EMMA'S JOURNAL

Edward K. Rowell, Author, Ed Rowell, Author
Edward K. Rowell, Author, Ed Rowell, Author . WaterBrook $10.99 (176p) ISBN 978-1-57856-724-9
Reviewed on: 09/15/2003
Release date: 10/01/2003
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Stereotyped characters and a didactic tone mar this well-intentioned evangelical novel by Rowell, a pastor, writer and public speaker. The usual suspects are all here: the well-manicured, social-climbing villainess; her henpecked husband; his sainted mother; the kind but broken-down widower. Rowell employs the well-worn plot device of using a tangible object—in this case, an old journal—as a window into the past and a vehicle for the characters' redemption. Despite the predictable characters and plot, the novel's inspiring message of "living on purpose" will be well-received by CBA readers who have enjoyed similar injunctions by nonfiction authors like Rick Warren. (Oct. 21)

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