Thursday, December 17, 2015

Rising beyond the Darkness


How can a life of darkness rise beyond?


Title:  Rising Darkness
Author:  Nancy Mehl
Publisher:  Bethany House
Release Date:  November 1, 2015

      

ABOUT THE BOOK

Sophie Wittenbauer left her strict Mennonite hometown under a cloud of shame and regret. Certain she's left her past far behind her, she's now focused on her job at a newspaper and is shocked when she stumbles upon the name of someone she knew in her old life. But when she learns the man--a prisoner--claims a suspect from a decades-old unsolved crime is hiding out in the small town of Sanctuary, Missouri, she can't resist following the lead in hopes of furthering her career. 
Almost immediately upon her arrival, Sophie's confronted with a face from her past and fears her intention of using a false identity to investigate is doomed. But with the help of Sanctuary's charismatic young pastor, Sophie knows she's getting close. Will she be able to conceal the truth of her own past long enough to find the suspect before someone puts a stop--fatal or otherwise--to her investigation?
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MY THOUGHTS

O, I really really enjoyed this. I'm a little surprised by how much I enjoyed this because from reading the synopsis, the cover and the title, I thought it was going to be a fairly "dark" novel with full of suspense. Yes, there's a mystery to solve, but in all, it's about change and finding one's self through repentance, redemption and forgiveness.

The mystery aspect of the novel was simple, but still good. Trying to find the criminal and to link it to someone in Sanctuary, and then the mystery of Sophie/Emily's past was intriguing and kept me going. Even for the simplicity of a crime mystery, I was surprised by the ending. I didn't see that one coming, even though I had my guess to the "who". 

What is it about second chances do we relish in and enjoy reading about?  I think it's the change, and the realization of past mistakes or bitterness that eats away the characters transformed by the repentance and redemption aspect of their development. Forgiveness by others are important, but sometimes forgiving one self is the obstacle that prevents one from moving forward.  Rising Darkness is about moving beyond that darkness that dwells in you.  

QUOTABLE QUOTES

O, I actually have quite a few highlighted on my e-reader, but I'll share just a few to avoid copyright issues. (Since this is from a digital copy, I do not have the page, but a location tag.)  What do you think of these quotes?

"We all wear masks...the person we present to the world is rarely the person we really are." (Location 907)
"You are precious to God, and you are precious to me.  Love is not something to be earned. Love is a gift that is given without strings attached." (Location 1437)
"God has something wonderful for you.  Turn from the past and step into the freedom and power found in Him.  People need the gifts that have been hidden inside you.  You're important to the church. To the world. And to the people who love you.  God has called you to touch lives.  And you can't fulfill that calling if you're imprisoned in the past." (Location 2739)
For anyone that needs a second chance, forgiveness or just a good book to read.  Put Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl in your cart.   


NOTE:  I received a complimentary digital ARC copy from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
Nancy Mehl is the author of twenty-one books, including the Road to Kingdom and Finding Sanctuary series. Nancy writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their puggle, Watson. 

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