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Sara was a normal a 10-year-old girl as there ever could be. She had a brother, two parents that loved her, and a community that enjoyed seeing her smiling face and brilliant personality. Her friends at school and church had nothing but good things to say about her. But all that would change if the crazy claims she is making are true.Did she really see Jesus walking on the lake?

Did she really see Jesus walking on the lake?

In a small country town, the word spread fast. And soon there was more to share when Sara started healing the sick and physically disabled in her community. That kind of news could not be kept quiet, and it reached far beyond the confines of White Dove. Overnight, Sara was a celebrity, with a fascinating story to tell.

Soon, those that Sara had healed tell their stories of seeing Jesus too. Can this be true?

Sara and her family’s normal life are flipped upside down, and in more ways than one, crafting a powerful story of faith. Inspired by true events, Peter Szondy and G. M. Mercier share the story birthed from the words of Jesus.

“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20-21

The Mustard Seed is a unique book, and that is something to say in the realm of literature. Because this isn’t purely a novel, and this isn’t a testimonial, it is trying to find a footing in a place few books have gone before.

G. M. Mercier, the writer of an original story on which this book is based, states in the preface that The Mustard Seed is a piece of fiction but inspired by real people and real events. And as a reader, you can feel the real tension and real emotion seeping through the pages. The way that Sara’s mother wrestles with the ongoing problems, the way that Sam struggles and stumbles his way through the idea of faith in Jesus; these feel authentic to the point that the author isn’t creating a story but telling the facts of a real life event. Readers want to feel connected to the characters in the story, and this is a good thing.

But there are moments where the reader may feel lost or overwhelmed. The omniscient narrator feels like a watchful neighbour, seeing the events of the story unfold and sharing them with us. At times, it is well paced and gives space for the reader’s imagination to fill in the blanks, as a good novel should be. But other times, this well-meaning neighbourly narrator seems to get caught up in the goings-on of the story, forgetting that the reader is not so familiar with this world.

However, a smart reader will realize this and see it as a pleasing quirk to the story, and not a hindrance. The story of The Mustard Seed, the fiction, and the fact, is a heart gripping story of faith in real life. The characters and the positions that they find themselves in are so relatable that you will feel yourself sharing in their pain and joy.

I give The Mustard Seed a solid 3 out of 5 stars.

Don’t think that 3 out of 5 is bad. If I gave half stars, this would be 3.5 stars. The Mustard Seed is engaging and unique, Christians of any age will be encouraged by this story.


The guys and gals over at Trailmaker Productions and BuzzPlant.com have been awesome enough to give me a FREE digital copy of The Mustard Seed to give away to one of you lucky readers.

The contest will run for 2 weeks, starting today, March 7, 2016.

It’s simple. All you have to do to be entered to win the FREE digital copy of The Mustard Seed is:

  1. LIKE this post, on Christian Thought Sandbox.
  2. SHARE this review, on Facebook, Twitter, anywhere on social media.

I will announce the winner in two weeks time here on Christian Thought Sandbox, so stay tuned.

 

Learn more about The Mustard Seed and the story that inspired it at mustardseedbook.com

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