About the Book
Author: Beckie Lindsey
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: February, 2018
Every girl has a secret she hopes the light will never find–but the demons already have.
Four girls. Four sets of secrets. Four searching for answers.
Mackenzie is the shy, awkward new girl at school, depressed and desperate for a real friend. When she stumbles upon the deepest secret of a sarcastic, angry-at-the-world track star, Krystal, they become instant enemies-especially about the flirtatious baseball player, Bryce.
Tammi, a gloomy singer/musician who couldn’t care less about what others think of her, meets Sadie, a dancer and a people-pleaser with a cotton candy disposition. They have nothing in common until their lives begin to collide in more ways than one.
As the girls’ worlds begin to converge, their secrets rather than their similarities draw them together. Meanwhile, all that’s kept hidden has left them vulnerable to a battle in an invisible realm where demonic creatures fight to keep the girls chained to their pasts while angels of light work to free them.
Can good ever come from evil? Can beauty ever arise from ashes?
First all I, want to say the author does give a warning that this book might cause past issues or present ones to cause a reader more sorrow and to not to continue reading if they do. The warning is because this book deals with the subjects of sexual abuse, incest, bulimia, alcoholism, divorce, adultery, low self-esteem, battling negative thoughts, anger to the point of hate, dealing with evil forces and blaming God, and depression and anxiety. I have to be honest and say after reading this warning, I was tempted to put the book down and not even start reading it because I have dealt with some of these issues and still am dealing with them. But, I read the book and finished it and have to say I am glad I did. This book gave me new hope, yes, I know and believe that God is with us and knows what is best, but the hope came from seeing that God has angels that fights for us. I have always believe in angels but this story, even though it is fiction brought verses like Daniel 10:13 and Jude 1:9 and Hebrews 1:14( They battle demons, carry messages, bring answers to prayers, are instruments of God's judgement and more) more into everyday life.
"Secrets" by Beckie Lindsey is fiction but it is a story that is true in every high school in the United States. This is the first book in the series and I have already downloaded book two.
I don't think I have a favorite character of the four main characters because I felt the heartaches and sorrows from each one of them. And with each one of them I could identify at least one thing with them, no I was never a track star or a singer or a dancer but other similar like Tammy and her grandparents and Sadie, her name was my grandmother's name, Mackenzie like me is shy and finds it hard to make new friends and like Krystal my parents were divorced.
This is a story that isn't a feel good story but it is a story that more young adults and other adults need to read and become more aware that Satan and his demons are out to destroy us by keeping us trapped in our pasts and fears. The story is a clean read and not too graphic.
I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.
About the Author
Beckie Lindsey is an award-winning poet, author, blogger, and the editor of Southern California Christian Voice, a division of One Christian Voice, a national news syndicating agency. She is a major coffeeholic and enjoys a good book with a cat on her lap. She also loves to hike and hang out with family and friends. Beckie and her husband, Scott have three adult children, two adorable cats and live in California.
Guest Post from BeckieWhy I write YA and the BFA series By Beckie Lindsey I believe a teenager still exists inside each of us. We hear a familiar tune from our “glory days” and are instantly tapping our toes. Mentally, we’re back in high school —poofy bangs, scrunchie, neon off-the-shoulder sweatshirt — and all. Oh, wait. That’s me back in the ‘80s! Ah, yes. There is something wonderfully awful about those coming-of-age years. From the first kiss to the first breakup, there are memories we cherish and some we don’t care to ever revisit. Being a teen can be exciting, confusing, painful, joyous, or even all of those things at once! No matter how different your teenage experience was from mine, one thing is true for us all: these years have an enormous impact on who we become as adults. We can all sympathize with the plight of puberty and the longing for independence and acceptance. Yeah, there’s still a teenager in all of us! These are the reasons I write YA. My hope is to use the power of storytelling to move past barriers and open hearts to accept how much God loves and desires a personal relationship with us. At every age, we all need the grace and love of Jesus. In the Beauties from Ashes (BFA) series, I write about relatable characters with difficult issues and traumatic pasts to enlighten readers about the unseen spiritual battle referred to in Scripture. Each character has a secret that has left them vulnerable to the battle in an invisible realm where demonic creatures fight to keep them chained to their pasts and angels of light work to free them. The characters and their issues are complex, just like real life. In fact, some of the topics are often considered too taboo to talk about openly. But what is left in the dark, festers and grows. It is only in the light that we can be free. In the BFA series, readers experience the character’s quest for truth, love, grace, and freedom while hopefully finding the same for themselves.
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