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Promise's Prayer Paperback – June 30, 2015
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About the Author
Erika Mathews is an author and editor who lives in the farm country of Minnesota with her husband and daughter. She’s a homeschool graduate with a Bachelor’s in Communications, a Master’s in Biblical Ministries, and a passion for sharing Jesus Christ and His truth. When she’s not working with books, she enjoys reading, outdoor activities, piano and violin, organizing, and using the Oxford comma. You can connect with Erika at restinglife.com.
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Kaelan is one of the two main characters. A deathbed promise to his mother leads him on a quest- a quest to save the world. But just how does one go about saving the world? Ah, Kaelan, he reminds me so much of Kien in Judge by R.J. Larson. They both share the same mistaken idea that as long as they are doing the work Adon Olam (God) told them to do, they can go about it however they chose. Carita, a friend, later corrects him saying that since the work is Adon Olam’s, so must be the methods and the timing. “And above all things, it must be bathed in prayer for His blessing. No step can be taken without Him.”
Carita is such a sweet inspiration, certainly not perfect, but willing to be used by Adon Olam however He chooses. She would be the Ella to Kien in Judge. She is an introverted girl with a spiritual depth to her that is humbling to see. It was amazing to see her grow in Adon Olam as she learns to obey His command to love, serve, pray, and preserve, even when it means loving and serving cross neighbor ladies or preserving when she feels like her efforts are not making any difference at all. And praying, because prayer is, as Carita later describes it- “…the keynote. Prayer isn’t the preparation to accomplish the purposes of Adon Olam. It is the accomplishment of His purposes. Great works are done through prayer.”
Not only are the characters inspiring, but the messages and themes throughout this book are quite profound too. Taerna is a land beginning to see the effects of everyone living for their own pleasure. Few people are working; everyone is living for the pleasures supported by the kings-Thaerre and Daemien- and the rest of an increasingly immoral kingdom. The food supply is dwindling, causing Taerna to go into debt paying other countries for exported food. The kings are paying farmers to work, the land being owned by the king, but what is the personal initiative or motivation to work when someone else already owns your crop?
Issues such as how to be respectful to those in authority over you whom you disagree with, the dangers to a nation of having government “take care of” its people, and the harm that occurs as a result of everyone living for self, are cleverly woven into this delightful story set in a medieval time period. This book also had some funny parts- I’m making it sound all theological and deep, I know- but truly it was a fun read also! Kaelan’s friendship with Caleb was another part I truly enjoyed.
I am looking forward to reading more by Erika Mathews. And I definitely recommend this book to fans of history and people looking for a clean medieval non-magical fantasy book to read. Thank you, Erika/ Resterwen, for giving me this opportunity to review your book!
"Promise's Prayer" is a book I would definitely recommend. It is captivating and inspiring.