Conviction by Robbin J. Peterson
Paperback, 280 pages | ISBN13 9781524403287
Published June 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications 2018
After a rocky start as a missionary in Ukraine, Elder Neal Christensen is struggling to learn the Russian language and embrace an unfamiliar life away from his small Northern California town. And in an instant, a peculiar encounter with the wrong people changes everything. Dragged from his apartment in the dead of night, Neal is taken to prison and charged with the theft of a priceless museum piece. As days turn into weeks, he is thrown into a world of uncertainty where he must rely on the only person he can trust—the Savior. And as his Russian slowly improves within the prison walls, he begins preaching the gospel in the last place he imagined proselytizing. But when civil unrest erupts in Ukraine, the now-familiar routine of imprisonment is over. Neal is trapped in the chaos, and with his life on the line, his only hope of survival is escape. Yet he learns too late that there is as much danger awaiting him outside the prison walls as within. Someone has gone to great lengths to incriminate the young missionary, and they will stop at nothing to silence him forever.
Conviction is a story about a Mormon Missionary, unsure of his readiness to serve and who is consumed with guilt over a deed he never confessed or repented of. As he arrives at the Mission Home in Ukraine, he unburdens his misdeeds to his companion and to the President.
He is assigned to a companion he thinks is great until he broke a major rule. As the young Elder Christensen, struggles with his feelings about his companion, that became the least of his worries when their apartment was raided at Four A.M. From then on he experienced a nightmare!
This is a story about judgement, misjudgment, rite of passage, repentance, restitution, endurance, faith, testimony, and survival.
The characters were created in a very believable manner and became "real". The scenes were vividly portrayed and the writing was superb! The reader's interest was not allowed to wander in the least.
Although this was directed at an L.D.S. audience, it is a novel anyone would enjoy.
The Book Title and over image were done very creatively and clever. The cover is eye-catching, yet, simple. It relates to the content very well.
I offer an energetic Five Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
I graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor degree in English Lit. My first written work of art was in sixth grade: a play called "Cinderella." I wrote it then directed it with friends in the church gym. Writing was always a creative escape for me. And now that I'm a mother with several children, that has become especially true. When I'm not writing I enjoy playing my viola in our local symphony, as well as teaching the young and old to develop their own talents, whether that be with a stringed instrument or through writing workshops.
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