Good Christian fiction seems to be hard to find. And I’m not sure why. I can remember reading Frank Peretti’s books as a teenager, my imagination was floored by the vivid pictures he painted of spiritual warfare. But that was a long time ago, and since then I haven’t read much or seen much of interesting Christian fiction. Now that’s partially my fault, for a long time I read only Tom Clancy or Michael Crighton, both great authors, but they both paint a world that is void of God and the work that he is doing. After my Dad passed away and I began to turn back to God, I gave up the things of this world that I knew held back from and intimate relationship with God,tons of movies, pictures, and books were all thrown away. I assumed that good fiction literature was just something I would have to do without. Thankfully I was wrong, I don’t remember exactly how I found his blog (it was probably through Seth’s blog) and I don’t remember what made me add him to my google reader, but I’m very glad I did. A year ago Tom Davis released the book Scared (a book I still am meaning to write a review of :)), if you have a heart for Africa, orphans or just want to see real world example of how God works I suggest you read it.
Tom’s follow up book is called Priceless. The back drop for this book is Russia and focuses on the sex trade that seems rampant not just in Russia but in our own back yard. This book is a spotlight on the darkness that is all around us, we’ve closed our eyes to it for far too long.
The plot of the book is fast paced, I mean the first few chapters alone nearly blew my socks off, and it only gets better from there. Fair warning, putting the book down and going back to life as normal, isn’t possible, after reading it there’s something left behind. A burden for those girls to do something anything. In the past few days I’ve sketched out ideas for how I could create my own band of SEALs or Marines that would bring justice to sick men and freedom to innocent girls. I know that will probably never happen but I can dream. 🙂
I’m reminded of Eph 6:12
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (NLT)
And the more I think about the more God puts a burden on my heart to pray, pray for the girls for protection and redemption, pray for the men who are paying to have sex with them that they will be saved, pray for the men who are responsible that they will be saved as well. God’s agenda is to save all… That at times can be so hard to remember. Especially when it comes to harming innocent little girls even more so when you are a father of a priceless little angel.
What I liked about Priceless is that it redefines the norm. The norm is that God isn’t active in the world today and Tom’s books paint a very different picture. And that’s a message I hope continues to spread.
I’m glad to have found good Christian fiction again. Fiction that entertains, inspires, and exposes the world to the truth.