There's a reason why authors shouldn't read reviews. A few reason's actually. Sanity leads the list. However, folks had been sending me emails saying they did a review and so for some reason I went to the dark side, only to learn that I'm portraying all black folks as immoral and living together and I'm too pentecostal and had too much of the "dark things that church people know happen but don't want to think about."
Really? I mean seriously. I have written books where the main characters were everything from celibate single moms ("unrealistic in this day and age") to a bunch fo broken friends struggling to get back to God. Well, guess what friends? They are evidently too late. They have done it all wrong.
Hmmm...I guess this is that place where Christian author and author who is a Christian meet. I admit that Rhythms and Songs are different than some of my other books. Culture shock seems to be a problem for some of the reviewers while other (also white) reviewers seemed to get it? Hmmm...I'll stay away from the review page for awhile ("step away from the Amazon, Mommy!" but I'm glad Revell sent the books out to a diverse group. For someone to write a thesis detailing what is why it isn't Christian enough means I definitely touched a nerve somewhere. (Although I'm not proud of using the word "ravenous". That was cheesy...)
Anyway, if you've read Songs of Deliverance, what did you think of it? Culture shock? Too gritty? (Too much implied sex as one of my rejections on Rhythms once said?) Or were you just trying to see what was going to happen? No spoilers please, but do tell... Inquiring authors want to know.