4 out of 4 stars
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Soul Pursuit by Chip Tudor is a piece of non-fiction that follows the life of Jack Sterling after his honorable discharge as a Navy Seal. It also talks about a series of events that lead him from an unbeliever to a follower of Christ. As a result of the difficulty in securing a job in Dayton, Jack accepted to work as a fugitive recovery agent. His first assignment was Jimmie Parker, a gulf war veteran. Jimmie was convicted for armed robbery, jumped his bail, and went out of the grid. Jack's job is to find Jimmie and escort him back to jail before three weeks elapse.
On the other hand, Jack needs to help his mom unpack after moving into her new house. She has just gone through a divorce with Jack's father. He goes there to meet the whole place in order and filled up with friends. He had expected his mom to feel down following the divorce, but she seemed to have a different glow about her as did all her friends. This made him wonder what the source of their glow was. This was also the beginning of what would be his journey to accepting Christ. The author tells the story from Jack's eye, using a first-person narrative style.
When I started reading this book, I thought it was just a detective kind of story. At the time, I didn’t see how the name of the book related to the story. I was wrong. This book was much more. The detective part of this book was just part of the minor subplot of this read. The book was not really about his job as a fugitive recovery agent, but about how relevant religion was to everything he did. He was really in pursuit of his soul. I was pleased that I learned an important life lesson after I finished reading. The lesson was that no one was going to succeed in anything if they didn’t depend solely on God and not on their own wisdom or capability.
I really enjoyed Jack's sense of humor. This was further enhanced in the discussions he had with some friends in the donut factory when they were talking about how Jesus could be a man and God at the same time. It was quite hilarious when he asked, “ does Jesus fart?” His increased sense of humor and use of sarcasm made me refreshed while I read, as there was no dull moment in any of his conversations. I was also pleased to see how effectively each character was developed as well as how exhaustive the descriptions of places and events were.
Additionally, I was pleased to see that the editorial team of this book did a good job. I found only five grammatical errors throughout the book. As a result, my reading flow was always maintained while I read. I also found no profane language in the pages. There was nothing to dislike about this book. The author did a very good job in developing the content and executing it. As a result, I rate Soul Pursuit 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend this book to people who are interested in missionary, detective, and non-fiction stories.
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