Friday, March 4, 2011

Driven by Shellie Neumeier

Robyn can’t help but notice the handsome new guy at her school. She ignores, however, the arrival of another being at Brookfield Central High School—a demon assigned to destroy her…

Robyn loves her friends, enjoys her youth group, and looks forward to meeting cute Caleb Montague. But when a caustic news reporter challenges her school’s prayer team, Robyn must choose: defend their right to meet on campus and pray for whomever they wish or back down at the principal’s request.

 

Now she must learn what God wants her to do. And she had better learn fast, because there’s a supernatural enemy in town whose sole mission is to stop her—no matter the cost.

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Driven is YA fiction that takes us for a wild ride into the supernatural. No one knows for certain how that works but some authors have done a great job of giving us possibilities. Shellie Neumeier is one of them. We are introduced to Sebastian. He is the demon sent to bring Robyn's ministry down. There are demons in the story but there are also angels, called Heavenlies. Robyn is a caring and bright 17 year old who loves the Lord and her friends. She doesn't always have perfect thoughts but tries very hard to follow what God would have her do.


I love the fact that while she does show her weaknesses and her human thoughts, like pride, she also admits it and sees it for what it is, sin. She has a great relationship with her parents, youth leader and her prayer team. She can talk to them about the big issues and does. She isn't afraid to put herself in hard situations if she feels that is what God would have her do.

This book shows us how forgiveness is not just something we need from others but from ourselves as well. It allows us to understand that we are fighting things that are not of this world. We should have the full armor of God on daily so we are better equiped to fight the demons that desire to sift us like wheat. We need to be aware that the thoughts in our mind, if they do not line up to what God has told us in His Word, should be cast out of our mind. They are not truth. It also reminds us that we have power in the name of Jesus.

I think this is a great book for teens. If they are grounded in their faith then the talk of demons will not scare them. They will be encouraged to see how the power of God is there to protect them. They just need to call out to Him whenever the Spirit prompts them to. But we need to believe spiritual warfare is real because the Bible tells us it is. And that we fight against them daily. If we can ground our teens in this knowledge at an early age and teach them how to over come it, then they will have strength in that. It's also a lesson adults should learn.

It is an easy book to read and hard to put down. I am hopeful that these characters will live on in more books soon.
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