3 out of 4 stars
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Jericho is a fictional narrative written by Ryan Miller based on a true-life story. This book depicts the life of David Crandell and Carlene Kesterson and the decision they made, which was a significant turnaround in their individual lives. An incident occurs that steers David's life in a direction that built up his foundation. Carlene, who David considers to be a little nerd, walks into his life and changes it forever.
But when David is held back at the Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, Carlene's call about being pregnant with his child leaves her with limited choices, at the same time putting David on a hot seat. Carlene's choice results in her creating tall walls around herself, where she suffers from depression and anxiety and, in David's case, child deprivation. The appearance of Minister Dan becomes a starting point for a new beginning. Will David ever get the chance to meet his child? What will happen to the love the couple shared? Most importantly, how will David cope with Charlene's choice? Find out.
One of the things I liked about the book was the vivid representation of faith. Ryan Miller seizes every opportunity to show the readers just how important faith is in our everyday life. The snippets of passages from the Bible were quite intriguing. Ryan interprets them in such a way that the readers would want to know what the next chapter of the Bible contains. It is a kick start for Christians and believers who would love to begin their journey with God through faith. Another thing I like about this book is the paragraphs that enlighten readers on sex education.
There are, however, a few negatives. I believe in the pursuit of 'what would have been,' Ryan ended up creating an over-the-top and unrealistic story. Ryan met his expectations of what he felt was a reality, which created a fault in the message of faith and the Christian lifestyle he intended to pass across to readers. The author didn't share much of David's trials and tribulations. One will think that the walk with God, once you accept him, would be as smooth as a newly constructed asphalt road. This might be misleading to readers who want to begin their journey with God because accepting God and standing by him through faith and hope comes with great responsibility, as well as trials and tribulations.
The story started with great precision; however, when the puzzle had been fixed together to create a picture, the author seemed to drag the story further, filling it with boring and needless details. While reading, I discovered grammatical errors and ill placement of punctuation marks which made reading the book a tad confusing. It was still professionally edited, nonetheless. I rate Jericho 3 out of 4 stars, considering the positive and negative points highlighted above. I recommend this book to believers and Christians and to those looking to begin a walk of faith with God.
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