Book Review: Courageous By Dina L. Sleiman

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Blurb:

Will They Trust God’s Call Even When It Leads to the Most Unexpected Places?


Inspired by the vision of the young Lady Sapphira, Rosalind of Ipsworth joins a group of men, women, and children as a defender of the cross, seeking to free captives from prisons near Tripoli. She’ll gladly give herself to the cause, as she’s haunted by a tragic mistake and feels she no longer deserves such joys as marriage and family might bring.

Sir Randel Penigree was reared to serve in the church but has always dreamt of protecting the innocent as a Templar knight. Joining a crusade to escape humiliation at home, he finds himself drawn to Rosalind as they partner to train and protect a group of adolescents. When faced with political intrigue and an unknown enemy bent on their destruction, they are forced to reconsider their priorities and the very nature of the God they serve.

General Thoughts:

I found this to be simply an inspiring story that many might find meaningful to them in some way. What I liked about this story the most was the internal struggle that both main characters, Rosalind and Randel, dealt with throughout the story. Living with deep regrets of what they’ve done in the past, they found it hard to move on and see themselves worthy of forgiveness. Because of that, they risked losing out in the blessings God had intended to manifest in their lives.

The author was good at creating mystery in this book, although I would consider this book more of a historical adventure than a mystery. She never directly stated what is was that Rosalind and Randel did to feel the way they did about themselves until the end, although as you read the book is becomes obvious. To add to that, I really enjoyed wondering who the antagonist to Randel was. As I came to the end of the book I was wrong on who the antagonist was and a little surprised at who it turn out to be.

As mentioned before, this story is a historical story. It takes place during the 1200s when the crusades took place. Besides Rosalind and Randel, there were a few more characters that were prominent in the story, one being a child named Sapphira. I loved how she interpreted God’s love to others within herself and how she responded to God’s call. All in all, I finished reading this story with the message that forgiveness is always available with God no matter how bad the offense, it is really up to the person to receive that forgiveness.

Recommendation:

This book is ideal to those who like historical adventures. More so, to those who struggle with forgiveness, especially of themselves and want to understand or learn more about God’s forgiveness and love for them.

Rating:

4 out of 5 stars. This was simply a good story with a powerful message that will appeal to many, especially to those who love historical adventures.

***This book was given to me by Bethany House for an honest review. ***

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