Every once in a while an author comes across a review that leaves him or her with an AHA moment, pleased that a reader got the point of the story head on. This review is the one that left me with tingles.
First let me tell you this: I’m not a Christian. So, what on Earth is a new-ager like me doing picking up a book that’s basically a doorway into Christian faith?
It was Amber Walker in the audio sample. She got me immediately. I’d like to be more like her! So I listened to Capturing Faith, and I was completely delighted by it.
Victoria Schwimley has a gift of describing the mental and emotional change that takes place before, during and after you find faith – and in teenagers, no less! I myself found my own story of finding faith there, right down to the “God bug” 😀 Faith is universal, and so is the joy of finding it – so this is a great book whether you believe in God, the Universe or however you call the loving higher power.
This book describes to young adults what faith and church are about. Victoria Schwimley is unveiling the mystery, so to speak. In a very nice way. As a non-Christian, I really appreciate that no one in this book is pushing anybody into Christian faith, knowing deep down that when it’s time for it to happen, it will, and Amber is standing patiently nearby to lend a hand.
The young characters Ms. Schwimley created for us are loveable and relatable – at least for a 32 year old me 🙂 Beware though – you spend most time in Chelsea’s point of view, and just when you start being really invested in her transformation, that point of view is ripped from you. It’s jarring, as it’s supposed to be… It almost took me out of the story. But Amber and her friends restored all that by being thoughtful young people.
The narrator’s young voice is perfect for the piece, and she’s really good, lending the story a lot of life.
Ms. Schwimley, you have captured me and I have faith in this series!
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