For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
One of the joys of being a Christian writer/blogger is meeting other talented Christians who share the same goal: To spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world. I can't pinpoint the moment when I begin to follow Beckie Lindsey at her amazing blog God in Real Life . . .Also Coffee, but her writing style and messages of hope and faith never fail to inspire me. So it comes as no surprise to me that Beckie's first novel, Secrets, in her Beauties from Ashes series, is a can't-put-it-down delight from start to finish.
Mackenzie, Krystal, Tammi, and Sadie are four troubled teenage girls, all as different from one another as east is from west, yet all have something in common: The secrets they harbor, and their struggles to keep those shameful, hurtful emotions and memories under wraps. But hiding these secrets makes each girl vulnerable to a battle in the spiritual realm between the demons, who wish to keep them chained to the past, and the angels of light, who are determined to set them free.
Beckie has adroitly and engagingly developed the unique personality of each girl, and is refreshingly frank about the real-life problems they face. When their paths do cross, the reader, buoyed on the wave of a perfectly crafted plot, is not surprised in the least. And it isn't easy for any writer to weave between the heavenly realms and the day-to-day events on earth, yet Beckie succeeds at this seamlessly and masterfully.
While the novel is obviously aimed at the young adult audience, a population which a wise writer I know called, "the toughest market out there," it is one that transcends that limitation. Admittedly, I'm no spring chicken, but Secrets aroused so many memories, good and not-so-good, of my teenage years. How I wish I had had someone like Beckie in my life then, a caring person who truly has a heart for and empathy with teens and the insecurities and challenges they encounter as they reach toward adulthood.
My friend, now that the "secret" is out, I do hope you will order Secrets for yourself, or for that special teen in your life. I guarantee, you will be inspired and uplifted, enriched and blessed by Beckie's incomparable ability to tell a memorable story.
MEET BECKIE LINDSEY:
Beckie is a wife and mother of three adult children and two adorable cats. She is thoroughly content with a piece of dark chocolate, a cup of coffee, and a great book. She loves to encourage others to not only know the truths of the Bible, but to experience them personally and practically in everyday life. Beckie is the editor of SoCal Christian Voice, an author and blogger. Her first book in the Beauties from Ashes series, Secrets, can be ordered at Amazon.
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