Friday, June 7, 2013

A Season of Mysteries - Kregel Book Review

A Season of Mysteries
Rusty Whitener, 2013
Kregel Publications
Kregel, Inc.
PO Box 2607
Grand Rapids, MI 49501
ISBN 978-0-8254-4322-0

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I've been reading an interesting book lately called A Season of Mysteries.  It's the follow-up book to the award winning novel, A Season of Miracles, written by Rusty Whitener, a novelist, screenwriter, actor, and pastor.  I have a feeling he should be anticipating more awards!  When I first started reading this book I was thinking it would be just another one of those stories about boys, baseball, and getting in trouble.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out there was a lot more to this story.

In A Season of Mysteries there a number of fun and feisty characters including, a brainiac named Richard, a "big" but lovable kid named Duffey, and a number of other kids who formed the "Fellowship of the Rock", a band of ballplayers, that came of age, took on the world and found God's truth together.  As the story begins Richard is introduced as a someone trying to forget, or more correctly "unremember", "dialogues" from 1976 that changed his life.  Richard is someone who remembers every word of conversations, and as the story progresses many interesting stories and spiritual revelations come to light.

In addition to Little League baseball, most of the boys in the story have Boy Scouts in common.  Zack, Donnie, Duffey, Batman, and Richard played ball together and then moved on to Scouts, camping, girls, and God.  During the summer of 1976 a guy named Peachy entered the lives of this bunch of boys and brought with him a new perspective on what is real, what is true, and who is really in control of our lives and the world.  Richard experiences firsthand the very real spiritual battle going on around him, complete with demons and angels.

The story reminded at times of an older movie about a ragtag bunch of boys who are forced to grow up quickly during a pivotal summer in their lives.  Unlike the movie, the boys in this story also grow spiritually throughout the story.  There are many funny moments throughout the book which will bring plenty of laughs, but there are also many serious spiritual matters that are discussed such as belief vs. salvation, evil, demons, spiritual battle/war and who is "Lord" over individual lives and our world.  You'll find new perspectives on UFOs and pitching too.  There are the normal pranks and fun while at camp, budding teen romances and a great deal more in this story.  I found it both entertaining and sobering at the same time.  This is a really great book by a very talented writer!


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