Saturday, May 9, 2009

HIGHER HOPE by Robert Whitlow

THE SUMMARY: Law clerk Tami Taylor only has a few summer months to make an impression on the firm's partners that she is worthy of becomming an associate. But it's not easy, and her firm Christian beliefs sometimes put more of a target on her back than she desires. When she begins working on a libel case against an all-too-honest and possibly prophetic preacher who won't bend when a developer tries to take church property, Tami learns if she has what it takes to truly live out her faith. In the meantime, she's dealing with two honorable suiters, her Quaker-like family who question life decisions she's making, and the illness of an elderly friend.

THE MESSAGE: Although there are many underlying messages one could take away from this book, one thread of truth explored the depths of faith. It's easy to say you follow Christ, but what does that really look like, especially when those around you see it as foolishness and odd. For Tami, she has to look in the mirror and decide if she is a Christian who is a law clerk, or a law clerk who is a Christian.

THE PRESENTATION: Robert Whitlow is known for his courtroom thrillers, so that's what I expected. Sure, the story revolved around the law, but it takes close to 150 pages before the case is up and running. More of the story is about Tami taking a man home to her family where he learns more about the family's "old-fashioned" lifestyle: courtship, no work on sunday, limited contact between a young man and woman, etc. I think I'd have enjoyed this Book #2 in the Tides of Truth series more if I understood that it was less of a court case and more of a story about a woman deciding what she believes--and how that meshes with her family's beliefs and her future as a law clerk.

THE QUOTE: “There's truth greater than your fears and worries. One of those truths is higher hope. It's hope that can't be destroyed by what happens on earth. Circumstances of life will challenge it, voices will deny it, but its walls can't be breached unless we open the gate.”