Love Divine gets readers started in the daily life and adventures of of a typical LCMS pastor doing Word and Sacrament ministry in a typical congregation of our church body.
I recommend this series for adults and mature high school students, especially those that are well-catechized and considering a future in church work.
LCMS pastors will appreciate fiction that honors what they do day in and day out. Perhaps some will see themselves and their practices in the other characters in the book and may learn how their actions and inactions impact sister congregations and brother pastors.
Few understand how agonizing a Call process is other than the pastors who consider a Call, the pastors who guide congregations in vacancy, and caring congregations that suffer through an extended vacancy. God's Word is strong enough to sustain all. One Thing's Needful!
Our 2010 review of this first Grant novel is found at: http://lhpqbr.blogspot.com/2010/11/noted-review-guns-spiesand-church.html.
This series is action-oriented, which is not intended to be a critique of the Pastor Corwin trilogy. This series is a more edifying and Christian-oriented spy/adventure series with a similar pace (and sometimes the vocabulary of the bad guys) as books by C. J. Box, Craig Johnson, as well as fans of Jason Bourne, James Bond, and the work of Tom Clancy.
Pastor Grant gets married early in this sequel. And he has to confront a former seminary classmate who has embraced prosperity theology. Meanwhile, Pastor Grant's new wife's adulterous ex-husband has been appointed to the U. S. Senate after the gruesome murder of his predecessor over his position on foreign aid money.
Ray Keating has a knack for writing on topics that could be pulled from tomorrow's headlines.
My favorite part was the NYPD reaction to Pastor Grant's expert use of his tactical knife (88).