Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Ravine by Robert Pascuzzi

Title:  The Ravine
Author:  Robert Pascuzzi
Website:    &
Pages:  236
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Hope Messenger, LLC 
My rating is 3 out of 5 stars.
The novel is actually written by a ghost author and as the author shares has become a friend.  Throughout the tale, knowing it was based somewhat on actual events, I looked for the actual occurrence that sent the author on a spiritual journey.  On the first website above is a place where readers can learn from the author what he and his family went through along with a study guide, video and blog posts.
As I thought about the real story behind the fictional writing, I knew that it was a world far too many have been thrust into due to the detrimental actions of others.  My heart breaks to know more now than ever how deeply rifts can occur within the heart and soul of people in the aftermath of evil actions.  In one sense, the work of fiction does point out the spiritual battle that occurs over all mankind along with the free will each human being has that God never taken from anyone.  He alone has the power to do so, but has never done so even when it leads to the deepest, darkest place of sin and its consequences.
One of the tenets of the story is that the couple living through all the trauma, grief and despair are told they “have to forgive themselves” as they somehow feel responsible for actions taken by one man.  Yet, there is nowhere in the Bible where we are ever told to forgive ourselves; we are told to forgive others.  I totally understand how we tend to take responsibility for the actions or lack of actions either ours or someone else’s.  I see that as false guilt not anything more or less.  The novel gives readers a glimpse beyond the moment tragedy is mentioned in the media and past the rituals that follow loss.
Should you choose to read the novel please, please let the Bible be your guide into all Truth.  Understand what this fictional work gives you a glimpse of and what isn’t biblically supported.  I thank the author for sharing his painful experience with us and his journey in seeking spiritual answers. 
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