Title:  Razed
Author:  Paula Wiseman
Pages:  390
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Mindstir Media
                Razed is a groundbreaking story that brings the heart and mind into a fictional story built around a familiar relationship.  A son and mother are very close to each other and share a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Doug, the father, is very unwilling to listen to what he calls their “religion”.  Why does he seem so extremely adversarial?  Until the author peels away the layers hidden deep within Doug’s heart, it is a nagging question for readers.  Doug owns his own homebuilding business.  When people look at him, they believe he has everything he would ever need or want, right?
                Judy, Doug’s wife and mother to Mark, is trying to help her husband recognize his need for Christ before she passes.  She presses for promises from both her husband and son shortly before she dies.  While the promises are made, the continued fighting between father and son doesn’t seem to make the reality of those promises possible.  Yet, as Judy’s life history becomes apparent, something has happened that her son Mark was totally unaware of.
                Mark is a young man who marries Julie, a pastor’s daughter.  Three months after being married, Julie becomes pregnant.  Mark’s future is changing from many angles.  His main confidante is his father-in-law.  With each step Mark takes toward his wife or his career, Doug’s view is that Mark is rejecting him and favoring his father in-law.  Torn between the counsels of each parent, the hostility continues to grow and comes to a head, causing father and son to make a decision.  What is that decision?
                Regardless of marital or family status, all readers will enjoy the unfolding of the drama.  There were times I could identify with some of the characters choices or actions, which made the story for me more plausible.  I could envision the interactions, scenes and more.  However, what I didn’t see was the way the author brilliantly ended Razed.  Readers will see this as a contemporary and compelling tale that will keep pages turning until the very last one.  It is with eager anticipation that I look forward to the sequel to see how faith, relationships, and forgiveness come to fruition.  There is a chapter of the sequel, Refined, included at the end of Razed.  This is a beautiful story to share with everyone.
                My rating is 4 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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