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Stacy5 Stars Out Of 5Love is a masterpieceMay 10, 2018StacyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Francine Rivers wrote a beautiful story about two hurting people, one a world-renowned artist Roman Velasco, the other his new assistant Grace Moore.
Grace's caring heart chips away at Roman's tough guy exterior borne from being a child raised in foster homes. Grace also has a past she'd like to forget. Both learn to lean on each other and rely on their faith.
They learn that love is faith's greatest masterpiece.
KaraAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The MasterpieceMay 8, 2018KaraAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Masterpiece, by Francine Rivers, is an incredible book. It is set in the Los Angeles area in current time. It tells the stories of two characters whose lives have taken them down paths they had no desire to travel.
Grace Moore is still recovering from a bad marriage and the choices she made afterward when she accepts a job as personal assistant to Roman Velasco. Roman, a successful artist, constantly battles his past and has deep issues preventing him from forming lasting relationships. The two work well together for a time, until they develop feelings for each other. Grace leaves, knowing she cannot stay and give in to temptation with a man who is not a Christian. Roman begins to examine his life and decide how much of his life he is willing to relinquish to his newly found Savior.
This book is a masterpiece of its own. I especially liked the character development. The characters seemed very real to life. The Mastersons, Jasper, and Elizabeth also added quite a bit to the story.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
SandyJ5 Stars Out Of 5The MasterpieceApril 13, 2018SandyJQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This fictional story was up to Francine's best. Enjoyable plot and great storytelling
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The MasterpieceApril 9, 2018MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Masterpiece is now my favorite book by Francine Rivers. The main characters, Grace Moore and Roman Velasco, are very different at first glance, but as the story unfolds, circumstances in their pasts are similar. At one point in the story, Grace told Roman she had never met anyone who needed the Lord more than he did. At first, Roman isn't very likable. As we learn more about his background, done through flashback chapters for both Roman and Grace, I felt more sympathetic towards him. I had compassion for Grace from the beginning. Through Roman and Grace, plus the supporting characters, the reader is reminded most of us are broken in some way, we all are sinners, and we all need Jesus.
IVLeagueCabot, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Theology does matter!March 31, 2018IVLeagueCabot, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1** spoiler alert ** One day I was praising the author on Twitter for so clearly explaining the depravity of man and Christ's propitiation for our sin. The next day, I had to withdraw my comment due to the shaky theology I was encountering.
1. These characters are constantly speaking to God and hearing definitive answers. Wouldn't that be nice?
If it had only happened a time or two, I could have written it off as the "still small voice", but the rate of occurrence was unsettling. It's also interesting to note, these instructions from God never come while the character's are reading Scripture.
2. One character receives multiple visits from an angel. I do not deny the existence of angels. However, this visit is like nothing we read in Scripture. Do we ever read of anyone getting a personal friendly angel who comforts them nightly?
3. THE ABSOLUTE DEAL BREAKER -- When Roman drops DEAD on the sidewalk, he is ushered into hell by two demons. Once IN hell, he cries out to Jesus who appears as a bright light and takes his hand. Miraculously, Roman is revived and taken to a hospital both for his heart and a demon inflicted wound to his leg (which handicaps him for the remainder of the book).
Perhaps at this point, you are questioning whether Roman was really dead. In a later chapter he tells a reporter, "I had a heart attack, died on the sidewalk, and went to hell. Jesus got me out." Chapter 37
My thoughts: We are given the opportunity to repent and believe todaywhile we are living. When we die, it's game over! Jesus does not do special operation rescue missions into the pit of hell.
Why I believe this:
In the parable of the rich man (Luke 16:19-31) we read, But Abraham replied, Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.
I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. (John 3:3)
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on them. (John 3:36)
Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment (Hebrews 9:27)
They also will answer, Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you? He will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me. Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. (Matt 25:44-46)
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. (Rev 20:11-12)
As a new believer, this author's Mark of the Lion Series won me to Christian fiction. She is an exquisite storyteller and I admire her skill. I'm not saying this book is poorly written. However, I do not feel like I can recommend a story in which the plot hinges on Christ descending into hell to save a sinner. To me, if you are a Christian fiction author your purpose should be to glorify Godthat can only be accomplished when He and His Word are represented correctly. Theology does matter!