Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Blinded by Travis Thrasher

Retro Review!!

Imagine being on an airplane and your flight suddenly gets bumpy. You believe it's a minor case of turbulence. Then the captain comes on the overhead speaker and proclaims a rough ride is in store, and boy, he is not kidding! Somewhere along the way, passengers begin talking and there is an ominous feel to the ride. Mr. Captain comes back on and can not give encouraging words. This plane is, for lack of better words, doomed. Now the passengers are emotionally distraught, praying and doing whatever you do when you feel death is breathing down your neck. Then, as if nothing ever happened and without explanation, the plane touches down for a perfect landing, and the Captain thanks you for choosing ABC airlines.

Reading Blinded is a bit like that plane ride to the edge of death, only to be yanked right back into safe territory. Possibly the hardest part is not having an explanation. Not really. Of course, there is enough of one to appease the storyline, but what few details are mentioned do not merit over 200 pages of breath taking, sleep robbing, page turning action. In ways, I feel cheated.

However, there are many aspects of Blinded that I appreciate. Getting inside the male mind is worth the trip. As a Christian female, I can now somewhat understand what temptation feels like for a Christian man. It is multi-dimensional, and not just a matter of, well, mind over matter. I also appreciate Thrasher revealing that a mans idea of success plays into the whole temptation thing. It doesn't appear as if the wife herself is single-handedly responsible as we women like to think. ("If only I were more beautiful, more successful in my career, skinnier, had less wrinkles, owned more clothing" ect) In fact, it doesn't appear to have anything to do with the wife. It is a mans world, and a mans battle to conquer. Sure, a bad marriage and marital strain plays into the whole formula, but a wife can not reason away temptation and infidelity as a problem to be solved by her alone.

This is a high intensity ride, and if you want depth over a smashing ending, this is your book. I tend to like the ending to be greater than the story leading up to it, but find this worth it regardless. I am not a fan of novels that cover a short amount of time, but this one is the exception. Over 200 pages cover little over 18 hours, but those 18 hours are action packed.

Blinded is a fast paced, short novel that will be read in few sittings, but leave you contemplating many aspects of your Christian walk after closing the back cover.

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Moody Publishers (August 1, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 080248672X
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches

Warning-There is one use of profanity. Although not graphic, the novel not only covers male sexual temptation, it is heavy in details as it applies to the subject matter. The subject matter and single use of profanity may offend traditional Christian readers.