Monday, February 8, 2016

Book Review: "The Newsmakers"

The Newsmakers by Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart was a disappointment. Though published by Thomas Nelson Publishers, a division of Harper Collins Christian Publishing, there was nothing Christian in the book.

There was language, though. And the main character anticipated sleeping with her sort of boyfriend. And she found the inspiration for all she did in her desire to steal custody of her daughter back from her ex-husband, custody she lost because of her own life choices—choices that put her daughter in danger, choices her daughter was still recovering from. (I’m not saying such a mother shouldn’t aspire to repair the relationship with her daughter or to live a healthier life, just that this character’s motivations were more self- than Christ- or daughter-centered. She was more concerned with proving herself a good mom than with discovering what was best for everyone.)

This is a book about power and money and people using both to get what they want with little or no thought to what other people might want or need. As a secular book, it is intriguing and well-written. (My grievance isn't with the writers.) An ambitious newscaster is seeking truth at all costs, digging through layers of evil in search of the baddest, bad guy. It’s an intense, conspiracy-theory thriller.

But when I choose a book from a Christian publishing company, I expect to find more. I expect to find a character discovering Jesus for the first time or learning how to rely on Him to help her live and love well. The character doesn’t have to be perfect, in fact, she shouldn’t be. But she has to grow, somehow, in her relationship with God. When I choose a book from a Christian publishing company, I expect to find Jesus somewhere in the heart of the book. He was not in this one. That's what I found disappointing about this book.

I received a complimentary copy of The Newsmakers in exchange for this honest review.

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