Saturday, October 23

Review: From the Dead by John Herrick

Title: From the Dead
By: John Herrick
Genre: Christian Fiction
Publisher: SegueBlue
My Copy: Provided from Author
BookWhisperer Rating:

A preacher’s son. A father in hiding. A guilty heart filled with secrets.
When Jesse Barlow escaped to Hollywood at age eighteen, he hungered for freedom, fame and fortune. Eleven years later, his track record of failure results in a drug-induced suicide attempt. Revived at death’s doorstep, Jesse returns to his Ohio hometown to make amends with his preacher father, a former love, and Jesse’s own secret son. But Jesse’s renewed commitment becomes a baptism by fire when his son’s advanced illness calls for a sacrifice—one that could cost Jesse the very life he regained.

From the Dead is a story filled with heart and soul. As an author Herrick has laid his soul bare in this novel take a huge risk for success or failure. He has defintely soared above, and created a story demanding success. While this title has not actually been labeled a Christian Fiction novel; I feel this is a great read for seeker of Faith. As the ultimate story of life and faith it portrays every Christian's life, and the realization when we hit that brick wall that turns us to the Lord. I related to this story on a variety of levels, and find myself empowered by my reading. Jesse is the main character of this novel; this is the story of his life, the wrong path that he leads, and the healing and change of a person once you have realized the direction of your detoured path. Once he had struck rock bottom his only option was to return back to him hometown. This path leads him through healing and the ultimate seeking of forgiveness for a past that he began running from years prior. Unexpected events turn this story, and show how the Lord works in mysterious ways giving miracles even to those who are not looking.  After almost a year of changes Jesse finds himself more the person he had lost, and living a life that he feels proud of. Although, the story will take a dramatic twist that could ask for the ultimate sacrifice, and may just cost him the happiness, faith, and love that he has found. This year has been a very drastic change for The BookWhisperer. Having broadened my horizons I feel that I am reading and reviewing a pluthera of books that I previously did not attempt. This is a diamond that I would not have found previously, and I am priviledged to have had the chance to review a story as wonderful as this. As I said previously Herrick laid his soul out for the world to see in this novel. The emotion and heart poured into this story are felt the whole way through. From the Dead will leave a lasting impression on those who read it.


Anonymous said...

Great review...I just got offered this one..:D Glad you liked it.....

Tales of Whimsy said...

This sounds lovely. Nice simple cover too.