Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fear Has a Name by Creston Mapes

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Fear Has a Name

David C. Cook (June 1, 2013)


Creston Mapes


Creston has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as "The Shop."

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University, then began his writing career. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, corporate copywriter, creative director, freelance writer, and author.


From popular suspense author Creston Mapes comes another faith-building thriller, a tale that follows journalist Jack Crittendon as he fights to protect his family from a stalker's terrifying schemes, investigates a pastor's mysterious disappearance, and struggles to keep his faith amidst unthinkable fear.

With his family's safety on the line, Crittendon realizes there are secrets behind "Christian" walls--secrets with painful, deadly implications. He must find the faith to trust a God who allows inconceivable trials, and the courage to guard his family, with danger exploding at every turn.

Through it all--the sharp, character-driven writing for which Mapes is known--takes fans and new readers on an edge-of-your-seat journey that explores the harsh, far-reaching consequences of bullying and the Christian response to fear.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Fear Has a Name, go HERE.

Margie's Comments: I haven't read enough of the Fear Has a Name to post a full review, but I can say that the characters are real and the premise is one all believers must face if their faith is to be tested and genuine. The end is satisfying (yes, I read the end before I read too far into the story—and no, it doesn't spoil the suspense for me ;) but challenging in that it leaves me with a sense I'm not alone in this struggle of faith and forgiveness, even when I've been extremely wronged! God is in control, and He allows us to go through bad stuff in order to refine us, to make us more like Christ. And that process continues until we enter heaven's gates. . . . Now back to reading the entire book. More comments later.

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