NEW BOOK REVIEW
Bridgers: A Parable ... Angie Thompson
Three boys. One choice. No turning back.
Peyton is a rising star in the church who is well on the way to reaching his biggest dreams. Levi is a pastor's son struggling to live up to his faith under pressure from all sides. DaVonte is a kid from the wrong side of town who would be content if he and his friends were just left alone.
When an act of violence presents a sudden decision, each boy's answer will shake the community to its core and shape its future forever. Love and truth face off against fear and pride in this modern extension of one of Jesus' best-known parables.
"I guess I look like the kid you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley, ..." With an opening like this, I knew the young adult Bridgers: A Parable by Angie Thompson was going to tell me a story that would hold conflict and most likely trouble.
The Parent's Note in the beginning give parents the option of reading the book first, explaining the reason why Thompson used the references she did.
I found the story to be extremely realistic, the fact that it could have taken place in any major city or small town was right on spot. Thompson's characters were true to life and surprisingly I understood their actions although they were a bit shocking at the beginning, as you would never have thought Christians would act the way they did.
The story takes two version of one incident and intersects them at a surprising point. What happens next should make Christians dig deep in their hearts and open their eyes to what God has taught us as opposed to what the world has taught us.
I loved the name of the book and the explanation of how it came about bringing in the meaning of the cover. This is an excellent read for all ages, as we find that the power of God can overcome any prejudices developed over the years.