[PocketBooks Blog Tour&Review] Necessary Heartbreak by Michael J. Sullivan

Posted 20 April, 2010 by Molly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

About the Book:
An extraordinary journey back in time shows a struggling single dad that the faith he’s lost is still alive—and stronger than ever. . . .

Michael Stewart has weathered his share of hardships: a troubled childhood, the loss of his mother, even the degradation of living on the city streets. Now he’s raising his teenaged daughter, Elizabeth, on his own and doing the best he can at work and at home. But he’s turned his back on his faith—that is, until the morning Michael and Elizabeth volunteer for a food pantry at their local church. While storing boxes in the basement, they step through a mysterious door . . . and find themselves in first-century Jerusalem during the tumultuous last week of Jesus Christ’s life. It is a dangerous and violent place, where doing what your heart tells you is right can get you imprisoned—or worse—and they are thankful to take refuge with a kind widow. But when they come face-to-face with Judas Iscariot and the condemned Christ himself, Michael realizes that before they can escape Jerusalem, he must experience history’s most necessary and shattering heartbreak—and that pain and loss must happen if Michael is to be set free: to live, love, and reclaim the blessings he has in the present day.

About the Author:
Michael J. Sullivan is an author and sports writer living in New York who graduated from St. John’s University, and is a member of the McDonald’s All-American Selection Boys Basketball Committee and the Parade All-American Selection Committee. Michael hosted sports radio shows on WGBB on Long Island, NY, and WEVD 1050AM in New York City, as well as worked with ESPN and Sporting News. In addition to writing the When Time Forgets series, Michael covers high school and college sports for Fox-owned Scout.com, which involves daily activity on ten to twelve message boards as well as writing approximately 100 articles each month.

Michael has published a number of books through established trade houses, including the trivia book So You Think You’re a New Yorker, which was an iconic work lauded by columnist Cindy Adams. In addition, he published seven sports-themed books for children through Enslow, and a volume of a children’s book series through HarperCollins.

My Review:
While this was not a typical book that I would have read, it was still a pretty good book. I didn’t have trouble with being confused or anything like that, however, it was a different kind of plot. Very different. But, all in all, it was a good read.

Michael Sullivan  shows talent. Lots of talent. The characters were created beautifully and blended well with the setting of the plot. The plot itself is thrilling and captivating. It has faith, family and Biblical themes to it. I was completely captured by the 2nd chapter, when Michael and his daughter, Elizabeth, step into Biblical times, right into the last week of Jesus’ life. That was the thrilling, captivating part. It truly came to life when Michael and Elizabeth arrived in Jerusalem through the mysterious door in the basement of their church.

I give this story high 4 star recommendation, especially if you want a new kind of Biblical thriller. It gets your mind turning and keeps you focused on faith. Well done!

You can purchase your copy by clicking here.

*This book was provided for review by PocketBooks/Simon And Schuster*

Posted 20 April, 2010 by Molly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments


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