Friday, October 2, 2009

Intervention by Terri Blackstock - REVIEWED

“She had once dreamed of college and careers for her children, godly spouses and bouncing grandchildren. Though she still held that dream or Lance, she had only two goals for Emily – to keep her daughter from prison or death.” (p. 23)

Terri Blackstock’s latest novel, Intervention, is about a mother’s worst nightmare – rescuing a child from drug addiction. Barbara Covington prepares her heart and mind to do an intervention for her daughter Emily, and once she introduces her to the rehab facility’s representative all hell breaks loose – literally. Emily doesn’t want to admit there is a problem. Yet she finally agrees to go into rehab, convinced she can survive the ninety days away from family.

But Emily never makes it to the rehab facility. Neither does the rehab facility’s representative – Trish. Things go terribly wrong once the plane lands in Atlanta, and Emily is swept up into the darkest storm of her drug-addicted life. Barbara’s mother-heart is shredded in two when she learns what has happened to her daughter, and she is once again placed in the position of risking everything to save her daughter – even when it seems her efforts up to this point have been in vain. Will she be able to save Emily? Or will illegal drugs claim another victim?

As soon as I saw the cover of this book and its title I knew this was going to be an emotionally difficult read. By the grace of God, substance abuse has never touched my personal life, but after more than two years of volunteer work in a drug rehab facility I know only too well about the hellish destruction that addiction can wreck upon its victims. I immediately began to wonder how this amazing author could write of a mother’s anguish over their child’s addictions – then I read her testimony at the back of the book. Terri Blackstock has been that mother going to battle for the life of her child. Talk about a powerful story! Talk about a story written realistically from a heart that knows God’s power to perform the ultimate intervention!

Folks, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It’s real. It’s solid. It’s a beautiful picture of God’s unfailing love for His children and the power to redeem even the darkest of choices. Intervention – go buy your copy today and share it with a friend! Terri Blackstock has written her best novel yet!


Terri Blackstock’s books have sold six million copies worldwide. Her suspense novels often debut at number one on the Christian fiction best-seller lists, and True Light, published last year, was number one of all Christian books—fiction and non-fiction. Blackstock has had twenty-five years of success as a novelist.

In 1994 Blackstock was writing for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening drew her into the Christian market. Since that time, she’s written over thirty Christian titles, in addition to the thirty-two she had in the secular market. Her most recent books are the four in her acclaimed Restoration Series, which includes Last Light, Night Light, True Light and Dawn’s Light. She is also known for her popular Newpointe 911 and Cape Refuge Series.

In addition to her suspense novels, she has written a number of novels in the women’s fiction genre, including Covenant Child, which was chosen as one of the first Women of Faith novels, and her Seasons Series written with Beverly LaHaye, wife of Tim LaHaye.

Blackstock has won the Retailer’s Choice Award and has appeared on national television programs such as The 700 Club, Home Life, and At Home Live with Chuck and Jenny. She has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country and the subject of countless articles. The story of her personal journey appears in books such as Touched By the Savior by Mike Yorkey, True Stories of Answered Prayer by Mike Nappa, Faces of Faith by John Hanna, and I Saw Him In Your Eyes by Ace Collins.


Mocha with Linda said...

Incredible book!

Scrambled Dregs said...

Hey Girl,

I'm borrowing it for NR. My review is a bit less glowing than yours. I don't know if I'm fed up with drama or what! But I didn't love it. Glad you did. : ) Nice review