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The Oath Paperback – October 8, 2011
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And these are the reasons I consider this his best.
Without forgetting to grab our attention and build his characters, Peretti sets the stage for a powerful spiritual metaphor that hits the reader between the eyes. The seductive oath of this town comes back to haunt them, and by the end, no one will be left unchanged--for better of for worse. The consequences of flirting with sin are starkly portrayed here. Don't give up too soon; read on to the finish and you'll understand Peretti's point.
Of all Peretti's books, this one alone have I been able to pass out freely to my nonbelieving friends. The story is genuinely intriguing--not just a hastly sketched backdrop for a sermon--and it grabs your attention, demanding that you heed its warning.
This may not be for all readers, particularly those who like syrupy romance or immediate feel-goods, but it's worth the effort. If you like no-holds-barred Christian fiction, "The Oath" is for you.
There are those who feel this book is too dark and too horrific--This is as close that Christian fiction can come to secular horror novels such as those by Stephen King and Dean Koontz--And I admit, I was surpised from some of the content I read and often thought to myself: 'And this is supposed to be a *Christian* book!?'...But really, it does make sense and is warrented. All in all, this story is about Sin. This book is very allagoric and symbolic of what sin is and what it can do to people. It usually starts small, and it grows. Quickly you become addicted to it. You don't even want to aknowledge your sin and so you become blind to it...that is until it is too late. You become a slave to sin and the only way to truly free yourself is through Jesus. Otherwise Sin will grow and grow until it devours you (Something litterally from this book). I know that this is starting to sound like a sermon, but this message is EXACTLY what this book is about...And yet, It never gets *preachy*
It's a fairly hefty novel, especially for Peretti, and at times you wish something more interesting would happen. But the pace never falters and it does manage to hold you. Only the most impatient of readers would put this book aside for good without having it finished.
What tale Peretti spins is not a confrontation in the spiritual realm with angels and demons battling for the souls of mortal men, but a very vivid picture of what can happen when people reject God and begin to think they can live how they want.
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plot: I enjoyed the plot of this book. It was very interesting and it kept me guessing. I thought it to be a unique take on sin and the condition of the heart. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jessica Allen
It kept me in suspense the whole time. It was so hard to put down AND the story impacted my life.Published 8 days ago by Kathryn Kellogg
Another one of Peretti's intense stories...certainly not predictable. There are surprises at every turn. I really enjoyed reading this book.Published 8 days ago by Myrna J. Dennis
I love books by Frank Peretti. There are no curse words and keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time you are reading it. Read morePublished 27 days ago by richkast
This book has all the elements of a great spooky story line. I enjoyed the weaving of the tale with its complex characters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Reverend Joaquin R. Larriba
Bought for the hubby as a present. He loved the book and it came in perfect condition!Published 2 months ago by goldenkizzez