Persecuted: I Will Not Be Silent
by Robin Parrish
Print Length: 321 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 29, 2014)
Genre: Christian Thriller, Political Thriller
My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0
"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.
John Luther is the head of a large church and struggles to balance his primary goals of sharing the Gospel and spending time with his family. He has friends in high places but one of them decides that John is an obstruction to a new ‘faith and fairness’ bill. This powerful ‘friend’ arranges to move John out of the way. Although the friend doesn’t set up the details, his hired operative, “Mr. Gray”, frames John to destroy his reputation and remove him from the head of his church. Because of past behavior, others are quick to believe the worst.
John has lived in the shadows before and can go into hiding. There is a pair of FBI agents who are looking beyond the obvious trail of clues. John knows he has some family and friends he can count on but he must be careful not to put their lives at risk. He has no reason to trust the authorities and there are friends he shouldn’t trust either. As John tries to prove his innocence on his own (and with the help of his faith) – a ‘David fighting Goliath’-- the betrayer moves to build his power.
The story moves quickly and the page-turning action hints that the corruption reaches the highest levels. The threats and machinations are scary and, sadly, believable. I have read numerous stories over the past several years that make me more aware and accepting of the implication that there is very likely corruption and evil in political situations. I find it sad that men seek ‘power’ instead of authority to promote the good of the people.
Persecution is real although less apparent in our own country as it may be in other countries.
This story touches on issues beyond the obvious issue of religious freedoms. It addresses parenting concerns and estrangement between father and son. The story evokes a wide range of emotions, from fear, horror and distrust to joy, relief and victory - almost.
Interestingly, it appears that this novel was written based on the screenplay and movie. The questions posed after the book are very good for contemplation and discussion. I recommend this to readers who enjoy a political thriller and especially to those who would enjoy the Christian elements.
I selected this for Ladies Book Club October read as I thought it would be rather timely. Everyone enjoyed the read.
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