Reviewed by April Gardner
Delivered by Peculiar People
"...one of the most original concepts I’ve come across in a long while. "
Sulafa Malik, a new Christian,
is a Pakistani immigrant in London. Her brother is behind bars for acts
of terrorism, but that won’t stop
him from dragging Sulafa into his evil network. Her task? Mail packages
containing anthrax to factories in America and across the world.
But what if, instead of anthrax, she chose to mail a postcard with the words “Let me pray for you” written beside her return address? How many lives could she touch via the most powerful influencer in the world? At the risk of her own life, Sulafa chooses prayer.
Twenty five postcards. Twenty-five lives. And we get a peek into each one. A special needs child, searching for hope…a girl, desperate to escape a drug gang…a newly released ex-con, seeking forgiveness. They have one thing in common—they’re about to be touched by God in a way they never imagined. ~ back cover, Delivered.
This is a book like no other I’ve read. Each of the twenty-five stories has been penned by a different author. Sulafa’s story threads through the book, but the rest is a collection of short stories loosely woven together. While this offers an intriguing taste of each author’s style, it also slows the book down as the reader has to adjust to each new story-line.
But I wouldn’t discard the book for that. It’s still one of the most original concepts I’ve come across in a long while. Because it’s broken into so many fragments, it’s a great book to keep in your car, purse, or breifcase for those few spare minutes you need to fill.
Without apology, Delivered proclaims the message of God’s awesome power and the resource of prayer that we hardly tap into. The excellent quality of writing is consistent throughout.
I recommend Delivered for the serious reader who needs a reminder of who God is and what He can do if only we’d ask.
April W Gardner writes adult and middle grade historical fiction. Her first novel, Wounded Spirits, releases with Vintage Romance Publishing in November of this year. She is a member of ACFW and reviews for Title Trakk, At Home With Christian Fiction, and FIRST Wild Card Blog Tours. A military spouse, April has performed the art of homemaking all over the world. Currently, she lives in Georgia with her darling Hubby. A homeschool mom, she fills her mornings talking fractions and phonics with her two sweet kiddos. In her free time, April enjoys reading, gardening, and DIY. In no particular order, she dreams of owning a horse, visiting all the national parks, and speaking Italian. Visit April's Website or her blog, A Writer's Journey. You can also get to know April on Facebook and Twitter.