Tuesday, April 19, 2011
About the book:
THE TERRORIST has learned of supernatural stones used by the Old Testament High Priests to hear the audible voice of God. As the mastermind of a deadly plot that will soon kill millions, he has had a series of dreams instructing him to find the stones. Everything else is in place. The wrath of God is poised and ready to be unleashed.All that is stopping him is . . .
THE PASTOR. His wife has been murdered and his faith is crumbling before his very eyes. With his estranged son, he also searches for the stones in hopes they will rekindle his dying faith and love.
With the lives of millions hanging in the balance, these two men of opposing faiths collide in an unforgettable showdown. “The Face of God” is another thrilling and thought-provoking novel by a master of the heart and suspense, C.S. Lewis Honor Award winner, Bill Myers.
The plot was complex and engaging. The message of what love means was a strong thread in the plot as well. The theology will have you thinking about what you believe. There are quite a few deaths, gross scenarios where people have painful things happen, and religious discussions where everyone thinks they have the right perspective. I found that all quite interesting, especially when flawed people were added to the mix. Some of the perspectives allow little leeway for change and others are a bit too loose. Some of the events seem a bit improbable, but this is fiction, so I'm suspending reality for the sake of a good story. My favorite character was Tyler, the pastor's son. I loved how God used him in the story in many ways.
The quest for the stones led the characters into many difficult situations. On the other side, the need for justice drove others to look for the stones as well. Only their intention was for destruction. I found the ending quite profound to think about, because in the end it really is all about choice isn't it? Believe what you want to believe, or believe what is true even if it isn't always logical and doesn't always make sense. I suppose in the end you get what you wanted all along anyway, as in this story.
Some people refuse to be wrong or see themselves as mistaken. I suppose it would seem like a betrayal to find out what you dedicated your life to wasn't what you believed it to be. Everything is viewed through that lens. Even the face of God. But in the end love always wins out. All of the arguments in the world about what is right and wrong is powerless without love. And when it comes to the bottom line, love is more powerful than any belief system. That's what I got out of this book. It was a good message.
The Face of God was published by Stonehouse Ink and released in July 2010.