Courage


Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
233 Pages
Reviewed on 02/15/2018
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Author Biography

I was an English teacher for sixteen years with an MA in Education and a reputation for innovative methods. I thought I had the perfect job. I was wrong. I’m now a full-time writer and live with my husband and a room full of books in Yorkshire, England. For me, family will always come first. I also enjoy reading, walking, crafting, and cooking, but not always in that order. I’m an imperfect Christian and have been all my life.
When I first decided to switch careers, I had ideas for more than one series of books. As I began to talk through what I had in mind with my family, however, an entirely different story kept forcing its way to the front of my thoughts. A series based on the women in Moses’ life who displayed such inspiring acts of faith that they have always been amongst my favourite Biblical characters.
The concept grew to include my love of science-fiction and fantasy, fleshing out without much conscious input on my part. It felt like these stories wanted to be told and wouldn’t leave me alone until I’d written them, even waking me in the middle of the night with new details. I caved. I put aside my original plans and followed the call to write The Legacy Chronicles.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Scott Cahan for Readers' Favorite

I thoroughly enjoyed Courage by Lauren H Salisbury. It’s a science fiction re-imagining of the story of Moses from the Bible. Instead of Israelites suffering as slaves at the hands of the Egyptians, Courage gives us the human race enslaved by a more powerful alien race. Courage is book one in the Legacy Chronicles series. It covers the beginning of the story where, in the Bible, Pharaoh orders the killing of all male babies and in desperation, Moses’ mother sends her baby boy down the river in a basket, leaving him in God’s hands. That’s how it plays out in the Bible, but in Courage, the details are very different. Add in futuristic technology and an alien world with sadistic alien beings and you’ve got a story that bears little resemblance to the biblical version. Yet the heart and soul of the original story is still present in the characters that inhabit Courage.

Lauren H Salisbury's Courage succeeds in doing a very difficult thing. It gives us a story about characters who believe in the God of the Bible that are not corny, one-dimensional, crazy, or preachy. The main characters are complex and endearing at the same time. Their belief in God is part of who they are and it sounds natural as they speak of their God as their only hope in their desperate situation. This is one of the reasons that I enjoyed reading Courage because I’ve read far too many Christian novels that seem to be written by someone who has never actually met a Christian. Ms. Salisbury, on the other hand, has a comfortable style of writing that makes her characters believable and her action exciting. The second thing I loved about Courage is that it’s a story of humans trying to free themselves from an oppressive alien race. Her handling of the sci-fi elements alone is worth the price of the book. To sum up; Courage is about great characters that have a positive view of God and they’re set in a really cool futuristic world. It doesn’t get much better than that.