Monday, December 30, 2013

Saturday's Child by Clare Revell








Title:  Saturday’s Child
Author:  Clare Revell
Pages:  322
Year:  2013
Publisher:  White Rose Publishing
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org
When I began reading this novel, I sensed the story was not going to be what I expected and it was not even close to what I had imagined.  When I was growing up, my mother would tell us the following rhyme by an unknown author:
Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child must work for a living,
But the child that's born on the Sabbath day,
Is fair and wise and good and gay.
Clare Revell has taken this theme and changed it to the following on which each of the novels in this series are individually based:
Monday’s child must hide for protection,
Tuesday’s child tenders direction
Wednesday’s child grieves for his soul
Thursday’s child chases the whole
Friday’s child is a man obsessed
Saturday’s child might be possessed
And Sunday’s child on life’s seas is tossed
Awaiting the Lifeboat that rescues the lost.

Some of the threads that weave this tale are mystery, romance, forgiveness, and spiritual warfare that is seen and felt by various characters.  Meggie is the main female protagonist whose life experiences are at times very hard, but who loves the Lord.  Aaron’s faith has been flat-lining since he lost his wife and unborn child, which he suspects was something other than what the medical examiner concluded.  Currently, Aaron is close to losing his farm because it isn’t generating income which it must according to his father’s will.  What also begins to escalate is some presence which causes items to fly across a room, physical injuries and other uncomfortable happenings especially when Aaron begins to show an interest in Meggie.
What begins to happen in the novel might seem like a horror film or book, but I think the author is attempting to show that there really is a devil.  The demons can do things in the physical realm because the Bible tells us the devil prowls around like a lion seeking to devour.  Normally, if there is anything horror wise on TV, radio or a book, I have to leave the room, turn it off, etc…  This novel didn’t cause any of those reactions because in the end, just like the Bible tells us, Satan is doomed and the Lord has already won the battle.
The novel shows the battle that wages within our hearts and minds with the choice before us of Who to love, worship and follow.  The characters in the story are presented in a way that a reader can actually forget that this is a work of fiction.  Perhaps, too, if we took the spiritual warfare more seriously, we would cling more to the Lord and in earnest pray for those who don’t yet have the Lord as their personal Savior.
In the back of the novel, the author shares a recipe followed by a prayer.  The prayer itself I cannot subscribe to.  While I believe in the Lord and prayer, the author’s prayer isn’t doctrinally or biblically sound.  So, I challenge readers to search the Scriptures and see for themselves if what the author has included is biblically sound or not.  As for the work of fiction, it has some merit and is for the most part well written.
My rating is 3 stars.
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