John Luther is an evangelist who ultimately wants to share the Gospel. John's ministry is built on the message of redemption. He unashamedly states he is a sinner saved by grace and transparently shares that has made numerous mistakes in his past.
But, John's past comes back to haunt him when his reputation is brought into question by those hoping to destroy his ministry. John is asked to give his support for a new religious equality bill. When he refuses to endorse this bill, the powers that be decide to frame him for murder to get him out of the way. John becomes a fugitive as he searches for the truth to clear his name.
Once I got past the prologue -- which focuses on the assassin's point of view -- the rest of the novel was more to my liking. The novel has flashback chapters that highlight John's troubled past, his tumultuous relationship with his father and his conversion. These flashback chapters give insight into the present day and to the current circumstances.
Overall this novel was thought-provoking in that it deals with standing up for the Truth no matter the cost and the touchy issue of tolerance-turned-equality. One of the antagonist of the novel declares: "... Christians and Jews and Muslims standing together in solidarity... this is the future of our evolution in this nation..." But, loving others (as the Bible instructs us to) and joining with other faiths in solidarity are not the same.
I've heard so much about tolerance lately -- for everyone, but Christians that is. Christians should not be accused of intolerance because we hold fast to what we believe and to what God's Word says is the Truth. Hopefully this novel will inspire Christians to be prepared to stand up for Jesus and for the redemptive power of His death and resurrection.
The novel is full of action and suspense and I look forward to seeing the movie when it come out.
"The question is not if attempts will be made
to limit religious freedoms,
And when that day comes,
will you stay silent?"
Persecuted -- The Movie -- Coming to theaters July 18, 2014
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