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Thursday, June 09, 2011

WINTER, by Keven Newsome


I'm back!!! I hope the other CFRB members start coming online. It's been a trying 6 months, but enough of that. God knows what He's doing. Just look at the fantastic book He brought to my attention.

Gothic Christians?

That's right. This book dares to have the lead character as a Gothic Christian. I've known Gothic Christians and they are amazing, so I can relate to this story on many levels.

Winter Maessen is basically your average teenage girl. She's gone through a lot of pain, made a lot of mistakes, dresses in black, with all the other things you'd expect to see on a Goth chick, piercings, black or dark lipstick, black or dark nail polish, dark eyeshadow (purple), powdered white face. But she wasn't always like that. In fact, if you focus on that you're going to miss out on a truly wonderful person. I think that was one thing that Keven tried to bring out. It isn't what people wear, what their hair style is like, how many piercings or tattoos they have they tell you what they are really like. It's how they act and react under various circumstances. And oh boy, does Keven find ways of letting you see her, and others, in all kinds of circumstances.

But wait, he's not through with us yet. Winter, it seems, has the gift of prophecy. This may step on the toes of some religious people, but there you have it. I have known people who God has used with the gift of prophecy. I have seen visions and had dreams, although not quite on the same level of horror as Winter. And I know of people who are true prophets, as well as a few who claim to be prophets, but their message doesn't seem to bear that out.

What Keven does is pick a girl, a very normal girl, give her a really tough background, then presents her as an outcast who not only is a Christian, but a prophetess. This works so well only because of the friends she makes. And by the way, she wouldn't have had those friends if she hadn't practiced forgiveness. We all tend to push people away when they look at us cross-eyed, but Winter knows that she has to keep herself clean, or at least try to, and that means saying your sorry when you mess up. (She does this alot. Something else we could all learn from her).

If you like Ted Dekker or Bill Myers you are going to love Keven Newsome. He's just as good as they are, maybe better. I hope to see more of his works coming out. He is one truly gifted (there's that word again) writer.

Be sure to visit his site HERE

To purchase online you'll find at these stores:

Splashdown Books Darkwater

Amazon

Books a Million

(Legal stuff - I received a copy of this book for the express purpose of writing a review. That being said I still give it a 5 star rating, which you can also read on Amazon)

3 comments:

Jeffrey Beesler said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this one!

kevennewsome said...

Very cool! Thanks for the encouraging comments and for touring the book!

David said...

Jeffery, you're going to be amazed by this book. It's truly awesome, even if it is the debut novel.

Keven, you'll be getting around 6 days of exposure on CFRB, plus there's a review on Amazon that I believe Grace already told you about.

If you can get media exposure on this I see no reason why you can't join the ranks of NY Times Bestsellers.

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