FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Westley King’s award-winning novel, Under the Sun, began with a bang and didn’t slow down until an elk stepped off the side of the road and totaled Redemption Gray’s car.
Now, in Nothing Knew, Redemption is stranded on the side of the road, still high from his mountaintop experience of faith. Disoriented from the accident, he accepts a ride from a convenient motorcyclist who can only be an answer to the prayer he hadn’t even formed into words. After all, when you give your life to God, doesn’t He come in and make everything better? That’s what faith is, right?
At first Longstoryshort seems strong and kind and admirable, but as the miles pass beneath them, Redemption’s first impressions wear thin, and truth is hard to find. Redemption finds himself trapped in doubt and fear and danger, imprisoned in body and soul. At the very point of no return, he comes to himself and runs. Evil is strong, but God is good, and He provides a way of escape. Or does He?
Redemption’s story is far from finished, but this piece of it does not disappoint.
In Nothing Knew, S. Westley King demonstrates again his keen understanding of the struggles today’s youth face. With a deft hand, he draws the reader in, asks the questions they ask, and offers answers without condescension. Is God real? Is Satan real? How do we know? Why does God allow evil? Why do so many Christians just look the other way?
King says, “Too often, sanitized narratives within Christian fiction end when the character finds God and everything wraps up perfectly and beautiful. Nothing Knew turns that story on its head. When Redemption finds God, things don’t get easier. Instead, he is lured in by a deceptive antagonist, hit with a smattering of larger conflicting worldviews, and sees the ugly underbelly of tepid Christianity.”
King’s stories are real—“safe but not sanitized,” he says—and that’s because life is real. Twists and turns come without warning, including the one at the end of this book. Look for the conclusion of Redemption Gray’s story in its final installment, Chasing the Wind, coming soon from Redemption Press.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Westly King holds degrees in English and history from Texas Christian University and an MA in biblical studies and ministry from Lubbock Christian University. He is a pastor in Cisco, Texas, but when he isn’t preaching, he’s drawing shots at the family coffee shop with his wife, Kasity, and children, Ilya and Nehemiah.
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