I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Abiding Flame by Pauline Creeden
on June 24th 2014
Genres: Christian Fiction, Science Fiction
Source: the author
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Darkness can be overcome…
Terminally ill Lynette Lamb is forced to reunite her wayward son and grandson. Her options are as limited as her strength and mobility. Through a fateful series of events, the rejoined pair will leave Earth to become part of a colony orbiting a new planet. Sam Austin and his wife mourn the loss of their only child and decide to make a fresh start at the space station. The same ship holds the one who will fulfill the dark planet’s prophecy, but a demonic force boards to stop the vessel. The demon’s obedient but unwilling servant is sent on a suicide mission to keep the ship from reaching its destination.
This is completely unlike anything I have ever read before. In the past, the mere thought of Christian Fiction would send me running for the hills. Not because I’m scared of religion, but because I don’t like being told what to believe, and I have this preconceived notion about Christian stories. Having read several books by Pauline already, I knew that her religious topics were more on the relaxed side. She advocates being kind and making the right choices, more than she does Christianity. Abiding Flame, however, is the most religious of her books that I have read to date. There are quotes from scripture throughout, as well as discussions about the validity of God.
And you know what? I didn’t burst into flames reading it!
Not only that, but I really enjoyed it! It’s a fascinating sci-fi story following several characters as they embark on a voyage across space. The mostly fascinating creature of them all is Celfarus, the demon. He is by far the most mysterious character, not speaking much and largely skulking about in the background, but he is also a huge driving force for the entire plot. Without him, the trip would have had nothing but smooth sailing.
What I loved most about this story were all the shades of gray. No character was entirely perfect, and there is so much room for growth and change. There is also a lot of room for error and corruption. I kept wishing that everyone would pick the right path, but that wouldn’t be realistic, and Pauline isn’t afraid of stepping into the Darkness.
Now on the other end of this book, I am really glad to have read it. Pauline makes me a more rounded, and open-minded reader.