- File Size: 494 KB
- Print Length: 250 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 099132451X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Leah E. Good (November 3, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 3, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OD4J9LA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,026 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Every generation must discover its own storyweavers. Leah Good is one of ours and we are fortunate. Counted Worthy is a thrilling work of inspirational fiction that perfectly complements the message of Do Hard Things. Grab a copy for yourself, grab a copy for a friend, and help spread the word about this phenomenal debut. Counted Worthy belongs in the hands of every Christian teen and story lover in the country. It's that good. –Brett Harris, bestselling author of Do Hard Things
This is a timely novel during a year that international persecution of Christians has regularly made headlines. –Woody Robertson, co-founder of CollegePlus
Page-turning, tersely written dystopia about the power of words and the ultimate power of THE Word. A great first novel from an author I hope we'll see more of. --Rachel Starr Thomson, author of The Oneness Cycle, The Seventh World Trilogy, and other novels
Counted Worthy is quite possibly the best contemporary Christian fiction I’ve ever read. The strong, beautiful message is clearly conveyed without the slightest bit of preaching; something exceedingly rare in today’s Christian market. The premise, both unique and familiar, shines like a candle in the dark, forcing you to re-evaluate just how far you’d go with your faith. Ultimately, it instills a desire to follow God to the end of this world. Eagerly awaiting Miss Good’s next novel! –Catsi E, reader
Radical. Intense. Compelling. Leah Good’s dystopian novel, Counted Worthy, powerfully embodies the message that today’s young people need to hear: the Reason we have to die to self, pursue the impossible, and when all else fails, to stand. This is the message that has the potential to turn a generation of complacency into a generation of inspiration. –Melody van Achterberg, reader
Intense. Even if you’re not religious, you can still find appreciation, inspiration, and will wait in anticipation reading this novel. –R. Stars, reader
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The dystopian scenario was very plausible and realistic. I didn't understand quite all of the details on how the world had gotten here, but it felt like an entirely believable development, especially considering current events and prevailing attitudes in our world today.
I absolutely adored Bryce and Heather's relationship with him. The chemistry between them was just the perfect mix of best-friend, like-a-brother, and just-a-hint-of-future-possibilities--without needing to nail down those possibilities in order to feel perfect and complete. Score! Bryce's backstory and situation was so heart-wrenching and added so much depth to his character. And I loved his protectiveness and concern for Heather so much! (I lost count of how many times I literally begged her to listen to him...)
Heather was a bit more difficult to read at first, but once certain pieces of her backstory were revealed, everything suddenly came into focus. I especially liked the fact that even though she'd backed away from the underground work, she had still held onto her relationship with God through the difficult times.
This book earns the rare distinction of making me cry buckets and yet still leaving me satisfied and at peace. Recommended for teens and up because of the intensity and subject matter. 4.5 stars
Content--plot centers around persecution of Christians, including arrests and executions; some deception, lying, etc.; deaths seen and remembered
Heather's dad just got arrested. The government had tracked the Bible to their house. Now alone, Heather struggles to know what God wants of her. Should she try to help her dad, and how can she when the government has the general population tricked? But with the underground Church and friends that never leave, Heather is about to learn about God's amazing power. And she might not be the only one.
"Counted Worthy," though set in the future, reminds of the drastic reality of persecution many people face today. Their faith is illegal. A Bible, if found, could get them killed. In times like this, the people can only call out to the One who has delivered others before. Never sure of their present deliverance, they can know that their Savior has died for them and will be waiting for them on the other side of death.
Though a little slow at the beginning, the story picks up and causes one to turn pages later on. A story reminding of a difficult truth, Counted Worthy will help you value God's Word.
As a Christian, I feel the Bible is handled very well, meaning that Scripture is not taken out of context and is shown in all its raw, gritty, realness. This is not a fake "God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life" full of unicorns-and-rainbows-and-prosperity type of gospel. No, this is the II Timothy 3:12 ("Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.") gospel...the real one. Well done for handling the Word of God well.
I have two qualms, one is personal and the other is professional (not enough to drop it to four stars because I liked the book that much). First, I do find it slightly hard to believe that the one book besides the Bible that Heather must keep nearby is the Harris brothers' "Do Hard Things." Don't get me wrong; the book's theme of teenagers stepping it up is an obvious theme and motivation for the book, but it kind of felt like a shameless plug and, to me, took away from the realism of the book just a tiny bit. Second, I read the Kindle version of the book (and plan on purchasing copies of this for the three in our nascent youth group) and found a few (not many) errors. I'm not sure they translated to the printed text, but that is a professional problem I have with it. A previous reviewer indicated an issue with possessives, which I honestly did not find (except one). If you are referring to the plural or singular possessives having just an apostrophe, which I think you are, those are correct as is.
I am considering writing a more thought-out review but, now that I consider it, I might have one of my youth do a "hard thing" and write one for our church.
Bravo, Leah. Please continue to write. I am very interested in the war that leads to this book and what happens to all of the gang in books to come. Consider me a supporter for future books.
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The technology was another aspect that was interesting. It made me stop and imagine what life would be like in the next several generations, and I liked reading that part because I enjoy technology.
I haven't read many books written in the first point of view, but I loved this one. Reading about a character from that perspective draws you closer to them and enable you to learn their inside thoughts and feelings. I enjoyed getting to live Heather's life with her from this point of view.
The emotions and details and solid Biblical worldview was a refreshing blessing. An encouraging and inspiring book for believers. I would highly recommend it to others. Well done, Leah!