As I picked up my complimentary advance readers’ copy of Jerry Jenkin’s new book, The Breakthrough, I reached in a basket and took out a bookmark. It turned out that picking up the bookmark was a waste of time. I read the book without stopping.
Every book I read by Jerry Jenkins reminds me that he is a writer at the top of his craft. The Breakthrough polishes that reputation to an even higher sheen.
The story revolves around Boone Drake, a bureau chief in the Chicago Police Department. His wife sustains a serious head injury in a freak accident at the same time kidnappers steal his 5-year-old adopted son. The events produce emotional, physical, and spiritual crises that keep him uncertain about where to be or what to do. His pastor, friends, and coworkers rally to discover the facts surrounding the kidnapping, care for his wife in the hospital, and uphold him in his faith.
The action is nonstop, the plot twists more times than a mountain road, and the characters are complex and believable. Without preaching, Mr. Jenkins shows us how intense trials in a Christian’s life can prove his trust in God. Prove it not to God – He already knows – but to himself and to those in his community. Mr. Jenkins also shows us that even good friends can fail us and that forgiveness can heal that breach of trust.
Madelein l’Engle in Walking on Water expresses my emotions when I finished The Breakthrough. She states, “We don’t want to feel less when we have finished reading a book; we want to feel that new possibilities of being have opened up to us. We don’t want to close a book with a sense that life is totally unfair and that there is no light in the darkness; we want to feel that we have been given illumination.” That’s it. I felt illuminated and strengthened to face my own trials when I finished Mr. Jenkin’s latest book. See what I mean when The Breakthrough becomes available in bookstores (September 2012).