I’m new to the book reviewing world, so it is with some trepidation that I attempt to review Brad Huebert’s book, Finding Home.
Writing quality: 5/5
Kept my interest: 5/5
Overall Score: 5/5
is a short book in the Christian fiction genre. Pastor Brad Huebert tried for years to put his journey with Christ into a non-fiction book that would lead others into the freedom and joy he had. It never worked until he rewrote the book in fiction form.
Ivan, the main character, crosses the bridge of salvation into the eternal city, but he finds that there are two cities to choose from—the old or the new. From there, Ivan embarks upon a journey of levels of thinking and knowledge that keeps leading him into more sorrow, until he discovers the truth about his circumstances. The overall message is that Christ really does give us freedom, once we are open to his leading rather than to our own way of thinking. The plot rises fairly well along the way with a satisfactory climax and a wrap-up that is a little weaker but obviously inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Huebert’s writing is excellent. He uses description well with many metaphors and similes in use. His heart for the reader shines through on every page.
The creativity throughout the story is good. While many writers that try and analogize the Christian walk tend to merely reword Scripture, Huebert manages to adapt the story to the dawning realizations in his own life and relationship with God. This makes for a story that is less predictable and more attention-grabbing. Huebert sometimes made me smile with his references to certain belief systems within the church, but he is good about not maligning them; he focuses more on the huge gap they create between God and his children. I love how he splits the kingdom in two, thereby not casting one into hell, but demonstrating sadness over the misinformation given to its occupants.
kept my interest well. Huebert doesn’t labor too long on details or his message in each chapter, which I was thankful for. Despite what church members say, I don’t think anyone truly loves a long sermon! This writing was very un-sermon like—it was more like a conversation with a friend who is more focused on love than pushing knowledge and control.
Overall, this is the kind of book I’d give anyone who is still seeking freedom in their relationship with God. Truth always overcomes lies, and with truth comes freedom and joy.
Brad Huebert's book, Finding Home
, can be bought here: http://www.presencevoicetouch.com/
it is also available to read as a free e-book.