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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
Following in his father's footsteps, preacher Scott Daniels begins his first ministry in a small rural town. Battling his own feelings of self-loathing and tormented memories of childhood, Scott tries to resolve family disputes and differing values between his congregation. He finds himself embroiled in bitter disputes and the dark nightmares of the residents. As Scott tries to reconcile his own feelings about his wife and figure out his life's purpose, a married woman enters his life and suddenly Scott feels accepted. It is only when a tragic event occurs that he understands exactly the true meaning of living a full and satisfying life. Can Scott unravel the pain he has carried with him since childhood and make peace with the ghosts of his past?
Even The Darkness by John Thomas Tuft is an excellent story of human interaction and relationships. The characters have been created with care and the utmost consideration. They are all multi-layered and as the story unfolds, their actions and values make complete sense. I also thought the way the story jumped back and forth from Scott's childhood to the present day allowed the reader to have a deeper insight into his view of the world. There are some very emotional and heartbreaking scenes and I related to many of the emotions and inner thought patterns experienced by the characters. As Scott deliberates the choices he has made in his life, I felt his frustrations and lack of accomplishment so deeply as he constantly used his father's life as a yardstick to his own. The tragic event at the end will certainly make any reader shed a tear; it was written so beautifully. I loved the ending too; it was filled with inspiring words to ensure everyone lives their life to the fullest and to follow their heart and dreams.