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A Christian Stephen King (Book Review)

By Benjamin H. Liles

          Reader, when I give this book review you will understand why on the back of the book someone says of it, "Not for the faint-hearted." Samuel Parker's latest book is one heart rending thrill of a suspense ride. My overall assessment of Parker's Coldwater is simply this: Parker is the Christian version of Stephen King for Christian books. I didn't think I would have nightmares considering the overall arch of the book is bent toward the Christian mindset of redemption and mercy, but don't let that fool you.
          Don't get me wrong, it's a great book. Parker does a masterful and wonderful job of telling the story. The characters are robust, the feelings they feel are well written, and the beliefs they each have helped shape them to move in the ways that they do. Sometimes each of the character's aims are at odds with each other. More often than not, however, they are part of the bigger puzzle of the narrative Parker has in mind for the characters of Coldwater.
          While I don't wish to tell any of the story of Coldwater to give anything away, what I can say is the actual main character of the book is Haywood. Something within Haywood is haywire. In my opinion the book should have solely focused on Haywood. Yet all the participants of the book take place in a very small, backwoods place called Coldwater.
          Coldwater is one of those places that when read from start to finish will make your heart pound. You will end up having greater emotional ties to Michael, who is the protagonist of the story. It ends up making Haywood the antagonist, seeking to destroy Michael. Again, you must read the book to fully understand. This book is truly not for the faint of heart.

          Add-on to earlier: One thing I should add is that our Bibles talk a great deal about how we are oppressed by demons. Matthew records Christ casting demons from a man into a herd of pigs (see Matthew 8:28-34). The adversary wants to do harm to Job (see Job 1:6-12). There are countless numbers of verses in the Bible that talk about demons and what it is they chiefly do. They bring death, destruction, calamity, and all other evils. So, what Samuel Parker writes within the pages of his book Coldwater is completely plausible. But we also need to consider that God's word is His word: fact. Coldwater, while it is fiction, is simply written very well.

          I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Revell as all opinions of the book are honest and unbiased.

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