Sunday, November 24, 2013

Saturday's Child by Clare Revell

This is a novel of spiritual warfare. We Christians sometimes want to forget that there is a very real world of spiritual beings – good and evil – that impact our lives. Revell reminds us of their reality in this chilling novel. She also shows the very real dangers of dabbling in the occult.

Aaron Field is an English farmer who is about to lose his farm to his (literally) evil step-mother. Aaron has experienced much tragedy including the untimely death of his mother and later his pregnant wife. He's struggled with his Christian faith and has all but lost it.

The spiritual atmosphere at the farm is revealed when Meaghan Knight comes to talk to Aaron about the Guy Fawkes bonfire celebration the church is planning. Meaghan senses there is something evil in the farm house, especially when the step-mother is near. As Meaghan and Aaron begin to develop an attraction for each other and talk of spiritual things, the evil oppression grows and becomes deadly.

This is a pretty well written spiritual warfare thriller with lots of suspense. We see the demons appear and attack. We also see Christians' prayer coming against them. Revell has provided clear Scripture references within the novel dealing with salvation and spiritual warfare. She has also added a prayer at the end. The novel is pretty graphic with respect to the demon attacks so those sensitive to such descriptions should take care. This novel follows in the style of Frank Peretti.

One aspect of the novel I felt was a little less than perfect was the quickness of Aaron and Meaghan to fall into a lighthearted attitude after a demonic attack. That just did not seem realistic to me. Nonetheless, this is a well written novel. I recommend it to be reminded of the reality of the spiritual world we so easily ignore.

Clare Revell lives in a small town in England with her husband and three children. Find out more at http://www.revell124.plus.com/clarerevell/.

White Rose Publishing, 322 pages. You can buy the book here.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book through the Book Group Network for the purpose of this review.
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