Book Review: Francine Rivers’ “The Masterpiece”

“We’re all God’s masterpiece, created anew in Christ.” (a Grace Moore quote)

In Francine Rivers’s upcoming novel “The Masterpiece”, devout atheist Roman Velasco has a near-death experience that opens his eyes to the afterlife, while his religious assistant, Grace Moore, is determined to follow the straight and narrow path to righteousness after making her share of mistakes. The long story places a spotlight on their abusive childhoods, broken young adult years and their grim outlook on a possible future together. We discover along the way that while Grace’s best friends Shanice and Ashley are her anchors… one unknowingly contributes to her downfall. Roman’s longtime mentor Jasper and rival turned friend Brian help keep him grounded on his tumultuous journey.

I have a love hate relationship with “The Masterpiece”. I love that the author uses such a shocking experience as dragging Roman into hell and having Jesus Christ save him as a means of conversion. I feel like that could really speak volumes to non-believers. Sometimes, no amount of words can reach people, but meeting demons and Jesus Christ face to face would no doubt make things much clearer. On the flipside, I found some sections of the book a little too raw and gritty for my taste. There are almost 500 pages in this best-selling author’s book, so I’m sure each reader is bound to have different views on the novel as a whole.

See for yourself when the “The Masterpiece” releases in February 2018.

*A Special Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for an advance reader copy of the book*

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