Monday, 25 September 2017

Guest Review: Grace In Strange Disguise by Christine Dillon

Grace In Strange Disguise by Christine Dillon
Self-published next week on the 1st October 2017.

Where to buy this book:



Amazon UK

Amazon US




The Book Depository



Guest review by Trix Wilkins
Trix Wilkins is the author of The Courtship of Jo March (my review here) which she wrote partly out of love for her best-friend-turned-husband, partly out of love for Jane Austen, and partly because she read Eve LaPlante’s Marmee & Louisa. She holds degrees in journalism and international relations and worked for Australian Associated Press before the kids made her a better offer.

Trix's rating: 5 of 5 stars

Physiotherapist Esther Macdonald is living the Australian dream, and it doesn’t surprise her. After all, her father has always said, “Follow Jesus and be blessed.” But at twenty-eight, her world shatters. Everyone assures her God will come through for her, but what happens when he doesn’t?
Has she offended God? Is her faith too small?
So many conflicting explanations.
Will finding the truth cost her the people closest to her heart?

Trix says: From the opening chapters you might get the impression that this novel is either a) a really depressing book about dying or b) a really cheesy book about being miraculously healed BUT this book is neither of those things. It isn’t even really about death. What it’s really about is The Question. The Question about what life is about and what is most important – and what really is not.

Esther is a twenty-something who seems to have everything –when in actuality she is not only afflicted by her health but also troubled relationships and theological questions…I tend to prefer a faster pace with something dramatic happening in the first chapter, but I’m glad I pushed through the wedding planning and visits to doctors because the conversations later in the novel were gold!

That’s the strength of this novel – the theological analysis, and not the kind that reads like a sermon in quotes. In-depth wrestling with hard questions that have even harder answers. I like characters having lengthy discussions of huge ideas so this was a plus for me as a reader – I enjoyed the exploration of complex ideas in plain conversations that one can actually imagine taking place.

This novel is for people who claim to be Christians, people who are Christians, people who really don’t like Christians, people who really like Christians, people who are appalled by the church, people who love the church, people who are just using the church for self-promotion…If you have really strong feelings either way about Jesus and Christianity, this book will stir your pot a good deal more.

Favorite quotes from the novel:
“Good news is like a diamond. It shows up best against a black background.”
“I’m a follower of Jesus,” Esther said. “I don’t believe in avoidance.”
“I came because of the easy access to books. I’m careful to only choose the best ones.”
“Bother, why did she keep saying ‘blessed’? Stupid word to use in ordinary conversation.”
“You’ve introduced me to your best friend and He’s worth knowing.”

Thank you Trix!

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