Wednesday, 23 January 2008

CFBA Blog Tour of Fallen by Matthew Raley

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


(Kregel Publications February 29, 2008)


Matthew Raley


Matthew Raley is senior pastor of the Orland Evangelical Free Church in northern California, where he lives with his wife and two young children. For fun, he enjoys playing chamber music with friends, giving occasional solo recitals, and playing first violin in the North State Symphony. This is his first book.


Jim was at work when his eyes drifted to the coffee shop visible from his office window. An attractive woman driving a Mercedes pulled up to the curb . . . and Jim’s married pastor emerged from the car. When Jim delves deeper into his pastor’s world, will he be able to handle what he discovers? Is he right to suspect that Dave is having an affair? In the behind-the-scenes church battle that ensues, Jim is torn between duty to his church and a desire to show grace. A ripped-from-the-headlines drama of suspense that keeps you engaged to the last page.

Fallen is the story about Jim’s relationship with Dave—how Jim tries to do the right thing to keep Dave accountable, but finds the situation getting worse and worse. It’s also about Jim’s other relationships. Just as he discovers hypocrisy in Dave, Jim discovers his own sins against his wife and daughter.

My take:~

Fallen is a confronting and honest book which exposes the deceit which can creep into a person's life and the depths to which believers can fall. It also offers hope and encourages the reader to take a good hard look at themselves, their motivations and attitude to others. Matthew Raley has written an impressive novel which is well worth reading and pondering for a long time after the book has been closed.


Tami said...

Hi Rel! I liked your review. My thoughts exactly! Your blog is full of cool info. I love it!
Tami from Tree Swing Reading

Matt said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. Thanks for the encouraging review.

Matt Raley

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