Monday, September 13, 2010

The Falling Away

The Falling Away, T.L. Hines, Fiction/Christian/Suspense, Thomas Nelson, 2010, 320 pages.

 Here is Thomas Nelson’s summary of The Falling Away:

He has a unique name…and a unique problem.
The Falling Away
A member of Montana’s Crow tribe, he is called Dylan Runs Ahead. But that name couldn’t be more off, because he’s spent years running
away-from his family, his people, his past…and himself.

Now he’s running out of places to run.

He’s haunted by his younger sister’s disappearance, the recent death of a friend, and his impending sense of being chosen for something of great importance.

But before Dylan can figure out what it really means to be chosen, and whether he’s going to embrace the cost of that calling, he’s going to have to slow down and face the demons he’s been running from. Demon’s that are all too real…and aren’t about to back down.

Enter a world where things aren’t quite what they seem…a novel bursting with supernatural suspense, well-crafted characters, and spiritual insights that will defy your expectations and leave you both breathless and hopeful.

This book has one of the most unique plots of all the Christian books I have read. It was quite confusing at first though, as the storyline had two main characters’ viewpoints, and it would often skip back and forth in the lives of each without warning. Although, about half-way through the book, everything was, for the most part, understandable.

One thing I had trouble with was how Hines represented Christians. He actually used “exorcist” as defining them in a way. I can imagine he intended that to mean we draw out sin’s influence, but it isn’t us. It is God and God only that can forgive sins. Maybe I just didn’t read it correctly, but that is what hit me. Also, the character representing Christians actively practiced embedding. Ugh.

On the other hand, the kill box analogy was pretty cool! But, I can’t reveal any spoilers about it. :) Despite my ramblings, I recommend this book!

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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    1. O.o! Sounds terribly creepy! If I read this I'm afraid I would be able to fall asleep :S


    2. It really sounds good. I grew up in a country where nothing is what it seems, but I love it anyway. I'm talking about Argentina, a country with huge potential and no one to lead it to greatness. It's taught me to be careful, but never kept me from loving people who are for real. My latest release is about some people like that and about others who plain stink. If you want to know more, please visit my blog. Thanks!

    3. Mhm....Sounds..intense I may read it :) Thanks for the pointing out though that it's God that does it. That was a strange comparison "Hines" made. Very strange.. O_O


    4. A friend of mine also recommended this book to me. I think this is really worth checking out.