BOOK REVIEW – REBIRTH by AMY MCNEW
BOOK REVIEW – REBIRTH
This book. Ms. McNew writes with “guts on the page.” What I found in the pages of her book, were my own guts.
In Ephesians 6, it says our weapons are not against flesh and blood, but spirits, principalities, and powers. Imagine if you will, what our spiritual battles would look like in the natural world. Ms. McNew gives us that in this book.
The Bible also tells us the gifts of God are without repentance, Romans 11:9. He places within each of gifts and abilities, and desires. And with those gifts and abilities come responsibility.
Liz Brantley has extraordinary abilities, and she doesn’t want them. She runs from her gifts and her calling, and in doing so, she also runs from God.
But it doesn’t change what she was put here to do, and the battle pursues her. In order to face her enemy and defeat him, she must accept the Truth of God’s Word, and so be empowered to accomplish her mission.
Will she defeat the enemy who has stalked her and followed her? Or will she be defeated by him? Will she embrace all Father has for her, and be part of His victorious campaign? Or will she fall victim to her own failure and resistance to the very thing her soul needs and longs for?
Ms. McNew has crafted a world of demons and angels that is all too real. Our battle is spiritual but it manifests in the natural world in many ways. And Ms. McNew has opened a window into a spiritual realm that most never see, and many never acknowledge. She has created genuine, authentic characters who struggle in very real ways with not only the spiritual battles, but ordinary (by comparison) issues of life. The interactions between characters, both human and angelic and demonic are fleshed out and genuine; I felt I was in the heat of battle, heard every clash of sword, every demonic hiss and howl, felt the brush of angel wings. I cried as Liz cried and struggled as she struggled. I felt my heart scold her—as a mother might do—when she resisted, fought against God. Fully knowing I have done the same thing; no one hasn’t. I rejoiced when she rejoiced and wept when she wept. Ms. McNew brought this book to its natural ending, well resolved and complete.
I look forward to other books in this series.
I was given a copy of this book in return for my honest review.
Former nurse and martial artist.
Amy doesn’t just write speculative fiction, she lives and breathes it. She enthusiastically explores the strange, the supernatural, and the wonderfully weird. She pours her guts onto the pages she writes, honestly and brutally revealing herself in the process. Nothing is off limits. Her favorite question is “what if?” and she believes fiction can be truer than our sheltered and controlled realities.
This wife and mom is a lover of music, chocolate, the beach, and cherry vanilla Coke. Her home is a zoo, filled with teenagers–both hers and those she seems to collect–two dogs, a cat, and various fish and amphibians. Strangely enough, her kids are the ones who have to tell her to turn the music down.
It is her firm belief that everyone should have a theme song.
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