“For We Wrestle Not Against Flesh”

Back in March, I joined in the cover reveal blog tour: Today, I share my thoughts on the story inside – where, relevantly enough, the true worth lies.

EntertainingAngels, cover

The Book: “Entertaining Angels” by Emerald Barnes.

Genre: Christian YA

Blurb: Madison Andrews can’t face her reflection in the mirror. All she sees is a big, fat nobody. Yet, deep inside she longs for something more, something that’s not skin deep.

Along comes Zach, the new guy in school. He’s smoking hot and totally out of her league. She somehow catches his eye, and he makes her feel beautiful for once. But just as she gets close to Zach, her nerdy best friend, Chase, won’t let Madison doubt her true beauty, no matter how many meals she skips.

Even as Madison begins to realize that she is more than what she thinks, darker forces are at work, darker than the lies and mocking from her peers, stopping her from amounting to her full potential. Can Madison find true happiness in her own skin?

My Thoughts: My feelings on this novel were a bit mixed. The prose and storytelling struck me as repetitive and obvious, reminiscent of a play in which the actors aren’t sure what to do with themselves while delivering their heavy-handed lines, so they perform a lot of the same motions over and over. Beyond that, though, the story had a good heart, doing a fair job of portraying a young person in a spiritual battle on a field of self-doubts.

It was pleasing to see the number of people in Madison’s life who not only genuinely cared about her, but strove to support and embolden her, in painful contrast to others – even members of her own family – who either stood hard against her or simply proved ineffectual allies. And I appreciated that the story kept going beyond a certain game-changing moment, rather than leave it there and thereby suggest that everything would be easy-breezy ever after. Life, as I’ve experienced it, doesn’t work that way, so I was glad the author didn’t try to paint things in that light.

HSYRT? (Hey, Should You Read This?): For anyone who needs to be reminded – or perhaps hear for the first time – just what they’re worth in the eyes of those that matter, Entertaining Angels is a book worth looking over.

Your Thoughts: Put ’em in the comments, and I’ll know!

2 thoughts on ““For We Wrestle Not Against Flesh”

  1. I appreciate the balance you strike, Danielle, between being honest with potential readers and being fair to the book’s strengths. So many reviews I read on blogs are either aggressive trash-talk or aggressive fangirling. Although I appreciate the latter when it is merited and I find the former somewhat cathartic, most books deserve something in-between.

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