Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The Ishbane Conspiracy by Randy Alcorn
This book feels about 25 years outdated. While I have been enjoying the story about Jillian and her friends and family, it is constantly interrupted by the demons. I know that this was suppose to be like "The Screwtape Letters" but this didn't work for me. The reader is yanked back and forth. Once you get to use to the yanking you can follow the story a bit more. However, after a while I started skimming through the demons's letter's because they are so VERY redundant and were not adding to the story.
This book is an example of telling me, instead of showing me. I don't like that. The impact this book could have had for the reader is lost due to this. In addition to that, it winds up trying to cover every single major teen issue all at once! I went through PLENTY as a teen, but this was totally unrealistic to have all these things all at once with only 4-6 people. The focus winds up on the Biblical LAW, and not focused on God's Love and Grace. That doesn't mean go sin, but it also means the focus is way, way off on this book.
Sadly, I wouldn't give this to any of the teens that I work with. I would want to start them off with things that are much more focused on Christ instead of oh, bad things, bad things, oh BAD evil things with out a foundation that guides them to start with!
My Copy of this book came from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review and nothing more.
Jillian is picture-perfect on the outside, but terrified of getting hurt on the inside. Brittany is a tough girl who trusts almost no one. Ian is a successful athlete who dabbles in the occult. And Rob is a former gang-banger who struggles with guilt, pain, and a newfound faith in God. These four college students will face the ultimate battle between good and evil in a single year. As spiritual warfare rages around them, a dramatic demonic correspondence takes place. Readers can eavesdrop on the enemy, and learn to stave off their own defeat, by reading The Ishbane Conspiracy.