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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
A Pastor’s Pit by Judge Roy Sparkman toys with your rational thoughts and challenges your beliefs about religious liberties, with no guarantee of protection of constitutional freedoms. Pastor Preston Curtis has been indicted and put on trial for preaching from the Bible. It sounds harmless, and Curtis seems to have the best intentions at heart. But he didn’t strike the right note for those who put him on trial, as they claim that his sermon is offensive and doesn’t conform to political correctness. Enter RT Glassman, a Texas attorney and Curtis’s high school friend, who chooses to represent Curtis while others refuse to represent an alleged right-wing nutcase pro bono. The trial becomes a study of the solidity of religious liberty in the United States, one that will reach the US Supreme Court and will challenge Curtis’s convictions about word selection.
A Pastor’s Pit presents a great central dilemma: should men of faith tailor biblical passages that they preach to the demands of today’s sensitive society to steer away from any misunderstandings that might result in a backlash? If they conform, does this mean that they are twisting the words of God? Should they continue with their resolve because God wants them to resist blasphemy? These are just some of the thought-provoking questions that this novel raises. Judge Roy Sparkman creates a powerful story based on his experience representing and defending his pastor in a similar case. This makes his plotting and characterization raw and three-dimensional, a brilliant study of the precious freedoms we hold dear that are now under threat from left-wing paradigms. A Pastor’s Pit is a highly recommended story for anyone who feels threatened by religious liberty. It will make you wonder if the government should restrict religion.