Wednesday, May 11, 2011

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Book Review: The Promise of an Angel

Reading The Promise of an Angel by Ruth Reid was an enjoyable experience. The Promise of an Angel is about an Amish girl, Judith, and how her faith is strengthened. Ruth Reid, a great writer, weaves a story full of conflict and emotion. The story does start off a little confusing because I was left to guess exactly how her younger brother got hurt until near the end of the book.

This book is definitely faith based and speaks about salvation. I liked how the idea of an angel speaking to her was balanced by Andrew. It was made clear how Satan also masquerades as an angel of light, so we must be careful who or what we give heed to.

Also, it doesn't really make sense why she saw the angel to begin with. I know Tobias, the angel, tells her someone is praying for her, but it leaves one to infer it was Andrew praying for her because we find him staying up all night praying for her on several occasions. However, when the story starts Judith and Andrew don't have any kind of friendly relationship, and it's not until after she sees the angel that they get to really know each other. Personally, I would have enjoyed the book more without any reference to an angel as there was plenty of other conflict with her sister and Levi that could have still lead to her learning forgiveness and the strengthening of her faith.

Book Sneeze provided this book in exchange for an honest review.


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