Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Review: My Soul to Keep


Well, I was right. I devoured Melanie Wells' third novel, My Soul to Keep, and just as I'd suspected, I thoroughly and completely enjoyed it.

Dylan Foster is a psychology professor once again entangled in a war of good and evil when her friend's little boy is kidnapped from a birthday party at a neighborhood park. What follows is a scary, spooky, and sometimes bizarre series of events as Dylan seeks to unravel the truth of the little boy's disappearance.

The Bible tells us we do not wage war against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms, and this novel continues that theme in the character of Peter Terry, Dylan's sinister and evil nemesis in all three of Melanie's novels.

The character of Dylan Foster stands in stark contrast to many shallow plastic-perfect heroines found in most Christian novels. She is flawed like the rest of us, struggles with her Thigh Recovery Program like the rest of us, and has her quirks and compulsions like the rest of us. And, like the rest of us, her Top Ten Terrible Traits very often get her into trouble. Dylan is a smart, wholly believable, genuinely likeable, authentic character whose battle with Peter Terry and his minions mirror my own battle not just with spiritual forces with but the evil flesh within.

I don't know if demons actually have names like Peter Terry or if they place rattlesnakes under kitchen sinks. Likewise, I don't know if angels are black men named Earl. This novel is fiction, not doctrine; but as fiction, My Soul to Keep as well as Melanie's first two novels, When the Day of Evil Comes and The Soul Hunter, all tell the story of good fighting evil, reminding readers of the reality of an enemy who seeks to steal, kill and destroy. Only God holds the victory and it is through Him that we are more than conquerors in this very real day-to-day battle for His kingdom.

I loved this book. It is witty and smart, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspenseful, and cannot-put-down engaging, my favorite kind of novel. I highly recommend it, as well as Melanie's first two novels featuring Dylan and Peter Terry.

5 comments:

  1. Sounds intriguing. I usually try to stay away from the scary ones, but I may have to try these on your recommendation!

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  2. I love getting new bok ideas. Would it be or NOT be a good book to read aloud to four teens? We are always reading a novel aloud together.

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  3. Hmm, this sounds interesting; I may check it out.

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  4. Thanks I will write these down on my look for list! Enjoy the last day of January!!

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  5. Whoohoo! When I went to the Friends of the Library today they had a copy of When the Day of Evil Comes so I snatched it up...

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