Monday, February 1, 2021

"I Never Knew You" by Patrick Higgins Book Tour and GiveAway

I Never Knew You

About the Book

Book:  I Never Knew You

Author: Patrick Higgins

Genre: Christian Fiction

Release date: September 9, 2020

INKY Front Cover EbookIs the God you serve the true God of the Bible? If you profess faith in Christ, this book will challenge you mightily from beginning to end, GUARANTEED!

Charmaine DeShields thought she had it all. A promising career. Good health. A beautiful house. A promising relationship. Most importantly, she was a proud member of the largest and most popular megachurch in all of Seattle—the Blessed and Highly Favored Full Gospel Church.

Everything started changing in her seemingly perfect life after a pastor visiting from China created such an uproar at her church, with messages most members found both mean spirited and judgmentally offensive, that Mark Lau was asked to leave and told never to come back.

It took traveling all the way to Shanghai, China, with her best friend, Meredith Geiger, for Charmaine to discover the many differences between her church, which was opulent in every sense of the word, and Pastor Lau’s church, which was located beneath a dry cleaners, of all places.

Even more telling were the messages both pastors preached. Despite that they taught from the very same Book, their messages couldn’t have been anymore polarizing. While Charmaine was instantly intrigued by the whole “underground” experience, Meredith was so traumatized that she cut short what had been the best vacation of her life, to go back to the States.

But not before alarming Charmaine’s boyfriend of the grave danger they faced. Rodney Williams then told lead pastors, Julian and Imogen Martín, who flew 5,700 miles from Seattle to China, to rescue her from the so-called pastor who’d already caused some to leave their megachurch.

Upon arriving, they learned their suspicions were quickly confirmed. Mark Lau had used his subterranean gathering place to radically change Charmaine’s way of thinking. Despite her strongest protests, they flat-out refused to believe that God had used him to transform her life and deepen her faith, to the extent that she finally had eternal assurance.

Tragically for the Martíns, by the time they discovered the prosperity Gospel they’d been preaching was a false one, it would be too late…,digital-text,207&sr=1-1&linkCode=sl1&tag=celelit-20&linkId=3f4be68915e47648523848f787c48175&language=en_US

"I Never Knew You" by Patrick Higgins  is a believable story that is based on churches that preach "claim it and it yours". That saying isn't used in the book as such but that is what it is about. Charmaine DeShields goes to a megachurch and makes plenty of money and has a lot of prestigious because she is on the list of the top donors.

But when a preacher from China comes and preaches a different message and Charmaine goes to China and learns what it means to be really saved, her friends and pastors aren't very happy. 

This book made me question my faith and it addresses issues such as can a person lose their salvation and what would I do if I have to denied Jesus to stay out of jail and other issues.

Once again, I felt God was telling me that I can be content in Him in any situation  and that He is with me and that I can do all things through Him.  The example the author uses in this scene is the book is a football player saying this as he gets a touchdown. I have to say that example didn't impress me because I am not a foot ball player nor a fan but  God is telling me that this doesn't mean I can do anything I want and it is ok but I can have joy and contentment in Him. I am amazed that this is the second book  Fiction) that reinforces what my pastor preached on Jan.24. I really felt like this book was speaking to me. 

I really recommend every person, Christian or not  read this book.  I don't want anyone to hear the words  "I Never Knew You" spoken to them by Jesus.  This book really tells the Gospel and would be a great gift for a reader that doesn't want to read other "religious" books. 

I received a contemporary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit and these opinions are my own. 

About the Author

47124526_1951330421616062_4256512413689446400_n (2)Patrick Higgins is an Amazon bestseller and award-winning author of the end times prophetic series, Chaos In The Blink Of An Eye. The “CHAOS” in our present world is well documented in this series, which won the Radiqx Press Spirit-Filled Fiction Award of Excellence, soon after the first installment was published. Download now and see for yourself why JUST UNDER 3000 POSITIVE RATINGS – REVIEWS have been posted on Amazon and Goodreads, on the first 6 installments…and counting!

Once completed, there will be 12 installments…

Higgins also wrote “I Never Knew You”, “The Pelican Trees”, “Coffee In Manila”, and “The Unannounced Christmas Visitor”, which won the 2018 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Award in Christian fiction.


More from Patrick

Is the God you serve the true God of the Bible? Charmaine DeShields always thought so. How could she not after practically going from rags to riches in the seven years she spent as a full-fledged member of the most influential church in all of Seattle—the Blessed and Highly Favored Full Gospel Church? From a financial and materialistic standpoint, she felt incredibly blessed by her Maker.

It took traveling all the way to Shanghai, China, and spending a few days in an underground church—with persecuted believers who’d lost everything for their faith in Christ—for Charmaine to discover that the relationship she had with Jesus wasn’t nearly as secure as she had always thought it was.

In fact, the biblically-sound preaching she was exposed to in Pastor Mark Lau’s subterranean house of worship was so profound, it forced her to question whether or not she was even saved at all…

Based on Matthew 7:21-23, if you profess faith in Christ, this story will challenge you from start to finish—GUARANTEED! Since its release in September 2020, the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads have been nothing short of stellar. Many are calling it Patrick Higgins’ best book to date and predict it will become an award-winner like his other books.

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness’” (Matthew 7:21-23).

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 1

Sara Jane Jacobs, February 2

Mary Hake, February 2

deb’s Book Review, February 3

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 4

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, February 5

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 6

CarpeDiem, February 7

Inklings and notions, February 8

Blogging With Carol, February 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 9

Artistic Nobody, February 10 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Texas Book-aholic, February 11

For Him and My Family, February 12

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 13

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 13

Simple Harvest Reads, February 14 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)


To celebrate his tour, Patrick is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


Deana said...

I loved your review. Sounds like the book is going to be a good one. I liked how you applied it to your walk with Jesus.

marisela zuniga said...

This sounds like a really good book!

megana said...

Adding to my tbr!! Awesome review!

Unknown said...

Ah, I finally figured out how to comment! XD Thank you for this!

Roxanne C. said...

A great review for a great book! I can think of a few family members, along with myself, who would benefit from reading this book.

Dianna said...

I don't often read nonfiction, but I would love to share this book with my grandmother.