(Book review) Choices


Reviewed by Kenzi Melody, a professional writing major at Taylor University.
 


Introduction

Title: Choices

Author: J.E. Laufer

Publisher: Little Egg Publishing Company

Publication Date: 2017

Format: Paperback

Length: 102 pages

OVERVIEW

A decade after the horrors of the Holocaust, Kati and her husband Adolf have resettled in communist-controlled Budapest with their two young children. Once a rebellion is crushed by government forces, many Hungarians begin to attempt to escape from the iron-fisted political situation. In the wake of her relatives’ hasty flight, Kati and her family decide to attempt a harrowing race to freedom. Each step is fraught with difficulty and heart-stopping panic in this sweeping tale of faith, providence, and incredible courage.

This true story is based on the lives of the author’s parents. It’s a deeply interesting and historically accurate look at the dangers faced by those in Eastern Europe after the communist takeover. The author weaves the story in a warm, down-to-earth voice, but the short length of the book is a little disappointing. The book is quite in depth for the first couple of chapters, but then seems to skim over the rest of the story as if the author were rushing toward the ending. Adding a few more details, even if they’re imagined, would have given the story more emotional pull.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

3 out of 5 stars

Suggested Audience

Christian young adults looking for an encouraging true story about the power of Christian courage would enjoy this.

Christian Impact

In an often-times frightening world, it’s encouraging to read stories of courageous people who took a stand for their families and their faith.

 



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