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Losing Faith Paperback – June 10, 2016
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There isn't a shred of logic to how they meet, connect, develop a friendship and try to open each one's bolted closet doors. There are a few total cliché characters and situations. But when Cade is spinning his tale he is also drawing us into an extraordinary dialogue and a great deal of soul searching into what God is, means, and who has the right to trust that he exists, or is even compassionate.
There are times when you want to strangle both men, but eventually their paths go from crossed to parallel in a series of incidents that are predictable, but nicely handled and, if needed, exploited or overcome.
Bless you, Mr. Cade
Abel steps into Cullen's life at the right time and steers him in a new direction. The story is about loss, coping, and carrying on. It's about how religion can play a part in a gay man's life. Frankly, it's a sensitive topic and not many m/m readers want religion in their stories. This story hit a nice medium without being overbearing or preachy. Cullen is gay and accepted for who he is and Abel is closeted because his religion isn't accepting.
Losing Faith is what happens when hope is lost and your will to live is gone. I didn't see Cullen at that point because his loss is 2 years old. So the title Losing Faith takes on new meaning with Abel. He does 'lose' his faith but he regains so much more. Both men have been tried and tested and come out whole. The point is finding your balance and moving on because life is always changing and never the same.
As I don't do apps, it was interesting reading how a running app works. Now I know why I don't use them. No wonder no one answers my 'hello' when I'm out with my dog and they go breezing by with ear plugs in. !! Actually, it's rude. But back to the review:
I did wonder how the theological differences of two religions will work for Abel. How can he convert a lifetime of beliefs into a new religion?
Even if it is a small town, I can't picture an assistant pastor being followed and photographed. The spying in itself isn't honest and a congregation should trust their leaders not look to find fault. .. .But of course it works for the story.
Then there was the pastor's wife being hypocritical and self righteous, doing everything she can to show she's a homophobe, intolerant, and up on her own little bandwagon. Who knows if her husband is the same, not much is written on him. It's guaranteed a story with a religious topic has to have a righteous Christian to push the gay agenda. Typical and over the top.
This was an okay read for me. While I was happy for a HEA, I expected it. While some reviewers didn't appreciate the prologue, I did. I enjoy reading a story based on a real life experience. It gives credibility instead of basing a story on a fantasy. Reading about someone else having one of these 'I should have' moments brings the encounter down to my level -- Because often I have those moments and I try to act on them. Doing so enriches my life, makes me a better person. - Dan's Wife
I don't write reviews that rehash the book's plot. The blurb sums it up nicely. What I do want to talk about are the characters. Cullen and Abel are men in crisis. Their faith is being tested, and that faith has always been very important in their lives. Their chance meeting, and resulting friendship, are actually what I consider to be affirmations of the very faith they're questioning. Of course, faith (and yes, I've used that word a lot) is personal, and it's not always black and white. It can be as frustrating as it is comforting. Reading about what Cullen and Abel are going through in their lives was, at times, difficult to read. They were suffering, and I was so sad for the both of them.
As Finding Faith moved along, my sadness turned to hope. I felt as if I was in the room with Cullen and Abel as their relationship progressed. My heart began to warm and swell. I smiled a lot, and fell completely in love with both of them. It wouldn't be a good story, though, if there wasn't some angst. I'm not talking about Cullen and Abel's angst about their feelings about God, but angst in the way of them becoming a happy couple. I have to say, I'm not a big fan. Too much angst makes me want to scream, and I've had to distance myself from a lot of stories because of it. I know some is necessary to move a story along, and Mr. Cade wrote just the perfect amount. I was angry, and my the same heart that was warmed, became a pounding mess. Not for long, however, and I was so thrilled with the outcome. It made Finding Faith an even stronger book.
This was a joy to read. It was a book to be savored, and now it's treasured. I will shout about this one from the rooftops. I've already recommended it to a lot of people. I even gave a detailed account of it to my husband. Even he, the man who'd rather play video games than have anything to do with a romance novel, was impressed.
I've heard from several people who were afraid to buy it because of the religious tones, but don't let that scare you off. It's not preachy by any means. If anything, religion was just the glue to bind Cullen and Abel together. Please do yourself a favor and read this. You won't be sorry.
You have to read this book! Allow yourself to be free and open while reading this. I don't think anyone else could have written this any more beautifully.
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