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Playing Saint | All Souls' Day Paperback – October 25, 2017
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Called “the suspense author everyone is talking about” by Family Fiction Edge magazine, Zachary Bartels is the author of critically acclaimed supernatural thrillers. An award-winning preacher and Bible teacher, Zachary has been serving as pastor of Judson Baptist Church for more than a decade. He enjoys film, fine cigars, stimulating conversation, gourmet coffee, reading, writing, and cycling. His debut novel, Playing Saint, has been called an “intrigue-filled thriller” (Library Journal). His follow-up, The Last Con (HarperCollins Christian Fiction, 2015) “will leave readers stunned” (RT Book Reviews). Zach also hosts Clinch: A Podcast of Fiction and Not-Fiction (www.clinchpodcast.com) and co-hosts the Gut Check Podcast (www.gutcheckpress.com/podcast). Zachary lives in the capital city of a mitten-shaped Midwestern state with his wife Erin and their son. Learn more at www.zacharybartels.com
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I was fully invested in these characters. Zach uses dialog in such a compelling and efficient way that I found myself rooting for and hurting for these characters far more than I do in other modern fiction.
The content is graphic, with an array of weapons, crime scenes, and lethal fights. Don't buy this for your 8-year-old daughter. Get her some Roald Dahl instead.
And for you Gut Check Podcast fans, this book contains:
1. Sanka coffee
2. Chuck Webis
4. "Judas Priest"
I preordered this book, and I'll preorder whatever Zach has up his sleeve next.
Perhaps it is because he is a pastor, but Zachary Bartels understands how to feed believers using fiction, how to pull them along in their faith, prodding and encouraging. His craft is not just lightweight "throw in a prayer and the name of Jesus and you can call it Christian fiction." His is showing how people work through big, bad & ugly issues of life from a Christian perspective.
Church body--what does it mean to be a Christian? What does forgiveness mean? How do we or should we deal with people of weak faith or who are gossips in the church. I could feel the author knew these issues first-hand, because they are pastoral issues. Marriage--being patient and loving with your spouse, building them up in faith. Work--how does one work out correct ethics at the work-place?
Yes, the premises are fantastic. Usually, at least in America, pastors are not the target of mass-murderers. (At least not until 4 days after release date when Sutherland Springs happened). Usually cult members are satisfied locked away in their compounds. Usually Catholic priests are not doing the things these priests do. But I loved this story for the whole thing being edifying, purposeful, and entertaining.
I always say that if a Christian author has several hours of a reader's life in their hands, the reader must be better-off for their time after the reading, and not the same. We do not want to be the cause of a reader's wasting their moments when every moment and thought will be considered at Judgment Day.
Psalm 19:14: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Ephesians 4:29: Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
...this should be a trilogy for sure. And we need an entire series based on those lovable Vatican operatives.