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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Olive U

An aging Baptist preacher in small-town Kansas. The members of a band who play contemporary Christian music in Los Angeles. Beyond their love for the Lord Jesus and His people, they have only their struggles with failure and success in common—until tragedy brings them together on Christmas Eve. When Paul Knight joins the members of Olive U, the group instantly jumps from local cover band to sought-after opener at concerts across the nation. The problem is Paul may not know the Lord as well as he claims. After a tornado of historic proportions rips through Kansas, an elderly Baptist preacher, Ron Best, faces challenges to his doctrinal beliefs and failure after failure in his ministry. But the Holy Spirit keeps pushing him forward. Olive U is the story of how God brings these men together for Christmas Eve on the wind-swept Kansas Plains.

Olive U (Christian Literature)
By David L. Johnston
Prayer And Promises Publication
Price $2.99 Kindle
175 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“A Witness For Christians And Non-Believers Alike.”

On a spring day in Ruth Junction, Kansas, an F-5 tornado devastates the nearby community, killing many along its path of terror and destruction. A father is ripped from his tractor, the child pulled from its mother’s arms, and then both whirled into the maelstrom. The baby survives, but dies in the hospital. Pastor Ron Best of the Ruth Junction Baptist Church was the one who found the baby while assisting in the search of the rubble, and feels connected to the baby and community. His home and church was spared, and he wonders why.

In California, Eli Garcia, lead singer for the Olive U Christian Rock Band feels his group is struggling. They play weddings and parties, but are not achieving much as musicians. Yet they pray and worship God, and keep his commandments as best they can. At a wedding one night, while taking a break, a heavyset man steps up to the mick to sing a special for the wedding couple, and his heavenly voice pulls the Olive U members back to listen. The singer has been in church all his life, and studied theology and music in college. Eli hires him as lead singer, only to learn later that he has doubts the man is saved.

This well written novel is a strong witness for both Christians and non-believers, as Christians have doubts at times about the true meaning of the Word, and non-believers who may not be looking for Christ. It shows that we all struggle with our faith at times, but if we turn our doubts over to the Lord, He will show us the way, and put a burden on the non-believer’s heart. The reader experiences a real tornado, not some imaginative fantasy event. Told in tragedy and sermon, the story gives insight into the Word, and leads us all on a clear path to salvation. This is a Christian book that we can read without shame. Highly recommended for everyone.

Tom Johnson

Author of The Soul Stealers

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