Monday, October 1, 2012
Book Review - Tongue of Fire by David McKnight
Here's a preview of the book taken from Amazon.com:
The charismatic new preacher at the local mega-church is drawing followers by the hundreds. There’s only one problem. He’s a Mormon, and nobody knows it.
John Peterson tries to follow the Spirit, but it tells him to preach, and preaching only seems to get him into trouble. His strident defense of the Mormon Church has gotten him fired again, forcing his family to move for the third time in as many years. Looking for a fresh start in Mayfield, John agrees to keep his head down. But when the owner of the local mega church loses his pastor, he invites John to preach without asking the name of his church. After a spiritual prompting, John decides to preach, but as his following explodes, his new-found fame threatens to expose his religion and shatter his family’s hopes for a new life.
The town of Mayfield is growing impatient with high school football coach Paul Connelly. The former pastor was hired to help save the football program after the greatest scandal in school history, but after four straight losing seasons, his time is running out. With John Peterson’s meteoric rise, the town appears to have found a new moral authority, and an excuse to find a new coach. When Paul discovers that John is a Mormon, he finds the key to restoring his moral standing—all he has to do is expose and destroy John Peterson.
Here's what I thought:
I just finished this book last night and absolutely loved it! As a busy working mom, I don't have much free time right now so I allowed myself the indulgence of reading this book every night before I went to bed and in the few minutes I could capture here and there. I liked that the chapters were not very long so that I could sneak a chapter or two and not feel like I had to stop mid-chapter.
It is an uplifting book with a captivating story and believable, rich characters that I could relate to. I love reading a book that makes me want to be a better person. There were themes of forgiveness, compassion, serving others, judging without adequate info, friendship, problem-solving, and more.
As I read the book I had the desire to reach out and serve others more and to work together for good with people of different religious faiths and backgrounds. I would recommend taking the time to read this well-written book. You'll not only be entertained but you will also be uplifted. Great for adults and teens, no matter what your religious background.