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The novel Rare Earth played out in my head like an action-packed blockbuster. The volcano-scarred Kenyan earth, harsh Nairobi slums, kibbutz in Israel—each location came alive. And the people of those exotic locales—the crowds of desperate villagers, cold-eyed mercenaries, exhausted relief workers, corrupt officials—filled my imagination.
The story centers around quick-thinking, adventure-loving Marc Royce, a man who seems equally as comfortable with a clipboard or a pearl-handled pistol in his hands. In the words of author Davis Bunn, Mark “carries his faith into a world that likes to think Jesus no longer plays a role. He sees himself as the ultimate outsider, wounded by the loss of his wife, searching for a place he can call home, and an ideal worth living for—or giving his life for.”
Two characters greatly impact Mark’s world. First, Kitra, the beautiful Israeli nurse, lights a flame in his grieving heart and shows him that he can love again. Then the noble chief Philip hears from God in a dream that Mark is the shujaa [warrior] who will help his tribe find their true home. Together they set Mark on a path that will lead to great fulfillment—if he can survive it.
One aspect of this story I especially love is how Christians from various cultures join together to find a way to thrive, build the church, and impact events on the world stage. That establishing a cross-cultural venture involves danger, excitement, and romance makes it all the more fun!
Davis Bunn says, “All my books hold to one key aim—to create a story that carries a moral, and together result in an impact or challenge or inspiration or comforting assurance that remains long after the book is set down. That, to me, defines a worthy effort.”
Rare Earth reminded me that God is working internationally to help His church meet today’s challenges. And I found that greatly encouraging. So is this story a worthy effort? You bet! Score for Davis Bunn!
With my favorite novels, I tend to respond more with my heart than my head. You might prefer this more concise summary from the back cover copy: Dispatched to audit a relief organization, Marc Royce is thrust into the squalor and chaos of Kenyan refugee camps. But his true mission focuses on the area’s reserves of once-obscure minerals now indispensable to high-tech industries. These strategic elements—called rare earth—have inflamed tensions on the world’s stage and stoked tribal rivalries. As Royce prepares to report back to Washington, he seizes on a bold and risky venture for restoring justice to this troubled land. But this time, Royce may have gone too far.
Now are you eager to read this excellent story? Here are two ways you can get your hands on a copy. (1) Enter this drawing! The publisher is giving away a copy of Rare Earth to one lucky visitor. (US only.) All you need to do is leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. (Contest ends Monday, July 23rd.) (2) Or follow this link to purchase the book. (You may want to buy two, and share with a friend!)
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About the author: Davis Bunn is an award-winning novelist whose audience spans reading genres from high drama and action thrillers to heartwarming relationship stories, in both contemporary and historical settings. He and his wife, Isabella, make their home in Florida for some of each year, and spend the rest near Oxford, England, where they each teach and write. Visit Davis at www.davisbunn.com.
***Thanks to Bethany House for a complimentary review copy of this book. 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.