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Reviewed by Donna Gielow McFarland for Readers' Favorite
The Champion (The Champion Trilogy Volume 1) by Glen Robinson tells the story of Pastor Harris Borden, a bored and maybe burnt-out pastor of a small congregation in Nevada. He prays to God to use him to do bigger and better things, and the next thing he knows an angel walks in and tells him his prayers have been answered. Harris and his wife are immediately thrown into a confusing situation involving a predatory financial institution and Harris is led to preach like Elijah and warn everybody of the scam. It turns out that the company is run by some very powerful and dangerous forces and Harris quickly finds himself in mortal danger, accused of murder and terrorism. His new enemies are disappointed that he’s difficult to kill, but that doesn’t stop them from doing everything possible to ruin his life. The story ends at a good stopping point, but this is the first of a series so there are many loose ends still to tie up.
I liked the emphasis on how God worked in Harris Borden’s life to refine his character more than to do great things. References to Joseph and Elijah were very applicable and there was also an element of showing spiritual forces at work in the physical world that I thought was very good. The Champion, accurately categorized as a Christian thriller, reads like the story was really invented by a bored pastor. It wasn’t – Robinson is a communications professor – but the writing feels authentic. I could appreciate the book more as the wishful daydream (or nightmare!) of an adventure-seeking pastor than as something that might actually happen. Readers should be aware that there is graphic violence and mention of sexually abusive situations. I recommend The Champion to people who enjoy authors Frank Peretti and Tim LaHaye.