Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Retro Review-Though None Go With Me by Jerry B. Jenkins

While readers around the world were enjoying The Left Behind series, Jerry B. Jenkins penned Though None Go With Me. Spanning the lifetime of Elizabeth LeRoy, Jenkins leads the reader through nostalgia America as she collides with old time religion. As a little girl, all Elizabeth desires is a closer walk with God. She can’t read enough, pray enough or think on his precepts enough to satisfy her longing. When she seeks the direction of her pastor, he warns her that such a depth of devotion comes with a cost and the rewards are few. To which she replies “I want my life to be an experiment in obedience.”

Born at the turn of the century, she is thrown into a tumultuous time in history-living through wars and the great depression-but an even greater inner struggle erupts as she clings to her promise to remain an experiment of obedience no matter what comes her way. Was her pastor right? Is there a cost to such a declaration and are the rewards few? Is is possible to live a sanctimonious life while engaging in the day to day struggles of being a wife and mom?

Elizabeth’s faith challenges even the strongest of beliefs systems. She was willing to endure anything-and practically did-to remain true to her proclaimation. It is easy to live vicariously through her-too easy. The story is engaging, well written, and one that leaves you thinking about your own commitment. Is it enough or have we chosen to take the easy, predictable version of Christianity? Are we willing to go into deeper waters, "though none go with me"?

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (August 1, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 031024305X
ISBN-13: 978-0310243052
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches