Wife and soccer mom Susan Mitchell enters a portal into a mysterious world grappling for its soul and waiting for a promised Restorer. While she struggles to adapt to a foreign culture full of unfamiliar technologies and taboos, she faces unexpected battles, mind-poisoning enemies, and a profound spiritual journey.Her adventure will forever change her family, her faith, and how she experiences love—from the One.
Author: Sharon Hinck
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My review (Warning! contains spoilers from the books!):
Let me be honest. It was written in First Person, so it confused me with what was going on in the book and I honestly had a hard time reading it until I was used to it. At first, when I had started reading the book, I only read a chapter or two then put it down. Then I picked it up again. Then I put it down, etc.
It took about two weeks to finish the book and for me, that’s a pretty long while.
It did take several chapters to settle into the story, a bit longer than most books I’ve read.
What I really loved about this book was the suspense and action.
Some favorite scenes of mine: When Kendra emerged from the effects of the Rhusican’s mind poison, When Susan was being tortured & Mark suddenly showed up, and when Mark had a close call (with death), and Kieran’s near death & discovering he was the next Restorer.
I was a little disappointed towards the end (chapter 32-33) with the big battle between the People of the Verses and the Hazorites. It felt like it went by a little too fast, in my opinion, but I just couldn’t put the book down. I’m so looking forward to seeing what happened to Jake, Susan’s son. The cover of this Restorer was exciting to me and gave me something to look forward to, so I rate it five stars!
Overall, I’d rate the book 4 stars. 🙂
Something I want to mention that stuck out to me:
- Rhusicans. When I was reading the book, something felt familiar about them… They planted poison in the minds of others, otherwise known as lies and doubts. Rhusicans told their victims lies that made the victims doubt themselves and lose hope in certain situations.
In Chapter two, when Susan landed in the world of The People of Verses, she notices two men sword-fighting. Tristan and a Rhusican.
The Rhusican said and I quote: “It won’t do any good Tristan, the red-haired man said.”Kendra won’t be coming back.”
A lie was planted in Tristan’s mind, and later in chapter 13, he believed it.
He believed that Kendra would never recover from the poison’s effects.
What the Rhusicans reminds me of the Devil. We believe the lies he whispers into our minds.
<<<——A closer look at me——>>>
I’ve been struggling with loneliness, and I still do, for a few years. I could only see other people (besides my family) at church, on Wednesdays and Sundays, and that is still hard for me to deal with.
One Wednesday, in November last year, my youth group was doing a session on Friendship. I discovered, from the videos that went along with the lessons, that I had believed Satan’s lies. I believed I didn’t need any friends, and that I’d be better off without them.
Lies were planted in my head and it was so easy to believe them. (I guess this is just like when Susan was starting to get affected by the mind poison. She kept saying and believing she was alone.)
But by realizing the trap I fell into and praying to the Lord, the effects are wearing off. I still struggle with my loneliness, but I now know I need friendship.
EDIT: Maybe the first thing I need to realize is that the Lord is always there for me and he is always my friend.
<<<——-Something for you to ponder over——->>>
Perhaps the Devil has you trapped in a lie that you realized you believe.
Maybe it’s about friendship, feeling alone, or not needing/wanting God in your life.
The best thing to do is pray to the Lord, and read your Bible. Another thing that could help you is talking to a parent, youth leader, pastor. Just anyone you can trust. I’ve talked to my mother about it and I feel a lot better than when I kept it in.
Please, know that God loves you and has a plan for you. No matter what you’re going though, trust the Lord. He is there for you and can be your best friend if you let him.
Below is a verse I read that was in my daily devotions recently and I hope it’s encouraging for you. 🙂
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you.”
1 Peter 5:6-7
I’ve kept this as a draft for about a month, since I’ve been looking back into the book for things to include in this review. I also was away on a trip for the past two weeks, but I’m home now. 🙂
This review was written in my own words and opinions.