Hope in the Balance

Deb’s Dozen: Hope is in Hope as is evil. Kelsey and friends continue investigating.

Hope in the Balance is the second book in The Hope Trilogy. We find the characters from the first book continuing in the second. Kelsey, Harmonie, Kavon, and Miguel along with their teacher, Ms. Montez, are continuing to try to track down the people behind the bad things happening. They solved the mystery of the missing girl who gave her name to Hope in the first book, Hope is a Dangerous Place, but there are still evil doings and a dark atmosphere pervading the town.

Pastor Axel, Kelsey’s dad, continues the prayer meetings—and they grow and grow until they outgrow the Axel’s home. Little kids to adults from all sections of Hope are now coming to pray for each other and for Hope.

Jon Breckinridge still riles up the Town Council with his articles. Joe is now helping him. Uncle Fes from the black side of town encourages Pastor Axel and the kids. The Latin section is up in arms over their pay and treatment by the ranchers. Miguel’s mother is on the run and needs a place to hide. What will become of these people?

Will prayer work? The Bible says the “Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit.” Angels are afoot. Miracles are happening, but so are murders. The aura and power of evil is strong.

Hope in the Balance is every bit as enthralling and engrossing as the first book, Hope is a Dangerous Place. You’ll love the continuation of the story. Five stars.

JIM BATON has spent the last twenty years in the world’s largest Muslim nation, building bridges between Muslims and Christians who both desire peace. His speaking and writing call people out of fear and into authentic friendships that can change the world. Jim also has a been on a lifelong pursuit of personal and societal revival and transformation.

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