Sunday, December 29, 2013

Heaven's Prey by Janet Sketchley

A grieving woman is abducted by a serial killer—and it may be the answer to her prayers.

Despite her husband’s objections, 40-something Ruth Warner finds healing through prayer for Harry Silver, the serial killer who brutally raped and murdered her niece. When a kidnapping-gone-wrong pegs her as his next victim, Harry claims that by destroying the one person who’d pray for him, he proves God can’t—or won’t—look after His own. Can Ruth’s faith sustain her to the end—whatever the cost?

Book excerpt

Another gust of wind pelted rain against the kitchen window. Ruth Warner sopped up the last of her homemade chili with a thick slice of sourdough bread. Too bad she didn’t have time for a little more.

The kitchen lights flickered, and her husband, Tony, groaned. “I hope the power holds. There’s a ball game on later.” He carried their cutlery and bowls to the sink and rinsed them more carefully than Ruth would have done. She’d wiped hers clean enough with the bread. It could have gone straight into the dishwasher.

Tony turned from the sink, bowl in hand. “Why don’t you stay home tonight? It’s nasty out there.”

Halifax didn’t often get storms this bad. If only she could avoid going back out in it. But since Harry Silver had escaped from prison, her weekly prayer meeting was more important than ever. Ruth grinned at her husband. “It’s prayer, not baseball—they don’t call rain delays. Don’t worry, I won’t melt.” She tucked a pocket-sized Bible and notebook into her purse.

Tony walked away from the sink, dripping water on the floor from the bowl he’d been rinsing. He blocked Ruth’s way out of the kitchen, feet wide, other hand planted on his hip. His stare pushed her back a step. “This is about Silver’s escape. Isn’t it?”

Other relevant info:

Heaven’s Prey is about a villain’s last chance at redemption and a vulnerable woman’s obedience to pray for her enemy—not the gentle inspirational read many associate with the Christian genre.

About Janet:

Janet Sketchley is a Canadian author who writes about God's tenacity and how faith applies to real life. In the non-fiction realm, that includes weekly devotionals and Christian living posts on her blog as well as the story "The Road Trip that Wasn't" in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Her debut novel, Heaven's Prey, is about God's tenacity too, reaching to save one soul and to protect another.

To purchase her book:

Janet Sketchley is giving away a copy of Heaven's Prey. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Deb R. said...

So, does Ruth repent in the end for not submitting to her husband when he gently requested that she not go out? Does she ever come to the realization that it is not where you pray or who you pray with or when you pray but rather simply THAT you pray? All those other things become hindrances to prayer. Oops, guess I got on a soapbox!

Jackie McNutt said...

Praying foe who we consider to be our enemies is one of the hardest things to do. I appreciate a book based on this premise and look forward to seeing it unfold.
Thank You

Linda Kish said...

This book sounds so good. I'd love to be the lucky recipient.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Janet Sketchley said...

Thank you, Deb, Jackie and Linda for your interest!

Deb... interesting point about submission that I wish I'd thought of while writing... that could have added an extra dimension. I believe there's value in group prayer, but no, Ruth didn't have to go to a particular place to pray. She could have phoned a Christian friend and prayed that way if she felt the need of support. I don't know what her understanding or teaching would be about obeying husbands in general, but I do know that where prayer for Harry is concerned, she chooses to obey God rather than her husband when the two disagree.

Cindi A said...

Trusting God through horrible ordeals can be difficult. Following his word through something like this must be tough. I'd love to read this story. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

Patricia Bradley said...

This sounds like a great book. Very interesting premise. I've found when I pray for my enemies, my feelings toward them change...of course, I've never had a serial killer for an enemy. ;-) Would love to win the book. pat at ptbradley dot com

Janet Sketchley said...

Cyndi -- Ruth has a hard time following God through this story, and I did feel a bit guilty for putting her in such a spot!

Patricia -- definitely prayer changes us. Glad you've never had an enemy like Harry!

Anonymous said...

Oh my! This is a very different story. I must try too win it. Hope she survives, but of course we know that not all Christians survive incidents involved in. Please enter my name. Thanks! MAXIE

Janet Sketchley said...

Thanks for stopping, Maxie. That's actually one of the things Ruth struggles with: her Christian niece didn't survive a similar situation, and Ruth can't understand why God didn't intervene. Sometimes life doesn't work like we want it to :(

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