Three More Christian Book Reviews

“It’s Not About What You Think It’s About” The Difference Between Night and Day by Melissa Turner Lee

I have read one other vampire book, and only one, Dracula, by Bram Stoker. I didn’t know this was a vampire book when I started it, but before you dismiss this as a shabby Christian Twilight knockoff, you should know that it’s not really about being a vampire. It’s more about the old saying, “Did God abandon you, or did you abandon God?”
Nathaniel’s been struggling for years in darkness, and, in a sense, the book is a modern allegory of trust and patience toward God. Lilly has both, even though she doesn’t even know a father’s love. She knows God loves her in very strange and difficult circumstances. She struggles in darkness, too, but she also helps others come out into the light.
Even though Nathaniel believes he is a monster, he still practices godly character and conduct. How the two of them handle their love is nothing like any worldly vampire treatment could comprehend. The cheeseburger analogy is really so cute.
I didn’t care for the sudden change in point of view, introducing Lilly’s first person accounts, so far into the book. I also didn’t think the explanation of Nathaniel’s true nature was very believable. But otherwise the story was well-written. The gradual unveiling of the strangeness of their natures was handled well. The commitment to Christ that trumped every difficulty was believable.

“Where Will the Real Journey Take You?” Unclouded Day by William Woodall

Part allegory, part coming of age, part spiritual awakening, this book is about a teenage boy living with an alcoholic mother and a fragile younger brother. Even his mother is quick to tell him the truth that the solution Brian thinks he has found to his sad and sometimes terrifying life is the wrong one. Will his little brother pay the price for his short-sightedness, his simple plan to “make everything better”?

When his easy fixes begin to crumble to ashes Brian is forced to examine his own motives and what is really important to him. An elderly stranger and a desperate, outcast new friend push him to search for the real power to make the world a better place.

What is the source of healing, of restoration, of hope? Is it in magic and ancient legends or is it closer to home, from a different source, far from “the center of the world”? The physical quest and the spiritual one are intertwined all along the way.

This is the first book by Joana James that I have read that really gives insight into the island of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean where she lives and the lifestyles of its people. I enjoyed her descriptions of the beautiful locations there, Sulfur Springs and the beaches. She also describes a serious storm, and that parallels the stormy relationship of Daynia and Richard.

This book is primarily about fidelity, which is what Shakespeare’s Romeo was known for. He found the right girl and stuck to her to the bitter end. Daynia thinks she has found the perfect man. She thinks she’s doing everything she can to make him happy and let him know she loves him. But keep in mind that they both have a history of broken relationships, and they just might not have learned the lessons from those sad and bitter times that they should have just yet.

I think the first half of the story is realistic but it seems to be heavy on the “troubles” aspects of the relationship. By contrast, there’s very little detail about what both Daynia and Richard did to make things right. Even so, this story gives such important insight into the mindset of both men and women in the modern world of relationships. I have no doubt it will help many navigate the waters from a Christian perspective.

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