08 May 2014

Tessa From Fear to Faith by Melissa Wiltrout

Melissa Wiltrout tells the story of Tess Miner. A young teenager caught up in selling and cooking meth due to a bad home situation and an abusive father. She's a run away, a shoplifter, a thief of all sorts, yet all she really wants is to feel safe and avoid the beatings of her father.

Tess is a very relatable character, she's not perfect, she has her faults, yet she wants to redeem herself. Her story of faith and redemption is inspiring, thought provoking, yet entertaining. The writer takes us on some twists and turns and we’re all together unsure until the end what will happen to poor Tess.
Some of the abuse is graphic and hard to read. This is definitely not a book for young children.  It is a book that would be good for youth group or older teenagers in a homeschool situation who have the availability of a parent to talk to after or during the reading of it. It really gives some color to the type of families that are in this world and what some kids have to put up with growing up.

There are some parts which are slightly unbelievable, some of the characters turn around too easily to God and seem to have no problem completely changing their personalities in minutes of accepting God into their life. There has to be some artistic license to get a point across in a short novel though and all in all the book is a touching read.

Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was provided for review purposes only. All opinions are, as always, 100% my own.

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