Friday, January 29, 2010

Book Review: A Stray Drop of Blood

A Stray Drop of Blood is a journey. It is not a book you can pick up one day & spin through it within a few hours…and even if you do, you will not be able to put it down without a lot of thought about what you have just read and experienced.

A Stray Drop of Blood is artfully written with well-developed characters. The plot and subplots are masterfully layered and complex…a great mixture of Biblical truths and facts with fascinating fictional characters. 

Abigail is a Jewess slave to a Jewess woman, who happens to be married to a Roman soldier. They have a son, Jason, who is 1/2 Roman & 1/2 Hebrew. When Jason desires Abigail her status as a slave goes into limbo and amidst the turmoil she becomes pregnant. Once you get to this point in the story you already feel so much for Abigail…only you are a very short way through the book. The story has so much more to share, to reveal…

The remaining story is brave. Not just brave for Abigail but for the author, Roseanna White. Without giving spoilers, I will tell you that White dives head first into a story that must be told but is hard to tell. Showing how in even the most strong-willed hearts…there is still great sin and the need for repentance.

White has a great understanding of Hebrew & Roman culture, social lifestyle, customs…etc. Everything read very authentically. I enjoyed feeling transported into the Israel that Jesus walked and loved.

White does not avoid writing a very difficult crucifixion scene of our Lord. She handles it respectfully, Biblically, & with worship behind every line of poetic writing. She did not shy away from the humanity of Jesus, nor His Lordship. Absolutely well-done.

If you want to read a well-crafted work of fiction in a Biblical setting with believable and well-rounded characters, with layered and intricately written plots, BOLD writing regarding Christ, our humanity & sin, and about conversion--A Stray Drop of Blood is your book!

Well-done Roseanna!

Visit the author: Roseanna White

Buy your copy today: Amazon



Roseanna M. White said...

Roseanna is now blinking back humbled, touched tears. Thank you so much, Elizabeth, for this heartfelt review. Now I'm going to go through my day going, "Wow, really? I did that?" LOL

Andy's Bethy said...

I hadn't dropped by in awhile, so thought I would come in for a quick hello. Sounds like the writing is going well - I was a reader of your blog when it was more about being a military wife, but I enjoyed touring through the musing of an author also.
Thanks for the recommendations of great books. I can't wait to read what you come up with.