The Undoing of Saint Silvanus

Reviewed by: Virginia Peterson, former church librarian, Rochester, N. Y.


Title: The Undoing of Saint Silvanus

Author: Beth Moore

Publisher: Tyndale House

Publication Date: September 2016

Format: Print, ebook, and audio

Length: 480 pages


Beth Moore is a popular Bible teacher and non-fiction author, especially for women. In this work, she tackles a fiction story set in Louisiana in the present day.

Jillian Slater is asked to travel to New Orleans from California for her father’s funeral, although there has been a long estrangement from that side of her family. She stays at the boarding house run by her frosty grandmother, with its interesting residents and housekeeper, and the ambience of being a former church (St. Silvanus).  After returning to California, her job and living situation fall apart, and she flees to her grandmother’s house as a last resort, while hoping to reestablish herself elsewhere. When her father’s death turns out to be suspicious, and strange things start happening around the house, her life becomes even more unsettled.


Rating (1 to 5)

4 stars

Suggested Audience

Teen to adult

Christian Impact

The gospel is gently woven into the story, and we see its influence on Jillian and her grandmother in the course of the book, as their relationship changes in the prickly process of getting to know one other and God.

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The Undoing of Saint Silvanus

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