Faith Under Fire–Literally

He’s a fireman, loves his job, loves his wife, and his daughter. He has everything going for him … and then disaster strikes. His wife has cancer, aggressive, fast-moving cancer and she’s gone. His world ends. Where is God in all this? Why did God take his wife? How is he supposed to work and care for his daughter, who is now walking in his wife’s cancer footsteps? How will he endure without the love of his life?

Faith Under Fire covers issues we all face at one time or another in our lives. What happens when our world comes tumbling down, our plans are strewn all over and trampled upon, where is God in this. The answer is simple, but oh, so hard to bear. We have to have faith. Faith triumphs over all our trials and sorrows–not that we don’t go through them, we do. But God promises to always be with us and to never leave us. Someone once said that until you’ve been through the sorrows in the valley, you can’t enjoy the joys on the mountain top. My life verses are James 1:2-4, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you face trials of various kinds, for you know the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (ESV)

Faith Under Fire allows us to walk through the fire with this man, feel the pain he endures, watch as he struggles to find and keep his faith. An excellent film, one that will touch your hearts and make you grateful we have so rich a blessing in our salvation and life through Jesus Christ. Well worth the watching. Four stars. On December 8, the new faith-based drama will be available on home entertainment and DVD. And in markets where theaters are still open, the film will be available in select theaters November 27-December 1. Faith Under Fire stars Nick Vlassopoulos, Dean Cain, and Kevin Sorbo.

I watched this movie thanks to a screener sent by the Biscuit Media Group, a PR agency for the film. I was in no way obligated to write a review.

Cross Shadow–Out in Broad Daylight!

Deb’s Dozen: Cross and Cristine Clash—John’s Calling in Question—Murder, Manipulation, and Mayhem

I really wanted to like Cross Shadow, the second book in A Shepherd Suspense series. I like CIA/Special Ops/Black Ops books and hoped the John Cross books would meet that desire.

John still pastors the little church in Virginia. Christine concentrates on making a name for herself in New York. Their romance suffers. Then Christine’s brother, accused of committing murder, languishes in jail. Christine vies for a promotion, and Cross gets involved in the murder investigation. She tells him she can handle things; he shows up anyway. And Christine trusts John very little. And we’re off … rather slowly to be enmeshed in bullets and gun battles, car chases and conspiracies. I found most of the book unbelievable, and I wanted to variously shake or slap John Cross.

Andrew Huff writes well and his characters were believable and sympathetic in his first book, A Cross to Kill. But somehow the charm they had previously disappears, and they have degenerated into stereotypical characters in an action/adventure book. There are twists and turns and suspects and deadbeats and traitors and heroes to the rescue—everything you want in a suspense book but somehow lack-luster and dull. I give Cross Shadow a generous 3.5 Stars.

The bio for Andrew reads, “Andrew Huff serves as the product director at Igniter Media, one of the largest church media companies in the nation. He spent ten years in church ministry as both a youth pastor and creative arts pastor. Andrew currently lives in Plano, Texas, and can be reached at”

I received the book from Audra Jennings PR, but not obligated to write a review. As an Amazon Associate, I may receive a small commission from any products sold on from his page.

Hope Breaks Through

Deb’s Dozen: Righteous prayers, angels in homes, Hope starts to thrive despite what comes.

Jim Baton wrote a wonderful series about a town named Hope after a girl who went missing many years ago. As a result, the town suffers until revival takes place in town, led by several high school students. As with most books of this type, you know the ending from practically the beginning, but remain fascinated by the twists and turns of the story in Hope Breaks Through.

Kelsey and Harmonie–two best friends (of opposite colors, by the way—who says we can’t have racial harmony?) still continue to investigate the nefarious events going on in Hope. Murder stalks their adult friends. Jon and Raul, outside of the school, and no one except the kids and their advisor seem to care.

In the meantime, the prayer meeting continues to grow by leaps and bounds even over the objections of one of the pastors. But what happens? Will Miguel’s mother be safe? What about his sister? What is Ms. Ortez going to do? And Arthur Deats—a changed man or not? What about Kelsey’s dad—and Harmonie’s? So many ends to tie up, and Baton does it brilliantly—five stars for the book AND for the series.

About the Author

Jim Baton spends most of his time on the mission field in Indonesia. When I talked with him, he was headed back pending receipt of a visa. We put our prayer chain to work, and he was pleasantly surprised when the visa went through the process swiftly—as were the people in that office. I only hope he continues to write books of the quality of these three.

Jim gave me a copy of all three books in the Hope series, but with no obligation to write a review of Hope Breaks Through. As an Amazon Associate, should you buy any books through this site, I receive a small commission.