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Wednesday, July 5th 2006

2:00 PM

Book Review: Presumed Guilty by James Scott Bell

Author: James Scott Bell
Publisher: Zondervan
Title: Presumed Guilty
Genre: Fiction/Suspense
Rating: 4.5 Stars (out of five)

“Tomorrow, I take what is to come, whatever it may be. I trust in the Lord.” – Presumed Guilty

Presumed Guilty is a gripping legal thriller written by 2006 Christy Award finalist, James Scott Bell, a former trial lawyer and now bestselling author. The storyline delves into the heart issues of pride and humility; betrayal and forgiveness and overall trust in God while delivering a suspenseful page turner.

Pastor Ron Hamilton shepherds a huge church and is a strong leader in the fight against pornography until he’s arrested for the murder of a porn star. Hamilton is a prime example of how pride will raise a person up until God allows them to be brought low in a lesson of humility.

Dallas Hamilton, Ron’s wife, learns about real faith in her quest for truth no matter how painful that truth might be. Faced with the ultimate betrayal and targeted by men who want nothing more than to shut her up, Dallas has no choice, but to trust that God will carry her through.

James weaves a masterful tale of human failure, spiritual warfare and restoration in the lives of the Hamilton family while delivering a suspenseful story sure to keep you intrigued. Presumed Guilty is an excellent reminder about how easy it is to fall into sin, how important it is to fight against evil and how powerful God is when we stand firm in our faith. The message I walk away with at the end of the book is how people will fail you, but God never will.

This is the first book by James Scott Bell that I've had the pleasure to read, but it definitely won't be the last. Presumed Guilty has a well constructed plotline (no surprise from an author who wrote Plot & Structure), realistic and honest characterization, and it’s a thoroughly entertaining read. Check it out because you won’t be disappointed.

To learn more about James Scott Bells’ books, visit his website.

Audra Silva writes reviews for ScribesWorld, Christian Library Journal and is currently writing her first novel while enjoying life with her wonderful husband and six incredible kids in Oregon.

(Presumed Guilty was provided to me free of charge by Active Christian Media (previously called Mind and Media), who received it from the author for reviewing purposes.)

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