One drop-out kid. No future. No hope.
One devoted pastor. Has hope. But no one will listen.
What are the chances of their meeting? No chance. Just the Will of a Divine God who loves the world. The whole world.
Brady Wayne Darby spends his life in trouble. It starts as bad attitudes in school, bad grades, petty crimes and then…it’s too late to turn back. He’s given opportunities to turn around, but he doesn’t want them. Brady is headed for Hell. And he knows it.
Pastor Thomas Carey spends his whole life working for God and serving His people. But how can “Christian” people be so cruel? Time and time again Thomas is moved on, going from church to church, trying to serve God. He just wants to make an impact on someone’s life. Anyone.
Thomas Carey becomes a chaplain in the state’s supermax prison–chaplain to men on Death Row. And he meets Brady.
Their lives change forever.
In My Opinion…
Author: Jerry B. Jenkins
Genre: Christian Fiction
My Rating: 5 stars
This novel is something special. It is the sort of gripping, moving story that forces you to keep turning the pages. You have to know what happens. The story ebbs and flow with natural ease, giving the reader a break from biting their nails. But there is no permanent relief until the last page is turned and the book put down. Even then, the story will stay with you, running through your mind again and again as you ask a million questions.
The dialogue is heavily used and engaging. The characters are so real you forget they are only imagined. The intense story line is never without a dull moment. Even when you think you have it all figured out, the end is guaranteed to surprise. The life of Brady is hard, gritty and down-to-earth. Nothing is hidden. The harsh reality of the supermax prison, the stories of how people treat each other, death, despair, anger and violence, all find their places in the book.
If you’re looking for a book that’s hard to put down: this is your book. You won’t be satisfied until it’s finished, (and even then, satisfaction probably isn’t the word). This book will make you think. It may make you cry. And either way, the author’s hope is that it draws you to Jesus Christ, Saviour of the World.
“This is the novel I’ve always wanted to write and is unlike anything I’ve ever written. My hope is that it stays with you long after the final page.”
~Jerry B. Jenkins