Review: DYNAMO

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Author: Eleanor Gustafson
Category: Insperational
Pub. Date: 4/1/2014
Publisher: Whitaker Distribution
Format: Paper Back
Pages: 303
ISBN#: 162911006x

Jeth Cavanaugh is searching for a new life along one of Pennsylvania's mountain ridges when he stumbles upon a stable of show jumpers owned by Rob and Katie Chilton. Throw in a volatile gaited stallion named Dynamo, and Jeth will do anything to work there. He earns his living by training and showing Rob's jumpers, but Dynamo is his primary passion. Everything changes when God enters his life--in the unconventional form of a hard slap by an old girlfriend--and ignites a new, greater passion within him. But along with fervor comes fear at the undeniable evidence of God's hand on his life. Inexplicable events, both good and bad, make him moan plaintively, "Why does God do this to me? I get the feeling I'm being set up for something." He is, indeed. Jeth's life is anything but predictable, much like the God he serves. The real Dynamo and his ultimate trainer emerge out of an excruciating mix of disaster and brokenness, which are never beyond the reach of redemption. This story is God in your face: Who is He, really? What does He ask of us?

My Review:  
Oh My Oh My! It has been a while since I started one of my reviews in this manner. I loved this book! I Love this Author! And I Want More!

This is my first book reading from this author. I have kept in touch off an on since I received this lovely book! Author Eleanor Gustafson is one amazing, down to earth, very easy to talk to author that absolutely writes in a style that pulls you into the pages of Dynamo and doesn't let you go until the very last word. I will also say that I really could see all the ways that God's hand can be, not only on our lives but is encouragement, guiding, carrying at times, and as in the synopsis puts it "God in your face: Who is He, really? What does He ask of us?

At first I was like this will be a book for one of my granddaughters that LOVES Horses, and mentioned it to the author. She came back with "you may want to wait and see". Giving me no peak into what was coming. So I read! Needles to say, Yes I will be waiting just a little bit to let her read. Don't mistake this as there being any thing inappropriate in the book. 

The cover is wonderful. I received a paperback copy and so enjoyed holding and turning every page. The characters from the main to all were very well developed and rooting for the ones you fall in love with. Not going to do any spoilers in my review. I encourage my readers to pickup the books and read for themselves. And this one is no different. 

I was amazed how author Eleanor Gustafson's way or style as you may put it, of writing. It is, well as far as this one a very colorful array of words that you can picture the book as a movie being played out in your head. There was love, suspense, some mystery, getting upset at some parts. Yes there were just a few places that I was not to thrilled about how things or people were going. Put isn't that what is suppose to happen. You can get so enthralled in the story that it is like real life. We would not want it any other way. 

So for the reasons above I will be giving this book (and if I had a higher one I would give more) my Breath Of Life Rating of:

 Five Clock Rating!! 

Disclosure: I did receive the above book in exchange for my honest opinion and or review. But the Opinions are my own and yours may differ.

About the Authors: 

Ellie Gustafson began thinking up stories at a young age but did not begin writing and publishing until 1978. A graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, she has been actively involved in church life as a minister's wife, teacher, musician, writer, and encourager. Additional experiences include gardening, house construction, tree farming, mouse control, and parenting--all of which have helped bring color and humor to her fiction. One of her major writing goals has been to make scriptural principles understandable and relevant for today's readers through the undeniable power of story.

The Stones: A Novel of the Life of King David grew out of her fascination with the biblical story of David.
Dynamo builds off her lifelong love of horses.

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