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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
Cindy Schroppel’s Skandalon is an eye opening look into the realm of the unseen. This work of fiction exposes the schemes, tactics and the snares set against those who believe in the Son and worship the Almighty. Yet, it also depicts the fierce love and devotion of guardian angels. Michael and Zoe are young and married, and completely dedicated to their daughter, Emma. Although she is a believer, Zoe’s desires are selfish, she wants what she wants! Michael’s ambitions are righteous, but he is plagued with doubt and fear. Zoe has become distracted in her walk with the Lord, leaning more on Michael’s faith, than on her own. Tragedy strikes! A terrible accident. Michael blames himself, Zoe blames God. Guilt, loss, grief, and unforgiveness surround them. Both take separate paths as they journey through their despair. Ignoring the whispers of the Holy Spirit and the aid of her guardian, Zoe turns away from God and her husband, and embraces the world. Michael clings to the strength of his guardian, grips the grace of God and diligently prays for his wife and his future. A battle rages in heaven and earth! No one is able to snatch God’s beloved from His hands. “Sometimes we have to lose something in order to discover how blessed we truly are.”
Skandalon by Cindy Schroppel is spiritually revealing and exceptionally encouraging. This story of tragedy and triumph pulls on the heartstrings of its readers. Throughout the narrative, we are reminded that all of us stumble, even fall, but God is always there to pick us up. The narrative is full of rich truths, pertinent scriptures and vivid descriptions exposing the devices of evil and the fortitude of God’s angelic realm. The plot is full of drama and heartache, but does not leave you hopeless and despairing. Schroppel does an excellent job at depicting the uniqueness of a believer’s relationship with Christ. Her characters, although strong and devoted, suffer doubt and guilt during their trials and tribulations. This portrayal makes the novel compelling and realistic. Drawing the reader deeper into the plot is the revelation of the third dimension - angels and demons. Schroppel intrinsically describes the power of God’s love, the willingness of His angels to take charge over the believer, and the evil exploits of the kingdom of darkness. Schroppel does not sugarcoat the pain of loss, grief and the debilitating effects of bitterness and unforgiveness. Nor does she depict the church as perfect or the Christian’s life as flawless. She does, however, write a beautiful story of redemption.