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Ransomed Paperback – February 14, 2013
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Storytelling is in Elizabeth Ender's blood—some of her earliest memories are of listening to her grandparent’s stories and of her parents reading to her and her siblings. Even before she knew how to write, she was dictating her own stories for others to write down. She is a home school graduate, a private pilot, and currently a medical school student. Above all she is a child of the Most High King. The story He is writing is far more incredible than anything we could ever imagine, and by writing her own stories, she hopes to glorify Him.
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Ransomed sets the mood in the very first sentence. It seems impossible to set a scene so quickly, but the author does so. Although an entire background story could be behind the opening scene, further description is not needed, for we are right there, drawn into the story. The love and care are deep and real. The contrast between the quietness and the danger is astounding – and yet it is there. The deceit of the enemy is portrayed realistically and very fittingly. Persuasiveness comes across through the dialogue. The first person point of view puts the reader into the shoes of the main character – and main character is not named, for it is me. It is you.
Love – true, deep, strong love, not mushy love as modern culture has defined it – is portrayed powerfully. At the end of each section, short gripping sentences clinch the transition. The story flows smoothly and naturally with power in the way the sentences are fashioned. Danger, deep emotion, fright, hopelessness, deliverance, trust, lies, doubts, and truth are dealt with in this story. The whole thing is very well put together and very effective.
It is thought-provoking allegory that leaves the reader with a challenge for life. I really enjoyed reading it and it was well worth my time! Even now, after I have read it several times, it still grips me and challenges me, refocusing my perspective on life and what truly matters. Read Ransomed. You will be blessed.
The story of Ransomed is not new to me. It is an old story, written by the Master of Storytellers, and retold by hundreds before Elizabeth Ender.
Yet it is a story so powerful, so beautiful, so crucial to life, that it needs to be told and retold and retold again. And this may be one of my favorite re-tellings yet.
Like the author of Hebrews, Elizabeth writes with few words, yet speaks so much. Ransomed is tiny, but its characters are real, its love is true, its story complete.
The beautiful illustrations are a crowning touch. I'd love this book in large hardcover, perfect for the coffee table.
The way Miss Ender wrote of our redemption through Jesus Christ, in such an easy to read, highly riveting work of fiction is amazing. And Jesus' message, told so clear through this book, is more than amazing to be reminded of again and again. Such Biblical truth to "Ransomed", it was beyond delightful.
This is a book that can bring you to tears in such a short of amount of time - I loved it sincerly.
The writing was very well-done, and flowed superbly. The illustrating (done by Louie Royball) was also remarkable and added good depth to the book.
What more can I say than that it was fantastically spectacular and deeply heart touching? This book will sit on my favourites shelf for a long, long time. :)
Thank you so much, Miss Ender, for sending me this complmentary copy for me to review. I was, and am very impressed with "Ransomed". :)
This story touched me personally in a way that not many stories do. The day I received this book in the mail was a horrible day; I woke up sick with a large to-do list staring me in the face, and to top that off, I was incredibly dizzy and fell down the stairs. Trying to work in pain was awful, and I was downright miserable thinking about it all. I picked up Ransomed in an effort to distract myself and ended up feeling sharply scolded instead. Here was the tale speaking of Christ's selfless sacrifice and the horrible suffering He went through... and all for me. How could I complain about my own petty state when reminded of such love? I can't even begin to recommend this book highly enough; if you have not read it, you need to, and that's all I can say.
The narrating girl talks about some of the tortures that the enslaved characters go through (nothing terribly graphic), and there is a small amount of violence in a sword fight. While older readers might feel more targeted towards this book, Ransomed is a tale of truth for all ages.