Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Reading for Entertainment: Messages

Every so often, I will read a book just simply for entertainment. Most of my reading material has some type of purpose, whether it's for a review, for my own personal devotions or development, or something I am trying to learn to teach my children. When I was younger, with less responsibilities, I literally ate through books. I'm the type of person who will stay up into the wee hours of the morning to find out how the story ends.

Recently, I came across this book in a Kindle freebies app that I receive. I figured....why not? It looked interesting, the sample chapter sucked me in, and it was FREE! So I downloaded it to my Kindle.

I have had a little extra time to read lately, and decided to go for a change of pace - reading something just for fun instead of for instruction. This book was sitting on my Kindle waiting for me.

Messages is a suspense mystery written from a Christian perspective. It is a modern story of a young journalist  in Boston named David Chance,  who begins to receive special "messages" sprinkled into words, signs, and reading material around him. These messages begin suddenly, and prove their reality, before leading David on an adventure to unravel a terror plot in real time in his city. As he struggles with how far to go when following the messages, his family is threatened, and he must make some tough decisions to keep them safe, while trying to save as many people as he can.

 One thing I really appreciated is that it was a moral book - no swearing, limited 'vice', and pretty 'clean' as far as suspense mystery novels go. There are some violent activities discussed, as to how they relate to the terror plot at hand, but they are fairly sanitized as far as detailed descriptions. There was a dialogue threaded throughout the story of a man who is struggling to know God, and seeking to understand faith. He has some great conversations with his Christian neighbor, who is gently trying to lead him through his struggles.

The story had a lot of surprise twists and turns that I was not expecting, and definitely kept me in suspense to find out what would happen next, and how the story would unfold. In the end, it all works out, which is always pleasant.

This story, though pretty unrealistic, made for great entertaining reading. It ended rather abruptly, and left a few loose ends that I would have liked to see concluded, but overall it fulfilled the desire I was looking for - a break from some heavier reading material I am working through by giving me a short, entertaining novel that is intriguing without compromising my Christian values.

Here's an Amazon affiliate link - Messages is currently available as a FREE download for Kindle users.

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