God's Tribe

A dystopian tale of redemption

Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
218 Pages
Reviewed on 03/13/2016
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

God’s Tribe by L.J. Nance is, as the subtitle aptly suggests, a dystopian tale of redemption, a thrilling read that will mesmerize readers. A story that starts with someone sleeping in a tree already holds huge promise of surprising treats to the reader. Paul is trying to stay alive after the country has been ravaged and reduced to dust by war, when he meets Rebecca, a woman of faith and mysterious powers belonging to the Believer Tribe. She becomes his only hope for survival and healing. Rebecca might have followed the path of faith, and extended goodness and spiritual healing to the broken man, but how about the path of her heart, a lonely heart that throbs powerfully for Paul?

God’s Tribe is an interesting story of love and healing and a connection beyond the physical, a story that will entertain and soothe readers at the same time. In the heart of the story is the powerful message that there is hope in every dismal situation. The pace is fast, and readers are immediately drawn in by the opening scenes and will want to know who the characters are and what becomes of them. Nance’s writing is crisp, peppered with vivid descriptions that add immense beauty to the story without slowing it down in any way. The author has created characters that readers will love dearly, both wounded in some way and allowing the vulnerability of others to lead them towards the path of healing, compassion, and love. A book to be read, re-read, and shared with loved ones, an enriching tale of love, hope, and salvation!

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

Life after a nuclear blast is something that no one knows how to cope with alone. It’s resulted in the foundation of clans to help protect the people, but those who don’t belong to a clan belong to the Blocks, unless they decide to venture out on their own. But there are dangers to each aspect and it’s resulted in Becca being a member of The Believers, and Paul being left alone to scavenge for himself. But when Paul is left for dead at the base of a tree, Becca is determined to save his life. But that means finding a way not only to heal his physical wounds, but to overcome the mental ones as well to help him become a Believer, or she’ll have to let him go. But there’s more to surviving in this dystopian world than just converting non-believers. There’s going to be plenty of chances for Paul to prove his changing loyalties as well, perhaps even by helping them in battle and a rescue in God’s Tribe by L.J. Nance.

This book is about finding your way to Jesus and leading others to him, not only through example, but through love and patience and dedication. For Becca and Paul, this is something that will take time, but it’s something that shows all of us what it really takes to find your way and become a better person. There’s so much out there for all of us and it’s only by really listening to one another and listening to God that you can find it. That’s something that both of these characters, and the friends they make along the way, can teach us, and especially in the face of destruction and death like they’ve been through in God’s Tribe by L.J. Nance. It uses adventure, a little romance, and plenty of biblical studies to help you understand about sacrifice and helping others, no matter what the end result may be.

Tracy Slowiak

In a great new work of Christian fiction by author L.J. Nance, readers will be treated to a story that is in turns disturbing and uplifting. God's Tribe follows the story of Paul, a scavenger living in a nearly post-apocalyptic world, as he is rescued by Rebecca, a member of the Believer tribe. Paul needs rescuing in ways that are more than just physical; he needs healing of the soul as well. Rebecca finds herself with strong feelings for this relative stranger, but she is unsure if she is strong enough to be able to lead him on the right path, of following the truth of the Gospel and towards God. Will she and the Believers be able to show Paul the Way? Or will his ideas threaten their very way of life? You'll need to read the book to find out.

I very much enjoyed God's Tribe. Author L.J. Nance has done a great job in creating characters that readers will be able to connect with, will care about, and will continue to think of long after the last page has been read. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. The Christian message of the story is up front and is presented in an exciting and thrilling format. Any reader who enjoys Christian fiction or stories with a dystopian feel should absolutely read this book. I am pleased to recommend God's Tribe and look forward to reading more from author L.J. Nance!

Chris Fischer

In a unique and interesting new book by author L.J. Nance, God's Tribe, readers will find a true roller coaster of a story line that will lead them down a path showing them a future with an unpredictable outcome. Follow lead characters Paul and Rebecca as they navigate their way through a dystopian world. Paul, a scavenger who was rescued by Rebecca, a member of the Believers, needs healing, and more than just bodily healing. Rebecca wants to lead him down a righteous path, and finds herself falling in love with the young man who has quite a different viewpoint from her own and those of other members of her group. Will the Believers be able to show Paul their true path? Or will his ideas serve to change them?

I thought that God's Tribe was a very good read. There is an extremely strong Christian message, and readers who enjoy Christian fiction will certainly appreciate that. The story is written with a great deal of adventure and excitement as well, so readers looking for a thrilling, on the edge of your seat read should also give it a chance. Author L.J. Nance has done a great job in creating a dystopian world that feels eerily possible and has provided readers with strong and believable characters. This book is one with a great deal of promise, and it will be interesting to see the development of the story in follow up books. I recommend this book and look forward to reading more from the talented author, L.J. Nance, in the near future.