4 out of 4 stars
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Grant Hallstrom has written Amora intending to spread an encouragement of forgiveness. His choice of characters is a reflection of the various perceptions we may have in our lives. The story is based on a true story.
Amora gets married and then life opens up to her. She sees some of the things she has been blinded to or sheltered from. As her view differs over the days, she develops a need to truly know and understand herself. The choices Amora makes affect the relationships she has with those around her. In the end, the choices also bear fruit.
The story has some bit on religion but that is restricted to the characters’ experience or views on it. The story is set in a time when your values were the measure of your greatness. As a result, some chose the Christian religion as a guide for their values while others saw it as a cult. The lives of the character are also influenced by Greek culture. Some lives are driven by vengeance, others by a search for healing, and others by the view of those important to them.
The author chooses to begin the story from the most influential part of it. This got me curious and I loved how the book as a whole turned out. Grant also uses his characters effectively in championing forgiveness; he also uses them to show the consequences of choosing or not choosing to forgive. I found the characters to be realistic.
I find no reason to say anything negative about the book. The book is professionally edited. I was not able to spot any grammar or spelling errors while reading through it. For the above-stated reasons, I rate the book 4 out of 4. I have no reasons to take away any points.
The message of forgiveness and the way it is expressed is a reason this book would be suitable especially for Christians. Please do note that the above point does not mean that I view the book as religious; Muslims and people of other religions can learn from this too. I find it to fit the diverse views we as human beings have on culture and the like of it. I would also recommend the book to anyone who would like to learn about the value of forgiveness. I find that it takes an approach that rather than taking a side shows the consequence of different choices.
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