Trial And Error – by Robert Whitlow (2021)

Lawyer Buddy Smith is a small-town lawyer looking for missing local children. There’s a young boy who was taken out of state by his father without permission from his mother, with no intention of returning him home. There’s a runaway teenage girl whose parents are desperate to find her. And there’s Buddy’s own daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for seventeen years. His former girlfriend left town when their baby was only a few days old, took the baby with her, and totally vanished.

Buddy looks for the little boy and the runaway teen with the help of his long-time friend Gracie and a detective named Mayleah. Small details give clues that lead to other information, which ultimately leads to them being able to find the missing persons.

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Interview With The Devil – by Clay Jacobsen (2002)

Interview With The Devil

If you had the opportunity to sit down and talk to someone on the other side of the world who has totally different religious beliefs than your own, would you do it? How about if this individual was believed to be the mastermind behind terrorist bombings that left many of your countrymen dead? Ahmad Hani Sa’id says Mark Taylor is the only journalist he is willing to give an interview to.  Why is he so insistent on this particular man?

Mark is a former Marine who served in the Gulf War, during which time he formed a friendship with a Muslim young man who saved his life. Mark has often wondered what became of the young man, and suspects he may have something to do with the interview request. Tracy, Mark’s wife, begs him not to go. The CIA, on the other hand, wants him to go so that they can trail along and kill Sa’id.

Despite great trepidation, Mark accepts the assignment. The author does a powerful job of slowly building up the suspense, and doesn’t even get to the actual interview until page 273. Throughout the story, faith in Jesus is contrasted with faith in Muhammad. A faith based on love and salvation versus a faith based on violence and slavish rules. The message of the book comes through loud and clear: Jesus loves every person on earth, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, or atheist. Grace and forgiveness is offered to all, and it’s up to each person to chose who they will follow.

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