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Posted June 12, 2014
”In American, we have become insulated in our lives to the point few people, if any, seem to understand what it means to take up their cross and follow Christ….This is not the case in much of the world today, as elsewhere persecution is something that is understood as part of the package in accepting salvation. Jesus said: “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”…This is a wake-up call. Many of our freedoms granted to us by God will surely be ripped away unless we make a stand. This story is just the beginning.” —from the foreword by Daniel Lusko, writer and director of Persecuted
I haven’t read a “political thriller” but after that foreword I was definitely interested to see what Persecuted: I Will Not Be Silent by Robin Parrish was about. (This book is based on the film called Persecuted by Daniel Lusko and will be in theaters July 17, 2014.)
Through many bad choices John Luther made his life rough as he grew up, but God and his dad never gave up on him. His life changed dramatically by the grace of God and the support of other Christians. Now he is the head of a ministry focused on sharing the good news of Jesus with as many as possible. However, leaders in Washington see him as a threat because he will not support their new religious-equality bill, so he is framed for several crimes …and the action begins and continues strong throughout the book! Using his experience from his past, John tries to figure out the truth to clear his name and reunite with his family. He also has to decide who he can trust and who is truly behind this plot.
Persecuted: I Will Not Be Silent by Robin Parrish is an interesting story, yet scary (because it feels so real), but and challenging (because I want to stand up for God no matter what). I strongly recommend it to all Christians—teenage and up, men and women. “It is my hope that this story inspires a new generation to get involved—to take action on behalf of persecuted Christians.” Well said, Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice.
Here’s a couple quotes included in the book…
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. —First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States
The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. —Billy Graham
**Bethany House has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
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Posted June 6, 2014
I received an action packed, mysterious, intriguing, wonderfully well-written, inspirational, outstanding story, Persecuted: I Will Not Be Silent by Robin Parrish free through Goodreads First Reads.
John Luther is happily married, has a beautiful daughter, is a popular evangelist who believes in sharing the gospel, and is not a supporter of a bill in Congress for a worldwide religion, Faith and Fairness Act. Since John is not a supporter of the bill, Senator Donald Harrison sets the events in motion drugging John and making it appear that he killed a young girl. John is a wanted man by the FBI and video's of him in a compromising position are shown on TV. John's hope, belief, and prayers in God stand firm as he evades the FBI and tries to clear his name.
I enjoyed reading the story and was so engaged in the twists, turns, flashbacks, plot, and characters that I finished the book within 24 hours.
Read the engaging, enlightening, intriguing, inspirational, highly recommended story, Persecuted: I Will Not Be Silent by Robin Parrish.
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Posted November 24, 2014
Robin Parrish in his new book, “Persecuted”, published by Bethany House gives us I Will Not Be Silent Based on a Daniel Lusko film.
From the back cover: “The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.” –Reverend Billy Graham
The Question Is Not If Attempts Will Be Made
to Limit Religious Freedoms, But When.
And When That Day Comes, Will You Stay Silent?
A storm is coming.
The most popular evangelist of his day, John Luther, simply wants to share the Gospel and enjoy a quiet life with his family. He never asked to be at the center of a political controversy, but an ill wind has been blowing through the halls of Congress, and supporters of a new religious-equality bill see Luther’s endorsement as critical.
But when Luther refuses to lend his support, he unknowingly sets in motion an explosive plan bent on destroying his reputation and undermining everything for which he stands. His once-normal life is turned upside down as he becomes a fugitive left with only one dangerous option–putting everything he holds most dear at risk while he fights to expose the truth. It is a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that could threaten the very fabric of our nation’s freedoms.
First off I should tell you, you have to go and see this movie. Now that I have said that you are probably wondering if you are going to see the movie why should you have to read the book? Good question. The answer is Mr. Parrish has not just taken the screenplay and typed it up so that it reads like a book. Oh no. What he has done is taken all the characters and fleshed them out making them more human, both good and bad. He has taken the scenes and situations and expanded upon them so that there is much more to the book than the movie could provide for us. If I tell you anything more I will spoil the dynamics of this book. “Persecuted” is so perfectly crafted that it is designed to be devoured and enjoyed by the reader so when you reach the end there is a very satisfied sigh of enjoyment and relief. Don’t start this book late at night because it will be very difficult to put it down or stop thinking about it. I recommend this book highly. It delivers lots of action, suspense and thrills and brings you to a very satisfying conclusion.
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Posted October 22, 2014
Posted July 16, 2014
"The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion."--Billy Graham
Persecuted is a work of fiction, but is a story that is written for today. It is very believable, containing many topics and subjects that are in current headlines . The book centers on John Luther, the most popular evangelist of the day, who has an interesting past.
John was raised by single-parent, Charles Luther, an Episcopal priest. Charles raised John very strictly in an attempt to protect him from the temptations of the world. That approach did just the opposite, because John rebelled against all things Christian, and became an alcoholic drug user, a gambler and wife abuser.
After living that lifestyle for years, John had a miraculous experience that caused him to abandon it all, and turn to Christ. Out of his conversion, he started Truth Ministries, that has become so large it is described as reaching "more people than the evening news." Because of the influence John has, he is now being pressured to support a new bill called the "Faith and Fairness Act." If it passes, all faiths will be lumped together into one religion. Great tax incentives are being offered for those who will support it.
John resists supporting this bill. Because of that decision, his world is turned upside down. He finds himself in the middle of a frame-up. It is so scandalous that at the very least, it will destroy his family and Truth Ministries, and might take his very life as well. John slowly learns the ones behind his troubles reach to the very highest, most powerful people in the land. While Luther attempts to prove his innocence, he must figure out who he can trust, and who will sell him out--including those whose friendships span decades.
This very readable story is an exciting thriller, with twists and turns to the very last page. It is a tale that pulls you in immediately, and you will have trouble putting down until it is finished. When reading it, you will find yourself thinking this fictional story-line could become an actual reality any day. Anyone who likes fast-paced, reality-based Christian fiction will enjoy this 5-star book. I highly recommend Persecuted the book, as well as, the film of the same title which is being released Friday, July 18, 2014.
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Posted May 23, 2014
Intense, Threatening and Thought-Provoking
When I chose to read review Persecuted: I Will Not Be Silent by Robin Parrish, I was intrigued about religious freedom and the implications of its demise in the United States. Parrish’s Persecuted plot was much more intense and threatening than I anticipated so I was quite surprised.
Despite the unexpected intensity of the novel, it was a page turner. I finished Persecuted in short order. I was impressed by the strong character of John Luther and his desire for right to prevail against all odds. And yet, Parrish made his character John and John’s father Charles approachable and so human as they struggle to find their way.
The short chapters and the constant switching between the present and the past effectively created a complete picture of John Luther, his mistakes, and his transformation to support religious freedom under different levels of duress.
While the present story line of Persecuted focuses on John Luther’s survival and attempts to vindicate himself and return to his family, Parrish subtly impresses us with the insidious nature of people who not only oppose religious autonomy but who make it a life time pursuit to take the right to freely believe and act according to our beliefs away from us. That was a sobering but highly relevant theme throughout this story.
The character of Ryan was too intense for me, but as the novel’s action played out, Ryan because a perfect archetype of people who believe in religious freedom, but who can be weakened to succumb to political or economic pressure for expediency and short term security.
The “Questions for Conversation” following the novel present some sobering ideas to contemplate about where we stand regarding religious freedom. Overall, if you can handle intense action, Persecuted will enthrall you while making you think about how much religious freedom should matter to you. Bethany House Publishing sent me a complimentary copy of Persecuted to review.
Posted May 11, 2014
I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t always enjoyed books by Robin Parrish. “Nightmare” and “Offworld”
were probably my two favorites, but they were both still hard for me to get through. I’ve always thought
that I enjoyed edgier, sci-fi type novels, but I never could quite get a feel for his writing. When this book
came up as being available to review, I thought I would give him another try. I’ll say right now, I’m glad that
John Luther has risen to the top as the leader of one of the country’s premiere religious organizations. If
he’ll just lend his support behind a new sweeping religious freedoms act, he and his organization should
be in a great position to reap some huge financial gains. That is IF he’ll lend his support. And if he
doesn’t, he stands to put his life and those around him into grave danger. As John stops to assist a
young teenager on the way home, the unthinkable happens. Waking up, the young lady is dead and his
life has been turned upside down. The police have all the information to arrest him for her murder, but
John is on the run in an attempt to clear his name. Is anywhere safe for John to hide? Will anyone believe
his story and offer to help him? Who is behind this obvious setup and what is their motive? Run as fast
as you can, and go BUY THIS BOOK!
This book is a novelization of an upcoming movie to be released towards the middle of July. When I see
that there is a novelization, I always wonder the whole “which came first, the chicken of the egg”. With
this book, I didn’t really care. As I read through this book, I could envision it being made into a terrific
movie. The plot lines were so pertinent to today’s affairs, from the political atmosphere we live in to the
religious persecution that seems to creep in ever closer here in America. The characters are flawed but
flawed to the point that only because of their past can they be successful in the present. This type of
writing, to me, is what epitomizes a great author. Someone that can take everyday actionable events
and turn them into a white-knuckle novel.
Is this a "guy's book"? This is truly a guy’s book, but I know some women who would like it too. There
isn’t any hint of romance in this book, as almost from the beginning you are catapulted into the action
of a man on the run trying to save everything he has. The chase scenes, the plot twists and the intrigue
all combine to make this a must read by any man that I know.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Posted April 22, 2014
Persecuted is a thriller with legal battles at the center. John Luther is a courageous evangelist who once was a prodigal son and worldly atheist. The son of a Catholic priest, Luther once ran away from the truth, now lies are chasing him. A conspiracy develops and members of secret government agencies contact Luther to get him on board with a religious equality bill. Now he must stand up and be willing to sacrifice his very life if necessary to fight the same lies he once believed. Parrish manages to keep the reader turning pages with his unique brand of suspense. I didn’t feel the deep connection with the main character every reader hopes for, it is difficult to enter into his world. Perhaps the fact that the book is based on the movie makes a difference here, there were many characters in this novel and at times it was difficult to track. There are many novels with a conspiracy theme, nothing struck me as particularly unique in this version. I am definitely interested to give Parrish’s novels another try in the future as the themes he deals with intrigue meWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.