A Violent Hope
By Ericka Clay
I’m a bookworm whose love of books, similar to my love of music, can’t be confined to one category or genre.
While I love curling up with a page-turning novel, my “free” time as a busy mom of 5 is quite limited to “pleasure read” (as I like to call it 😉 ). By default, my reading over the last decade has primarily been focused on works of non-fiction. Specifically, Christian non-fiction. I strongly believe that the content that occupies a person’s time and fills their mind ends up guiding their heart and shaping the person they become. I am grateful for the many Christian non-fiction books that have consumed both my mind and my time over the years. I know these books have resulted in fruit being produced, harvested and sustained in my life.
However, I was given an opportunity a few weeks ago to read and review a Christian fiction book by an author I encountered on Instagram named Ericka Clay. I was immediately intrigued by her personal story of being a former atheist turned Christian and her calling to write contemporary Christian fiction that is raw, real, and redemptive. True authenticity in the form of vulnerable transparency is an insatiable craving of mine in this world that is blanketed with filtered perfection and in bed with fake news. I’m also genuinely fascinated by life testimonies and especially those of former atheists and individuals who battle same-sex attraction.
Ericka Clay saw a need to bring light to a dark literary world by creating stories that represent those whom are often tossed aside or rarely portrayed in Christian novels. When I read her quote on her website, “Let’s just say, I don’t write Amish romances,” I thought, Okay, this is my kinda girl! I’ll give this book a read!
If I’m being honest, one of the reasons I don’t prioritize fiction is because secular fiction can be a bit too worldly for my spiritual well-being and Christian fiction tends to be either too fluffy or just plain boring for my taste. To put it bluntly, I don’t have time to navigate what is worthwhile versus what is surface-level or syrupy-sweet. My time to read anything is very limited so I choose to stick with non-fiction that targets my personal interests or season of life.
You guys, I am SO GLAD I gave Ericka Clay’s newest novel, A Violent Hope, a chance because if I would have prejudged it [in comparison to other Christian fiction I’ve read in the past] I would have missed out on an excellent opportunity to grow in my faith and relationship with Christ. Ericka Clay is the real deal and a girl after my own heart – she doesn’t use any b.s. in her story-telling and her characters are so transparent that you will see your own self stripped down within them.
A Violent Hope is told through the lives of three women impacted by one man’s struggle. It beautifully weaves together the internal battle of good versus evil with the gentle nudges and quiet whispers of the intuitive voice that lives inside everyone. A Violent Hope examines the depths of the human heart and the God who can redeem what is broken and restore it into a new creation.
If time would have allowed, I would have pulled an all-nighter reading this book. As it was, it took me a few days to complete but each time I had to stop reading I felt myself grumble inside because I just had to know what was going to happen next. I particularly loved the different perspectives and personalities of the three women along with the narrator’s voice. I won’t give any spoilers, but the narration throughout is what stuck with me. It led me to view my own life (thoughts, feelings, behaviors) in relation to how God sees me. That element alone made this novel more spiritually insightful than most Christian non-fiction books I’ve read.
A Violent Hope is set to release on October 6th but you can PRE-ORDER the e-book NOW on Amazon by visiting this link! Seriously, you’ll want to take the time to read this one and with most television being absolute junk these days, why not fill your mind with this creative goodness that is all pleasure and no guilt?
Plus, 10% of all proceeds for A Violent Hope will be donated to The Call in NW Arkansas! To learn about this organization, click here!
To connect with the author, Ericka Clay, and to learn more about her publishing network, Believable Books, visit https://erickaclay.com
*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review