Sunday, September 14, 2008
What Would it Take For You To Renounce Your Faith in Christ?Review: "Forsaken" by James David Jordan
What would it take for you to renounce your faith in Christ?
Stop reading for 30 seconds and imagine different situations that might require that decision.
-Would you be willing to become a walking affliction like Job, losing everything near and dear to you before rejecting your Savior?
-Would you take the end of a spear rather than deny Christ?
Or how about this scenario: You are an internationally known preacher of the Gospel, and a group of religious zealots has kidnapped your daughter, demanding that you publicly reject Christ as ransom for your child’s life. What would you do?
It’s almost unbearable to think about. Unbearable, but not unrealistic.
Remember Ephesians 6:13?
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Suppose you were at first strong enough to resist compromise. Would you then be able to stand your ground when faced with irrefutable proof that your child has already been physically harmed and her very life hangs on your decision--could you still stand?
James David Jordan’s Forsaken explores this pivotal moment in the life of Simon Mason, the world’s best-known televangelist, whose daughter has been taken by Muslim extremists. Mason must face the most difficult decision of his life, whether to renounce his relationship with Christ and disappoint all those whom he has led to Christ in exchange for his daughter’s life, or to stand firm and trust in the sovereignty of God, even when he knows to do so is tantamount to passing a death sentence upon his beloved daughter.
Taylor Pasbury, a former Secret Service agent who now owns her own private security business, is enlisted by Simon Mason to protect him and his daughter from the terrorists. Taylor, living an unfulfilled, empty life as a result of a tragedy that the reader learns about in the first chapter, begins to find what she has been searching for in the context of Simon’s family and faith.
From Jordan’s website: Even as a high school kid, Taylor Pasbury knew that she was not like most other girls. Raised by a father who was retired special forces, she learned to camp and fish and shoot - and most of all to take care of herself. As an adult, after the abrupt termination of a controversial stint as the nation's most celebrated, and beautiful, Secret Service agent, she opens her own security agency. When Simon Mason, the world's best-known televangelist, hires her to protect him from terrorist threats, Taylor and Simon are tossed into a maelstrom of events that force them to decide what and whom they love most.
Forsaken’s most effective moments involve the gripping exploration of the situation every serious follower of Christ has imagined: martyrdom—in essence, “Would I have the strength to endure persecution unto death? And if I didn’t, would it be possible to find redemption?”
The novel is written clearly and moves at a fast pace. Forsaken addresses the age-old conflict of man versus man yet clearly illuminates the phenomenon of struggling “not against flesh and blood … but against the powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).
I admire Jordan’s Forsaken most for its unflinching look at an incomprehensible, desperate moment in a believer’s life and his coming to terms with the consequences of that decision.
Forsaken is set to be released October 1, 2008 and will available everywhere for $14.99. But you heard about it here first!