Book Review: The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

Published February, 2018 by Tyndale House

Pages: 512

The master piece

Genre: Christian Fiction

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Publisher’s Blurb: A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want―money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn’t know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist―an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison. Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it’s as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together . . . until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship―and both their lives―forever.

The Author: New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers continues to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her numerous bestsellers include Redeeming Love, A Voice in the Wind, and Bridge to Haven, and her work has been translated into more than thirty different languages. She is a member of Romance Writers of America’s coveted Hall of Fame as well as a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

My thoughts: Francine Rivers is my best Christian fiction author and I have read all of her  ‘Christian fiction’ novels (she was a romance novelist until she became a Christian) with the exception of ‘Sons of Encouragement’ and ‘Lineage of Grace’ simply because they are both five books in one and I wanted the complete books all together instead of reading them individually (I hope to read these soon). Her books have always added value to my walk with Christ and I always look forward to reading her work. The Masterpiece is her latest novel and it is not different from the rest (although it did not surpass my favorite book written by her ‘Redeeming Love’). The story has yet again reminded me of God’s unfailing love and mercy upon our lives especially when we were not yet saved. As I read the story, the utmost scripture that came to mind is in Mathew 5:45 (its makes more sense when read from vs 44) where Jesus Christ  talks about how God makes his sun to rise on both  evil and good people, therefore teaching that we should love our enemies and pray for them. The lives of both Roman Valasco and Grace Moore show how God’s hand is upon everyone of us even before we know or acknowledge him. As the bible says, “He loved us first” and looking back on my own life, I see all the times God protected and saved me from myself even when I was living in sin. His arms are forever wide open to all who will just believe in the miracle of his Son Jesus Christ and his unfailing love will set you free indeed. On the side, I was also educated about Graffiti art (I never knew it was illegal) amongst other art related things that were new to me. I highly recommend this book. Keep reading, keep learning, keep growing!


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