the author wants.

    3. The Plot: Christianity has become illegal in America, and the Philosophical Constabulary enforces the new laws about religion. This plot may sound far-fetched at first when you consider America's Constitution, but the author explains in one page at the beginning how easily this could happen. I think that this is an important topic to bring up right now, because of the increasingly negative attitude society is developing toward Christianity. Christians are being viewed more and more as the evil hate-filled enemy, thanks to a minority of attention-seeking groups who take the Lords name in vain to achieve their self-gratifying agendas. This story also comes at a time of heightened persecution across the world. ISIS is grabbing the headlines right now, but there are plenty of other countries across the world where Bibles and churches have always been illegal.

    Outside of this central plotline, our heroes have real life problems that they are struggling with-- some of which would still be there even if the Philosophical Constabulary was not. Issues like PTSD and alcoholism were well researched for this book, and are displayed in a very human manner.

    This story does not fit into a formula, so the story is UNPREDICTABLE! Nothing is done for shock-value, though. When events occur, it is because that was the only thing that could hit a character hard enough to get him or her to change their thought processes and grow.

    4. Message: There are so many Biblical messages one could take away from this book. (1) when true Christians are tried by fire, they come out of the fire stronger and purer. (2) Christians screw up-- they can break, give into fear, give into temptation-- but that doesn't have to mean they are lost forever. God takes repentant sinners, and it is the church's job to do likewise. (3)The members of the church are commanded to work together. (4)God can stir the hearts of non-believers to cary out His will. (5)God is sovereign over our lives, and will put us in the right place at the right time to meet that one person who both needs our help and can also help us with our own needs. Though the specific scenarios in this book are fiction, they resemble encounters that occur in real life. (6)Forgiveness. (7)Redemption. The list could go on.

    5. Pacing: The story never drags. This is not an "action" story, and there is no violence on the page, but it still manages to feel full of action and intensity. The downtime is sparse. When the author does give us moments to catch our breaths, those moments are full of character development that still pushes the story forward.

    **I received this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.**
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