Saturday, October 1, 2011


Terri Blackstock stands at the top of my list as favorite writers. She can pull you into a story with the first sentence. I have read almost every book she has written and I have just finished, Shadow In Serenity. Now, I don't want to give anything away, but Serenity is a quaint town filled with sweetness and pure hearted people. In fact, Serenity is the perfect place to find that peace of heart your longing for. That is what drew, Carny Sullivan, there. Carny came to town with a past and found redemption. Life was not easy for her, but she doesn't feel pity for herself. She is a humble woman who fell in love with the Lord and life was never the same for her.

I love this title! There is a shadow. You would think it would be a person, but for me, it means the shadow of our past that seems to follow us. In this case we meet, Logan Brisco. He is a whirlwind and a con. You would think people could see right through him, but they just seem to look past the shadow and believe. Wow, isn't that what the Lord does for us? He sees our heart and knows us like no other. He is willing to leave the shadows behind and allow us to walk in His light filled presence.

I found myself reading and thought, "Okay, how can these people believe this guy so easy?" But there are times we only see what we want to see. We fall into temptation so easily. If it looks good and it can bring us wealth, well, bring it on! I found myself wondering if these people were gullible or they just wanted to believe and give this guy a chance. Isn't that what we are all looking for?

Carny spots Logan for what he is. A con. But there is so much more to this story. She sees herself in him. Just a few years back that was her. We see hope come alive. Trust build and redemption take place in a small town called Serenity. That is what can take place in our heart once we get past the shadows.

I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read and the movement just seems to flow as it does in all of Terri Blackstock's books. If your new to Terri Blackstock once you pick up one of her books she will soon be in your top favorite list too!

This book was a gift from Zondervan for it's review.

Terri Blackstock ( has sold six million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestseller. She is the award-winning author of Intervention and Double Minds, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series.

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