4 out of 4 stars
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A common ground unites John Servant's characters in Always Before Me, which considers individuals in a variety of situations. Father Paul, Father Anthony, and Matt are the central characters throughout the whole book. Father Paul walks on the path laid out by God (Jesus) by disciplining himself daily and having faith in Jesus, Joseph, and Mary. Each character in the story faces prison time and is forced to confront their relationship with Christianity, as they are both falsely accused and have done some time behind bars. The author illustrates the harsh reality of everyday life as the characters undergo a variety of trials leading to salvation. All three men have been accused of sexual misconduct and they all propose different paths to healing through religious practices.
Catholicism and all the beliefs it entails are deeply embedded in the book. The Catholic Church plays an incredibly significant role in this story, as seen through the eyes of both the major and minor characters. It is through praying, setting, and practicing that Catholicism is fully expressed. The majority of the story in this book relies on an understanding of Catholic beliefs and practices. The author demonstrates his deep roots and comprehensive knowledge of this religion.
The wisdom contained in this book will help answer some of the most common questions in human life through biblical teachings. This story is a fitting example for those who think that a mistake can end their lives. It depicts scenes from the past and shows connections to the present. My favorite thing about this story is its realistic characters and a compelling storyline.
Despite the fact that the author has successfully woven a story within a story, due to systematic writing, one never gets confused by this approach. Mercy and salvation are the central themes of this book. Although the characters were facing similar accusations, I was pleasantly surprised by the authenticity each character displayed. A story like this has a tendency to repeat itself or become monotonous quickly. Yet, I was enlightened with various perspectives and religious morals while reading.
I would give this book a 4 out of 4 stars, as there was nothing I disliked about it and it has been professionally edited. Regardless of your individual religious beliefs, this is a lovely piece that can be enjoyed by all, as no faith is besmirched and would specifically appeal to readers who are interested in religious fiction.
Always Before Me
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