3 out of 4 stars
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A young woman is struggling with her life. She doesn't think she can go on anymore, so she takes some pills and tries to end it all. Instead, she finds herself inside a vision. It's a vision of Jesus's life, and she is able to see, hear, and experience all that is happening. How did she end up here instead of the afterlife (whatever that may be)? What are these visions and what is she supposed to learn from them?
The Price of the Passion by Sabrina Graves is the story of one woman's struggle; it's also the story of Jesus's life and death, told in a unique fashion. The book is religious fiction and would appeal to anyone wanting a closer walk with God or who is curious about the life of Jesus.
The story is told in first person as if the protagonist is talking to her friends. We learn about her life, though we never get a real name (her family calls her Babie, which seemed like a nickname or term of endearment). This was one of my favorite parts of the book, that is, seeing the Christian story through someone else's eyes. I liked the transformation that Babie underwent. However, I felt the author could have played up this angle even more. After reading the story, I wanted to know even more about Babie and her life.
Also, Ms. Graves has a way with words. Her descriptions were colorful and added to the reader's immersion in the story. When discussing the devil, she states: "Everything that has ever existed that is contemptible, evil and vile rests on this guy like a cloak that he wears proudly." I've never heard Satan described quite that way, and it fits his character well.
Though the book isn't meant to be a devotional, there were many life lessons in the story that helped me see things from a different perspective. Not all of it was new, but it was all pertinent to my faith. For example, I was reminded that God is concerned with every aspect of my existence.
There was, however, one downside. The book was not professionally edited. Most of the mistakes consisted of two words running together ("devil'ssuggestion" instead of "devil's suggestion"). Yet, there were examples of missing words and even typos. It simply needs a good proofreader to take care of these issues.
All in all, The Price of the Passion was a fascinating and engaging book that brought home a message that many need to hear - God loves you. Because of the errors, though, I rate it 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to Christians or those interested in Jesus, but atheists or those from other religions might be averse to its content.
The Price of the Passion
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