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" This book digs deep into the lives of youth,...I feel every parent and teenager should sit down and read this book together." --ReadersFavorite.com
About the Author
Lynn is the recipient of the "John and Isabel Cunningham Christian Service Award" (2007 -CSBS)
Lynn's debut novel, Shoot the Wounded is a finalist in the 2010 Readers Favorite Book Awards
Lynn's blog: Journey Thoughts is nominated in three categories in the 2010 Canadian Weblog Awards.
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1926676395
- Item Weight : 6.7 ounces
- Product Dimensions : 5.51 x 0.34 x 8.5 inches
- ISBN-10 : 1926676394
- Publisher : Word Alive Press (November 2, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,639,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Because of the believability of a story, I haven't come across too many really good Christian books but this one hits the spot! While it's true that I almost wrote the ending of this one off as "contrived," the author pulled it together nicely.
We also see how the adults deal with Ronnie’s story, their victories and their failures. We see ourselves through each one, success and failure, how we succeed in living for Christ and how we fail Him in everyday living, which may turn out to be more serious than we first imagine. We also see the human “Christ figure” move in their midst, putting everyone with whom he comes into contact to shame. He was a teenager who made me want to be better than what I am for my Savior. It’s a story that teaches without being preachy. Lynn Dove is a remarkable author and this is a remarkable book, a book you won’t want to put down—excellently done!!
Jake, a Christian boy, new to the fictional town of Maplewood in southern Alberta, comes with a past that is haunting him as he strives to start a new life with his family. Leigh, the neighbour down the street who has befriended the newcomer finds herself in a perceived love triangle when she introduces him to her best friend Ronnie. The struggles that these three teenagers face are compounded by painful misunderstandings, lack of communication, and the judgement of their small town community.
Lynn Dove has managed to capture the true essence of what many teenagers face in their high school years. She has also reminded us of how easy it is to jump to conclusions and form an incorrect opinion of others based on gossip and innuendo. Shoot The Wounded is a book that would fit well in all high school libraries.
Teens and parents of teens who read this book will feel right at home. Teen and adult gossip built on hasty conclusions from insufficient evidence keep the reader's eyes glued to the page. The kaleidoscope of high school relationships is skillfully portrayed. As Ronnie's story builds to a heart-rending moment of truth, Leigh and Jake tap-dance through a relationship complicated by half-truths. The meaning of the book's title becomes very clear.
Christians who read the Bible faithfully will recognize in this book the same kind of characters that populate its pages. The teens and their parents all want to be faithful servants of Christ, yet everybody has dark moments and failures counterbalanced by moments when their faith shines brightly. Good and evil battle it out within the hearts of very real contemporary human beings.
The finale is worth waiting for. I won't give it away, although it is tempting, because it is so satisfying. Lynn Dove has demonstrated skill as a storyteller in the context of a compelling testimony to the power of faith to redeem lives.
This remarkable book brings us straight to the issue of many circumstances today. Gossip, bullying, teen pregnancy and more. This is real life for teens. It's just not made for the movies. I applaud Lynn for writing about such important truths for us to learn and remember.
The characters here before us in this story are very real. The writing is poignant and powerful. This is a gripping story of Leigh, Ronnie and Jake. Three young people torn by circumstance. We see faith come alive and grow.
This book is such an encouragment and testimony of God's love and strength.
Following, "Shoot The Wounded", is the second in the series, "Heal The Wounded", and the third book of this series is, "Love The Wounded". A powerful series for any library.
This book was a gift from Lynn Dove for it's review.