Saturday, April 23, 2011

Homemade Haunting

Author: Rob Stennett
Publisher: Zondervan
March 2011
ISBN 978-0-310-33147-6
Genre: Fiction/Christian Suspense

Charlie Walker is certain that there is a book inside of him. It’s just waiting to get out. So Charlie does what any other would-be author would do . . . he quits his job, sells his house, and uproots his family to move into a run-down rental place, “just for six months, so I can really concentrate on my book.” One problem. Charlie’s horror story . . . isn’t scary.

Charlie is a student of the “method writing” movement. He figures that if he could only “experience” what he is wanting to write about, the writing will take care of itself. Thus begins Charlie’s descent into a world that is best left undisturbed. A world where the supernatural is very real, very scary, and very, very dangerous. Beginning with what Charlie feels is an innocent purchase of a Ouija board, slowly his entire family is sucked into the vortex of evil that personifies Satan himself. The question remains. . . will Charlie live long enough to finish his book?

Rob Stennett writes a page-turner of a book, keeping the action moving and the suspense building, all the while offering spiritual wisdom that provides much food for thought, while making it easy to digest. Rob Stennett is very aware that the supernatural, and Satan, and God, and angels, and demons, are very real. He is also very aware of the way in which Satan first deceives his victims, and then destroys them. One quotation from the book (which I will be making a permanent part of my library,) continues to haunt me with its eternal truth: “if you want your family to be safe, you need to stop chasing the dark and you need to find a way to embrace the light.” In light of the spiritual darkness in which this world seems to be immersed, these words shine a beacon of hope, which points unerringly toward the truth.

I recommend this book to those who are, or who knows someone who is, dabbling in the darkness, thinking that it’s all a bunch of parlor tricks and party favors. It’s time to wake up. This book could sound the needed wake-up call. This is an excellent book; the action grabs you from the first page, and the spiritual wisdom is presented in such a way that you find yourself learning without even realizing it. 284 pages. $14.99.

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