Thursday, July 12, 2007

Book Review - Something That Lasts by James David Jordan

Three Stars ...

As a respected community leader, Reverend David Parst had a lot going for him . A growing congregation, the love of a committed wife, and the joy of fatherhood.

In fact, things are going so well for him that he becomes arrogant and ungrateful for the blessings that God has bestowed upon him. He has no doubt he could have even done better in life. So, why not test those waters?

In a moment of weakness, he makes the same mistake that most people make, he loses sight of the big picture - the far reaching ramifications that are temporarily veiled in the brilliant, but short-lived blinding light of temptation.

Choices do have consequences. And in a culture where marriage has been downgraded to dating and our entertainment industry teaches that if it feels right, it is right, many don't realize how horrible the long-term repercussions can be until it is too late.

In Something That Lasts, this truth is clearly portrayed. Because of one mistake, many innocent lives are damaged or destroyed. Some beyond repair. Including the one who made the mistake. The story explores the effects of David Parst's mistake on his life and the lives around him. The characters are real. David's wife, Sarah, is strong and memorable.

Although the story is a sad one, Jordan does an excellent job of keeping the overall tone a hopeful one. But a hope where it truly belongs - in our future with God - not in our faith in man. A perfect future with Him awaits, but we must first endure at least some sadness here on earth.

I highly recommend this book. It is very readable and a nice change of pace from the suspense novels that I usually read.

Author's website - http://www.jamesdavidjordan.com/content/index.asp

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