In this gripping conclusion to The Alliance, nearly six months have passed since Leora Ebersole’s Old Order Mennonite community
fled to the mountains for refuge after an attack destroyed the power grid and altered life as they knew it. Since then,
Leora has watched and waited for news of Moses Hughes, the young Englischer pilot who held off invading looters
long enough for everyone to escape. Unsure Moses even survived, Leora has begun to warm to the affections of Jabil Snyder,
who has courted her patiently. But she struggles to see herself as the bishop’s wife, especially when she learns that Moses is alive
and has now joined a local militia. When long-held beliefs are once again put to the test, Leora wrestles with the divide
between having faith and taking action. Just how much will her shifting landscape change her?
***WARNING! THIS ENTIRE REVIEW IS A SPOILER ALERT!***
If you have not read The Alliance, please do so before reading my review.
I completely enjoyed The Alliance and recommend it highly.
When I first found this book as a choice to review for the month of May, I had never heard of the author or the first book in this duo. So, after requesting the book for review, I purchased a used copy of The Alliance to read while waiting for The Divide to arrive. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the first book
and eagerly awaited the conclusion.
I was slightly disappointed.
Not in the book as a whole, but in the ending.
Upon finishing The Alliance I really was ok with the main character, Leora, ending up with either of the love interests, Jabil or Moses.
Cause, honestly, it's a Christian romance. You know she's gonna end up with one of them
by the end of the book.
And she did.
It just wasn't the one I was rooting for.
***STRONG SPOILER ALERT***
Let's get something straight. I use to love the old movie An Affair To Remember starring
Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.
Ah, Cary Grant. I love him. Funny. Handsome. Romantic. Funny. Romantic. Funny.
BUT....However....I met my hubby and watched the movie with him.
He RUINED it for me.
Hubby could not get over how Kerr ended up with Grant. He kept talking about how Richard Denning's character should have gotten the girl. Denning stood by Kerr through everything even knowing how she felt about Grant. He never left her.
And yes, Grant didn't know Kerr was hurt so technically he didn't leave or abandon her.
But, Denning chose to love Kerr despite the fact that he might never be loved in return.
RUINED. THE. MOVIE. FOR. ME. FOREVER.
That is how I now look at movies and books. That "Young And In Love" girl of 20-something has matured
into a 45 year old woman. And I see my hubby's point.
Thus, I was not necessarily pleased with the ending to this book.
I liked Jabil.
He loved Leora despite not being loved in return.
Much like our Messiah does with us.
***END OF SPOILER ALERTS***
Overall, I really enjoyed The Alliance and The Divide. It was a refreshing change of topic to mix
the Amish craze with the "End of the World as We Know It" craze in today's literature.
The book bounces back and forth between the character's point of view
and if I was really getting into a chapter,
I got a little confused because I didn't read the heading for who was talking.
Not the author's fault.
Just my "got to read this now" mentality.
The book was very clean. No sexual problems for younger readers in my opinion.
However, there are some deaths and violence so beware of that part. Not gruesome, but sad.
I highly recommend the series for a pleasant change of pace to the norm.
This book will ask you to make tough choices.
Because what if the easy life isn't always the best life?
What if living a truly full life means so much more
than just "believing" in Jesus--and what if
He promised you it would be worth it?
This book review is long overdue. A part of blog reviewing is that you agree to try to get your reviews published within a month. Let's just say I am running late on this one. Partly due to "sharing the computer with everyone else issues" and partly due to my own slackness.
When I first read the description of No Easy Jesus on Tyndale's website I knew I NEEDED to read the book. But, I am not a non-fiction gal. I LOVE to read just not books about real life. So, venturing into this book was going to be a challenge. But even more than that, this book was calling me to face some issues that had crept into my life over the last several years.
Those of you that know me know some of the struggles our family has faced over the last five or six years. Those of you that don't, probably don't need to. But suffice it to say, I had chosen to take the "Easy Jesus" path because frankly, the Hard Jesus was just too hard. I was tired of it. I was let down by Him. I was disappointed and frustrated with what He had asked of me and my family.
However, I knew I was not happy. I knew I needed something more than Easy Jesus. Which is why I requested Jason Mitchell's book to review.
Did I like the book? Yes.
Did I enjoy reading it? Yes and No
Who likes being chastised after all? (although this was NOT done in a harsh way!)
Would I recommend the book? Whole-Heartedly
My struggle is not over. This chapter in my life is still being written, edited, and rewritten. But the reminder that Jason Mitchell gave me of the necessity of following a No Easy Jesus is penetrating my heart and encouraging me to be willing to risk again. I hope it will do the same for you.
As usual, this book was provided free by the publisher, but the review is in no way influenced by that fact.
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