by Chip DeWitt

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BN ID: 2940015743777
Publisher: Bookstand Publishing
Publication date: 12/07/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 290
File size: 202 KB

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Betrayed 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
1Garrett More than 1 year ago
Even the most faithful of people can reach a very dark hour in their life, when the light at the end of the tunnel is nowhere in sight and finding hope in the void can feel impossible.  In Betrayed, Chip DeWitt’s character, Chad Gamble, a pastor, finds himself in just such a place.  Gamble’s son has gone missing and is presumed dead, his wife has run off with a man who he had considered to be a ‘model parishioner.’ And Chad is unable to pray for a man who asks for ablution when it becomes clear that he has evil intentions. Fortunately, the faithful always have someone to turn to.  When Gamble contemplates suicide, he calls on God for help.  The Lord speaks to Gamble, telling him “Chad, I hurt like the Father that I am when you are in pain.”  He reminds him, “I put my choicest servants through these fires,” and urges him, “I have much yet for you to do before I take you home.” Through these words, Chad is given a new perspective on life. “He would be, by God’s grace, a tinkerer of men’s souls, dedicated to finding out what they needed to come to full faith in Jesus Christ!”  As it turns out, God needed Gamble’s full commitment: the would-be evil-doer has plans that only Chad has the ability to discern and thwart. Although Betrayed is certainly filled with plenty of action, the more important part is how seamlessly DeWitt interweaves Scripture and important lessons.  Readers are given a renewed sense of hope and faith in God.  How many people have reached just such a dark point, only to find out that the Father had a bigger purpose for them?  Through Gamble’s story, lessons that everyone would benefit from are brought to the fore.
Judehickmann More than 1 year ago
‘Bible-based action adventure’ isn’t a standard genre, or one that most people would imagine could be executed well, if attempted at all. Author Chip DeWitt—himself a former pastor—does just that with his new book, Betrayed, a Bible-based action adventure about Chad Gamble, a pastor who was once a policeman. A former parishioner comes to him, looking for ablution. His words make Chad uneasy: he clearly has a diabolical plan in the works, but what is it? When Chad takes the limited clues that he has to the police, they don’t believe him, nor can they act on only a first name and the ominous request for ablution. It is up to Chad and the rest of ‘The Four Amigos’—a local group of pastors from various denominations—to put together the clues as to who Everett really is and what he has planned. As they start piecing the clues together, it becomes evident that Everett has something planned for the anniversary of September 11th, and it is going to be tragic. Can a band of pastors save the day? They have God on their side, but they are not exactly your typical heroes, and they are dealing with a very unstable man who has been plotting ever since he got pushed off the edge of sanity. It is a fast-paced adventure founded upon an affirming religious message of purpose and finding hope in dark times. Betrayed is a welcome new style of story for the Christian market, but it is also one that readers who are not particularly religious can enjoy. Yes, there are many verses of Scripture, and God plays a big role, but the story is one that many types of readers will find compelling. Once the action takes off, DeWitt keeps readers at the edge of their seats until they have turned the very last page.
Henry1977 More than 1 year ago
The various denominations of Christianity have always held each other at arm’s length: the Catholics turn their noses up at the Protestants (and sometimes at each other, depending on their attitude toward Vatican II), the Mainline turns their noses up at the Evangelicals, and the Evangelicals turn their nose up at the Catholics, who they often consider to be ‘one notch above secular’, and the cycle continues. They all believe in Christ, but presenting a united front is infrequently, if ever, done. Props, PowerPoints, and jeans, or quiet, measured readings in a three-piece suit, or sin, redemption, and banging on a pulpit? George Beverly Shea or Mercy Me? In Chip DeWitt’s Betrayed, Chad Gamble, is a pastor at First Church. Brody is the priest at Our Lady of Light. Scott Wesley Pearce is the pastor of an old staid Methodist church. He comes “from old money” and fits right in with “a flock of sleepy-eyed parishioners… That is, he fit in until he was actually saved.” After his awakening, he “became a formidable voice for both home and foreign missions.” Thomas Kirk is the pastor of a Nazarene congregation, “the quiet scholar in the bunch.” Can these men overcome theological boundaries and cultural norms to preclude a tragedy? When Pastor Gamble’s former parishioner gives him cryptic hints that he has planned something evil, the police are unwilling to act on the information—it just isn’t concrete enough. If the former parishioner isn’t stopped, Gamble knows something tragic will occur. Chad knows he needs the help of the rest of the Four Amigos—Brody, Pearce, and Kirk—to figure it out before it is too late. They may be radically different, but they work together as a harmonious team to unravel the mystery and save the day. While it may be fictional, Betrayed offers a glimpse into what a united Christian community has the possibility to accomplish.