A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the author. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
on January 1st 1970
Source: the author
Genres: Religious, Speculative Fiction, Suspense
Maria is a Christian woman with one purpose – save her corrupt family from eternal death. As the apocalypse rages around her, she makes an unlikely friendship with one lost soul and the two women flee into the southern wilderness. Forced to take shelter in a long-forgotten church, they fight to survive as all hell breaks loose outside.
Trapped inside a long-foretold prophecy, demonic horse-men and soul-seekers roam the fire-ravaged world haunting and seeking out Maria who must learn to trust no one. As the angels watch on, will she survive Lucifer’s army of the damned, keep her only friend safe and repay the debts of sin?
Note: Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life. Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review. This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you.
Christian or Secular: Christian
Profanity: One curse word that trails off.
Trigger Warnings: Demonic oppression and violence
Disclosure: I feel that some Christians will be bothered by the main character atoning for her family’s sins.
I was contacted by the author to read this book and I was instantly intrigued. She’s fairly young and presents herself so professionally. I was impressed that English is not her first language and she manages to write novels in English—and does a very good job of it I might add.
So, why the lower rating? It kills me to do it because the story was so intriguing and well written. I’d read an explanation from the author about taking creative liberties with the main character from a spiritual standpoint. I thought I’d be okay with those liberties but no matter how I tried to squash my feelings, I couldn’t.
Maria is a believer but her husband and daughter do not know Christ. She trades her own soul so they can go to heaven in the rapture. She pays for their sins by living through the tribulation without taking the mark of the beast.
I read her disclaimer. I thought I could be okay with this. No matter how well written this story is or how compelled I was to turn the page to see what would happen next—I couldn’t shake that this woman was paying a sin debt she could not pay. Only Christ in his sinless state could do that. No matter the horrors I could ever endure, I could never pay my sin debt, much less the debt of someone else.
At the point in the story where Maria cried out to be allowed to save her friend—I just couldn’t. I felt like she was taking God’s place and who is a human to save anyone?
This author is very talented and she told such a compelling story. The characters gripped me and I was so invested in their outcome. And that ending—oh that ending! When Maria is introduced to her friend Zara’s daughter…
I wanted to love this. I truly did. But, I can’t quiet the spiritual pricking that reminds me of my depravity and inability to save myself.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. -Ephesians 2:8-9