Destiny Defied by J. A. Marx

Title:  Destiny Defied (The Destiny Series Book #1)
Author:  J. A. Marx
Pages:  358
Year:  2014
Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

When I got the novel, the first page I read was to whom the author thanked or dedicated the book to.  I then turned to the back and read about the author, finishing with the Book Club Questions.  After viewing these, I found it gave me an insight into the writer’s intention for how she hoped the tale would impact the audience.  From the first word on the intensity and action don’t let up.  The four main male characters have one year of college under their belts.  They travel to this island to take a break from the pressure they face at school, along with each one’s unique internal struggle and their faith.  What they place their faith in or on is really clear from chapter one.  What readers get to discover is the path that particular belief system takes during the weeklong break.
The action, mystery and adventure leap off the first page and continue till the very end.  The sequels, Destiny Delivered and Destiny Defended:  Rakshasa’s Curse, are already available to purchase.  J. A. Marx is a new author to me and this novel brings to the forefront many themes and was highly enriching.  Spiritual warfare, friendship with accountability and mentors are but a few of the themes richly woven throughout the tale.  I came away from the novel reminded of the importance of spiritual warfare and that it is real.  The way to win is not through fleshly efforts.  The cost Jesus paid for all of us is incalculable, and his is the only name that can set us free from the depth of sin, bondage from the past and give new life.
When I accepted the opportunity to review this novel, a friend of mine told me the other two novels were already available.  I plan on reading them soon and sharing my thoughts on the sequels with you readers as well.  I loved how Marx brought out the idea of God having made us who we are for a special purpose and always for His glory.  It was good to see how the four men stood with each other and even when disagreeing they worked it out as their commitment to the Lord and each other was solid.
The suspense in the book kept me reading all night long.  I wanted to see what happened with the woman who became a new woman in Christ.  The characters weren’t superhuman or unreadable by this reviewer at all.  They admitted their faults, allowed themselves to be honest and open with each other, and worked together to share the gospel with a woman who knew nothing but people with evil and mean actions or words toward her.  One overriding thought runs in my mind as I sit here and that is God had a different purpose for these men other than their plans for a relaxing vacation.  In the end, there was more satisfaction within their souls by obeying His leading rather than their own.
My rating is 5+ stars.
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