Friday, September 18, 2015

"rust" by corbin bernsen + giveaway

Psych is one of my favorite shows of the last 10 years, and when I heard that "Henry" (Corbin Bernsen) had made a Christian film, I wanted to see it. I got that film, Rust, from Netflix, and I enjoyed it. Now, several years later, Bernsen has written a novelization of Rust, and I jumped at the chance to read and review it.

In the midst of a crisis of faith, a man finds hope where he least expects it — his hometown. James Moore is a former pastor who returns home to discover his childhood friend is implicated in the arson of a farmhouse and the murder of an entire family. Convinced of his friend's innocence, James sets out to find the truth. In the process he reclaims a relationship with his father, restores hope to a floundering community, and rediscovers his own lost faith. Rust is an uplifting tale about faith, family and the powerful ties that bind a community.

Rust is a compelling novel about faith and friendship. I watched the film several years ago, but I only remembered the bare bones of the plot—so the story was basically new to me.

What I appreciated most about the novel was being able to see James' inner struggle as he wrestled with his faith. I thought his faith journey seemed authentic—no flashes of light or voices from heaven called James back to faith, but the Lord slowly worked in his heart, mainly through Scripture.

The mystery is well done, as well, though I did question why everyone was so quick to accept that Travis, James' friend, was the arsonist/murderer. I also would have liked to know what led to James' crisis of faith—it's not important for the plot, but I'm still curious about it long after finishing the novel.

Rust is not a novel that I'd typically read—there's no romance or spellbinding suspense, and it has a gentle feel to it. I think that's part of the reason I enjoyed it so much; it's out of the norm, and it's a great story. I recommend it. 4 stars.

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As part of my review, I'm able to give away a book/DVD combo of Rust! Enter below. (Giveaway rules: Contest is open in the US only. Winner will be selected at random using and will have 48 hours to respond to email notification, or another winner will be chosen.)

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Corbin Bernsen most recently starred as Henry Spencer on USA Network’s hit original series Psych. First catapulted to stardom during the 1980s by the hit NBC TV series, L.A. Law, he was nominated twice for both an Emmy® Award and a Golden Globe Award®.  Along the way, he hosted Saturday Night Live, and guest starred on Seinfeld and Star Trek to name a few notable television appearances. In the feature film arena, he starred in the comedy Hello Again, followed by other critically-acclaimed roles in Disorganized Crime, Wolfgang Peterson’s Shattered, The Great White Hype, and as the Cleveland Indians’ third baseman-turned-owner Roger Dorn in the extremely popular Major League series of films. With the film Rust, Bernsen shifted his focus to family-friendly movies and formed Home Theater Films. Bernsen’s latest film project, Christian Mingle, was released in January 2015 by Capitol. Bernsen lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 26 years, actress Amanda Pays, and their four sons. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Pelican Book Group is a producer of Christ-centered fiction and is the first publisher to dedicate an entire new-adult romance imprint to promoting sexual purity. Headquartered in the Four Corners area of the United States, Pelican Book Group serves a global audience under its White Rose Publishing, Harbourlight, Watershed, and Pure Amore imprints. Founded in 2009, Pelican Book Group publishes numerous critically-acclaimed titles by award-winning authors from around the globe. Pelican Book Group was among the first to provide subscription-based e-books to the Christian marketplace.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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