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Name: Janice LaQuiere
Location: Southeastern, Michigan,

February 23, 2007

A Sounding Brass, A Novel

A Sounding Brass, A Novel
Author: Bates, Shelley
Publisher: Warner Faith, 287 pages

Brought up in a closed group of Christians, Claire Montoya's life takes a turn after their leader is arrested for rape. When Outsider, Luke Fisher, begins filling the airwaves of KGHM with contemporary Christian music change is in the air. But change is unsettling to the Brethren and to Claire. As Luke is welcomed into the community, law enforcement investigator Ray Harper begins to question the disc jockey's true motives, and Claire is forced to reexamine everything she has believed about her faith.

Anytime I pick up a book that discusses religious sects, I'm hesitant. However, Shelley Bates has done a masterful job creating genuine characters whose true motives are to follow Christ, regardless what style of worship they've ascribed to. My only problem is a budding romance between a Christian and an almost-but-not-quite-yet, Believer.

Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary,
Audience: Adult
Language: none
Morality: Good: kissing, handholding
Adult Issues: Secondary characters are victims of an earlier rape, and the suspect is on trial.
Romance: Growing attraction between two who don't have much in common
Sex: none
Substance use: None
Violence: None

Discussion topics: yes



Cecelia Dowdy said...

I just reviewed this same book on my blog yesterday-March 17, 2007. I loved the book. Actually, I was unfamiliar with fiction titles that are about cults. Since I've now discovered Bates's titles, I plan on reading more as time permits. I embrace the cult theme in the book.

March 18, 2007 7:12 AM  
Janice said...

I agree that Shelley Bates did a terrific job at handling a sensative topic.

March 20, 2007 10:44 PM  

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