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The Battle is Real

We walk through our days, unaware of what is happening in the unseen realm. I’m not talking about ghosts … I don’t believe in ghosts. I do believe in demons. And it is my humble opinion that they from time to time manifest themselves as ghosts, to give people the impression that when they die, they too can wander around earth, instead of having to face their judgment before our mighty and fearful Creator. But this isn’t about ghosts – I was just tossing that in, as a point to ponder for some of you.

The Bible teaches us that there is a lot going on, that we don’t see. Even the most devout and righteous Christian can only know a bit about  what is going on “behind the scenes” so to speak, because God has not given us the eyes to see it. He has given us His Word and that is sufficient (or should be).

One of the hardest times in life is being a teen, these modern times has made it so much more complicated, by categorizing a certain age of people into that group. Previous to the 1920’s people went from child to adult. Young men got jobs, went to college with serious aspirations for a career or enlisted into the military. People grew up and were women and men at 16 to 18 years old. Now, people are languishing in the teenage years well into their 20’s, making it a super difficult age and honestly, sad. It hurt many of us and has been hurting us and those before us for decades.

Beckie Lindsey captures some of that hard time in her book Secrets. The struggle of being teens, with very hard issues to deal with, but she shines hope into it all and she gives us an imagined glimpse of what MIGHT be happening “behind the scenes” in the realm we cannot see.

 

About the Book

Book: Secrets

Author: Beckie Lindsey

Genre: Young Adult

Release Date: February, 2018

Every girl has a secret she hopes the light will never find–but the demons already have.

Four girls. Four sets of secrets. Four searching for answers.

Mackenzie is the shy, awkward new girl at school, depressed and desperate for a real friend. When she stumbles upon the deepest secret of a sarcastic, angry-at-the-world track star, Krystal, they become instant enemies-especially about the flirtatious baseball player, Bryce.

Tammi, a gloomy singer/musician who couldn’t care less about what others think of her, meets Sadie, a dancer and a people-pleaser with a cotton candy disposition. They have nothing in common until their lives begin to collide in more ways than one.

As the girls’ worlds begin to converge, their secrets rather than their similarities draw them together. Meanwhile, all that’s kept hidden has left them vulnerable to a battle in an invisible realm where demonic creatures fight to keep the girls chained to their pasts while angels of light work to free them.

Can good ever come from evil? Can beauty ever arise from ashes?

My Thoughts

What I liked:

I liked that she gave a “trigger warning” at the beginning, warning people that some of the subjects were very difficult to deal with.

I also liked that after the story, she clearly stated that the angels and demons and their behavior, interactions and etc. was all imagined and she was not saying they are exactly as she portrayed them. She didn’t claim some supernatural insight.

She did not at all deny that people have physical, mental and emotional disorders – she didn’t shove it all off on demons.

And she shines hope into it all, making it clear that no matter what you do on the outside, the condition of your heart matters the most. Is your heart committed to God, to follow Christ or does it stray and wander and get overtaken by evil and darkness?

What I didn’t like:

I had a super hard time keeping track of who was who. Not sure if it was me or if it was the writing style. There was a lot of jumping around and I had a hard time knowing who we were jumping to or remembering what their background was, eventually it came to me, but it often distracted me.

The writing style could have been a bit better, maybe better editing. And I felt that the people were kind of two dimensional.

All in all though, I think it was well done. It surely helped to remind me that when I give in to temptation and sin, like depressing thoughts, anger, fear, lack of discipline, that I am giving some control to some sniveling, disgusting monstrosity, instead of surrendering to Jesus, my Lord.

I received this as a gift. I was not obligated to provide a positive review, neither was I compensated for any type of review, other than a very good read.

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author

Beckie Lindsey is an award-winning poet, author, blogger, and the editor of Southern California Christian Voice, a division of One Christian Voice, a national news syndicating agency. She is a major coffeeholic and enjoys a good book with a cat on her lap. She also loves to hike and hang out with family and friends. Beckie and her husband, Scott have three adult children, two adorable cats and live in California.

Guest Post from Beckie

Why I write YA and the BFA series

By Beckie Lindsey

I believe a teenager still exists inside each of us.

We hear a familiar tune from our “glory days” and are instantly tapping our toes. Mentally, we’re back in high school —poofy bangs, scrunchie, neon off-the-shoulder sweatshirt — and all. Oh, wait. That’s me back in the ‘80s!

Ah, yes. There is something wonderfully awful about those coming-of-age years.

From the first kiss to the first breakup, there are memories we cherish and some we don’t care to ever revisit. Being a teen can be exciting, confusing, painful, joyous, or even all of those things at once!

No matter how different your teenage experience was from mine, one thing is true for us all: these years have an enormous impact on who we become as adults. We can all sympathize with the plight of puberty and the longing for independence and acceptance. Yeah, there’s still a teenager in all of us!

These are the reasons I write YA.

My hope is to use the power of storytelling to move past barriers and open hearts to accept how much God loves and desires a personal relationship with us.

At every age, we all need the grace and love of Jesus.

In the Beauties from Ashes (BFA) series, I write about relatable characters with difficult issues and traumatic pasts to enlighten readers about the unseen spiritual battle referred to in Scripture. Each character has a secret that has left them vulnerable to the battle in an invisible realm where demonic creatures fight to keep them chained to their pasts and angels of light work to free them.

The characters and their issues are complex, just like real life. In fact, some of the topics are often considered too taboo to talk about openly. But what is left in the dark, festers and grows. It is only in the light that we can be free. In the BFA series, readers experience the character’s quest for truth, love, grace, and freedom while hopefully finding the same for themselves.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Beckie is giving away a grand prize of a $30 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Click HERE to enter.

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