Christian fiction, inspirational fiction

Book & Cover Review of "Soul Saver" by Dineen Miller

My personal review is below the following information provided by the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. 🙂

This week, the  Christian Fiction Blog Alliance  is introducing  The Soul Saver  • Barbour Books (May 1, 2012)  by  Dineen Miller  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dineen Miller readily admits that one of the greatest lessons she’s learning about life is that there’s purpose in our trials. It’s all about trusting God and putting our hope in Him. Her favorite stories are of the miracles God has wrought in the lives of her family.

Through this lens she also believes her years as a youth counselor, a Stephen Minister, a women’s ministry leader, and a small group leader fuel her desire to ignite the souls of others through words of truth.

In addition to writing for Spiritually Unequal Marriage, Dineen has won several prestigious awards for her fiction, and her devotional writing has been featured in Our Journey and Christian Women Online Magazine. She’s also a C.L.A.S.S. Communicator and has been featured on the Moody Radio Network, Family Life and Focus on the Family Radio.

Married for 24 years to a guy who keeps her young, she lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two adult daughters, who surprise her daily with their own creativity.

She is the co-author of Winning Him Without Words: 10 Keys to Thriving in Your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and the author of The Soul Saver.

ABOUT THE BOOK

When Trusting God Is the Only Way Out

On an average day, God started her missions in her sculpting studio, revealing the face of the person she would meet at the grocery store, bank, or playground. The goal was always the same. Reach the lost, bring someone back to God, restore hope. But then came the tough missions—the ones that sent Lexie Baltimore into real battle. And she had a few battle scars to show for it.

Tormented that she can’t reach the one person she loves the most—staunch atheist and husband Hugh—Lexie finds her own hope waning when the battle comes to her doorstep in the shape of a pastor who represents everything she wants and everything her husband is not—a godly man.

Then false accusations and rumors spin her husband and family into a precarious position, and the only way out is to trust God. But how can she convince her husband when she’s struggling to trust God herself?

This time Lexie is the mission.

ENDORSEMENTS:

“Never before have I felt as if I were seeing someone’s life play out across a page until I read Soul Saver. Dineen Miller’s prose had me sighing at the beauty of her word pictures. This is not a book to be missed – Life changing!”

— Robin Caroll, author of the Evil series and Injustice For All

“When you combine stellar writing, intriguing characters, and a fascinating plot the result is a story like Soul Saver. It’s the kind of novel I wish I had written.”

— James L. Rubart, bestselling author of ROOMS, Book of Days, and The Chair

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Soul Saver, go HERE.

Book Review:

In the Soul Saver, Dineen Miller has managed to weave together a compelling story; one that combines elements of spiritual warfare, the issues Christians face in a spiritually mismatched marriage, as well as, an enchanting description of what it’s like to be a talented sculptor (with special inspiration from God). Though most of us feel a less direct feeling of inspiration, Dineen pulls off making her character’s gift of foresight regarding the faces of those she needs to help feel believable – mostly because this isn’t written as her character, Lexie Baltimore’s, first time on this merry-go-round. As a reader, we are introduced to the idea of her unusual gift as though she probably found it unbelieavable too … until  the process repeated several times. Lexie deeply wishes she could share her gift, and her faith with her husband – yet she fears he won’t believe her . . .  and the truth would only push them even further apart.

I know Dineen personally, and I also reviewed her previous non-fiction book regarding spiritually mismatched marriage here on this blog. Although her non-fiction book was very well written by she and her co-author – I feel this work of fiction really brought the issue home for me, as a reader, in a way non-fiction can’t. As a reader you don’t just read about Lexie’s trials in her marriage, and in her mission to help hurting souls … we actually live it with her in real-time.

I believe this book would appeal to many Christian fiction readers. There are several strong male characters, and an intriguing story line regarding temptation and spiritual warfare, that both sexes can relate to.

Book Cover Review:

This is a wonderful cover. Not only is the photography well-suited for the story, but the idea of using lighting and backdrop to dramatize the balance between light and darkness foreshadows the spiritual warfare element of the storyline. I also love that they took the opportunity to be a little creative with the  text – using interlocking characters, and variant sizes – even on the back cover. Well done. I believe between this cover and the powerful back cover copy it will reach the target audience and perform well.

Good luck, Dineen. And keep writing!

4 thoughts on “Book & Cover Review of "Soul Saver" by Dineen Miller”

  1. Thank you, Suzanne! I'm so glad you liked to the story. I love the cover too. This book has been such a blessing to me in so many ways. I'm praying it will be to others. Love that it gave you deeper insight into mismatched marriages. That's part of what I was hoping for! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Heidi! I’m actually in the process of separating the Book & Cover Review blog from my business page so that I can share writing/design and freelance posts on there. However, I’ll still have a link to the Book & Cover Review blog on here if you care to follow it. Thanks for commenting! – Suzanne

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