I was privileged to read Robert Whitlow’s book A House Divided. He is an excellent writer and knows how to write good fiction. He skillfully and realistically weaves his Christian faith in to the storyline through the lives of the characters. But he doesn’t beat you over the head with it. Instead you see the Christian faith lived out in the lives of imperfect, hurting and broken people.
I’ll be honest with you there were times A House Divided was hard to read. If you know an alcoholic or have seen how destructive alcoholism is you may also find this book painful to read. Read it anyway. There were times I found myself angry at the main character Corbin and wanted to yell at him so he would wake up and see that he was destroying his life, relationships and was endangering others.
Robert Whitlow has the ability to draw the reader in to the story from the beginning. I found the characters very engaging and cared about them from the first page to the last, even when they weren’t so loveable. It was interesting and challenging to see how each character, Ray, Roxy, Cindy, Billy and others, responded to Corbin and the situations and people they were involved with. I loved seeing grace given when it was least deserved and unexpected. I couldn’t help but wonder how I would have responded.
A House Divided is a book with characters that will stay with me. If Robert Whitlow writes a sequel to this one I want to read it.
There are some authors whose work I want to read, whatever they write, because they are that good. Robert Whitlow is one of those writers. I highly recommend A House Divided by Robert Whitlow. You will be challenged and grow as you read it.
I would like to thank the people at BookLook and Thomas Nelson Publishers for providing me a free copy of Robert Whitlow’s book, A House Divided, to read in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.