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“Above all, “Father Williams said, “be examples. You know, nobody ever really took the Valkyrie mascot very seriously until this year. I want each of you to think about what a Valkyrie is: a shield maiden of heaven. Could we convert her to our faith, we would call her a shield maiden of the Lord of Hosts. That’s quite a title. Each of you has taken upon yourself a serious and maybe a sacred emblem.”
Most days, life seems more like a prison than an adventure to Tracey Jacamuzzi. She feels like a failure than a Valkyrie. And it’s no wonder. Her junior year is marred by her parents’ divorce, the death of a classmate, and the continued violence of a fellow basketball player. Even her mentor and best friend, Liz, has changed. Tracey’s state of exile as a resident student at the Sanctuary of Mary and Joseph— known as the last resort before juvenile hall—shows no sign of nearing an end.
Tracey finds a place for herself through basketball and Maddie Murdoch, the volunteer bus driver who sets her heart on loving Tracey the way God Himself loves her. Tracey’s faith in Christ is growing, and she is achieving excellence as an athlete. But she can’t seem to control her own actions or rise above her violent past. At her lowest point, she begins to understand the potent mercy of the God who refuses to give up on her.
All Through the Blood is the triumphant conclusion of the story begun in Some Through the Fire. Readers will recognize God’s determination to turn a rough-and-tumble survivor of a sordid past into a good Valkyrie through and through.
JERI MASSI came to Christ as ateenager. She has been writing fiction for most of her life, seeking to develop a style of straightforward honesty that creates powerful narratives.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The second VALKYRIES book makes a satisfying conclusion to the first. With deft characterization and snappy dialog, Ms. Massi keeps things moving in this fast-paced story. By the time the older and wiser characters show up to dispense some answers, the reader is ready to hear them. There's nothing sentimental in the presentation of Christ. The truth really hits home, perhaps because the story has so vividly portrayed Tracey's anguish over where she has not understood faith in Christ. Meanwhile, the narrative takes on the hard driving rhythm of a pounding basketball in play. Minor characters take on new significance and major characters move out of the story, but there's still plenty of humor, more gentleness here than in the first volume, and a vision of Christ that---by the end--is both believable and victorious.
This is Volume Two of the book, VALKYRIES, which used to be an internet novel. Definitely, read Volume One first. This book should be read in correct order, though if you come into it at any point you will find a lot to keep your interest. Tracey Jacamuzzi is an earnest young Christian who wrestles with her doubts, her sins, and the seeming unfairness of God. Her titanic spiritual struggles are set against the backdrop of a Catholic boarding school with a premier basketball team, the Valkyries. Get ready for practical jokes that backfire, a few unexpected fight scenes, a lot of rapid-fire dialog, and the open, honest questions of a new believer. By the end of the novel, the reader--like Tracey--is amazed to realize that God has been at work all along in her life, leading her and guiding her. It's an entertaining book, and a very satisfying read.