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  • 08/2022
  • 979-8-9867301-0-3 B0B8RP5VCM
  • 327 pages
  • $18.99
TAMI STEVENSON
Author
The Brought Family Secrets

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

Is the Bible wrong if the earth is older than we thought? If Aliens do exist, is God real? Author and Newspaper Publisher Tami Stevenson explores these questions and more through the lens of a Christian family that has been blessed with extraordinary gifts from the Father. To friends and neighbors, they are your average, rural Christian family that live and love on their sixth generation farm in Michigan. But the Brought family has kept a secret for generations. They have been blessed with extraordinary gifts from the Father. When an ancient temple complex is discovered along the Au Sable River, near Lumberman's Monument and their favorite fishing hole, their gifts ultimately involve them in joining forces with angels and aliens to fight the dark powers that lie buried beneath. Will Ben convince his pastor the Bible isn't wrong just because ancient structures are being discovered and the earth may be older than we thought? Is the Bible wrong if aliens do exist? Will the most beautiful creature he's ever seen, the love of his life, survive the sacrifice she made? Visit www.tamistevenson.com for more information.
Reviews
Stevenson debuts with this inventive Christian thriller that pits a family of believers, charged for generations as “defenders of the Light,” against unholy threats and mysteries, including demons, back mists, and the extraterrestrial. The angel Eliel, an old family friend, comes with “a memory of the past … and a memory of the future” for Ben, the Brought family’s gifted adult son, along with a revelation: their patch of rural Michigan is home to a lost, ancient temple built by the God-defying, giant-birthing “Watchers”—a temple that will soon be unearthed. Nature-loving aliens called “Willows” appear before the Broughts with a warning: when the temple is discovered, demons will be unleashed.

Memorable characterization, a fast pace, and a thoughtful reconciling of biblical fantasy with Christian belief set this series apart. The family’s already comfortable with aliens, including the Dubheians and the Starlings, both representative of a variety of “Others” whose presence, since the time of Adam and Eve, is noted in lost books of the Bible. The Broughts keep this secret for convincing reasons, but Stevenson is thoughtful about how to fit space-faring entities into Christian cosmology: “We need to remind people that whether any of this is true or not, it doesn’t matter when it comes to their salvation,” one Brought notes during an early multi-chapter exploration of secret histories.

The past’s mysteries also get excavated more literally in exciting sequences plumbing newly revealed tombs, complete with terrifying sculptures of dragons whose role in the climax readers will enjoy anticipating. As the family works to stop researchers from setting loose demons, Stevenson offers twists, revelations, a wedding, and above all a sense of adventure. The unfussy prose stays earthbound even when the characters quite literally take flight, but the plotting, worldbuilding, and cast are all promising and will appeal to Christian readers looking for fantasy that takes their beliefs seriously.

Takeaway: This Christian fantasy pits a Michigan family against a lost tomb, demons, and ancient secrets.

Great for fans of: James Bonk’s Light of the Ark, Joe Edd Morris’s The Lost Gospel.

Production grades
Cover: B
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: NA
Editing: B+
Marketing copy: A

Brie S. USA

Compelling read!
I loved the story of the Brought family; it makes me wish I knew them! I personally know Christian believers that have seen things in the skies that can't be explained, and I know that's caused some people to question the validity of the Bible. This book talks about that and so much more from a fiction perspective, but it’s filled with a lot of scripture. I love that it discusses the book of Enoch and Adam and Eve, which I feel many Christians aren't brave enough to discuss. Really made me think. A great Christian read! Can’t wait for the sequel from this very talented new author. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, creativity and love of the Lord through this novel!

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 08/2022
  • 979-8-9867301-0-3 B0B8RP5VCM
  • 327 pages
  • $18.99

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