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Seek and Hide
     

Seek and Hide

3.5 8
by Amanda Stevens
 

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Six years ago, the government took control of the church. Only re-translated Bibles are legal, and a specialized agency called the Constabulary enforces this and other regulations. Marcus Brenner, a new Christian, will do anything to protect his church family from imprisonment-including risk his own freedom to gain the trust of a government agent.

Aubrey Weston

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Six years ago, the government took control of the church. Only re-translated Bibles are legal, and a specialized agency called the Constabulary enforces this and other regulations. Marcus Brenner, a new Christian, will do anything to protect his church family from imprisonment-including risk his own freedom to gain the trust of a government agent.

Aubrey Weston recanted her faith when the Constabulary threatened her baby. Now released, she just wants to provide for her son and avoid government notice. But she's targeted again, and this time, her baby is taken into custody. If only she'd never denied Him, maybe God would hear her pleas for help.

When Aubrey and Marcus's lives collide, they are forced to confront the lies they believe about themselves. And God is about to grab hold of Marcus's life in a way he'd never expect, turning a loner into a leader.

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ISBN-13:
9781434708656
Publisher:
David C Cook
Publication date:
09/28/2014
Pages:
418
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.93(d)

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Seek and Hide: A Novel 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ATaftUDM More than 1 year ago
The only reason I gave this book a 4 instead of a 5, is because I reserve 5 stars for the ultra-greats, like John Steinbeck and Harper Lee. These are the aspects of books that I normally assess when I am deciding whether a book is good and worth recommending: 1. The Writing: This book is full of well thought out good quality writing. The author is able to write pretty prose without distracting from the intense plot or seeming out of place within the character points of view. The writer is able to vary her voice to fit the two drastically different characters you are getting the story from. You feel like you are getting real thoughts from real people. You are able to see how the two characters can view events and choices in completely different ways and both be right in their own way. The dialogue is intelligent, and free of cliches (or at least I didn't notice any.) She also does not spoon-feed all the information to the reader. She allows the reader to infer certain things from the hints she drops about issues the characters do not want to think about head-on.  2. The Characters: These are very intricate characters that are well developed throughout the book. The people in this story all have a vast number of characteristics that you are able to put together from the hints that fall throughout the book. Within each character, there are strengths and weaknesses that conflict with each other the way they would in a real person. These characters are all broken by the world, but grow and change from their interactions with each other. Their cores remain intact, though. Their actions always stay true to who they are, and there are no compromises on that to move the plot in the direction the author wants.  3. The Plot: Christianity has become illegal in America, and the Philosophical Constabulary enforces the new laws about religion. This plot may sound far-fetched at first when you consider America's Constitution, but the author explains in one page at the beginning how easily this could happen. I think that this is an important topic to bring up right now, because of the increasingly negative attitude society is developing toward Christianity. Christians are being viewed more and more as the evil hate-filled enemy, thanks to a minority of attention-seeking groups who take the Lords name in vain to achieve their self-gratifying agendas. This story also comes at a time of heightened persecution across the world. ISIS is grabbing the headlines right now, but there are plenty of other countries across the world where Bibles and churches have always been illegal. Outside of this central plotline, our heroes have real life problems that they are struggling with-- some of which would still be there even if the Philosophical Constabulary was not. Issues like PTSD and alcoholism were well researched for this book, and are displayed in a very human manner.  This story does not fit into a formula, so the story is UNPREDICTABLE! Nothing is done for shock-value, though. When events occur, it is because that was the only thing that could hit a character hard enough to get him or her to change their thought processes and grow.  4. Message: There are so many Biblical messages one could take away from this book. (1) when true Christians are tried by fire, they come out of the fire stronger and purer. (2) Christians screw up-- they can break, give into fear, give into temptation-- but that doesn't have to mean they are lost forever. God takes repentant sinners, and it is the church's job to do likewise. (3)The members of the church are commanded to work together. (4)God can stir the hearts of non-believers to cary out His will. (5)God is sovereign over our lives, and will put us in the right place at the right time to meet that one person who both needs our help and can also help us with our own needs. Though the specific scenarios in this book are fiction, they resemble encounters that occur in real life. (6)Forgiveness. (7)Redemption. The list could go on. 5. Pacing: The story never drags. This is not an "action" story, and there is no violence on the page, but it still manages to feel full of action and intensity. The downtime is sparse. When the author does give us moments to catch our breaths, those moments are full of character development that still pushes the story forward.  **I received this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope there is a second book.
JocelynFloyd More than 1 year ago
Great fiction, for me, must have three characteristics. First, and foremost, it must entertain me. Frankly, half the books I enjoy stop there and I’m content with that. But that’s not a mark of *great* fiction. No, great fiction must also make me think. But even that’s not enough. The truly great sticks with me, long after I finish the pages, because it makes me *feel*. Seek and Hide is great fiction. The story pulled me in from page one, drawing me into these characters’ lives and making me hurry up to read faster to find out what was going to happen next. Minor characters were fully fleshed out, with so many little details making the entire atmosphere just come to life, as if I could walk into any scene and join them. The main characters were so alive I felt like I could run into them on the street someday. As I lived their tale with them, these characters and their world made me think. What would I do? Where do I draw my lines? Questions of morality, of faith, of betrayal and forgiveness. These are big struggles, but in *Seek and Hide* they’re brought down to a human level and we struggle along with the broken, flawed, human characters. And oh, how it made me feel. Sometimes I wanted to shake the characters. Sometimes I wanted to hug them. And sometimes I cried – with them or for them or both. But honestly, what I love best about this book is the rawness of their relationships with God. No cookie-cutter Christians here – nope, these are people who are struggling with their choices, with their pasts, with their desire to do God’s will at war with their human misperceptions of Him and the constant battering of a world at war against Him. But even in the giant battle against the world, the day-to-day of their faith was so *real* that I couldn’t help but relate. Five stars, without a doubt -- and then Book Two gets even better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If youre looking for a life changing book this is not it. The writing is mediocre zt best. The characters are flat and pretty annoying. The first two chapters are excrutiatingly boring, but i held on thinking it had to getbetter, and it did but barely. The book lacked an ending. It just ended, so really just a boring waste of time.
thedeena63 More than 1 year ago
First of all, you need to know that this is the first book in a four part series. That said, be prepared for major cliff-hangers! Second, there was a time when this would have been pure speculation and pure fiction. I personally believe we are going into a time when this kind of thing could really happen. Which is why I found the book so frightening and disturbing. Should Christianity fall under government control one day, this is a great manual for what could be coming. Having said that, I had an issue with the main character. And I believe the issue I had with him was deliberately planned by the author. Amanda has created a he-man/martyr/walking guilt on the stick kind of guy. Marcus is distant, a bit cold, and has a HUGE chip on his shoulder. We receive glimpses into why he acts as he does, but only glimpses. I'm hoping more of his background is revealed in future novels. I wanted to like him, but it felt as if he wouldn't let me. Which, of course, is excellent writing, because Marcus isn't real! Then there was Lee, his best friend and someone who is carrying the past around with her like a fashion accessory. This makes her stand-offish as well, and I sense that was deliberate. Lee has been deeply wounded in the past and she has cement walls built up to guard her feelings. There's a weird kind of synergy between Lee and Marcus. If one would drop his or her guard, the other would follow and a relationship could begin. These two are either playing a stalemated game of chicken or just so stubborn a heavy wind would snap them in two. Either way, I felt very chilled as I read the book. Thankfully, Aubrey is open, honest, and equally tortured as Marcus and Lee. But because Aubrey has a son, and a disabled son at that, she can't put up walls like the other two main characters have done. She has to able to feel in order to care for her child. You learn quick that caring in this future world can be most dangerous. Unfortunately, and I won't spoil the book for you, tragedy strikes out of literally no where. It was almost as if Amanda was editing and thought "I haven't tortured my readers enough, so I have to do THIS." It felt abrupt, jarring, and made no sense to me at all. It almost ruined the book for me. I've decided to at least read the second book to see what happens in the aftermath. That will help me decide just how I feel about "Seek and Hide". By the way, the titles of each book are extremely clever and have their own meaning if you think about it for long. My thanks to my friends at David C. Cook Publishing and Wynn-Wynn Media for my complimentary copy. I'm recommended "Seek and Hide"....hope it disturbs you as well. LOL!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book with a good theme. The only downer is that I felt like I was left hanging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only review is a lengthy plot spoiler revealing much of the book, then the poster brags how they got their book for free after ruining it fir other readers. Bn, please put a stop to these plot spoilers who ruin the books for other readers by revealing the entire storyline. They should be banned.