I love following Karen Kingsbury’s life journey through her books. In each book she writes a dedication to her family, describing each member at that stage of his/her life, and just makes me want to know them. She also writes a letter to her readers at the end of each book, and shows how much the stories and messages come from her heart and from her God. Many of her novels have a starting point in true stories, like this one.
Following the death of her beloved father, a religious freedom fighter lawyer, Faith Evans faces continuous pressure in her career as television news anchor to keep her personal faith hidden, to appear unbiased and politically correct. While tolerance is the keyword of the day, the only group not allowed to speak freely is Christianity. This challenge peaks when a lawsuit is filed in Faith’s hometown ordering the city to remove the Jesus statue that has been standing in a park there for one hundred years. This statue has many fond memories for Faith and many others, and the townspeople are prepared to fight to keep it there.
However, they are up against a law firm that seeks to rid society of religious symbols, and a young lawyer with a bitter taste for revenge on the faith that once set him up for a bitter fall. Jordan Riley, once a trusting 13-year-old Christian, has stopped believing in a God who would let his mother die, his sister be taken from him, and his best friend be lost to him forever. He leads this battle to get rid of the landmark where he once prayed, to keep other innocent people from falling prey to the same false hope. He is not prepared for the spiritual battle he is entering, as that same God is waiting to reveal that he has not forgotten nor abandoned Jordan.
Kingsbury takes a news story that can happen in any one of our cities and brings it home to each reader. How much do we risk in order to defend our faith? What really is most important to us? And do we really believe that God can intervene in political situations, in people’s lives, because of our prayers? This book gives me a shot of courage. It is so well-written, you’ll just want to sing along with the song at the end.