Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | December 3, 2013

Redemption comes in many forms

  • Eli Rathebohn, a motorcycle-riding, drug dealer, in-over-his-head bad boy.
  • Chaplain Johnny James, a police chaplain in Las Cruces who, thanks to a recent Fox News story becomes a celebrity.
  • Jared Suina, Native American who wants to break away from the traditions of his people but also wants to please his family
  • Denise Grayhorn, a Native American looking for fame as a newscaster with a major news station

chain of flamesWhat do these four seemingly different people have in common?  Their choices have defined who they are.  They are struggling to redeem the decisions that have kept them from living a life of joy.  Eli Rathebohn may be the darker of the four having sold drugs for a major drug cartel and stashing money away.  When he has a spiritual conversion experience, thanks to the unknowing Chaplain Johnny James, he walks away from the life of drugs and finds salvation.

At first, it’s difficult to see the connection or the reasons why Rathebohn, Chaplain James, Jared and Denise are included in this story, but each has a part to play in the lives of the others.  It’s kind of like life.  We come in contact with people throughout our lives that seem to have no rhyme or reason, but God has placed them in our life for a purpose.  “A Chain of Flames” by Tony Cleaver brings four seemingly random people together, all needing redemption and salvation, and through their connection, each find their purpose in life.

The book is worth reading for the encouragement in God’s salvation and offer of redemption we all receive when we seek after it.  The tempo of the book is not consistent.  Speed comes in waves, at one moment driving along slow to enjoy the scenery and other times speedily because action and life often move that way.  I’m hoping for a sequel.  It seemed to just end.  I want to know what the characters do after the action stops.  Do their new jobs, new lives, new towns work out?  They really need another adventure.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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