Friday, December 30, 2005

Dark Star Reviewed

Dark Star: Redemption, Consequences and the Power of Prayer.

. Dark Star
. Creston Mapes
· Paperback: 400 pages
·Publisher: Multnomah

·ISBN: 1590524721

Book Description

“Can Fame, Wealth, and Power Buy Happiness? Everett Lester and his band, DeathStroke, ride the crest of a wave to superstardom. But the deeper they become immersed in fame, wealth, and power, the more likely they are to be swallowed alive by the drugs, alcohol, and discontentment that have become their only friends. Everett is headed down a perilous road of no apparent return when he's charged with the murder of his personal psychic. The only hope he can cling to comes from Topeka , Kansas , and the letters written by a prayerful young lady who lives there. Consistent and persistent, the notes cut straight to Everett 's empty heart, offering a fulfillment he's never grasped before. But what if he's found guilty of murder? Will he recognize the spiritual battle that's raging for his soul?”

Reviewed by Gina Holmes

Dark Star is a story about sin, consequences and the power of love. God’s love, a friend’s love, and romantic love.

I expected a third person account of an out of control rock star told in chronological order with a conversion story near the end.

What Mapes delivers is a unique story told largely in flashbacks, first person, mixing past and present.

This is an unashamed Christian novel. The reader is not left guessing if the guitar was a symbol representing idolatry. The plan of salvation is laid out, along with lots of prayer and Biblical teaching.

Rock star Everett Lester is the poster child for the out of control, self-serving rock star. He is a playboy, drug addict and God mocker. But, Everett doesn’t stand a chance with the prayers of one young lady burdened for him.

When Everett’s scales of deception begin falling from his eyes, what he sees around him is pure evil. As Lester begins to change from the inside out, his personal psychic and mentor, Endora Crystal, will stop at nothing to keep him from the lamb.

Lester finds himself on trial for her murder. The book takes us back and forth, from the current day trial, to Lester’s past that brought him to that point.

Author Creston Mapes introduces us to quirky characters such as Zane Bender, Ricky Crazee, and others. He has an unnerving, and fantastic, way of setting up the most peaceful of scenes, then shocking the reader out of tranquility.

I thought the ending was a bit tidy, but overall the book was entertaining and ministering. I caught myself praying for some of the characters before realizing what I was doing.

I’d recommend this book to Christians who’ve come from a sordid background, those who think they know someone beyond redemption, and as a gift to friends and family members who are seeking truth.

I think this book would probably not be well received by non-Christians who are not searching.

Creston Mapes is a down to earth storyteller, able to show the power of prayer and the endlessness of God’s forgiveness and love.

Dark Star is worth checking out.

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