Sunday, December 25, 2016

The Undoing of Saint Silvanus by Beth Moore*

I have enjoyed (and benefited) from Beth Moore's Bible Studies in the past so I was curious to read her first fictional novel.  Its length (460 pages) was a bit intimidating but once I began reading it,  I wanted to dedicate any time I had available to reading it!
Jillian has been raised by her mom who has reiterated over the years what a bum her father was.  Then he dies, in a drunken stupor on the streets of New Orleans (or so the police first believe).  A mysterious call from Jillian's grandmother's housekeeper draws her from San Francois to New Orleans.  In the heart of New Orleans she encounters  unusual, sometime exasperating individuals in Saint Sans (a former church turned apartment building owned by her grandmother).  These individuals help Jillian sort out a past she never knew and endure some terrifying events incited by one bent on revenge.
Suspense, a bit of romance, and eccentric characters make this book a great read.
Although this book does not mention God often, His working and presence is very clear as His sovereign hand is constantly working each event out for His glory.
One word to summarize this book: redemption
*Highly recommend.
-Borrowed from the library.

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