This book was previously published as The Conversion (Book One of the Harvesting Machine Trilogy).
Convicted (Book One of the Paradigm Shift Trilogy) begins the story by explaining how after being beaten and emotionally bruised by two ex-husbands, Hope Anderson seeks the comfort she once felt within her family church. Upon her first visit back, she sits on the last row to secure her anonymity. Desperate to find comfort and acceptance, Hope felt judgmental eyes instead. Regularly plagued by fear and paranoia, Hope seeks counsel and finds it through a female evangelist on television. The woman's depiction of love and her explanation of a spiritual journey prompts Hope to ask God for the same. He grants her request. Hope is taught how to pray effectively because of her journey with the Holy Spirit. With intercession, Hope is also granted supernatural gifts of spiritual sight and hearing. She faces demons bravely through her faith in the Holy Spirit to help others. When Hope's journey is over, she does not turn her back on her church or on her colleagues at work. Convicted, she boldly stands and fights for them using her superpowers. It is through this process that Hope learns to love herself and other people and to forgive. Living happily with her Lord, Hope is faced once again with what caused her immense fear and paranoia. The fight for her life begins, and it is the worst physical and spiritual battle imaginable!
Hope endures thru two failed marriages and other disappointments before she finally asks God directly for help and guidance. He is overjoyed with Hope’s request, and sends the Holy Spirit to help her learn the immediate lessons she needs to grow in confidence in her beliefs, and to teach her about her gifts. Hope is given a mission that utilizes her special gifts in seeing and hearing angels and demons.
The only negative for me was the odd cover graphic that has a creepy negative supernatural look and feel. I would have expected to see something with elements of militant angels to be more in harmony with the message Ms Price was communicating about Hope’s spiritual journey and mission.
Ms Slade has an expressive voice that communicates the story well. A good fit.
I am curious to learn more of Hope’s mission going forward.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
The book was an amazing read and the audio book allowed the story to come more alive. The reader can actually look at Hope's struggles and triumphs, not as a bystander, but as someone who shares the same experiences.
As a believer for over 40 years... I realized I had forgotten... not that God & Jesus loved me, but how much He missed my not using the gifts He gave me. Not just talents, but powerful spiritual gifts of discernment, power over darkness, prayer language, the companion of His Angels and especially the Holy Spirit's wisdom and comfort.
Raven has reminded us how walking with the Lord in a constant mindful state is far more powerful than the world's tools & many counterfeit ways of life. If you need your faith jump started or have been hungry for a more deeply satisfying relationship with God.... read how Hope Anderson turns her scary broken life around thru the love, forgiveness & power of the Father, Jesus & Holy Spirit ... and God's very real heavenly and human angels.
This is no sappy novel. It is not fantasy. Yes, it is a novel, but the real walk with spiritual eyes wide open & the power that is available for the asking, is very real. With drama, redemption & romance, I highly recommend this book.
The performance by Paula Slade gave props & respect to Raven's story. The characters were beyond just multiple adult and children human voices. Ms Slade fearlessly & consistently captured them all along with the celestial & demonic. She will have you on the edge of your seat. You will laugh, you might cry ... you will feel. Listen to this novel. You'll thank me later.
I didn’t expect this book to change my life the way it did. I have always heard “listen twice as much as you speak”....after listening to this book i am reminded that God is always speaking to us about every detail of our lives. While He loves to listen to us, He has plenty to say. This book showed me that we must learn how to be loved, not just learn how to love. The story line was warm and you can’t help but to fall in love with the main character, Hope. I actually told a friend “i want to be Hope”. I would highly recommend this book and i would like to add that this book would make a super fantastic movie!!! Thanks to the author for the growth that i have experienced in my personal walk with my precious Heavenly Father, as i have listened to Him more and more every day and realized He truly cares about every detail of my life.