I just finished the new book "When the Heavens Fall" by Gilbert Morris. I have read every one of his books, they are true to history ,true to Scripture and very moving. I would highly recommend anything by this author. Exciting from cover to cover and very clean reading.
When the Heavens Fall is an enthralling fictional tale set during the reign of "bloody" Mary Tudor. I enjoyed entering the lives of the royals through the story and liked this book almost as much as the first one, Honor in the Dust. The story does a great job of taking the reader to the edge of the proverbial cliff. The author makes you hold your breath a number of times as bad things continue to get worse for the characters.
People who enjoy reading about the Tudors will enjoy this book. The author did a great job of increasing the tension and peril the characters were confronted with. Plus, everything didn't turn out rosy for people. Some died in their sin. All suffered the consequences of what they had done wrong. Some people were killed simply for refusing to deny their beliefs (as Protestants) and the author's description was downright brutal in it's realism. That made the emotional impact even more focused, and one cannot help but have a renewed appreciation for people martyred for their faith.
It's rare when I find Christian fiction that portrays a true prodigal son. Brandon Winslow was an excellent example of a man who had many reasons to believe he was too messed up to ever change. In fact, he felt he was so far gone that at times he didn't even care if he changed, and sometimes this bothered him. Most of the time it did not. That was very well done.
I found Brandon's spiritual state and self-talk fairly convincing and not at all contrived. His inability to really love others was well shown in the way he lived his life. The fact that he had good parents who loved him, and yet he still went the wrong way was powerfully written. This should give parents with prodigal children some encouragement. Maybe they will see that they were not the cause of their children straying from the faith.
I loved the way the author used Scripture in this story as well. Several times I identified with different characters and their emotions so much that I got a bit choked up. I found the story compulsively readable. I wanted to know what would happen next. There were no dry places and the scenes all built on each other. Everything moved the plot forward. I really enjoyed this book.
I have read all of his Winslow series books so had to have these. have read some of his other series too and its always interesting to see the history mixed in with the story. Makes it feel more alive. Although i have loved the two books of this series so far the story is starting to seem the same. Child raised by good parents, goes wild, gets in trouble and then finds God, along with a soul mate. I also think Gilbert age maybe starting to play a part. I dont know if anyone else thats read the 2 caught it but their was a big mistake in the story between the 2 books.
Excellent, as always. I would expect nothing less of Gilbert Morris. I have read every book in the Winslow series. I can't wait for the next book to come out. Any book from Gilbert Morris is very enjoyable.