4 out of 4 stars
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Provoked To Anger is a Christian novel written by Cheray Gardison.
Told in alternating points of view of the characters, the book is about a group of young people whose lives are, in one way or another, interconnected.
Rejected by a girl and neglected by his mother, 15-year old Jeremy decides to end his life by shooting himself in the face. His friends, Zek and J.R. call for help and Jeremy is immediately taken to the hospital. While his physical body is in coma, Jeremy finds himself in hell where he comes face to face with demons and other monstrous creatures.
Meanwhile, J.R.’s sister, Madison, is facing 20 hours of community service for tying up and almost beating her best friend’s brother, to death.
The book is a profound and enlightening story that features both the overt and covert behavior of teenagers. It describes the moral values, or lack thereof, of the youth today and the factors involved in the decline or total absence of those values. It depicts the roles parents are supposed to play in shaping the behavior of their children, roles that some parents fail to perform that leads to sad and unnecessary destruction of young lives.
The author fearlessly points out the mistakes and shortcomings of most parents who are either too busy or too self-absorbed to even notice their children’s cry for help. The book is a successful incorporation of fiction and Christian values told in an entertaining, informative, inspiring and motivating way.
The author creates realistic and relatable characters. Most prominent among them are: Marissa, the girl who rejects Jeremy and whose mother chooses her boyfriend over her daughter; Jeremy, the boy who does not know his father and whose mother cares very little about her son; Linda, Jeremy’s mother, whose dream is to get married and have a beautiful family and Demero, the counselor whose calling is to help out young people to find their way to God.
I can easily point out the parts I like most about this book. First is in the beauty parlor, when one of the clients shares how she handles the issue of dating with her teenage daughter. Second is in church, where the minister expounds on the story of the ‘bleeding woman’ in the gospel of Mark. He explains how and why the woman was healed and then stresses the power of the woman’s faith. Finally, in the last chapter, Pastor Rhodes discusses how and why children turn out bad.
Needless to say, this is one great and amazing book to read. However, there are too many errors in the entire book which include typos, misspelled words, incorrect use of possessive nouns and pronouns, homonyms and even apostrophe. Still, the benefits of the story outweigh the errors, which can be fixed by thorough editing.
I, therefore, give this book the rate of 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to all parents who care about their children. However, the book contains scenes, including sexual activities, molestation and suicide, which are not suitable for young readers.
Provoked To Anger
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