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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

My review of H2O by Austin Boyd and Brannon Hollingsworth

About the book:

An up-and-coming young businesswoman, Kate Pepper seems to have it all---until her life is suddenly and strangely turned upside down. Unexplainable visions torment her every time she gets wet. Sinking into despair, Kate is frantic to avoid water at any cost. Who will save her? An allegorical story of success, sanity, and spiritual redemption, "H2O" is a contemporary crossover women's novel that tells the story of Kate Pepper, a successful young business woman in Seattle whose life is suddenly--and strangely--turned upside down.

My review:

This was an odd story, but it was also edgy and different, which I liked. The imagery of the ultimate healing and the need to be cleansed from sin was pretty vivid. I loved how the heroine, Kate, couldn't get any more lost, and how she had to become broken in order to finally see the sad truth of her existence. The authors showed her misery at the top of her game as well as the misery she experienced during her all-time low. John was a great friend to her and probably the best example of Jesus in human form that she could have come across. Everyone needs a John in their life who listens and doesn't ask questions, unless they are hard hitting truths necessary for change. Everyone needs Jesus. That's the point of the story, but it was delivered in a very creative way in this book.

Sometimes the woman seemed a bit like a guy to me in the way she saw the world, but I suppose that had something to do with the fact that the authors were men. But overall, they did a great job portraying everyone's need for redemption. I liked the many visions Kate had and then seeing how they tied into many stories in the Scriptures. There seemed to be a purpose in each vision. Though I'm not much of a fantasy lover, I do enjoy a good allegory, and this novel was definitely allegorical in nature. The best part of the story was probably Kate's realization that she would rather risk the visions and live a risky, but cleansed life, than to life in "safety," but have a dead, useless existence. That's some pretty powerful imagery. Well done!

H2O was published by AMG Publishers and released in Nov. 2011.

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