“hooked from the first page”

Calulu / No Longer Quivering

The book also does what great procedurals do: introduce you to something you didn’t know, a new sub culture or something just outside your comfortable life.”

“A good lesson for me is to never judge a book by its cover, literally.

Before I start my review I have to confess that when ’13:24′ first came to my attention I had no interest in reading it, not even with Vyckie Garrison of NLQ’s recommendation. I took one look at the cover, saw the shaggy-haired heavy metal lead singer and the animal skull above and decided this book wasn’t something I’d be interested in. I knew there would be descriptions of physical and spiritual abuse and figured I was not going there again because this book would trigger me as well as be about heavy metal, a type of music that just isn’t my favorite.

But I have to admit it, was I extremely wrong! When I started reading ’13:24′ I was hooked from the first page. It is more than simply another book on spiritual abuse, at its heart the novel is more a who-done-it, a first rate crime novel coming from a unique angle. There are multiple stories and subjects tightly interwoven into an integral whole. It is one of those books that you cannot put down because you have to know what happens next and you’re sitting on the edge of your seat dying to get to the next bit.

The procedural cop epic has always been my personal favorite since my earliest television watching days. I could easily see 13:24 as a script for “Law and Order: SVU” or my all time favorite, “Homicide: Life on the Street”. You will find the type of plot twists that leave you guessing who the actual villain is. It feels very real and, like the creators of Law and Order love to say, ‘ripped from the headlines.’

The book also does what great procedurals do: introduce you to something you didn’t know, a new subculture or something just outside your comfortable life. The overarching theme most don’t know much about outside the world of Evangelical Christianity is the subculture that believes in physically disciplining children for any infraction, real or imagined.[...]

While ’13:24′ doesn’t name the Michael Pearl discipline book, it is easy to make the connection with the child abuse advocated in ‘To Train Up A Child’ with the abuse written about in ’13:24′. I only wish I could force every overzealous Pearl-follower to read the heart wrenching words of Josh, one of the main characters, as he experiences physical chastising….”

- Read the entire review of 13:24 – A Story of Faith and Obsession by M. Dolon Hickmon
- Read the entire review of 13:24 – A Story of Faith and Obsession by M. Dolon Hickmon

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