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Review: Pitch Black by Melody Carlson

The True Colors series by Melody Carlson each deal with a different issue facing today’s teenagers. Pitch Black is the fourth book in the series and deals with teen suicide.

TrueColors Series #4, Pitch Black: Color Me Lost

 

Morgan’s best friend Jason commits suicide leaving her feeling guilty, depressed, and confused. Why would Jason do such a thing and leave her all alone? Is there something she could have done to prevent it? If Jason couldn’t take the pressure, what chance do her and a few of Jason’s other friends have and should they just “check out” too? As Morgan struggles to deal with all these questions and emotions she learns that Jesus can help her through if she’ll let him and that to be a true friend sometimes you have to do difficult or unpopular things. She also learns that what you don’t know can kill you.

I have read several of the books in this well written series and think Carlson does a good job of dealing with tough issues without being too depressing or overly optimistic. While I don’t agree with Carlson’s views on the plan of salvation I find her portrayals of teens struggling to live a Christian life realistic and inspiring.

This book was more emotionally draining to read than some of the others in the series mostly due to the seriousness of the subject. Like they point out in the book, you don’t “try” suicide; it’s permanent.

I would recommend this book. It is not a “fun” read, but I believe it will help you understand what goes through the heads of some of the people who consider suicide and why it is not the answer.

I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Review: A Deeper Kind of Calm by Linda Dillow

In A Deeper Kind of Calm: Steadfast Faith in the Midst of Adversity, Linda Dillow helps others get through their “Valley of Weeping” not only with their faith in God intact but with it strengthened. She focuses on four Psalms (77, 46, 63, & 84) as the basis of her book. The lessons taught are about remembering what God has done for us, learning to hide in God’s presence and learning to cling to God in our times of trouble. It includes a guide for a four-week Bible study that could be done alone or with a group.

This book also teaches about recognizing that we all must journey through our trials, but if we trust in God he will direct our steps. She points out that while our problems might be big or small compared to hers or those of other people, we all feel pain and we must all learn to deal with it without being taken over by depression or discouragement. We must learn to turn to Jesus.

I think most women will find at least one or two of the many examples she gives that they relate to. For me personally after reading about the bear getting into Linda’s home it’s hard to be as upset as I once was when a stray cat or opossum finds a way into mine. As I read about her friend Becky being faced with serious illness and family trouble at the same time but still clinging to Jesus my own troubles seem so much smaller and I am greatly encouraged to pray and strengthen my faith in God.

I am still journeying, still learning to turn to God and trust completely when things go wrong. This book has helped me get a few steps further along the path. I would recommend this book to those who want to be able to stand in faith in the midst of life’s trials or for those who are trying to help someone else through a difficult time.

I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”