Publisher: Silver Fire Publishing
Publication Date: October 4, 2017
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Book 4 in the West Brothers contemporary Christian young adult fiction series. When the path is not clear... When temptation is near... When God speaks in a whisper you can barely hear... Ever since that life-changing night in the canyon, Jarret has felt the presence of the Lord in his soul. Now that presence is fading. Is it his fault? How will he remain faithful without it when he still struggles against the same temptations? Questioning whether he has a true calling, Keefe reads everything he can about St. Francis and the Franciscans, but he’s afraid to talk to his father about the Franciscans' upcoming discernment retreat because his father seems closed to faith. Is he ready to go all in?
It's not easy to reinvent yourself while you're still in high school, as Jarret West discovers as he seeks a way to turn his life around after an intense spiritual experience. His twin brother couldn't be more different: Keefe contemplates joining the Franciscan friars. Theresa Linden recounts twin spiritual quests in her newest novel, STANDING STRONG. --~Barb Szyszkiewicz, editor at CatholicMom.com
Readers will enjoy following the West brother twins, Jarret and Keefe, as they try to discern God s will for their lives. Though their once intertwined lives diverge, each will have to show fortitude and perseverance in following the paths laid out before them. For Jarret, his past sins, anger and flirtatious ways with girls, cultivated over the years, will be his biggest temptations. For Keefe, uncertainty, insecurity, and fear could keep him from hearing God s call. Both will doubt and struggle to do the right thing.
Another chapter in Theresa Linden s masterfully-developed series for teens that will resonate with everyone who has struggled to find his place in the world, been tempted to take the easy way out, or doubted the work of God s hand in his life. A realistic portrait of the slow and subtle work of grace in our lives. --~Carolyn Astfalk, author of coming-of-age romance Rightfully Ours
I was so excited when I found out that Theresa Linden, one of my absolute favorite authors for teens, had written a new novel in her West Brothers series. Ever since the release a couple years ago of ROLAND WEST, LONER, the first book in the set, I've been totally in love with her characters and dying to read their further adventures. Her new story, STANDING STRONG does not disappoint!
The chapters alternate between the two brothers and their soul-wrenching interior battles. Linden is a master at getting inside the heads of today's teenagers, and her own deep faith and love of God shine through and inspire on every page. After reading STANDING STRONG your own spiritual life cannot but be strengthened, making you also want to stand strong for God. Highly recommended! --~Susan Peek, author of Saint Magnus: The Last Viking and other fast-paced saint stories
Raised in a military family, Theresa Linden developed strong patriotism and a sense of adventure. She began writing in grade school and her passion for writing has never waned. Love for faith, family, and freedom inspired her to write the Chasing Liberty trilogy, a dystopian story about a future she hopes never becomes a reality. She is also the author of award-winning "Roland West, Loner" the first in a series of Catholic teen fiction. A member of the Catholic Writers Guild and the International Writers Association, she balances her time between family, homeschooling, and writing. She lives in northeast Ohio with her husband, their three teenage boys, and a sweet old dog named Rudy.
This book deals with a lot of issues; including vocational discernment, making personal changes, defending your family, and family learning to trust after years of mistrust. The relationships between the brothers changes drastically over the span of the novel. It is interesting to watch each of the three as they grow and change. Now the West brothers are not exactly what you would call normal. First they live in a castle. Second they have travelled the world on digs before their mother passed away. They have had tutors, and keep horses. And each of the three has a different reputation. Combine all of that with something being up with their father and you have an amazing read.
This book was an amazing read. The more of Linden's writings that I read; the more I want to read. This is an excellent book by an incredible author so check it out. Her handling of faith in her fiction is masterful. I really look forward to sharing her works with my children when they are older, which is the highest praise I can give a book. And I highly recommend this book and to be honest anything written by Linden!
Theresa Linden never fails to disappoint! I've been a fan of hers since I won "Battle for His Soul" in a giveaway a few years ago and I have never looked back. Since then, I've read the whole West Brothers series, and I have loved each book. "Standing Strong" is a strong depiction of the teenage inner battle of choice both in temptations and vocations, and the struggle of making the right choice after a long journey down the wrong path. Always amazing work & I look forward to reading more books in the series in the future!