A Call to Faith and Freedom
by Shirley A. Roe
Category: Fiction / Historical
202 pages; ISBN: 0-9749634-4-5
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Shirley A. Roe
A Call to Faith and Freedom, by master storyteller and poet Shirley Roe, is one of the very rare books that can be referred to as a “world-class novel.” The story takes place in sixth-century feudal Scotland. Invading Christians, using savage and barbaric torture and executions, try to force the conversion of the native Celts whom these Christians consider as Pagans. And, the Celts fight to retain their land, their way of life and their religion, which is centered on a Goddess. Throughout the book, rich in Celtic lore, Shirley Roe demonstrates a detailed knowledge of Celtic mores, customs, philosophy and religious practices.
One of the qualities that make this book a “world-class novel” is the ability of its author to hold the reader totally spellbound from the first to the very last page. She writes from a deep personal spirituality, a tender compassion, a profound understanding of human nature, and with a poetic grace. I was unable to put the book down. I hungrily devoured it in just over twenty-four hours. There were battles between knights on horses, deaths, traitor’s plots, medieval castles, deep dark forests with fairies in them and sunny green meadows with clear streams and wildflowers of every color. There was music and singing, love affairs and feasts with great tables filled with mutton, wild game and tankards of ale. There’s myths about the Arch Druid and High Priestess rising magically, mystically out of the early morning sun. Every conceivable human emotion is explored in an ever-moving action setting. Only an author with the most vivid of imaginations could conceive of such a rich plot! It’s the kind of book that you will want to share with your family and friends.
In conclusion, if you liked the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, or The Good Earth by Pearl Buck, you will love this book. It holds you spellbound like the Da Vinci police chase in France and explores every human passion in a simple, lovely pastoral setting; like the old rural China of The Good Earth. This book is destined to be a run away best seller. My advice is to buy it now so that you can immediately enter the magic kingdom of Shirley A. Roe and for 20 or more hours be far from your cares. And, before it is republished as a hardback for $32.50!
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Reviewed by Shawn Patrick Thornton, author of In Defense of the Christ: Why Jesus would Disown Christianity (christbestseller.com)