Tuesday, April 27, 2010

All the Stillness of the Wind by Donald James Parker

All the Stillness of the Wind by Donald James Parker is enlightening and entertaining Christian fiction. The fourth in a series, it's a wonderful story of spiritual growth, that's suitable for the young and the young at heart. With all the problems plaguing teenagers today, it's refreshing to read a story that's centered on friends, family and faith.

Jeremy Dillon is dating Maria Masterson. His dad, Paul, is ready for a serious relationship with Maria's mother but Lisa Masterson is pulling back. She doesn't want to marry someone who doesn't share her commitment to the Lord. Maria introduced Jeremy to Christianity and they attend church together. Now he's reading and studying religions, searching for the denomination that is the one true faith. The two teenagers become inseparable but keep their relationship within the boundaries of Christian morality. When Maria is badly injured in a car accident, Jeremy's faith is put to the test. He wonders why God has let this happen.

Parker weaves faith, philosophy and scripture into a story about love in all its manifestations - teenage longing, adult romantic relationships and love of God. The language and actions of the teenagers sometimes appears too adult, but the dialogue flows and the story moves at a good pace. The book is very well written and held my attention throughout. More books for young adults are being published than ever before but if you're looking for something other than vampires and chick lit, this spiritual story is well worth a read.

Publisher: Sword of the Spirit Publishing (July 25, 2008)
ISBN: 978-0615208107
Paperback: 212 Pages
Price: $12.95

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