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The Oath Paperback – October 8, 2011
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And these are the reasons I consider this his best.
Without forgetting to grab our attention and build his characters, Peretti sets the stage for a powerful spiritual metaphor that hits the reader between the eyes. The seductive oath of this town comes back to haunt them, and by the end, no one will be left unchanged--for better of for worse. The consequences of flirting with sin are starkly portrayed here. Don't give up too soon; read on to the finish and you'll understand Peretti's point.
Of all Peretti's books, this one alone have I been able to pass out freely to my nonbelieving friends. The story is genuinely intriguing--not just a hastly sketched backdrop for a sermon--and it grabs your attention, demanding that you heed its warning.
This may not be for all readers, particularly those who like syrupy romance or immediate feel-goods, but it's worth the effort. If you like no-holds-barred Christian fiction, "The Oath" is for you.
There are those who feel this book is too dark and too horrific--This is as close that Christian fiction can come to secular horror novels such as those by Stephen King and Dean Koontz--And I admit, I was surpised from some of the content I read and often thought to myself: 'And this is supposed to be a *Christian* book!?'...But really, it does make sense and is warrented. All in all, this story is about Sin. This book is very allagoric and symbolic of what sin is and what it can do to people. It usually starts small, and it grows. Quickly you become addicted to it. You don't even want to aknowledge your sin and so you become blind to it...that is until it is too late. You become a slave to sin and the only way to truly free yourself is through Jesus. Otherwise Sin will grow and grow until it devours you (Something litterally from this book). I know that this is starting to sound like a sermon, but this message is EXACTLY what this book is about...And yet, It never gets *preachy*
It's a fairly hefty novel, especially for Peretti, and at times you wish something more interesting would happen. But the pace never falters and it does manage to hold you. Only the most impatient of readers would put this book aside for good without having it finished.
What tale Peretti spins is not a confrontation in the spiritual realm with angels and demons battling for the souls of mortal men, but a very vivid picture of what can happen when people reject God and begin to think they can live how they want.
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Second time I've read this book. Frank Peretti is an excellent Christian author.Published 18 days ago by Bakka
I am normally not into christian fiction, but this book read pretty well.Published 21 days ago by Chris Wheat
This was a very enjoyable book. From Freddy did a good job issues are making an exciting and easy to read. I enjoyed seeing how we have our own dragons.Published 1 month ago
I will recommend this book for anyone and everyone to read. It deals with the ugly darkness in our heart as we read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The Oath by Frank E Perretti is the first book I have read by this author. I bought it with great hopes that this would be a wonderful story based upon other reviewers and other... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kali the Cat
I enjoyed Peretti's other books, although I did read them when much younger. When I happened across this one, I thought, "Sure, why not?"
It's not... bad? Read more