- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (July 19, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599905272
- ISBN-13: 978-1599905273
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,959,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
MELISSA WALKER has worked as ELLEgirl Features Editor and Seventeen Prom Editor. She is the author of the Violet on the Runway series as well as Lovestruck Summer. Melissa manages a daily newsletter, I Heart Daily, and handles blogging for readergirlz.com, an online book community that won the 2009 National Book Award for Innovations in Reading.
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Lacey has been a Christian for years. She grew up with a dad who is a Pastor. She was an okay character, but it was surprising to me how certain incidents bothered her to the point where she began to question her faith. And a couple situations were really none of her business, so, at those times, I found her a bit judgmental. It seems she didn't question her faith at all until Ty came along. This young man had a problem with Lacey quoting Scripture, he planted seeds of doubt in her mind about what she believed and he confused her about things that never even crossed her mind before she spoke with him. And he was the reason she began to make certain bad choices she never thought to make before. Spiritually speaking, Ty had no clue he was allowing Satan to use him... For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of the darkness who rule this world and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. - Ephesians 6:12 (New Living Translation) Again, Ty had no clue he was allowing Satan to use him.
Are teens being frightened into surrendering their lives to the Lord? That was the question I asked myself as soon as I saw the words `Hell House', so I had to buy the book to find out. As characters described scenes for Hell House, an outreach that would bring people to God, my question was answered. The issues being addressed were Abortion, Drunk Driving, Gay Marriage, Domestic Abuse, Cyber-porn and Suicide, and there was excitement expressed by these Christian people as they planned the tragic scenes. I'm not sure if that was because they were happy about the people who would get saved, or if they were desensitized by it all... I was at least glad to see that Lacey's mom got the seriousness of the Abortion Girl scene from the beginning. Lacey had to witness the consequences of a choice made by a friend, before she realized playing Abortion Girl wasn't something to be excited about. According to Pastor Byer, "You gotta shake `em to wake `em." But getting saved is about believing in Jesus Christ and what he did for us at Calvary. For God so LOVED the world that He gave His only begotten Son... scare tactics are not the way to lead the lost to Christ. Most of them probably backslide soon after they shake off the fear of Hell House, because their hearts weren't in it in the first place.
Thoughts that came to mind as I read this book:
1. Some people will live a certain way not because they believe it's who they are, but because someone else convinced them it's who they are.
2. As Christians, it's okay to have questions when it comes to the Bible. That's one way to learn. But it's not good to look so deep in between the lines that we stop believing because we don't understand or can't explain certain Scripture in a way that will satisfy someone who is challenging it.
3. Certain Christian characters suggested that a person would go to hell because of a sin committed. It does not work that way. And it's not about `feeling heaven bound'. Those who are going to heaven when they leave this world have received Jesus as Lord and Savior and those who aren't didn't. It is not about `feelings' and it is not about `works'.
4. Some people convince themselves a choice they've made is in `God's plan' when God didn't have a thing to do with it.
This is the first time I've read Melissa Walker's work. I gave `Small Town Sinners' three stars because it was interesting, realistic, and well-written. I gave it another star because of Walker's bravery. She touched on delicate controversial topics that have caused many heated discussions. Any book club might have to meet late into the night or may even have to schedule another day before every thought and opinion from its members can be expressed. Or they may have to agree to disagree about certain topics and move on to the next book.
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