Friday, November 5, 2010

Cursebreaker by Nancy Wentz * a review

A ten-year-old boy known as Luke escapes from his
abusive father, and a local pastor takes him in only to
discover that the boy is a prophet with a powerful anointing
from God. Luke s gift of prophecy leads him into direct
confl ict with the Fratellis, a powerful mafi a family with a
generational curse of demon possession dating back to the
sixteenth century.
As Luke navigates the spiritual world and the streets of
Depression-era Denver, Colorado, he is befriended by
three unlikely people: a member of the Fratelli family, the
crusading attorney trying to take down the family, and Clara
Crawford, an intriguing woman who is caught between
the two sides. Will this boy and his gift be enough to save
lives and souls before the cycle of revenge and demonic
possession destroys everyone he knows? His only weapon
is the all-powerful name of Jesus....
Author Nancy Wentz s drama unfolds in both the physical
and spiritual realms, treating the reader to a thrilling tale of
mystery, passion, and historical intrigue.

Paperback: 397 pages
Publisher: Whitaker House (January 5, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603740805
ISBN-13: 978-1603740807
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.1 x 1 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces

Born and raised in Colorado, award-winning author Nancy Wentz
graduated cum laude from the University of Colorado. Two of her short
stories, Henry Cushing and Babi Yar, were winners in the National
Writers Association Short Story Contests. She has also written plays for
the youth group to perform at her church and has freelanced articles for
her current employer. Nancy has a great love for history and English
literature, and, in their pursuit, found her creative outlet by incorporating
aspects of both into her writing. Her voice is unique in that it reflects a
classic nuance not typically seen in modern writing.
Nancy became a Christian in her childhood and for years has prayed for
God s will in her life. Through trials of brokenness and faith, God has
shown her that He uses the most insignificant, the most defeated, to bring
about His will and glory. This theme was the inspiration for her first
novel that God chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the
wise. Nancy and her husband have a wonderful young son. She and her
family are active members of Littleton Baptist Church in Littleton,

This is Nancy Wentz’s first novel and it is an excellent read, but not a light hearted story. I was quite intrigued with the back cover telling of the story and the picture on the cover is great. I usually don’t read books about demon possession unless it has the good winning the battle in the end, as it really does. Cursebreaker does that but has quite a twist in the Epilogue that I wasn’t ready for.
Demon possession is a topic that many find difficult and unreal. In Nancy Wentz,s story she makes this matter very believable.
Cursebreaker is about the Fratellia family and all of the past generations of hundreds of years of demon possession that has cursed their families. God sent a prophet {a young boy) to break the curse, and the fight that proceeds is horrendous. The ten-year-old boy, Luke is quite sweet and likeable. He has had a really hard start in life and wants to find Jesus and follow him.
Cursebreaker is full of graphic and violent scenes, it is best not to read this book alone or right before bed. This book shows both the physical and spiritual dominions, with very graphic descriptions. If you keep reading you will also find hope, salvation and light that comes from Jesus Christ to the most despicable people and situations.
During the book I kept hoping different people would become Christians. It was wonderful when some did.
I was really glad to hear that there are two more books in this series. I want to make sure to read them and any other books Nancy Wentz writes. She has a wonderful gift and uses it very well. I recommend this book to you if you like books in the 1930’s setting, mafia families, demon possession, spiritual warfare. A very interesting story that you won’t want to put down.


Thank you to Whitaker House for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

1 comment:

Carmen said...

Sounds like it kind of on the order of Frank Peretti's first two books. They are terrific, too. This one is on my TBR list.

Thanks for the review.