Multnomah, Jun 16 2010, $13.99
His wife Susan and their two children seventeen years old son Chase and thirteen year old Donica had doubts bigger than the Atlantic Ocean, but liberal pastor Jordan Rau could not pass up the 50% increase in pay by leaving Chattanooga for Munich. In spite of their concerns, he relocates his family to Germany. To Jordan’s amazement and affirming his decision, Chase finds his first girlfriend Heather Anne Mosely, a classmate at the DOD HS.
However, Jordan’s belief he did the right thing collapses when Chase is viciously and senselessly murdered as he blames himself as if he killed his son. His family, his congregation, other pastors and psychologists try to help Jordan heal, but he cannot as he asks God why punish his innocent only son instead of his guilty father who left home for the wrong reason. He vows to find his son’s killer(s) and bring the wrath of his sword onto them; deserting God like God deserted him.
This is an entreating inspirational tale that grips the audience with the formerly logical liberal pastor replacing his “turn the other cheek” belief system with an “eye for an eye” vengeance is the pastor. Although some incidents seem over the top of the German Alps, readers will relish this character driven tale; wondering whether Jordan’s Paradise Lost of logic based faith will ever return him back to a believer in the goodness of the Lord.