Christian fiction is not usually my thing. Often it is badly written and overly pedantic. (I am for religion but against bad writing of any kind) I made an exception for The Dog that Whispered, and I am glad I did. Thurman, the dog central to the plot, is quite a charmer, and it is a pleasure to see how his good nature and guidance transforms Wilson Steele's life.
We often forget or outright ignore the suffering our vets go through. Even those without physical injuries have to endure the memories of the horrors they observed or and were forced to enact. Wilson Steele is existing, teaching classes and going through the motions, but he doesn't really come alive until his aging mother forces Thurman upon him. Religion does play a large role in The Dog that Whispered, but it isn't as exaggerated a presence as in some Christian fiction. It fits the story and the subject.
The Sacrifice Stone is an enthralling tale that alternates between 175 AD, when Arles was part of the Roman empire and the present day.
Although religion plays an important role within The Sacrifice Stone, this is not a religious novel per se. It is a story about discovering and acknowledging the truth, both about the past and the present. It is a reminder that what seems is not necessarily what is.
St Theodore is believed to be a child martyr, murdered by a Roman legionnaire for refusing to worship Roman gods. The truth, however, is revealed to Beth Leighton, a young woman accompanying her brother on his research trip to France and Adam, a filmmaker they meet while touring Arles. Beth and Adam are drawn together through their visions and their desire to uncover the truth about St. Theodore.
The daughter of a vicar, Beth is used to the misogyny of her fath...