Wednesday, January 23, 2008

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Fallen
(Kregel Publications February 29, 2008

Matthew Raley


Matthew Raley is senior pastor of the Orland Evangelical Free Church in northern California, where he lives with his wife and two young children. For fun, he enjoys playing chamber music with friends, giving occasional solo recitals, and playing first violin in the North State Symphony. This is his first book.


Jim was at work when his eyes drifted to the coffee shop visible from his office window. An attractive woman driving a Mercedes pulled up to the curb . . . and Jim’s married pastor emerged from the car. When Jim delves deeper into his pastor’s world, will he be able to handle what he discovers? Is he right to suspect that Dave is having an affair? In the behind-the-scenes church battle that ensues, Jim is torn between duty to his church and a desire to show grace. A ripped-from-the-headlines drama of suspense that keeps you engaged to the last page.

Fallen is the story about Jim’s relationship with Dave—how Jim tries to do the right thing to keep Dave accountable, but finds the situation getting worse and worse. It’s also about Jim’s other relationships. Just as he discovers hypocrisy in Dave, Jim discovers his own sins against his wife and daughter.

My review: The book being written by a pastor himself adds to the story, and helps us see church politics. The character faces the damage done to his father and his own childhood home by not being honest and trying to stay in the good graces of the church community by members of the church board. Now facing a similar issue by the board he thinks his honesty is enough. I say the story is only half written, and issue of ethics dealing with wrongs is still in question. He claims they will stand by the pastor's deserted wife and children, but how, they will soon need the parsonage for the new pastor, if they can get one. Perhaps, a sequel to answer the question that still remain unanswered, such as, is it ethical for the church to keep money gained falsely.

An entertaining it for the story, and asks the author to give us a different ending, and more respect for women even in the workplace.

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