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Amazing Grace (Hymns of the West Book 3) Kindle Edition
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However, on the downside, Blum characters and plot were not developed beyond a surfacey narration. I was disappointed that this story's perspective was written from that of an outside observer, rather than from the personal perspectives of the individuals who make up this story. This made it hard to become attached to her characters, and made the tale drone on in a disinterested fashion at times.
There was something that disappointed me even more about Blum’s story. I was happy that she did not gloss over the difficult, painful realities of this sin-filled planet, but, at the same time, I found it ironic that she described these violent events in such detail, while quickly skimming over more important events. Obviously, these descriptions were in no way gruesome, but they did make me wince, especially her description of Jeb's fight with his father. Younger readers may find this disturbing.
Then, on the flip side, Blum portrays the lives of the Christian characters in such an extreme light of perfection that I found it very difficult to relate to them. While I firmly believe that believers can and should overcome sin by the power of the Spirit, the reality is that intense struggles with temptation and often failure are part of this process. Unfortunately, Blum's story overlooks this struggle, except to include it in the most surfacey manner, and thus her opportunity to reach out to readers who are going through such struggles is lost.
It is my hope that in her future works, Blum will develop her potential-filled plotlines and characters, and incorporate real-life struggles and successful battles for the victory in deeper, more powerful ways than she did in Amazing Grace.
~Sarah E. Brown
Author & Educator
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