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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Heaven & Earth is a work of fiction in the drama subgenre. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author Joshua Senter. The book follows Ruth Christianson, wife of well-regarded Pastor Sam, following the incredible revelation that Sam has had a covert sexual relationship with a male prostitute. The scandal sees the pair thrown out of the church that they themselves had founded, and they must seek refuge with their children on the small farm where Sam was raised. Away from the storm, Ruth must decide what path to follow now that Sam’s truth is known; honor her marriage vows and stand by him or abandon the only man she’s ever loved.
There’s a great deal of maturity needed to explore a story such as this, one where from the outside, the solution seems obvious, but a deep emotional complexity makes the situation significantly less cut and dried. Author Joshua Senter takes a deep dive into the head and heart of Ruth as she wrestles with how to deal with the revelations that have rocked her life, resulting in a character study of a woman whose identity has been defined by her faith thus far facing a crisis that will shake who she is to the very foundations. It is an emotional journey written with a great deal of depth and attention to detail that highlights the turbulent nature of Ruth’s life during the story's events. Overall, Heaven & Earth asks some fascinating questions about the role of faith in a person's life and the relationship they have with that faith; the answers it finds to those questions are fascinating and well worth a reader's time.