Saturday, March 25, 2017

Matthew 13:44 - A Book Review

About The Book:

Lucy and Steve Sinclair move into their dream home in Washington DC. They’re young, successful and expecting their first child. But within one month their world will implode. Steve becomes sick, disappears and is found dead and Lucy’s baby will be born needing life-saving cardiac surgery. Lucy is then falsely accused of killing her husband in the most public of forums by her very own Judas - a man who she once called her very best friend. And all because of a chance find, hidden in the darkest and deepest recess of their attic. Why has life suddenly turned so sour? Lucy’s only clue is a torn and scribbled note, citing ‘Matthew 13:44,’ which she finds on her husband’s desk. Given he’s a non-believer, like her, this makes no sense. He’s never even held a Bible in his life. Soon condemned by the very people who should be supporting her, Lucy must discover and expose the real perpetrators. In doing so, it becomes hard to know who she can trust. Alone and in the midst of this chaos, a chance lifeline is thrown, tethered to a stranger; a man she has never met but feels blissfully familiar with, who helps her discover her true purpose in life, and how - like the very Passion itself - ultimate good can come from the very worst of circumstances.

About The Author:

Scott Coren is an up and coming  British writer of Christian fiction. Matthew 13:44 is his first Christian fiction thriller, soon to be followed by the Christian fiction novel which he is currently writing, Matthew 21:28. His first Christian fiction book series is based on the parables of the New Testament, aiming to enlighten people with God’s word through captivating, thrilling, modern Christian fiction.
In 2012 Scott Coren gave up his career as a civil servant to look after his daughter, who shortly after birth required 24 hour care. Born with a rare heart condition, she suffered a complication during surgery to correct her heart, damaging her vocal chords; leading to her having a tracheotomy. Scott Coren has spent the last two years living in a different time zone from the rest of his family, to ensure that during the night his daughter’s artificial airway does not block.
During his solitary night shift, Scott Coren’s introspections led to his conversion from militant atheism to Christianity. As a result he began to write his first Christian fiction thriller, inspired by his journey with his daughter’s medical condition. Matthew 13:44, the parable of the hidden treasure, was the first parable chosen for Scott Coren’s Christian fiction series, as this parable most resonated with the author. To quote Scott Coren; “I spent a lifetime foraging for something I already had.”
Scott Coren’s conversion to Christianity and the Christian fiction novel Matthew 13:44 have sparked incredible media interest. Notably Scott Coren’s story published on Blaze.com has been shared over 10,000 times, and he has been interviewed on several radio and TV shows, including The Glenn Beck Show. Reviews of the Christian fiction book Matthew 13:44 can be found here.
Scott Coren lives in London with his wife and two daughters.
My Review:
A well written book, that kept my attention throughout and strives to answer the old age question, "if God loves us, why does He allow bad things to happen?" There are many twists and turns in this mystery novel, and I loved the story line of Lucy and how she developed through the book. This is a read about the strength of the human heart, resilience, and how we push through the tough times to become stronger because of it. 
A great read that I highly recommend.
BUY IT: You can purchase Matthew 13:44 online through Amazon
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the publisher, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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