About the Book
Title: Plunge into Darkness
Author: Kristen N. Spencer
Release Date: February 27, 2018
The first in a series of books, I’m not sure how many books are planned for it, but I will certainly check out the next one(s).
While the characters appear unique with blue skin, there isn’t a big difference between them and a secluded community living a few centuries ago. They have their wise elder, their healers, their upright citizens and their scoundrels and low lives. They use herbs for healing, farm their land, eat hearty meals, some make booze and get drunk. They have their Book of Fables, some believe, some reject.
The story is about caring for the abused, not having a blind eye, but having compassion. Having a heart that follows the call of God to reach out and be led by Him. In this story, the darkness is really dark. Kristen Spencer renders a very clear image of how dark it can be for so many people. This hopefully will stir a sense of compassion and mercy for thousands upon thousands who are terribly abused, while everyone makes excuses and walks away or shuts their eyes and hopes it will go away.
As a warning, the story deals with some horrific situations. While it reads like it’s starting out as a nice “fairy tale”, please don’t think that it’s safe for a child or even a very young or immature teen. Later in the story, it talks about incestuous rape of a child, and other horrifying situations, not in massive detail, but enough to get the “darkness” part across and left me feeling quite uneasy. That is a feeling we NEED to feel, if we dare to help and care for those who have been submerged in the “darkness” at the hands of wicked people.
And now the part that always bugs me, because I always want to say good things and not give negatives, but I feel like what I have to say is important from a strictly Christian perspective.
Regarding some spiritual issues , and I am bearing in mind that things may change and there may be better revelation to these blue people, whatever, where ever and whenever they live. But with the story as it is now, in the Christian genre, I think we have to be super careful with allegorizing God and his Word. First, when referring to what is likely an allegory of the Bible, to call it a Book of Fables, when non-Christians already think that, seems demeaning to God’s Word. Granted, maybe the authors plan is to have her characters change that in time. Second, Yacov, who I think is supposed to be an allegory of God the Father, seems weak, his knowledge is deeply limited, because he isn’t even aware of how evil things are in his creation? When “Man of Sorrows” reports to him all the wickedness, he weeps like it’s news to him? He seemingly has little control over things that go on. The characters in the story have more control than him, because they can decide to listen to him and follow him, or not. He seems very impotent.
Maybe it’s not my place to say what the author should do with the story in their head, but I’d like to say this anyway. I’m hoping these blue people come to learn of a better, stronger, all knowing, all powerful Yacov, than their Book of Fables teaches them. I’m hoping some missionaries come and bring them The Book of Truth, about the real Man of Sorrows, who took the wrath of His Father on His back, to save His followers.
Lastly, and this is a little one, Man of Sorrows name kept being shortened to Man, which read so much like a script from the 70’s. You know what I mean, Man? ?
Thank you to the author, who is brave enough to make us see and feel a little bit of the horror and darkness of abuse.
DISCLAIMER: I received this book as a gift. No compensation was received. The opinions I express are provided without obligation.
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About the Author
Kristin N. Spencer spends part of each day imagining up new worlds and beings when she isn’t busy taking care of her three children and writing partner husband T. E. Spencer. When she’s not writing you can find her working in full time ministry, sewing cosplay costumes, or watching geekesque movies. She writes whatever genre she wants including but not limited to Non-Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Sci-Fi, Space Fantasy, and traditional Fantasy. Kristin studied Comparative World Literature at California State University, Long Beach and received a Bachelors, which she fondly calls a degree in reading. Her favorite movie is Sabrina (the Julia Ormond version) and her favorite person is Jesus.
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