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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Three Prayers for Jacob is a work of fiction exploring themes of Christianity in the adventure and self-discovery sub-genres of storytelling and was penned by author Vance C. Kessler. Exploring the central idea of suffering, and why God allows it, this intriguing work follows protagonist Detective Jacob Burton through a thrilling process of transformation in his mind, soul, and heart. Jacob begins the tale in a furious rage with God owing to deep tragedy in his family. As we follow him through daily life, the occurrences and trials he faces allow him to come to a new understanding of God’s role in his life.
Author Vance C. Kessler has crafted an insightful work that will certainly be a pleasing read for Christian readers who may or may not be struggling with the idea of suffering for themselves. In this way, Jacob is a highly relatable protagonist who asks the same questions of God that many of us might, and the moral lessons and theological discussions of the work are handled with due care, compassion, and respect. The plot itself also takes many a thrilling twist to keep the action and adventure levels going, delivering excellent storytelling, interesting side characters, and situations with some very emotive consequences. For me, one of the highlights was the wisdom embedded in Jacob’s speech and thought presentation, especially towards the story’s end. Overall, I would highly recommend Three Prayers for Jacob for Christian readers seeking a thought-provoking and enlightening read.