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I am a Christian, so I have my own perspective on things and love the gentle straightforward approach his main character James takes with sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. This book is a great way to learn about Jesus, at your own pace, in a safe way. It is explained very simply without losing the reader which so often can happen.
Thank you John for sharing your gift of writing, not only for entertainment but sharing God's love for us as well.
PS - there is a 2nd book in this series, "The Miracle", which continues James' story and how he deals with the outlaws from his former motorcycle club. It's a great installment in the story and I'm looking forward to book #3.
James was convicted of a crime he did not commit but instead of proclaiming his innocence to the rafters, he served three years. In his mind, he was doing it to protect his 'brothers'. During his incarceration, he grew to know the Lord. He became not only a Christian but an ordained preacher before obtaining his freedom. The story begins with his release from prison.
The reader is given James background in snippets of memory as he travels from Northern to Southern California. James experiences a series of events that could best be explained as God-incidences. James' faith is tested as his past relationships begin to haunt him. Will he pass the tests or will he succumb to the Evil One's temptations?
I love how Mr. Andrews made the character of James into a believable human-being struggling with his faith. It isn't easy to be a fledgling Christian, especially with a checkered past. I also love how Mr. Andrews, through the character of James. explains the reasons why Christianity is the way to Heaven. It put it on a level non-scholars can understand.
Warning: This book is for Mature Audiences due to Violence, Adult Language, and Suggestive Sexual Situations. There is also some emotional elements that may have some people shedding tears.
See life on the outside through the eyes of someone who is appreciating his first In-N-Out burger in 3 years. James is determined to not return to his old way of life and thinks about all the "intelligent humans who voluntarily donate up to 3 hours each way on a violent and unforgiving cluster of freeways just to spend another 8 hours in a cubicle..." What is he going to do to earn a living?
A member of the notorious DMC, James' parole bans any communication with them for the first year? What will happen after his year is up? Will he be sucked back in to the old lifestyle?
Some may find this book a little slow as the first 17 chapters only cover the initial 3-4 days after his release but there is a lot rolled into those days and so much to be treasured. Will James be able to share Jesus with some of his best friends, Marc and Robin? What happens after they leave the restaurant one evening? The book does move on after this and at the end of the book we are seeing James a year later.
Language in the book is a little coarse at times but fits in with the characters. The worst you will read is "pissed." Otherwise a good read.
I thought on first seeing the title that this would be a western. Very limited thinking on my part! This is the story of an outlaw biker who found Jesus for real in prison.
Two things stood out for me in this book. The first is how the author is able to talk about the reality of God and how he acts in our lives. The author is a coherent voice, explaining in simple down to earth terms that make sense, what real Christianity is all about. The real deal, based totally on scripture which is full of eyewitness testimony.
The second thing that impressed me is his ability to describe and talk about the challenges James is facing every day. Adjusting to life outside of prison is huge. (My son was in prison for 11 years and I am very familiar with some of those issues)Curtailing and controlling behaviors and reactions based on years of habit, being a little manic on occasion, battling depression and at the same time struggling to keep God and His teaching in front of everything else.
Setting the story within the very gritty framework of the biker lifestyle and culture adds to the impact. Here again, something I am a little familiar with in terms of Christian bikers. Totally awesome guys! I strongly recommend this book. It's not a perfect book and will probably never make the NY Times best seller list, but I'd rather read this than most of the books on that list anyway. Enjoy!
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