Monday, May 05, 2014

Book Review: Casting the Net by Pam Rhodes

I just finished Pam Rhodes' newest book, Casting the Net , part of The Dunbridge Chronicles.  It's written in a style somewhat reminiscent of the Mitford Series, so I fully expected to enjoy reading the book.  It's good light-hearted fiction set in a church community in England.  It's a compilation of short stories woven together into a snapshot of the vicar's life.

The characters are easy to relate to.  Rhodes introduces many relational struggles common to all of us: death and grieving, sickness, abandonment and divorce, physical temptation, love and loss, life purpose, friendships, anger and retaliation, compromise, and faith.

It's definitely more liberal Christian fiction.  I'm not sure about the theological drives in the book.  There is a lot of acceptance and grace, but little confrontation of sin.  it's fine for a light-hearted read, but I believe we need to live in community with people who will speak the truth in humility and love; not just turn a blind eye to sin.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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