Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fear Has a Name by Creston Mapes - REVIEWED

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Fear Has a Name
David C. Cook (June 1, 2013)
Creston Mapes


Creston has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as "The Shop."

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University, then began his writing career. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, corporate copywriter, creative director, freelance writer, and author.


From popular suspense author Creston Mapes comes another faith-building thriller, a tale that follows journalist Jack Crittendon as he fights to protect his family from a stalker's terrifying schemes, investigates a pastor's mysterious disappearance, and struggles to keep his faith amidst unthinkable fear.

With his family's safety on the line, Crittendon realizes there are secrets behind "Christian" walls--secrets with painful, deadly implications. He must find the faith to trust a God who allows inconceivable trials, and the courage to guard his family, with danger exploding at every turn.

Through it all--the sharp, character-driven writing for which Mapes is known--takes fans and new readers on an edge-of-your-seat journey that explores the harsh, far-reaching consequences of bullying and the Christian response to fear.

My Thoughts:
God can save us from this trial, but what if He doesn’t?  What if the worst happens? What if that’s His will? How will you do then?  What kind of Christian will you be then?”  (p. 129)

This question is asked at a point where events plainly indicated that evil has purposefully acted against Jack Crittendon and his family.  A stranger has come into their lives, into their home, and made the familiar seem terrifying.  Each action perpetrated against this family ratchets up the suspense, and as a reader you begin to feel the terror creeping into you mind and heart.  You fear for Pam and her precious daughters.

Jack gets pulled into another family’s trial as he does his job as an investigative reporter for the Trenton City Dispatch.  A local pastor, Eric,  has vanished and suspicions  swirl around among the church staff and community  about his dramatic disappearance.   Only his wife never wavers in her belief that something is strange about the situation.  Her insistence gives purpose to Jack’s investigation and the answers he uncovers are strangely woven amid the terror wreaking havoc in his own life.

These two plot lines are cleverly woven into a face paced intriguing read that will keep you captivated!  You will be both encouraged and challenged by the conclusion of the story.  The truth that is revealed will take your breath away!

You can count on Creston Mapes to deliver a heart-pounding, thought-provoking read, and Fear Has a Name does not disappoint!!

If you would like to read the first chapter of Fear Has a Name, go HERE.

1 comment:

Creston Mapes said...

Thank you for the shining review!