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Terry Barnes won the 2005 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest for his first novel, "In Everything Give Thanks." His second novel, "Whispered to the Heart," also explores the fundamental questions of life and faith. After all, the purpose of literature is to illustrate truth with such words that will capture the heart and soul of the reader.
Terry is an online adjunct professor of religion for Liberty University as well as the University of Phoenix. His website is terrybarnes.us.
Why is God silent? Why should we pray to Him? These are questions I believe every child who has ever come into contact with the concept of God has asked at some time or another. Terry Barnes did an awesome job of getting into the head of a ten year old Luke to take us on a journey to prayer like no other. So deeply are we into his thoughts that we see the world through his eyes as he shuffles through the fallen leaves or is at the end of a thrown football. And when Chewbacca enters the scene, we hold our breath...will he trust Luke this time? Parallel to the story of Luke is the story of Hans, a story Luke writes in his journal. And this is as much Luke's journey as it is Hans', and adds a depth I had not expected. Both are fascinating, and I found that the further into the story I got, the more riveting it became. The pine car derby with the number 35 is also a big part of the story. Although the story started slow, and it took more than the first chapter to grab my attention, I am so glad I continued, and I hope you will give it your time. And even if the main character is a ten year old boy, the story speaks to adults and should not be considered a YA novel.
Thanks to the author, Terry Barnes, for sending me this book to review. I enjoyed it, and will be spreading the word. He did not ask for a positive review, only an honest critique, which I have done. The opinions stated are my own.
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A journey to prayer of a 10 year old boy and a silent God. We all know what it is at times to feel a Silent God. As a Sunday School Teacher, I could so relate to a boy's quest to find out if God cares. I have taught many boys as well as girls in 44 years. I hope some like Luke had something take hold that made a difference in their life. As a child of 8 I began my journey to know the King. My Aunt took me to Sunday School. I believe God landed this book in my lab for a time as this. After 50 plus years of service God, I was struggling with the Silent God. This book reminded me of things from the past to hold onto. The story of Hans and his battles so parallel the battles we face in the spiritual realm. The King at the end of the journey we all should be searching for. However some turn back like Hans' Friend. The pinewood derby is a very fital part of me as I help my husband with Royal Rangers at church. We hold a pinewood derby every year. I know how the boys plan and work toward the goal of winning a prize. I know how some feel bad because they have no father to help them. So they have only their teacher. Yet I don't know of one (doesn't mean there wasn't one) who prayed to win. When Luke began reciting The Lord's Prayer, I decided maybe something so simple could have a powerful impact in the midst of a silent God. I opened my heart so peace could flow. God answers all prayers but not always the way we hope he will. Yet like Luke if we look at them careful our eyes will open to answers we never expected. A very powerful read. Thanks Terry for giving me the priviledge to review your book.
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