I've read a lot of novels in the past and I never enjoy reading secular novels nearly as much as novels that have something to do with Christ. Just knowing that a book is written with a positive view in mind and a message makes it so much more entertaining and obviously more productive. Surrounding yourself with the things of God is an important part of any Christian's life and that includes books as well is does friends and music.
Now for the book itself, Aretrburn does a fantastic job of creating suspense, action, and excitement throughout the novel. A plot synopsis taken from Amazon only for the purpose of explaining the story says:
"Ben Taylor’s just a regular guy. Married to his beautiful Annie, with good kids, and a career that brings him great joy. But the world as he knows it suddenly shifts beneath his feet. While his job is suddenly in jeopardy, Annie gets promoted into the position of a lifetime–with a bigger salary than his…and a requirement to move across the country.
The blow to his ego, not to mention the disruption to his family, shatters Ben’s confidence in himself–and in God. But just as he comes to grips with this new reality and accepts these major changes, the unimaginable happens. His wife is kidnapped!Desperate, Ben travels across country to help the police hunt for the kidnappers by risking his life and everything else in the process. Can he really trust the God he thought he knew to get him through this shocking twist in life? Or is he destined to be just as forsaken as he feels?"
It's a fairly easy read, I read it in about a week because it was so engaging that I wanted to find out what happens next. The story is suspenseful enough to draw in the reader but not to the point to scar or scare anyone. The message in trusting God and knowing that all things will work out for good for those who trust in Him is a lesson we all need to learn time and time again and it's awesome to see a character live by that since the characters we see on t.v. in and movies are so far from that.
Overall, it's a wonderful book that any man or teenage boy would greatly enjoy.