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A Mighty Fortress (Hymns of the West Book 1) Kindle Edition
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** The story is interesting enough that you want to know what is going to happen
** There is a strong Christian theme throughout.
** Some things are accurate: quoting KJV, dresses, outlaws, small town talk, etc.
** The bad guy isn't just evil, you get to see he is what he is because of a rough past and consistent wrong choices.
** There is a lot of time jumping at first... jumping time and jumping between characters. It can be somewhat confusing at times. One has to really pay attention. And later on in the book, years fly by in a couple chapters. This made me not be able to identify with the characters as well because so much time had passed so quickly, I wasn't sure what they were like any more.
** I enjoy Scripture, but these kids were quoting a ton. So much so that you kinda got distracted from the story.
** The emotions seemed shallow and forced, the conversions shallow and too fast for reality.
** Things that were opened in the beginning were not all wrapped up in the end, so one left the book with questions.
** The characters considered letting the bad guy off the hook (and the girl he raped did do so), just because they felt it was Christian forgiveness to do so. Thankfully, there were others involved. Forgiveness does NOT mean that you don't bring justice to evil. This really bothered me.
** There were a lot of Christian phrases in there that are modern, and didn't fit with the time period.
All-in-all, the story was interesting, but felt forced and superficially religious. I would not recommend it unless you wanted to know how NOT to write a Christian book.
But, this is Faith's first book, I believe. I am sure with practice she will improve. Maybe in another five or ten years I'll read another of her books and find it splendid.
This story had me experience all the emotions. I cried a few times, smiled and frowned a few times, and even felt a little scared for my people once or twice. That's how Joshua and Ruth, and even Jed came to be for me, "my" people. I was caught-up in their world, their experiences.
I am keeping this copy for my library, and I am going to buy more copies for gifts. Great storytelling, and wonderful Scripture references, along with the uplifting message of salvation and redemption through Christ makes this a great book for anyone.
Best bits: The salvation plan is super explicitly laid out, once to William (which felt forced and somewhat unnecessary) and once to Jeb (which was a bit more natural, and therefore more impactful). I appreciated Joshua and Ruth singing and reciting scripture as they trekked through the wilderness (Ruth shooting the wolf especially). I also appreciated the way various things built up in Jeb until his (somewhat confusing) dream brought him to Christ.
Issues: Joshua, Ruth, and Elizabeth are all painted as practically perfect, and therefore not fully believable. I’m not really clear on why Jeb remained so focused on outlawery and revenge on Joshua and Ruth (revenge for what, exactly??), even after the rest of his gang is gone. Very amateurish writing. Well proofread, but poorly edited. The jumping around in time and place was distracting, and there were too many unfocused stories going on near the beginning, many of which had little or no bearing on the final, unified plot of them ministering to Jeb in jail. Time is spent on characters who don't play a significant role (William, Annabelle), but not on those who do (Elizabeth). Lengthy passages of scripture and hymns are included with little or no commentary, so that they don't really feel part of the story. There are some good moments, but they're hard to find. On another note, I'm not sure an author should try to address rape and forgiving a rapist if they can't actually use the word "rape" in the book.