Monday, May 14, 2007

Thom Lemmons' Blameless ~ Reviewed

Thom Lemmons
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (March 20, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1400071747
ISBN-13: 978-1400071746

Professor Joseph Barnes is attractive, intelligent, and successful -- beloved by both his students and fellow university faculty. Despite her professional reservations, Alexis, the college dean, finds herself drawn to him.

But when Joe's career begins to crumble, Alexis has to decide whether or not to rescue Joe from his circumstances. If she does save him, how can she be sure he loves her for herself -- and not what she can do for him?


Thom Lemmons has penned a thoughtful novel retelling the modified biblical story of Job through a modern cast of characters.

The author uses some clever name configurations to clue us into the characters his represent.
Don't expect a total retelling of the story of Job, though. In my opinion, "Blameless" is a closer fit with "inspired by," and this is really how it has to be. How could one novel contain the detailed scope of Job, and do it well? Lemmons has chosen aspects of unfair suffering, righteousness and reward and has created a well-written season in the life of Joe and Alexis.
As good fiction should, the story of Joe and Alexis makes the reader pause and consider the truth of bigger things.
Those at home in academic settings should find much to like even if they aren't keen on biblical fiction.

Reviewed by Kelly Klepfer

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