Have you ever read and book that you think is really important? I can’t say that’s usually (or ever) what I think when reading books but it sure is what I thought while reading this one. The book is a fantastic read, carefully woven by an adept writer. But the subject matter is just so important in this day and time.
Camilla flees her strict God-fearing parents to follow a young man, Nathan Fox, who is part of a Mormon group going to settle in Utah in the late 1800’s. Things work well for the couple until Camilla begins to be uncomfortable with the teachings of “the prophet.” This book shows how we can be led astray by someone teaching a “different Jesus” than the one that we know, especially when they are acting more Christ-like than the real Christians.
3 But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. 4 You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed. (2 Corinthians 11:3-4)
Theology: A+! Ms. Pittman does a wonderful job incorporating biblical themes into her writing without preaching. She portrays God’s faithfulness amidst our poor choices. She shows how God can use our suffering to draw us back to Him. She explores the conflict between a husband’s authority and being obedient to God. Most of all, she shows us what humility and selflessness look like through Camilla.
Maturity: PG While I think this book was intended for an adult audience, the protagonist is 15 when the book starts and 21 when the book ends. I think there is plenty to appeal to a YA audience. One conflict in the book revolves around polygamy and its affect on marriage.
Social Issues: Mormonism, false teaching, polygamy
I have been truly blessed this summer to read some amazing books. This is one of them. I highly recommend it. The author has really done her research into Mormonism and its perversion of the true Christian faith. Anyone who thinks that Mormonsim is a form of Christianity should read this book.