About the Book (from publisher David C Cook):
Six years ago, the government took control of the church. Only re-translated Bibles are legal, and a specialized agency called the Constabulary enforces this and other regulations. Marcus Brenner, a new Christian, will do anything to protect his church family from imprisonment – including risk his own freedom to gain the trust of a government agent.
Aubrey Weston recanted her faith when the Constabulary threatened her baby. Now released, she just wants to provide for her son and avoid government notice. But she’s targeted again, and this time, her baby is taken into custody. If only she’d never denied Him, maybe God would hear her pleas for help.
When Aubrey and Marcus’s lives collide, they are forced to confront the lies they believe about themselves. And God is about to grab hold of Marcus’s life in a way he’d never expect, turning a loner into a leader.
My Thoughts on the Book:
I love this book! It makes me want to go bury a Bible in a time capsule out in the woods somewhere, just in case. And then bury my nose in another copy of the Bible and soak up as much of God’s word as I can while I still can. Because, seriously, what if this kind of thing actually happened?
Amanda G Stevens has dreamed up a dystopian future that feels a little too plausible for comfort. And that’s the beauty of it. This story reminds us not to take our freedoms for granted. The details and “history” of the story’s present situation are revealed gradually, a tantalizing sliver at a time in such a way that the story world doesn’t overshadow the story itself.
Rather, the focus of this book is on the small scale. It’s the story of one small church group that meets secretly in a back room, one pair of friends wordlessly supporting each other, one woman fighting to reclaim her baby and avoid trouble with the law, and one man determined to do his part to help one member of his Christian family at a time even if that means putting his own freedom on the line.
The characters are complex, and they’re dealing with some pretty significant issues. One character is dealing with the emotional and spiritual fallout of having been raped years ago. Another is an alcoholic, nearly nine years sober, and still struggling. While these thematic elements put this book on the edgier side of things as Christian fiction goes, I thought these subjects were handled tastefully, from a Christian perspective. On top of that, they provide a vehicle for worthwhile spiritual discussions on the nature of God, temptation, guilt, mercy, and how God uses His people for good, despite our weaknesses.
Oh, and there’s a twist, near the end, that I did not see coming AT ALL. But I can’t tell you. You’ll have to read it for yourself. Fair warning though, you may want tissues.
On a more up-beat note, I really admire some of the lovely, creative descriptions found in this book. Here are a few I highlighted as I read:
“God had put some beautiful things in the world, but nothing beat the sky. Especially when it rolled with storm clouds the color of Lee’s eyes.” (from Chapter 4)
“She’d thought his voice deep at first, but it wasn’t very. More like … solid, each word an arrow that knew where it headed. And clipped. The syllables never lingered.” (from Chapter 14)
I can’t wait to continue reading this series to find out where the story will go from here. I highly recommend Seek and Hide, and I’m planning to track down a copy of the next book in the series, Found and Lost in the very near future.
Thank you to publisher David C Cook for providing a free electronic copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.