Persecuted (review)

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Persecuted: I Will Not Be SilentPersecuted: I Will Not Be Silent by Robin Parrish

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Freedom is fragile and costly. It must be constantly protected and defended by work and by faith … and by blood” (Kindle Location 103).

Rev. John Luther knows these words, uttered during a TV interview, could get him into trouble—especially given the pressure being put on him and Truth Ministries by his old friend Senator Donald Harrison.

Harrison’s baby is the Faith and Fairness Act—a piece of legislation he is determined to get passed whatever it takes. But so far, Luther has resisted bringing his popular and influential ministry on board. After all, it is an act that would bind Luther and his TV show “… to publicly declare your religious beliefs in a way that permits equal time and respect to other faiths.”

Big mistake. At last that’s what some consider it. Luther’s steadfast refusal to buckle to the forces of compromise, even after a personal visit from Harrison, puts in motion a chain of events that is the gripping political suspense tale Persecuted by Robin Parrish.

An ominous man in a gray suit, a distraught wife and innocent child, an intuitive and loyal father (also a man of the cloth), and two gutsy investigators make up the cast of characters.

It’s a David and Goliath fight all the way as John soon finds himself pitted against ruthless, shadowy figures who will stop at seemingly nothing. And they are getting their orders from whom? Could it be the highest power in the land?

The themes of freedom of religion and conscience, the relationship of fathers and sons, and the importance of family play out before us in scenes that go from palm-sweatingly tense to tender. John Luther’s checkered past plays a large part in convincing the public and even those close to him that he might be capable of the acts pinned on him. His backstory, told as flashback scenes between current incidents, helps us understand the gravity of his situation even as these episodes provide a break from suspenseful action of the here-and-now.

A set of nine “Questions for Conversation” completes the book’s offering.

The writing is strong with nothing to distract from the story’s spell and I found the book hard to put down (though John’s success at avoiding his pursuers did stretch my credulity from time to time). The book’s message of warning is timely as we see the political climate of western countries warm towards tolerance as the highest value, no matter what the cost to personal conscience and freedom. I also loved the portrayal of Charles Luther, John’s father—a rock John could always depend on no matter what. The way Charles fathered John reminds me of how God fathers us. The questions at the book’s end make this a good choice for book clubs to read and discuss.

I received Persecuted as a gift from publisher Bethany House for the purpose of writing a review. The quality of the NetGalley Kindle download was, as usual, abysmal with inconsistent formatting and letters missing within words. I only hope the ebook offered for sale is better quality!

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Freelance Writer’s Almanac – February 2014

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Welcome to the Freelance Writer’s Almanac for February 2014!

The flowers of February are VIOLET and PRIMROSE.

African Violet

African Violet

Primrose

Primrose

The birthstone of people born in February is AMETHYST. It means SINCERITY.

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Amethyst – February birthstone

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  • Canada’s RCMP came into existence on this day in 1920 (The Christian Almanac – TCA p. 77).
  • George Bush & Boris Yeltsin officially declared the end of the Cold War in 1992 (TCA, p. 77).

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  • Candlemas Day – the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (TCA, p. 78)

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Centre Block c. 1884

Centre Block c. 1884

  • The first paper money paid Massachusetts soldiers fighting against Quebec in 1690 (TCA p. 81).
  • Canada’s original parliament buildings burned down in 1916 (TCA p. 81).

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  • Walt Disney released the first full-length animated film – Snow White – in 1938 (TCA p. 83).

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  • King George VI died on this day in 1952. He would be succeeded by Elizabeth II who is still the reigning monarch of the British Commonwealth today.

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  • Laura Ingalls Wilder (writer of the Little House on the Prairie series) was born on this day in 1867 (TCA P. 89).Little House On The Prairie - cover

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  • Today is the 50th anniversary of Beatles’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show (1964).

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  • France ceded its Canadian provinces to England marking the end of the French Indian War in 1763 (TCA p. 95).Edward Lear - A Book of Nonsense
  • Thomas Mclean published Edward Lear’s A Book of Nonsense on this day in 1846 (72 limericks in two volumes) (TCA p. 95).
  • Today is Family Day in B.C., Canada.

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  • Thomas Alva Edison, one of the most prolific inventors who has ever lived, was born on this day in 1847 (TCA p. 97).

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  • Charles Darwin was born on this day in 1809 (TCA P. 99).

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  • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was expelled from the Soviet Union on this day in 1974 (TCA p. 100).

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  • Full moon.

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  • The first teddy bear was introduced in America, named in honour of President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 (TCA p. 105).

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  • 16-23  This is NATIONAL DATE WEEK (the fruit).

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  • Today is Family Day in Alberta, Saskatchewan & Ontario, Canada.
  • President’s Day – USA.

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  • A ninth planet was discovered in the solar system and named Pluto. The discoverer was Clyde Tombaugh (1930).

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  • The first prize was inserted into Cracker Jack on this day in 1913 (TCA p. 113).

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  • Batman & Robin are 70! The comic Batman & Robin first appeared in newspapers around the country in this day in 1944 (TCA p. 115).

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  • The poet W. H. Auden was born in England on this day in 1905. His poems “For the Time Being,”  “The Sea and the Mirror,” and “The Age of Anxiety”  reflected his move toward Christianity (TCA p. 117).

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  • Billy Graham began a three-month-long evangelistic crusade in London 60 years ago today (1954) (TCA p. 119).

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  • The poet John Keats died at the age of 25 in Rome of tuberculosis on this day in 1821 (TCA p. 121).
  • The first mass inoculation of children against polio with Jonas Salk’s vaccine began on this day 60 years ago (1954) (TCA p. 121).
  • Winter Olympics end in Sochi, Russia

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  • Wilhelm Grimm (writer of fairy tales with his brother Jakob) was born on this day in 1786 (TCA p. 123).

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  • President Ferdinand Marco fled the Philippines after 20 years of dictatorial rule on this day in 1986  (TCA p. 125). What comes to my mind when I hear about this is his wife Imelda and her legendary collection of shoes! The 3000 pair are now housed in a couple of museums (according to this Wikipedia article).

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  • Corrie Ten Boom, her sister Betsy and their father were betrayed into the hands of the Nazis on this day in 1944 for sheltering Jews in their home (TCA p. 131).