Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Two Destinies



Title:  Two Destinies
Author:  Elizabeth Musser                                                                                                             
Pages:  464
Year:  2012
Publisher:  David C. Cook                                                                            
                The novel is the third in a series of historical stories set in France at the time of the Algerian Civil War.  According to the author, many thousands of lives were lost.  Recently, the Algerian government passed a law that all Christian groups are to declare themselves.  The spread of Islam into Algeria didn’t stop at the borders, and had direct impact on other bordering nations as well as beyond.  With the law in place, there are Christians who knowingly meet in house churches, fervently following the Lord.  Such is the backdrop in this story, which also includes in France the growing number of citizens that are homeless, jobless, and more.
                Ceb is at one time known as a cardiovascular surgeon.  He is living life with determination and never at a slow pace.  One night he has an accident that radically alters his body, lifestyle, and spiritual life.  It takes many different paths, trials, and friendships to show Ceb that God is with him through all he has suffered.  God is drawing Ceb back to the fold.  Will he return?
                Ophelie loves the Lord, and learning to follow Him without ever compromising her walk with Him is beginning to cost more.  Ophelie is a playwright, teacher, and Sunday school teacher as well.  Her love of literature and classical music always gives her a purpose in teaching others.  Her hope is that her students will never end up on the streets, but have an excellent education.  Afraid to love again and unsure of what the future holds, she becomes a volunteer at the Red Cross.  What happens there changes more than just Ophelie’s life.  Who else?
                Ophelie’s brother, Eric, is in love with an Arab girl.  Both are Christians, but the girl’s family is steadfast followers of Allah.  Eric is only 19 with more university years ahead of him, but his life’s crossroads are staring him right in the face when his girlfriend is held in Algeria and being forced to wed another man.  What actions will Eric take to save her?
                Rislene loves Eric.  She loves her family too, but the difference in faiths is about to blow up in her life.  Her father takes her with the rest of the family under false pretenses to Algeria.  After 10 days she awakes to find herself captive.  Rislene is about to learn the reality of lessons learned while attending her study group.  Will the Lord be enough for her?  Can she believe that He has her in the palm of His hand and will see her through dangers both known and unknown?
                There is much more to the novel than I put here in the review.  I wanted to give enough of the backdrop and storyline to entice you to read an excellent work of fiction.  While reading this novel, my heart was more exposed to the reality of the underground church, the possible dangers, lives, and the faith they live daily.  I was engrossed in the action and all but tugged at the heart to live more aware of the underground servants of the Lord Jesus Christ.  How blessed I am!  What is more important is making sure I am available to be used as a blessing to others.  While you read this book, be aware of His touch on you.  You will be more than glad you did!
My rating 5 stars!
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

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