The Soul Saver
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Barbour Books (May 1, 2012)
Meet Lexie Baltimore, who is in the supernatural battle of her life. In obedience to God’s calling, Lexie uses her art and dreams to help others. But will she have enough courage to help herself when she becomes torn between her atheist husband and a godly man? A widower and a father, Pastor Nate Winslow is drowning in darkness. Will he resist his treacherous assignment to win Lexie’s heart or give in to the attraction between them? As events unfold, Lexie becomes entangled in a twisted plot. Will she overcome the evil assailing her or yield to the dark side?
Soul Saver has a fascinating premise. Often Lexie wakes from a vision that contains sensory clues and a portion of a face. She heads to her studio where she sculpts until God’s urging leaves her. With the face of the stranger she is supposed to minister to or help looking up at her from her bench, she prays and then goes about her day, waiting for the urge to seek the face.
One of Lexie’s personal burdens is that she cannot share any of this gift or this ministry with her atheist husband. The fact that he’s atheist breaks her heart on a daily basis and becomes a huge piece of the storyline as the puzzle of God’s plan unfolds.
Miller is a good wordsmith with the necessary skills to tell a good story and keep the reader interested page after page. Her characters are dimensional and sympathetic and she twangs senses as she moves through their lives.
There are challenging situations that crop up that pure inspirational readers might have issue with and so I’d caution that the subject matter could be offensive to some. Anyone who likes to see the behind the scenes working of the Holy Spirit in someone’s life should find much to like in this novel. Readers who love to see the powers of good and evil play out should find Soul Saver intriguing. Those who prefer that their fiction be purely escapist or without teaching/Christianese need to know that God is a main character throughout this book.
Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer