18 July 2014

Persecuted: I Will Not Be Silent by Robin Parrish, Book review and GIVEAWAY

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (May 6, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764212666
  • Also available in KINDLE format


    From the Back Cover

"The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion." --Reverend Billy Graham

The Question Is Not If
 Attempts Will Be Made 
to Limit Religious Freedoms, But When.

And When That Day Comes, Will 
You Stay Silent?

A storm is coming. 

The most popular evangelist of his day, John Luther, simply wants to share the Gospel and enjoy a quiet life with his family. He never asked to be at the center of a political controversy, but an ill wind has been blowing through the halls of Congress, and supporters of a new religious-equality bill see Luther's endorsement as critical. 

But when Luther refuses to lend his support, he unknowingly sets in motion an explosive plan bent on destroying his reputation and undermining everything for which he stands. 

His once-normal life is turned upside down as he becomes a fugitive left with only one dangerous option--putting everything he holds most dear at risk while he fights to expose the truth. 
It is a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that could threaten the very fabric of our nation's freedoms.

My thoughts:

PERSECUTED is a work of fiction speaking of Christians persecution in a most unlikely place, the US or is it really so?

Written by Robin Parrish and based on a movie by Daniel Lusko it features John Luther as the main protagonist and the object of a political controversy fueled by supporters of a religious equality bill which if passed, would prevent anyone from enjoying the right to worship as guaranteed by the Constitution.

Falsely accused, John Luther desperately tries to find out who engineered the destruction of his reputation as a well known evangelist and why they wish to destroy him. 

Intolerance is obviously the subject of this interesting plot and a stiff reminder that we often take for granted what we see as our rights. It also brings the suggestion of not 'if' but 'when' this will happen, a concern for anyone who calls himself a believer.

A part of me however sees this potential persecution well removed from the actual oppression countless of faithfuls, Christians, Jews, Muslims and others face daily around the world! 

It seems that in this age of electronic communication we have taken to profiling, forgetting that one malevolent individual does not constitute the whole of a religion or a country. 

I am also saddened that this sort of view would be used in the context of entertainment. I have nothing against speaking of past and present actualities for they are only too real (i.e. the Holocaust, the Armenian or Bosnian genocides), but I would rather not portray the future in such a bleak picture. The Arabs perhaps say it the best way: Insha'Allah, God willing...

On a final note, the plot is none the less worth checking out but sensitive readers should be aware it is most graphic and contains violence and sexual explicit scenes making this novel best suited to a mature audience.

3 stars!

Meet the Author:

Robin Parrish has written for over a decade as a journalist on the cutting edge of Christian culture, from books and music to film. He is the author of the Dominion Trilogy, Nightmare, Offworld, and Vigilante.

More on his website


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You have until Midnight, Monday 21 July 2014!
Giveaway open to US and Canada!

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