Monday, February 23, 2015

CFBA Review: Seek and Hide by:Amanda G. Stevens

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Seek and Hide
David C. Cook (September 15, 2014)
by
Amanda Stevens


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



As a child, Amanda G. Stevens disparaged Mary Poppins and Stuart Little because they could never happen. Now, she writes speculative fiction. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English and has taught literature and composition to home-school students. She lives in Michigan and loves books, film, music, and white cheddar popcorn. Amanda's first novel, Seek and Hide, will be available September 15, 2014 from David C Cook.



ABOUT THE BOOK

Six years ago, the government took control of the church. Only re-translated Bibles are legal, and a specialized agency called the Constabulary enforces this and other regulations. Marcus Brenner, a new Christian, will do anything to protect his church family from imprisonment--including risk his own freedom to gain the trust of a government agent. Aubrey Weston recanted her faith when the Constabulary threatened her baby. Now released, she just wants to provide for her son and avoid government notice. But she's targeted again, and this time, her baby is taken into custody. If only she'd never denied Him, maybe God would hear her pleas for help. When Aubrey and Marcus's lives collide, they are forced to confront the lies they believe about themselves. And God is about to grab hold of Marcus's life in a way he'd never expect, turning a loner into a leader.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Seek and Hide, go HERE.


My Review:
 The end times is a terrifying subject for me. I even into adulthood have shied away from reading Revelation because it is difficult to understand but mainly out of fear. I was raised to believe that if I was obedient to God then I would have to really worry about the end times, because I believe that I will be caught up in the rapture. And that would mean that I would avoid all the really bad things which is  a HUGE relief, but as I am soon learning, I still need to read it and understand it to be more aware of what is happening or will happen.

 Seek and Hide reminded me a lot of the movies we see dedicated to the "end times" theme. Persecution of the church as a whole is a big factor in the end times equation, so that is how this book started for me in my thinking. Upon reading you learn that the government took control of the church which is never a good thing. Then they re-translate the Bible, definitely not good. Faced with many obstacles and reasons to remain safe, many of the characters are faced with remaining alive versus living all out for God which in this case will get them imprisoned or worst yet killed.

 I liked the book solely based on the fact that I believe that these times and those leading up to the end will be much like the author described. A gripping novel! It is a very scary situation, very scary indeed!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from CFBA.