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It is definitely a recommended read for all Christians.

Everyone yearns for a perfect life devoid of sorrows and failures, a life filled with grace and abundance but life, with its uncertainties rarely gives us all that or even how we envision life to be is denied us. For some people, life ends after a single disappointment. However, for God’s children, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, one only needs to respond to failures/disappointment as Christ will. John 16:33 captures this beautifully, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”.

“Always before Me” therefore is a short fast-paced book deep, rooted in biblical principles and catholic doctrines. It captures trials, disappointments, resilience and redemption. The author wrote a suggestive guide on how we could handle life uncertainties through prayer, confession, believing and relying on Christ etc. He tried to cover almost every aspect of life we might have questions and provided answers for them through one of the main characters sermons – “Turn back to Him with all your heart, and rely on His great mercy if you will only repent. Through the mass, the Rosary, the scapular, the way of the cross and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, He will save you.”

The book had three main characters; the saint, the sinner and the man. Each of them created and crafted to relate to us based on our moral conscience. Just like every human, these men had their flaws and encounter their own share of life’s tragedy but at the end lessons were learnt and they were all victorious.

Though the book is quite a short read, it is definitely a recommended read for all Christians especially Catholics and anyone who wants fast-paced moral based book.

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 Loved it! 😍

Always Before Me is a recommended read for all Christians especially Catholics and anyone who wants a fast-paced moral based book.

Synopsis

Always Before Me, is a story about what to do if your failures are always before you and how to snatch victory and your dreams from unjust tragedy. It is the story of three men, a saint, a sinner and a man, like many men, trying to find his way despite his disappointments in life. It is a story about how each of these men finds his way back and finds redemption.
Each man endures many trials and much suffering that bring out the flaws and strengths in each of their characters. In the end, each of the men succeeds in his journey but only after facing much conflict and ultimately an elaborate intrigue involving a gang leader in the prison which leads to a shocking event that will affect these men and change their destiny forever.

Everyone yearns for a perfect life devoid of sorrows and failures, a life filled with grace and abundance but life, with its uncertainties rarely gives us all that or even how we envision life to be is denied us. For some people, life ends after a single disappointment. However, for God’s children, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, one only needs to respond to failures/disappointment as Christ will. John 16:33 captures this beautifully, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”.

“Always before Me” therefore is a short fast-paced book deep, rooted in biblical principles and catholic doctrines. It captures trials, disappointments, resilience and redemption. The author wrote a suggestive guide on how we could handle life uncertainties through prayer, confession, believing and relying on Christ etc. He tried to cover almost every aspect of life we might have questions and provided answers for them through one of the main characters sermons – “Turn back to Him with all your heart, and rely on His great mercy if you will only repent. Through the mass, the Rosary, the scapular, the way of the cross and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, He will save you.”

The book had three main characters; the saint, the sinner and the man. Each of them created and crafted to relate to us based on our moral conscience. Just like every human, these men had their flaws and encounter their own share of life’s tragedy but at the end lessons were learnt and they were all victorious.

Though the book is quite a short read, it is definitely a recommended read for all Christians especially Catholics and anyone who wants fast-paced moral based book.

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Official Review: Always Before Me by John Servant

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of “Always Before Me” by John Servant.]

How far can you go to stand for what you believe? When push comes to shove, will you be able to stand with your values regardless of the cost? These are the kinds of questions that Always Before Me by John Servant raises.

It was the wake of Father Anthony, who died of lung cancer. Father Richard had come to pay his final respects to a holy man. Sitting there alone, he was reminiscing on the life of the priest whose remains lay in the casket before him. While the thoughts were going through his head, another priest, Father Paul, came to mind. Father Anthony and Father Paul both died in prison, albeit for different reasons.

While Father Richard was lost in thought, a young man walked into the small room where the wake was going on. The young man was John Daly, the late Father Anthony’s nephew. John came because he was informed of his uncle’s death, and the possessions his uncle left for him. The only thing John knew about his uncle was the accusation of molesting a young girl leveled against him. There was something about Father Anthony that John didn’t know. What could this be?

Always Before Me is one of the three Catholic novels written by John Servant. The book is deeply rooted in Catholicism and all the beliefs associated with it. Both the major and minor characters in this book have a connection to the Catholic Church. The practices, prayers, and setting all project Catholicism in its fullest expression. You have to have a Catholic foundation or an idea of their beliefs and practices to follow most parts of the story in this book. The author shows his deep roots and vast knowledge of the Catholic Church.

I applaud the author’s writing skills. I have read a couple of religious novels in recent times and have been utterly disappointed. For most of these books, it was more about projecting the religion than building on a story. I usually have difficulty understanding the plot. But, John showed me in this book that a religious novel could also appeal to everyone. He did well to cater to the reading needs of religious and non-religious readers alike. He showed the utmost respect when talking about people of a different faith. Most importantly, there was a story to follow and lessons to learn from the book.

What I liked most was the way the author infused different writing styles to make the book fun and engaging. He used flashbacks to narrate the backstory effectively. He seamlessly connected it to the beginning of the book. It made the book more interesting than it was at the beginning. The author also used suspense to keep me anticipating. I fell for the temptation of predicting specific outcomes only for the author to shatter them with the twists and turns. This book also elicited different emotions at different points for me. I was excited, sad, angry, surprised, and encouraged while reading this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the story.

I only found one error in the book, but it wasn’t enough to take away any point. There was nothing I disliked about this book as it was well-written and professionally edited. I rate it four out of four stars. I recommend it specifically to anyone who enjoys religious novels. People who are opposed to religion can also read it as there wasn’t any prejudice in the narrative.

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Review by GoodLuck ES — Always Before Me by John Servant

[Following is a volunteer review of “Always Before Me” by John Servant.]

The book Always Before Me: (A Story of Mercy and Salvation) is a Christian fiction written by John Servant. The story centred on faith, hope, sin, and absolution. It also touched on the theme of betrayal. The book told the story of catholic priests who had dreams they set out to achieve. However, they found themselves stuck in negative situations they never envisaged.

The dreams of Father Anthony were hindered by an accusation of sexual abuse. The accusation confined him to the role of prison chaplain against his wish to work as a teacher.

Father Paul’s aspiration of spreading the gospel was hampered by the oath of the priesthood to which he was sworn. He lost the good faith of the cops because of his firm resolve to uphold the tenets of his calling. He refused to disclose the content of a confession that would have aided criminal investigation and prosecution. Thereafter he encountered many troubles.

What troubles did he encounter? How did these men react to the ugly turn of events they had no control over? Find out by reading this interesting story.

The book has a lot of positive aspects. Firstly, the writer’s style is brilliant. I loved that the story started in a very simple manner. In the beginning, the reader could not immediately decipher where the story was headed. This attribute sustained the interest of the reader till he began to grasp the direction of the story. The progression of the story was even more interesting. Events in the story were connected well. The book took the reader on a totally enjoyable journey. The writer also shared a lot of information on the ideal attitude to adopt when faced with life’s many daunting challenges.

I also loved that the author shared information on the criminal justice system of the state in which the story was set. The book contains a lot of data on criminal investigation and the great role forensics play.

I loved that the book contained Christian teachings backed up by the scriptures. The author referred to Bible verses to establish the truth spoken by the characters.

The book had one negative aspect. I did not like that some sentences in the book were unnecessarily long. This affected the comprehension of some parts of the story.

The book was professionally edited. I found few punctuation errors in the book. However, they were not enough to discredit the professionalism of the editor. Consequently, I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. I did not give the book a lower rating because the errors did not remove from my overall pleasure while reading the book.

The book is inclined to the Christian religion. It made a lot of reference to concepts known to Christianity alone. Concepts such as: Confession, absolution, blessed sacrament, rosary, scapular, chaplet of divine mercy. Readers with other religious backgrounds may find it difficult to comprehend these concepts.

I strongly recommend the book to Christian readers, especially Catholics, and to non-christian readers interested in understanding the workings of the Christian religion. Lovers of crime fiction will also enjoy some parts of this book.

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Review by ShahrinR — Always Before Me by John Servant

[Following is a volunteer review of “Always Before Me” by John Servant.]

When you make a mistake, you try to correct the error and improve yourself. But when your mistakes repeatedly prevent you from growing, what will you do then? Will you give up? These questions raised in my mind while reading Always Before Me.

Always Before Me is a Christian fiction book written by John Servant. The story started with the wake of Father Anthony. Father Richard, who was the only person in the wake, was sitting in front of Father Anthony’s casket. He remembered the memories of Father Anthony and Father Paul. Father Paul was a friend of Father Anthony. They both suffered in jail for fault accusations. Then entered John Daly, who was Father Anthony’s nephew and was also in possession of Father Anthony’s belongings. John knew nothing about his uncle. So, Father Richard felt the need to tell him about this amazing man. From here, the story flashed back to the past. Father Paul was accused of not revealing a criminal’s confession. He couldn’t break the confession seal. So, Father Paul said nothing to the police. But to save the church’s reputation, he willingly went to jail. Father Paul already suffered a lot in his early life, yet he had to endure this suffering. He was hopeless. But Father Paul believed in God. On the other hand, Father Anthony was falsely accused of sexual harassment and went to jail. He, too, was hopeless. Why did they have to suffer so much? Will they give up?

People always try to make a perfect life. They try to perfect themselves. But when they fail, they give up. But this book teaches us how we can overcome our miseries and win our goals. This book is a perfect example of how to turn failure into success. The characters of this story endured many sufferings. But they fought for themselves. During this fight, they found their flaws and strengths. This aspect helps us judge ourselves, find our flaws and strengths, and improve ourselves to better humans. They suffered unbelievable miseries. They still had faith in God and themselves. They did not deviate from their paths. You don’t need to be a purely religious person for reading this book. If you are not religious, you can still understand the power of self-trust.

I loved this book very much. The author gave a brief introduction to every character. They all had their own story. This point helped me to understand their point of view. The author has shown some scenes of the past and its connection with the present, which is very appreciable. This story is a perfect example for those people who think one mistake will end their lives. The characters and the story are so realistic, and that’s why I’m in love with this story.

There is nothing that I didn’t like about this book. So, I’m rating this book 4 out of 4 stars. The book seems professionally edited. I recommend this book to those readers who are suffering a sense of guilt for their mistakes. This book is a path for those people who committed sins but want to get over them. I hope readers will enjoy this book.

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Official Review: The Arrow That Flies By Day

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of “The Arrow That Flies By Day” by John Servant.]

The Arrow That Flies by Day is a deep and inspiring story that cannot leave anyone who reads it unchanged. The challenges that John Thaddeus, the protagonist, faces are a multitude, but through his faith and the support he got from his loved ones, he somehow manages to overcome. This work of fiction by John Servant got me so absorbed and entangled to the story that I refused to put the book down. This could be because it covered a wide range of themes I was inclined to, which involved loyalty, love, persistence, determination, faith, and authenticity.

The story is set in Paterson, United States of America. John had been a trouble child when growing up. When his father passed away due to heart-attack, him and Joan, his mother, were left to fend for themselves, and it was not easy. The principal of John’s school, Sister Francis, stepped in to assist the family and later on, became like a parent to John when his mom died due to cancer. After graduating from high school, he served as a Marine, and learnt tough skills that shaped his tough character, and built up an unrelenting attitude of a fighter within him. Before he was discharged from the Marines in Afghanistan, he had incurred a gun wound in his lower abdomen that changed his whole life forever.

After leaving the Marines, he did not know what was next for him in life. He wanted to find a purpose for himself. He wanted to matter, and he wanted more in life that what he was getting. He prayed long to God asking for guidance and direction. His prayers eventually got answered, and he discovered he is supposed to be a kicker in football. Without any hesitations, he followed his calling with determination and became not just a highly esteemed NFL kicker, but also a good neighbor and friend to the many he met on his journey. He was also very humble and loving. When he was slapped on his left cheek, he turned the other cheek as well.

I loved everything about the book. The author made the book short, just 74 pages, yet profound and insightful. However, I must say that the book took a turn I was not expecting in the end. While enjoying reading about John’s consistent achievements, something terrible happened to him. Everything was going well in his life – he just won for his team, and was ready to tell Susan, his high school classmate, how he fell about her. I must say that Susan and I did not see the author’s surprise coming. We even cried over John. He was such a good, handsome, tough gentleman, and he did not deserve what he suffered.

Other than the surprise hit by the author, there was nothing I disliked about the book. I only noticed just one grammatical error, where the pronoun “she” was used instead of “he”. The flow of the book was smooth, and not deterred by any editorial errors such as misplaced punctuation marks. Due to this, reading the story not only made it easy for me to visualize effectively as though I was watching a movie, but it also made me felt like I was being featured in the movie itself because the story felt so real and tangible!

I enjoyed how the author described the football matches. He captured and emphasized every detail of John’s actions on the field, from the angle at which he kicked the ball, to the kilometers the ball reached, and even more. If ever the author’s writing career does not become successful later on for some reason, (though I doubt it might ever happen because he is a great writer) he would fit just fine as a football commentator! I even watched a few videos online to see what this American Football was all about, because it clearly was not the same as ours here in South Africa – based on the thorough description given by Servant. That was how fascinating and enthralling Servant got me into this sport.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I picked up a lot of life lessons from this book, and everything in the is worth reading. I would recommend the book to anyone who wants to build up on their faith in God, because John was a believer, and he quoted the Bible verses every once in the while. However, a non-believer alike would benefit from reading the book since it does not just focus on religion entirely, but on the meaning of loving and caring for others, being motivated, and following your dreams through fire and storm. My favorite line from the book was John’s response when asked why he thought he could play pro ball. He answered, “Because no one ever told me I couldn’t.”

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Review by Joyreen — The Arrow That Flies By Day

[Following is a volunteer review of “The Arrow That Flies By Day” by John Servant.]

The Arrow That Flies by Day by John Servant is an inspirational Christian novel that recounts a young man’s journey and how his faith impacts the people around him. John Servant recounts the journey of John Thaddeus, a young marine with a rough past who is determined to become an NFL kicker in the New Jersey Raptor’s team. His determination pays off and he makes the team despite his shortcomings. He gradually becomes a great asset to the team and helps them win game after game as the team’s kicker.

As his fame grows, John Thaddeus’s faith also becomes stronger. His kind heart and faith makes him clash with the team leader, Harvey Brown, who does not appreciate his strong Christian faith and practices. John is, however, not deterred and goes on to inspire more people through his life both as a football player as well as outside the football field by living a life of faith and trust in God.

This book is character oriented as John Servant brings to life different characters who are quite intriguing. From John the star of the novel to his mentor, one headstrong and benevolent Sister Francis who is more than like a mother to John Thaddeus, as well as, John’s nemesis, Harvey Brown. All the characters are intertwined beautifully to bring out the inspiring story that is The Arrow That Flies by Day.

I enjoyed reading the book, and what I loved most about the book was the fact that it was thought provoking and the characters are so real and relatable from a Christian point of view; John’s life is the epitome of true Christianity and faith with actions. He is a committed Christian who is willing to put God above everything else in his life. There are several verses quoted in the book that add to the whole inspirational aspect of the book. I would gladly recommend this book to people who enjoy reading Christian literature and religious books. I would not recommend it to atheists or people who do not believe in God, though.

As much as I loved reading the book, there were a lot of football scenes outlined in the book that were a bit boring to me. The book is clearly a sports-oriented book and it would be a great read for people who love and enjoy football or books that are sports-oriented.

All these considered, I give The Arrow That Flies by Day, 4 out of 4 stars. I believe the book was professionally edited despite a few errors I found in it. It is an amazing and inspiring read that will provoke one’s thoughts and faith.

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Review by DKunz — The Arrow That Flies By Day

[Following is a volunteer review of “The Arrow That Flies By Day” by John Servant.]

The Arrow that flies by day by John Servant is a great novel that helps boost the morale of anyone struggling with grief or loss. I just could not put the book down until the very last few pages. With the main character, John Thaddeus, facing so many struggles and yet keeping his focus on God, inspired me to keep the faith. I have taken a couple of lessons from this book and implemented it in my everyday live.

John Thaddeus had grown up in with a difficult set up and had struggled with his beliefs after breaking his leg. His leg had caused him to form a unique bond with his father who had passed away due to a heart attack. He lost his mother, Joan, to cancer. This inspired him to work even harder.

Sister Francis was the Principal at John’s school. After hearing John’s sobs about his broken right leg, prayed the rosary for John and for guidance as she also knew about John’s family problems. She was a leukemia sufferer herself and knew firsthand about the struggles that bring negativity across your life.

John was a Marine stationed in Afghanistan before being discharged due to suffering an injury, that would have a negative effect on him in the future. John kept his focus. He knew what he wanted in life and placed his faith fully on God to turn each negative setting into a positive.

After years of training and being discharged from the Marines, John had gone to try-outs for the NFL teams and left everyone shocked. He had made friends in the team, met the perfect girl and made the perfect player.

The author had shocked me, closer to the end of the book with the Big Surprise, but I’ll leave that to you to find out, potential reader.

I loved the book because it reminded me that when God closes a door, he always opens a window. Reading about the misfortunes and disappointments in John’s life and then realizing how God has turned the tables and made these situations positive, was an eye-opener for me about our everyday life and our faith.

John was depicted as a handsome, humble young man with notable skills as an NFL kicker. With little experience and a lot of faith, he had gone farther than any of his teammates could’ve hoped. By helping his teammates through their difficulties, he had made everyone around him gain faith in God. John with the help of Sister Francis and her rosaries, has made a change everywhere he went.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. This book is an intense read for when you’re down and in need of a faith booster. I believe that each and every reader learnt at least 1 lesson from this book.

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Review by murriwritter — The Arrow That Flies By Day

[Following is a volunteer review of “The Arrow That Flies By Day” by John Servant.]

The Arrow That Flies By Day written by John Servant is a Christian novella that tells the story of John, a Christian marine who went back home after his final tour in Afghanistan. The book starts up with John walking into the training camp of The Raptors. He goes to the field where tryouts for the new football season were being held and requests to be given a chance to try for the team. This is a man who didn’t go to college and didn’t have much experience playing football. In the face of the glaring disadvantages that he has, will he be able to make the team? Will his confidence in God be enough to help him scale through the many challenges that he will face as the story progresses?

The Arrow That Flies By Day is a novella that teaches the important lesson that all things are possible with Jehovah in the picture. Our faith in Him should never waver, even when it seems like the world is working against us. Our bad experiences should draw us closer to Jehovah as it is in Him that we will find everlasting peace and answers to all our questions. John never gave up on God when he lost both his parents. The experience makes him even more determined to put his trust in Him because he knew that although his parents were no more, God would never leave him.

Another important lesson to be learned is that you should let unfortunate happenings in your life to dim your shine. There is a popular saying that when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade. In the story, John had a terrible experience when he was but a little boy. He believed that this experience spelled the end of a dream of his. How could he not when even the doctors warned him to give up on that dream if he didn’t want things to get worse? Instead of giving up, with the help of his father and the good Sister Francis, he worked on himself and grew up to the best player on the field years after. Remember, when life gives you lemons, do well to make lemonade.

My favorite part of the book is the author’s narration of the happenings on the field in chapter 3. The narration was done in a manner that will compete anyway with a professional sports commentary. In that chapter, the author was transformed into a sports commentator and I was able to get a vivid mental picture of the events described in my mind -it was like I was there, on the sideline witnessing the game for myself. I am not much of an American football fan, so most of the words used to describe events on the field were lost on me, but this didn’t stop me from enjoying the read.

My least favorite thing about the book is how the author narrated it. The narration of the events had little to no emotion in it. Even when tragedy struck, the description of the events that happened afterward was kind of bland and without feelings. The author wrote things as they were, forgetting that a good book isn’t about just a narration of the things that happened. A good book shines a bright light on the emotions of the characters. Doing this will help the reader connect on a deeper level with those characters, but this isn’t the case in [The Arrow That Flies By Day[/i]. I finished the book without feeling attached to any of the characters. Even John, the protagonist, was quickly forgotten by me a little while after I read the last words.

I award The Arrow That Flies By Night a rating of 3 out of 4 stars because I didn’t see any grammatical errors in it. The rationale behind my refusal to give the book a full rating is the lack of emotion in the narration mentioned above. In conclusion, I believe that this book is best suited for Christians and people who have no problem with religion as a whole. As a Christian, you will find out that your faith in God will be strengthened after reading this piece because it exposes the truth that with God all things are possible.

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Review by jokinyo — The Arrow That Flies By Day

[Following is a volunteer review of “The Arrow That Flies By Day” by John Servant.]

The arrow that flies by day is a fiction book by John Servant. It is a story about a tall well- built young man John Thaddeus. John was an orphan being taken care of by sister Frances a very prayerful nun from Paterson, who was his high school principal. He joined the marine in Afghanistan after high school. Football was everything he dreamed of since high school so he went for NFL try outs to make football his new family. Did his dream come true? Grab a copy of The arrow that flies by day to find out.

At the try out John amazed the coach, he becomes the best kicker, he was tough, accurate and had the strength. Despite being harassed by Harvey he continues with his mission without distruction. Training was winding up and John had made 90% of his field goals, but he was cut because he had not gone to college . He starts working in a grocery but things turned well for him as during the third game of the season the place kicker sprained his ankle and John was called for try out to fill his place.

John meets Phil and they became friends, he also contacted sister to help with phils son as he was in a bad crowd and drugs was found in his room which turned out well as sister knew exactly what to do. John meets Susan a highschool friend, they started going out but on the day john was to pick her for dinner death caught up with him as he was trying to save a woman whose car was being carjacked. I was not expecting that direction to this story but johns death affected everyone, but atleast he died a hero having given his team a win and trying to save a woman’s car from a man trying to carjack her car.

I loved how the author introduces his characters, he was very detailed that could create an imagination of how the character realy looked like. He also gives details of the matches that makes one understand what is really happening in the field. I would definitely like to read more of John Servants books because this kind of art got my attention.

The arrow that flies by day has a very unique and interesting storyline,as a book that the main character dies and turn out just perfect is amaizing. Their is nothing bad to say about this book it was well edited.The arrow that flies by day doesn’t contain any kind of sexual nature and no vulgar language used, with that i would give a 4 out of 4 stars rating. Teen readers will enjoy this book.

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Review by OonnaRessy — The Arrow That Flies By Day

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The book The Arrow That Flies By Day by John Servant narrates the story of John Thaddeus, a young veteran from Afghanistan. It tells a story of a young man out to prove himself to the world, how he takes the best kick of his life and how he touched the life of others and brought them closer to God.

Going into the details of the review, I would like to start with the first part of the book.

The GOOD:
The author did a good job in introducing the main character while keeping the reader interested in the story by having a nice sense of mystery. It aroused my curiosity and the desire to know more about the main character. I usually judge a book to be worth buying if the first few pages of the book captured my interest. This is the reason, for me, the beginning of the book should be interesting enough to make me want to continue reading.

In that regard, the first few pages of The Arrow That Flies By Day made me want to buy the book. Without the knowledge of secular interest of the book, based solely on what I read in the first few chapters, I will definitely buy the book with the intention of knowing more about the life of John Thaddeus as well as his character development. I also think that the secular interest as the core component of John’s life adds to his character. The choice of words used does not tarry or bet around the bushes. That kept me hooked to the story.

The BAD:
As with any other books, there are aspects in the storytelling that one finds boring. For this book, it’s the lack of adjectives and that there are not enough dialogues. The author preferred narration to dialogues and the transition for scenes are awkward. The downside of straight forwardness of the phrases used and the lack of adjectives added to the awkwardness of the transitional scenes. As a reader who is used to world building, I find that forwardness strange.

At the part where John is making progress in his relationship with Susan, I felt that it was hasty and something that I, as a reader, was not used to. The writer made no intention to give John and Susan a good and satisfying love story. It was a straight forward “I like you — You like me” kind of narrative.

At the part where John died and Sister Francis was told about his death, it was over very quickly. Because of its quick progression, it came out as heartless. The reader was not given a chance to mourn his death as well as the people that matters to John. Another point of dislike is that there was not enough world building to set up why Susan did not know Sister Francis. John and Susan went to the same High School and Sister Francis is the principal of a High School that John went to. There was no mentioned that John went to another high school prior to the school where Sister Francis was the principal. It made me wonder if this is missed in the editing and proofreading. Readers don’t like things that do not make sense.

Lastly, the last kick of his life was not elaborated. It was supposed to be the kick that will leave a mark on people’s mind. It was his greatest kick. I felt that the author should’ve depicted that scene in a glorious way. There was nothing glorious about how that scene was written in the book.

Conclusion:
In general, I have a favorable impression of the book that’s why I am giving it a score of 3 out of 4 stars. I would recommend this to my friends if it comes out in the market because of the lesson to be learned from the book and also of the style it was written. It’s not a four because I think that the book needs to expound some of its scenes and do more world building. I did not notice spelling error but it doesn’t mean that the book is exceptionally well-edited. I also felt that at the part where John died, if not handled properly, will leave the reader with heavy heart.

Reviewer’s note: Thank you for the chance to review this book. This is the first book I ever reviewed in this site.

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Review by KodiwoDan — The Arrow That Flies By Day

[Following is a volunteer review of “The Arrow That Flies By Day” by John Servant.]

How much persistence do you have in you? With all the odds stacked against you, how far would you be able to go to achieve your goals? The Arrow That Flies by Day is a motivational book, in a story form, about relentlessness, persistence, determination and faith. John Thaddeus had an accident while in the 7th grade that left his right leg badly damaged. The doctors said it would not be possible for him to play football again. With the help of his father and Sister Francis, his high school principal, he started doing regular exercises to strengthen his legs.

He joined the Marines after the death of his father but had to leave after being shot in the right leg. When he heard that the New Jersey Raptors were holding a training camp he decided to walk the distance and try out as a kicker. He had never played football and had never even been to college. Will he find what he had in the Marines – a sense of clear purpose? Will he adapt and overcome the new obstacles? He was a Marine who had faith and that to him would be an unbeatable combination.

I really like the way John Servant allows the story-line to flow seamlessly. From the very moment you start reading you are met with vividly described details. The way in which the characters’ emotions, the football games and practices were being described made me feel like I was living in the story. I also like how the author uses suspense which kept my interest alive. The Arrow That Flies by Day is able to inculcate a number of values and moral lessons through other people’s viewpoints in less than 80 pages. Talk of short and sweet. Brief but long-lasting.

Just as the story was picking up and I was feeling the joy of the circumstances the story-line throws in a twist that left me re-examining everything. This was slightly disheartening, but it was a breath of fresh air from the often used ‘lived happily ever after.’. There was no single case of profane language or any erotic scenes.

The only thing I disliked about the book was that to be in the best position to allow the story to flow perfectly one has to have at least a basic understanding of football (not soccer) which I struggled with.

I would rate this book a 3 out of 4 stars. This is mainly due to the extensive football terminologies which was challenging since I am not well conversant with the sport. Otherwise, I would recommend it to everyone especially Christians, young readers who are still finding their footing in the world, those who are looking to find a purpose in life and even for others who are able to look beyond their religious inclinations into the general values that governs us all.

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Review by Annette M — The Arrow That Flies By Day

[Following is a volunteer review of “The Arrow That Flies By Day” by John Servant.]

We all face adversity,obstacles,suffering and even death of a loved one. What can we do when we are faced with life challenges?

The Arrow That Flies By Day written by John Servant shows us what we can do through the story of a young man called John Thaddeus who despite having no family, pushes through the challenges of life with the help of Sister Francis who teaches him the importance of prayer,having faith in God,love for others and never giving up.

John Thaddeus, being a marine who served in Afghanistan,joins a football team having never played professionally before and rises through the ranks by daily practice,commitment and keeping his head on the game. He learns that his problems can be a blessing or a curse if he learns the valuable lesson of overcoming obstacles. He later finds a girl he likes called Susan and takes her on a date despite having some insecurities.

The story ends tragically when he is stabbed to death trying to defend a lady on the street. His compassion and life was worth emulation as we see the Assistant coach Eugene who had fallen away from church after his brother was killed begin to repent and attend church.

I found the book to be inspiring,short and easy to read as it draws its inspiration from Psalms 91:5. I would rate it 3 out of 4 stars as I did not find any errors. I however did not like that the author killed the main character. I would recommend it to believers of the Christian faith and any person who feels they have lost direction in life.

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Review by Barbara_Waweru — The Arrow That Flies By Day

[Following is a volunteer review of “The Arrow That Flies By Day” by John Servant.]

John Thaddeus wandered on the New Jersey Raptors’ practice field on the first day of training camp. He was approaching the head coach for a chance to try out for the team when suddenly, the assistant coach intercepted him. “This is football practice. It is closed to the public.” In his opinion, there was nothing in this young man that recommended him as a great athlete. Also, he had no prior experience playing football in college. John knew the odds were against him, but he had to give it a try. He lived by the words Sister Francis wrote to him when he was serving in the marine. “You shall not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day.” Instead of fearing, he was going to use this as a chance to overcome an obstacle. John went on to become a star despite being hit by so many blows in his short life.

The Arrow That Flies by Day by John Servant is a motivating fiction story about John Thaddeus. The author does a fantastic job influencing the reader to think positively always, especially when they face challenges. He also brings out the importance of prayer, and to be more specific, the importance of praying the rosary.

Sister Francis was my favorite character in the book. When John had any issue, she was always the first person to contact. The good sister never lacked a solution. The author uses her character to show us the importance of God in our lives. With God and the right attitude, we can achieve things beyond human imagination. From the book, I have also realized that the needs of others should come before mine. The author’s writing style is simple. He describes the characters in detail, making it easy to picture them in real life. He also uses dialogue. Therefore, the reader develops a vivid image of what is happening in the story. The story flows from start to end. It is possible to finish reading the book in a single seating.

In my opinion, there is nothing to dislike about the book. It appears professionally edited, and there is no use of profane language. Nevertheless, what I liked the most was the message. It encourages the reader to view suffering as a blessing in disguise. I would recommend it to Christian readers, more specifically, catholic readers.

In conclusion, I will rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. I gave it a perfect score because it is very inspiring and well-edited.

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Review by Caroline2021 — The Arrow That Flies By Day

[Following is a volunteer review of “The Arrow That Flies By Day” by John Servant.]

John Thaddeus was a former marine man who did not have any family members. Sister Francis, who was a nun, looked after him and she was the only close person he was left with. Although John had experienced all the hardships in his life he did not give up on his dreams of being a member of one of the biggest football teams in his area, and he felt that will give him so much joy. He persuaded his dreams and trusted God to open doors for him, even if he did not professionally qualify to be the team member, John made it to be one the best kickers for the Raptors team.

Not all people were excited about his victory, but John did not return bad with bad to people like Harvey who was of the kickers as well John had found in the team. He reconnected with one of his high school classmates that he fell in love with and the feeling was mutual. John always wanted to help people he lived to help people until his death where he died helping someone who was carjacked. His death left many with sorrow because of his kind heart including Sister Francis, Susan a lady who fell in love with John.

The arrow that flies by day a book by John Servant. This is an interesting book. The book is about a man of faith who had to hold on to the scripture “You shall not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day.” Psalm 91:5 NABRE. Regardless of all the trials, John Thaddeus faced he trusted God and believed that even though he was going through the hard times, good times will come. I like the close relationship that John had with Sister Francis it reflects on how important is to have the people who support and guide you in life for one to get through this life.

I like how the author demonstrated the works of faith through John in the book. Doors were opening because John believed and had faith in God. He was also a good servant in helping and praying for other people. The title of the book is very relevant to what the book talks about. The author did a very good job of introducing characters and their personalities in the book. The book introduction to the conclusion was properly laid out, in this regard the book was flawless. The book cover is not that revealing or rather eye-catchy, if there was a picture on the cover book that depicts the story in the book it will be more revealing and nicer.

What I did not like about the book is that it has long paragraphs sometimes this feels like dragging when you read a book. Though the author gives a brief description of the surroundings and areas in the book, I feel like more detailed descriptions would have given a more feel to picture and relate, what do the places look like. The first pages of the book included a lot of third person writing which made it a little bit difficult to read. What I liked about the book is that the font of the book is easy to read and the book is engaging with the reader, while reading the book you feel like you the part of the story. I am rating the book 4 out of 4 stars, the book was exceptionally well edited. I did not find any spelling or grammar errors. I will highly recommend the book to people who believe in Christ.

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Official Review: The Narrow Gate

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of “The Narrow Gate” by John Servant.]

As the story begins, John Kelly, once an award-winning newspaper reporter, is assigned to write an article on an ex-senator, Joe Jay. The newspaper’s editor has learned that Jay is hospitalized and likely dying. Since Senator Jay rose to fame quickly and was later forced into retirement, due to scandal, the editor suspects that a good story is lurking there. (This is not a spoiler, as the reader will learn this information in the first few pages of the novel).

When Kelly enters the senator’s hospital room, he sees an old man who appears to be near death. Next, he notices a nun, dressed in full habit, kneeling on the tile floor and praying her rosary. Writer’s intuition convinces Kelly that there is definitely an intriguing story here.

At this point, the story flashes back to Senator Joe Jay’s earlier life. Ambitious to a fault, Jay is lured into the seedy world of politics. He soon learns that each decision he makes carries an unforeseen, and often dangerous, consequence. As this captivating plot unfolds, both the senator and the nun (Sister Francis) will intersect one another’s lives on numerous occasions. However, it is what occurs between these encounters that will captivate the reader.

The Narrow Gate by John Servant captured my interest from the beginning and held it until the last page. Since this is a short read, I easily read it in one day. Servant does a masterful job of developing the main characters. Jay is the ambitious, arrogant and confident (yet often naïve) politician. Sister Francis is the steady, caring and nurturing nun. She is steadfast in her principles and will not be swayed into compromising them.

Servant keeps the tone of the book teetering between hope and despair. Since the characters are so relatable, readers will identify with both of these emotions, throughout the book. Also, the major themes of the book are greed (for money and power), atonement and service to God. The author is skilled in evoking the reader’s senses. At times, the reader may shudder at the arrogance of Jay, as he nonchalantly makes some of his life-altering decisions. Yet, at other times, the reader will sympathize with Jay’s fear, and utter despair, as the consequences hit him head on.

For all of the reasons noted above, I am pleased to award The Narrow Gate 4 out of 4 stars. I could find nothing to dislike about this novel. Additionally, the book appears to have been professionally edited. Readers may also be interested to learn that Servant was a lawyer. Having witnessed individuals overcome huge hurdles to achieve their dreams, he has also observed as they fell from grace. His experience and knowledge lend another layer of authenticity to this novel.

This intriguing story will appeal to those who have made mistakes in the past, even life-altering ones, and wondered if true forgiveness was possible. Those with an eye toward politics would certainly benefit from reading this novel. There are no explicit scenes or strong language to offend readers. However, there are a few hints of sexual liaisons, crime, and death that may not be suitable for young adults. I highly recommend this captivating novel and would love to see it adapted as a movie.

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Review by onduru_one — The Narrow Gate by John Servant

[Following is a volunteer review of “The Narrow Gate” by John Servant.]

The Narrow Gate by John Servant is an intriguing story that opens with newspaper editor Frank Barry summoning John Kelly, an award-winning reporter to his office for an assignment. Frank requests John to do a piece on Joe J., a man who served as a senator a decade ago and is now hospitalized and nearing his death. The editor is convinced that owing to Joe’s scandalous past and current deteriorating health condition, John can pen a great article for next Sunday edition of the newspaper.

John heeded to his Frank’s command, packed, and took a train to the facility where Joe was receiving treatment. Once in the room, John’s attention is drawn to a nun kneeling behind Joe while reciting the rosary in a soft voice. After asking the nun and a nurse a few questions, John is convinced that there is a lot more to Joe’s story. Initially, John thought that Joe’s story is not worthy of his time and effort. When John gets back to his hotel room to piece up the story, the author takes the reader back to the ex-senator’s early life, and the story gets even more fascinating to the end.

The author skillfully explores two main themes, including religiousness and greed. Joe had such a strong desire for status and power that he even despised the truth that Sister Francis shared. Character development is excellent, particularly the main characters Joe, John, Frank, and Sister Francis, making all of them so relatable. I found myself switching between optimism and hopelessness for each character throughout the book.

The book is a masterpiece. The author weaved together two different themes and used his excellent literary skills to piece up this captivating story. I strongly believe everyone can somehow relate to the story since we have all made mistakes in the past and desire forgiveness. The book is an absorbing read, and I did not find anything to dislike about the book.

I am glad to rate John Servant’s The Narrow Gate four out of four stars. I enjoyed reading the book right from page one to the last. The book seems to be professionally edited since I did not find any errors which made my reading smooth and fun from start to end. The book is a short read, just 124 pages, and would recommend it to anyone since it features no explicit scenes or offensive language. However, there are some slight mentions of sexual relations, but these are mild may not influence young adults’ reading; instead, the few lines greatly enrich the story.

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Review by Meraki_99 — The Narrow Gate by John Servant

[Following is a volunteer review of “The Narrow Gate” by John Servant.]

The Narrow Gate by John Servant is a piece of fiction only compromising 124 pages. The book deals with human desires marinated in political extravagance and thirst for fame and wealth. It is unambiguous that a person manifests and form into what they set to destroy or eliminate. This book touches upon several crucial nature of human desire and greed for power.

The book introduces a renowned newspaper reporter who won the Pulitzer Prize dozens of times, John Kelly. He is intellectual, quiet, introverted, and introspective and often publishes nail-biting articles on civil rights. His boss commands John to write a report on an ex-senator, Joe Jay. The ex-senator went through a big scandal and had to resign, and now people view him as a hero. John was reluctant at first, but eventually gives in and leaves to pay a visit to Joe in the hospital. When he arrives, something crucial caught his keen eyes. An old nun, in a black habit, was kneeling in the corner of the room prayed in her soft voice. This sight convinces Kelly that there was more to the story than he anticipated and dug into the ex-senators life.

Joe Jay is a Harvard graduate and is a lawyer by profession. He starts with his political journey with the district attorney. As Joe climbed the ladder of success, his hunger for power and fame devoured him. He tried to justify his immoral behavior and actions in the shadow of the greater good.

Sister Francis was spiritual and only believed in His doings. She was an opinionated and strong-headed woman and followed her principles with all her heart and entrusted such thoughts and optimism to her students. As the story progresses, the author emphasizes the swamp of politics and evil spirited people who drag others in it. The repercussions of one’s actions cause serious harm in the lives of people.

The author depicts the thin line between light and dark in a person’s subconscious. A person has to atone for his wrongdoings and sins with dire consequences. The book, without a doubt, is remarkable in every aspect. It is insightful how a person dwells oneself into greed and thinks to atone for his sins later. What I liked most about the book is how it teaches that every small, little thing can teach us a big lesson if only we were attuned to grasp them.
It got out of control when Joe ignored his sons’ drinking problem and justified it for providing for his family. Personally, it was very tragic but was needed in the plot to make it insightful and enriching.

Hence, I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The book is well-edited and does not contain any profane language. The book is a constant joyride. People who have made mistakes should give it a read, to know forgiveness is always given only if you’re willing to cross that narrow gate.

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by kandscreeley » 25 Apr 2019, 08:57

Interesting. I am curious about what Joe Jay’s secret is and how he finds forgiveness. This sounds like a fabulously well-written novel. As long as there is nothing explicit, the hints of various liaisons, etc. don’t bother me. I might have to try this one. Thanks for the great review.

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by Bianka Walter » 25 Apr 2019, 10:09

Ooooh, this one sounds right up my ally. Joe Jay sounds like a super interesting character – all the better!
Very cool premise, and on my to-read list.
Thank you for the great review. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars

Trust in the Divine Mercy of God will insure our Eternal Salvation

May 31, 2019

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Courage, determination, faith, hope, trust, final perseverance, and the mercy contained in the Divine Plan of God, are but a few superlatives that one can use to describe the masterful message of JohnServant’s “ The Arrow that Flies by Day”. The author has written a short novel describing a modern day hero cast in the shadow of St. Augustine. Like this great Doctor of the Catholic Church, John, the main character of this inspiring story, is revealed as a soul with a checkered past who, through determination, courage, and rekindled faith, is able to overcome many obstacles in life, stemming from a deprived childhood and the injuries sustained from the ravages of war. He strives and accomplishes impossible feats of greatness, heroism,and charity witnessed by many, in life, on the athletic field, and in the spiritual realm.

The inspiration for greatness was born from the love and caring of a consecrated soul in the personage of one Sister Francis, who stepped in as a living guardian angel when all family had been taken from him.

One of the most penetrating themes that “Arrow “ presents is the frailty of our human earthly existence, reminding the reader that one can be on top of the world, achieve impossible dreams of heroism, bask in the moments of greatness, and then in the breath of a moment, lose it all by circumstance of the unpredictable end of earthly life.

The message of living with an ongoing communication with God is the paramount theme of this novel. This is demonstrated by our heroes commitment to the unquestioned and continuous charity in the love shown to others, even at the cost of his own life.

His dedication to Our Blessed Mother is witnessed to all observers by his ongoing recitation of the Holy Rosary. As a visible practice of faith to all onlookers, he kept his beads in hand in every visible situation and performed many and countless acts of heroism fueled from his military training as a Marine.

The characters within this text may be fictitious, the names may be derived from the imagination of the author, but the message is real. Without God in our constant mindset we have nothing. He reaffirms that no human achievement can truly satisfy the heart, make us feel secure as a total love of God. And who is it that shows us the way of perfection in the Eyes of God is none other than the Mother of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through her Holy Rosary and the contemplation of its mysteries of the life of Jesus Christ and Our Lady, faithful and penitent souls can attain a living relationship with Heaven while still here on earth. By traversing life with one foot on earth and the other in Heaven, the faithful soul is elevated to a new reality of supernatural bliss that few attempt to achieve. This is the gem of faith found in the inner self of John that all should strive to emulate. The loss of life or that time of our passing, that we all fear, becomes of secondary concern, when the wise and holy soul realizes that the departure of the soul from the body is coming ever closer with each day, with each breath, as we countdown the span of our first and earthly life.
There is an implied message which all of us need to digest that our lives are to be continued for all of eternity in our glorified bodies, when the soul and the body are reunited at the time of the Second Coming of Our Lord, Jesus Christ and the Final Judgement.

“Arrow “, in novel form, is a catechetical reminder to the conscience of where our true attentions and futures should be directed. And that is to the attainment of happiness and peace that only the Lord can satisfy in our eternal destines., hopefully in Heaven with God, and not in that other place occupied by the selfish and self seeking.

I love the theme of the main character, an underdog by many circumstances, finding a human guardian angel, if you will, in the figure of a Sister Francis, who mentors him is what really matters in life, being one with the spirit of Jesus Christ, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and her Rosary coupled with the Brown Scapular. These are the messages of Our Lady of Fatima that Catholics and all need to focus upon. Through the narrative of a struggling football career and the achievements of what was considered impossible, the injured soul comes closer to finding earthly happiness and spousal love, only to have all of his expectations snatched away by a single human act of violence.We are assured that his redemption appears to be secured by his Marian devotion, by his martyrdom, evidenced by his earthly acts of charity that were continuously pleasing to God, specifically by his heroism in the sacrifice of his life to accommodate another, much like Our Lord, Jesus Christ, freely laid down His life for all of humanity to secure our eternal wellbeing.

The novel ends with the message of hope for eternal happiness for all those who remain in the shadow of Gods love and the example given by practicing the faith and trusting in the Divine Mercy of God, in the face of any human tragedy, characterize by the message of Our Lord, given to St. Faustina, “Jesus, I Trust in You”.

Lloyd Gerard Greenberg


Review of “The Narrow Gate” by John Servant

Much of the culture in which we live has fallen into a cataclysm of deceit and betrayal for the common good of others motivated by greed, lust, the procurement of power, wealth and public recognition. We see this witnessed by the scandalous behaviors of many public officials when opportunities of illicit advancement present themselves. Evil desires and selfish enterprise are the devices of maliciousness found among those striving to attaint the highest levels of financial success, through the procurement of power, fame and notoriety, has motivated many to abandon moral ethics as they proceed to conquer the world in order to procure many of its riches and enticements. Many are willing to shed the gifts of the Godly virtues of the Holy Spirit to conquer ungodly goals. This entails a willingness to distance themselves from any relationship with God and place in jeopardy their eternal futures. Such is the case in the onset of John Servants,”The Narrow Gate”.

The setting of this saga begins with a third party, a journalist, being assigned a literary project to uncover the real truths trailing the life of a corrupt politician, a US Senator, a man of notorious repute who somehow turns his life around to become a humanitarian with saintly qualities in later life. The challenge is to uncover the facts. What were the real truths? Was this guy a sinner or a saint or hoax?

The main story’s theme evolves into an instructional study of evil verses good, one of truthfulness and honesty with one’s conscience, namely, does the end ever justify the means? Specifically, does one who sells one’s soul to the devil ever make good on the motives of reconciling to do good that can come out of evil, justifications and the promises to turn evil into good when the struggle to achieve greatness has been accomplished. Can one of good moral upbringing ever completely turn ones back to God before their entire world collapses.

Let’s for a moment reflect on two of the greatest snares of the devil. The first is the promise of time. He convinces the inner soul that no matter what one has to do to get head, they will have time in the future to make things right with God, to achieve a greater good, and perhaps come clean with the Mercy of God sometime, later on. This is the justification that our main character, Senator Joe Jay keeps hidden in the back of his mind. Later on, these noble intents however seem to fade away as he languishes in the comfort of his own achievements.

The second snare, and most subtle is to convince man that he, the devil does not exist; this removes the sin in sin, or sin no longer exists. There is no consequence for sin and the thoughts of conditions for final damnation are never ever entered into. Therefore, one can easily lose one’s moral compass and live in moral darkness, separated from God. This again is a symptom of the character of ill-gotten success. What at first seemed immoral was real nothing less than the stretching of truths, besides everyone was doing it or getting away with doing it, right?

Such was the case with Senator Joe Jay in The Narrow Gate. His appetite for power, wealth, position, and greed left the moral teachings of his childhood and adolescent years under the tutelage age of Sister Francis is the rubble of his past, as he took no prisoners in his ascension up the ladder of world power and fame. Every immoral action was either OK or understood as culturally acceptable. With the aid of corrupt politicians, mob connections, the death of acquaintances and his son, in which he had sensed some culpability, peppered with some very seedy dealings, the main character leaves a trail of victims as he accumulates more and more power, only leading to one misstep that would knock him off his pedestal of grandeur and cause him to hit the skids of total ruin.

Down and out, abandoned by his wife for his unfaithfulness, and the memories of his sons suicide, owing to our characters antics of family separation and fragmentation, all seems lost, except for the intervention of our wonderful Sister Francis who is able to upright the sinking ship of the former Senators life.

Sister Francis turns the shipwreck of Joe’s public life into one of total separation from the secular world that he had believed was so significant and which was so desired by him, into one of earthly citizenship of Heaven. Through Sister Francis’s recommendation of the Holy Rosary, the devotion of the Divine Mercy, a rekindled dependence on the Mother of God and Jesus Christ, Joe’s life is turned around. Sister starts this transition of the heart by encouraging Joe to perform acts of charity, to help others in need, which develops into a selfless emptying of all of his former evil designs. Joe slowly desires to imitate Christ by his actions and deeds of charity and mercy. This former dark soul is transformed into one of saintly stature.

The example given by the new selflessness of Joe and the prayers of the good sister offered at his death bed, inspires the investigative journalist to question his own former life, having witnessed the transforming influence of Sister Francis and the conversion of Senator Joe.

The messages of Divine Mercy given to St. Faustina by Jesus, the devotion to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and the Brown Scapular to regain our friendship with God, and God’s longing and desire to forgive are the overpowering themes contained in this story of redemption. Nobody, no matter what they have done or what they think is unforgivable, is beyond the scope of God’s forgiveness. God, like the father of the Prodigal Son in scripture, is ever watching for our return and eager to forgive the penitent soul. There is but one condition; we have to ask for it.

The fitting title of “The Narrow Gate” reminds the reader that the highway to Hell is grand or paved by good intentions, but the path to Heaven is narrow and at the end of this narrow path is that Narrow Gate that only those who Love God and Neighbor will be allowed to unlock its Heavenly Treasures.

Lloyd Gerard Greenberg, author of “If It All Ends Today.

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DAtkins

5.0 out of 5 starsThis captivating story would make an excellent movie!

May 15, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

This book captured my interest from the first page and held me spellbound until the end. In fact, I read it in one day! Servant did a masterful job of developing the characters, especially Joe and Sister Francis. The tone of the book teeters between hope and despair, and readers will identify with both of these emotions throughout the book. Major themes of this book include greed ( for power and money), atonement and service to God. Also, the author excels in evoking the readers’ senses. You may shudder as you read of Joe’s arrogance, as he nonchalantly makes his life-altering decisions. At other times, you will sympathize with his fear and utter despair as he is forced to accept the consequences of these decisions. Additionally, the author’s experience as a lawyer lends another layer of authenticity to this novel. This story will appeal to readers who have made mistakes in their pasts (even life-altering ones) and questioned if true forgiveness is possible. Anyone with an eye toward politics would certainly benefit from this read. The absence of strong language and explicit sex scenes will also broaden the audience for this book. I highly recommend this exceptional novel!


Bluebird03

4 out of 4 stars

As the story begins, John Kelly, once an award-winning newspaper reporter, is assigned to write an article on an ex-senator, Joe Jay. The newspaper’s editor has learned that Jay is hospitalized and likely dying. Since Senator Jay rose to fame quickly and was later forced into retirement, due to scandal, the editor suspects that a good story is lurking there. (This is not a spoiler, as the reader will learn this information in the first few pages of the novel).

When Kelly enters the senator’s hospital room, he sees an old man who appears to be near death. Next, he notices a nun, dressed in full habit, kneeling on the tile floor and praying her rosary. Writer’s intuition convinces Kelly that there is definitely an intriguing story here.

At this point, the story flashes back to Senator Joe Jay’s earlier life. Ambitious to a fault, Jay is lured into the seedy world of politics. He soon learns that each decision he makes carries an unforeseen, and often dangerous, consequence. As this captivating plot unfolds, both the senator and the nun (Sister Francis) will intersect one another’s lives on numerous occasions. However, it is what occurs between these encounters that will captivate the reader.

The Narrow Gate by John Servant captured my interest from the beginning and held it until the last page. Since this is a short read, I easily read it in one day. Servant does a masterful job of developing the main characters. Jay is the ambitious, arrogant and confident (yet often naïve) politician. Sister Francis is the steady, caring and nurturing nun. She is steadfast in her principles and will not be swayed into compromising them.

Servant keeps the tone of the book teetering between hope and despair. Since the characters are so relatable, readers will identify with both of these emotions, throughout the book. Also, the major themes of the book are greed (for money and power), atonement and service to God. The author is skilled in evoking the reader’s senses. At times, the reader may shudder at the arrogance of Jay, as he nonchalantly makes some of his life-altering decisions. Yet, at other times, the reader will sympathize with Jay’s fear, and utter despair, as the consequences hit him head on.

For all of the reasons noted above, I am pleased to award The Narrow Gate 4 out of 4 stars. I could find nothing to dislike about this novel. Additionally, the book appears to have been professionally edited. Readers may also be interested to learn that Servant was a lawyer. Having witnessed individuals overcome huge hurdles to achieve their dreams, he has also observed as they fell from grace. His experience and knowledge lend another layer of authenticity to this novel.

This intriguing story will appeal to those who have made mistakes in the past, even life-altering ones, and wondered if true forgiveness was possible. Those with an eye toward politics would certainly benefit from reading this novel. There are no explicit scenes or strong language to offend readers. However, there are a few hints of sexual liaisons, crime, and death that may not be suitable for young adults. I highly recommend this captivating novel and would love to see it adapted as a movie.

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4 out of 4 stars

The Arrow That Flies by Day is a deep and inspiring story that cannot leave anyone who reads it unchanged. The challenges that John Thaddeus, the protagonist, faces are a multitude, but through his faith and the support he got from his loved ones, he somehow manages to overcome. This work of fiction by John Servant got me so absorbed and entangled to the story that I refused to put the book down. This could be because it covered a wide range of themes I was inclined to, which involved loyalty, love, persistence, determination, faith, and authenticity.

The story is set in Paterson, United States of America. John had been a trouble child when growing up. When his father passed away due to heart-attack, him and Joan, his mother, were left to mend for themselves, and it was not easy. The principal of John’s school, Sister Francis, stepped in to assist the family and later on, became like a parent to John when his mom died to cancer. After graduating from high school, he served as a Marine, and learnt tough skills that shaped his tough character, and built up an unrelenting attitude of a fighter within him. Before he was deployed from the Marines in Afghanistan, he had incurred a gun wound in his lower abdomen that changed his whole life forever.

After leaving the Marines, he did not know what was next for him in life. He wanted to find a purpose for himself. He wanted to matter, and he wanted more in life that what he was getting. He prayed long to God asking for guidance and direction. His prayers eventually got answered, and he discovered he is supposed to be a kicker in football. Without any hesitations, he followed his calling with determination and became not just a highly esteemed NFL kicker, but also a good neighbor and friend to the many he met on his journey. He was also very humble and loving. When he was slapped on his left cheek, he turned the other cheek as well.

I loved everything about the book. The author made the book short, just 74 pages, yet profound and insightful. However, I must say that the book took a turn I was not expecting in the end. While enjoying reading about John’s consistent achievements, something terrible happened to him. Everything was going well in his life – he just won for his team, and was ready to tell Susan, his high school classmate, how he felt about her. I must say that Susan and I did not see the author’s surprise coming. We even cried over John. He was such a good, handsome, tough gentleman, and he did not deserve what he suffered.

Other than the surprise hit by the author, there was nothing I disliked about the book. I only noticed just one grammatical error, where the pronoun “she” was used instead of “he”. The flow of the book was smooth, and not deterred by any editorial errors such as misplaced punctuation marks. Due to this, reading the story not only made it easy for me to visualize effectively as though I was watching a movie, but it also made me felt like I was being featured in the movie itself because the story felt so real and tangible!

I enjoyed how the author described the football matches. He captured and emphasized every details of John’s actions on the field, from the angle at which he kicked the ball at, to the kilometers the ball reached, and even more. If ever the author’s writing career does not become successful later on for some reason, (though I doubt it might ever happen because he is a great writer) he would fit just fine as a football commentator! I even watched a few videos online to see what this American Football was all about, because it clearly was not the same as ours here in South Africa – based on the thorough description given by Servant. That was how fascinating and enthralling Servant got me into this sport.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I picked up a lot of life lessons from this book, and everything in the is worth reading. I would recommend the book to anyone who wants to build up on their faith in God, because John was a believer, and he quoted the Bible verses every once in the while. However, a non-believer alike would benefit from reading the book since it does not just focus on religion entirely, but on the meaning of loving and caring for others, being motivated, and following your dreams through fire and storm. My favorite line from the book was John’s response when asked why he thought he could play pro ball. He answered, “Because no one ever told me I couldn’t.”


kandscreeley

It seems like John had a lot to overcome in his life. Still, I’m not sure this is a book for me. It’s not catching my attention the way I would like. I appreciate your review.


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dulcita schatanoff

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Moving story

Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2020
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I am grateful for “The Arrow that Flies by Day”by John Servant to come to me during a time that is so challenging in our world as we are fighting to find answers and grounding during the COVID -9 Virus outbreak . The story was beautifully written and an excellent example of keeping to one’s faith despite challenge after challenge . It tells of the experiences of John,a troubled youth ,marine wounded in combat ,and an athlete . John was tested by suffering many difficulties throughout each phase of his life but kept faith . Instead of letting it go ,losing his religion and trust in the Cross, feeling angry or spiteful towards God , John Turned to Him . He prayed the Rosary faithfully . He placed his fears of the future in GODS HANDS . He suffered silently and bravely . He did not let people who thought he was strange for praying the Rosary as he sat on the bench during football games deter him. He did not promote his suffering for others to admire him . He just endured and prayed for guidance and strength to face upcoming challenges. I can’t help but relate this to where we are at this time in our world . Especially as I read this going into Holy Week and knowing the suffering and sacrifice that Jesus made for us all to be saved . In this uncertain and terrifying time , we must be like John and keep faith . We must not “Fear the Terror of the night “ . We must be vigilant in our faith . This isn’t a time for apathy . We do not know when our time will come . Whether it be by this horrible unseen killer of a Virus or another part of God’s plan for us . We must hold true to our Lord . Trust in his goodness and his reasons for our challenges . Pray for the strength to endure . Thank you Mr. Servant for providing a wonderful story to send your readers these powerful messages !! May God our Father and Mary our Mother protect and guide us through any and every challenge we experience !


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5.0 out of 5 stars God is good

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This is a good book that every one should read to enhance there Christian Faith thanks George Dibble As a Christian


John J. Carraher

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review The Arrow That Flies By Day

I gave this book a five star rating.
The reason for my rating is that although the book is a work of fiction it relates to everyday real life situations. I also felt that the author wove all the elements of life clearly together. The book demonstrates that faith, friendship and willpower can change the direction of a persons life in a positive way.

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The Narrow Gate

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5.0 out of 5 stars This captivating story would make an excellent movie!
Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2019

This book captured my interest from the first page and held me spellbound until the end. In fact, I read it in one day! Servant did a masterful job of developing the characters, especially Joe and Sister Francis. The tone of the book teeters between hope and despair, and readers will identify with both of these emotions throughout the book. Major themes of this book include greed ( for power and money), atonement and service to God. Also, the author excels in evoking the readers’ senses. You may shudder as you read of Joe’s arrogance, as he nonchalantly makes his life-altering decisions. At other times, you will sympathize with his fear and utter despair as he is forced to accept the consequences of these decisions. Additionally, the author’s experience as a lawyer lends another layer of authenticity to this novel. This story will appeal to readers who have made mistakes in their pasts (even life-altering ones) and questioned if true forgiveness is possible. Anyone with an eye toward politics would certainly benefit from this read. The absence of strong language and explicit sex scenes will also broaden the audience for this book. I highly recommend this exceptional novel!


Barbara

 

5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful fiction about returning to grace
Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2020

John Servant once again weaves an engrossing short fiction evidencing the strength of Christian faith and teachings. Servant develops his plot by creatively introducing us to a one time politician, a devote nun and an award winning reporter. The politician’s story is one of losing his moral compass to achieve his climb to success at all costs. Everyone can identify with failings and missteps in their lives. This story is about the decision to regain that moral compass and returning to your Christian faith and beliefs. The author delivers Christian teachings through the interaction of this failed politician and his steadfast mentoring nun. Servant creates a narrative that convinces us that God is merciful and always forgiving. The author’s faith flows throughout this well developed fiction. Yet it is appealing to everyone as we all recognize our failings and a desire to return to grace.


John J. Carraher

 

5.0 out of 5 stars A story of greed, deception, faith and redemption
Reviewed in the United States on June 19, 2020

This is the second book I have read by this author and I found it to be as good as the first and with a little more depth. The story weaves many of the aspects of life, greed, power, deception and faithlessness together in a very clear and concise way. I feel the story shows that no matter what mistakes or misdeeds a person makes in life it is never to late to repent and embrace the faith that can result in true redemption. I have downloaded the third book by this author and expect it do be as well written as the first two.

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Always Before Me: (A Story of Mercy and Salvation)

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Ibe Uche

 

5.0 out of 5 stars A Spiritual Book for Everyone
Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2020

I’ve read tons of religious books and I would say that this book was written with no prejudice. It’s amazing the level of respect the author showed for other religions. Beyond that, this book shows how you can impact lives around you while maintaining your spiritual standing.

 

Mike

 

5.0 out of 5 stars A good story line, that is easy to follow

Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2020
Not the usual story line for a religious book.

 

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Review by Caroline2021 — The Arrow That Flies By Day

by Caroline2021 » 09 Dec 2020, 09:13

John Thaddeus was a former marine man who did not have any family members. Sister Francis, who was a nun, looked after him and she was the only close person he was left with. Although John had experienced all the hardships in his life he did not give up on his dreams of being a member of one of the biggest football teams in his area, and he felt that will give him so much joy. He persuaded his dreams and trusted God to open doors for him, even if he did not professionally qualify to be the team member, John made it to be one the best kickers for the Raptors team.

Not all people were excited about his victory, but John did not return bad with bad to people like Harvey who was of the kickers as well John had found in the team. He reconnected with one of his high school classmates that he fell in love with and the feeling was mutual. John always wanted to help people he lived to help people until his death where he died helping someone who was carjacked. His death left many with sorrow because of his kind heart including Sister Francis, Susan a lady who fell in love with John.

The arrow that flies by day a book by John Servant. This is an interesting book. The book is about a man of faith who had to hold on to the scripture “You shall not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day.” Psalm 91:5 NABRE. Regardless of all the trials, John Thaddeus faced he trusted God and believed that even though he was going through the hard times, good times will come. I like the close relationship that John had with Sister Francis it reflects on how important is to have the people who support and guide you in life for one to get through this life.

I like how the author demonstrated the works of faith through John in the book. Doors were opening because John believed and had faith in God. He was also a good servant in helping and praying for other people. The title of the book is very relevant to what the book talks about. The author did a very good job of introducing characters and their personalities in the book. The book introduction to the conclusion was properly laid out, in this regard the book was flawless. The book cover is not that revealing or rather eye-catchy, if there was a picture on the cover book that depicts the story in the book it will be more revealing and nicer.

What I did not like about the book is that it has long paragraphs sometimes this feels like dragging when you read a book. Though the author gives a brief description of the surroundings and areas in the book, I feel like more detailed descriptions would have given a more feel to picture and relate, what do the places look like. The first pages of the book included a lot of third person writing which made it a little bit difficult to read. What I liked about the book is that the font of the book is easy to read and the book is engaging with the reader, while reading the book you feel like you the part of the story. I am rating the book 4 out of 4 stars, the book was exceptionally well edited. I did not find any spelling or grammar errors. I will highly recommend the book to people who believe in Christ.

 

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Review by AtienoMagero — The Arrow That Flies By Day

by AtienoMagero » 07 Dec 2020, 05:15

The Arrow That Flies By Day is a Christian fiction book by John Servant. The story is about a man called John Thaddeus, who is a Marine veteran with hopes of becoming an NFL kicker. John Thaddeus decides to go and try out for the kicker position for the New Jersey Raptors. Initially, both the head and assistant coach are hesitant to give John a chance. However, they are amazed at his talent and skill when they decide to let him try out. We get to see John Thaddeus faced with several obstacles and hindrances in this book. Even when things get tough, he perseveres through his faith, hard work, and determination.

The Arrow That Flies By Day is truly an amazing book to read. There are so many important lessons Christians can learn from reading John Thaddeus’ story. I was profoundly motivated by lots of things in this book. For instance, it was inspiring to read how John Thaddeus overcame the injury in his right leg. By the grace of God, along with the help he received from both his father and Sister Francis, John was able to overcome his injury and play football.

Another thing I liked about this book was the fact that it felt realistic. Without giving too much of the plot away, I was not expecting the book to end the way it did in regards to what happened to John. I was deeply invested in John’s character development and what happened to him. However, I realized that it was supposed to be a lesson. The events that occurred were meant to serve a higher purpose. It is nice that the author created a character that many readers can relate with.

I loved reading The Arrow That Flies By Day. There was so much helpful information and motivation that I got from this story. The story is also wonderfully written and edited, as well. Throughout my reading process, I did not encounter any errors whatsoever while reading. I did not have any issues or dislikes to mention about the story as well. I will therefore be giving this book a rating of 4 out of 4 stars.

Since this book is Christian based, there was no use of profane language. I feel like this book would be perfect for Christian readers because they can find strength and motivation through reading the story. Non-religious readers may have a hard time connecting with elements of the story.

 

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Review by Bomsia — The Narrow Gate by John Servant

by Bomsia » 28 Dec 2020, 12:45

The Narrow Gate is written by John Servant. It is an eight-chapter book that falls under the contemporary Christian genre. The book has a Christian background with a fictional story to bring home its idea.

The book begins when John Kelly, a reporter, is assigned to cover a story of Joe Jay, a sick senator that resigned out of shame and is now viewed as a saint. “Is this story good enough to be reported,” asked John Kelly? Joe Jay was an ordinary boy from a troubled home, which eventually led Sister Francis, the principal of Joe’s high school, to play a pivotal role in the upbringing of Joe and instill in him the traits of a true Catholic Christian.

However, Joe becomes a prosecutor in Buffalo after he is handed the opportunity by Kelvin Coley, the head of a local party, to become a district attorney. However, Joe would have to go against all prior morals and principles Sister Francis had inculcated in him.

Joe Jay became more ambitious, power-hungry, and cared less about anyone except his party. Joe’s worldly anxiety, greed, and the desire for power overcame his Christian beliefs. In no time, Joe Jay had grown to the position of a senator, and he was regarded as “easily manipulated” because of his immeasurable loyalty to his party. Amid these political quagmires, how did Joe Jay become a saint in the eyes of the people?

I think the writer intends to reach out to the Christian reader that has flair for the doctrine, politics, and naturalism in writing, and the author was able to actualize his goal using the third-person narrative. I liked that The Narrow Gate by John Servant was a good read; a short book with a simple story and no complications. Also, the fact that the storyline grew and wasn’t static makes it easy for its target audience to understand and relate it to the realities of life. I didn’t notice any errors throughout my reading, and that proves the text is professionally edited.

Despite the positive points, I didn’t like that the characters were introduced and left as stooge where there would have been a great connection to the storyline. For example, in the sick Sister Francis scene, the writer didn’t do justice in connecting it to the storyline and can discourage readers to continue reading. Apart from this, the book was intriguing and can capture readers because of its suspenseful attributes and unpredictable nature.

I rate the book 3 out of 4 stars. I have deducted one star because of the lack of continuity of the introduced characters as well as the failed scene connection throughout the book, which I have explained in the previous paragraph. There were mild sexual scenes and suicidal characteristics, making the novel unsuitable for children. The book is best suited for adult Christians that love intriguing fictional Christian stories.

 

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Review by Vivdija — The Narrow Gate by John Servant

by Vivdija » 30 Dec 2020, 11:07

“Sister, do you think God can forgive me?” Joe asked. (page 100)

What happens when you choose to compromise your values and beliefs? Well, John Servant takes a stab at answering this question in his book The Narrow Gate.

The two main characters of this book are Joe Jay and Sister Francis. Joe is a Christian man and a reputed litigator. He had graduated from Harvard with a degree in political science and a law degree. He has a wife called Joan and a son called Joey. Joe is lured into the dirty game of politics and rises to fame quickly. He soon realises that to achieve his political goals, he has to accept ideologies that he does not believe in. Joe is portrayed as a gullible man whose greatest weakness is his ambition. It is good to be ambitious. However, what happens when your ambition makes you lose sight of your moral compass? How far will Joe go to achieve his political goals? How will his decisions affect him and his family members? What is the role of Sister Francis in this story? You will have to read the book to find the answers to these questions.

The main themes of this book are religion, politics and greed. Joe was greedy for power and did everything that he could to climb the political ladder, to the detriment of his personal life. There are different stylistic devices in the book like irony and biblical allusion. The writer has vividly described his characters. Consequently, I could picture all of them in my mind as I read the book. My favourite character was Sister Francis because she stands for what she believes in. I did not like Joan because she highly values wealth and her social status to the point that she cannot stand against what is wrong.

One of the things that I loved about this book is the clear depiction of reality. The characters of the book are relatable. Many people are like Joe. Joe compromised his values and deceived himself that this was for the greater good. The little things that we take for granted can negatively influence our life. Another thing that I loved about this book is how the writer concludes Joe’s storyline. I am glad that he learnt from his mistakes and changed.

There is nothing that I disliked about this book. This book has more than ten mistakes. Hence, I rate it three out of four stars. Have you lost hope? Do you feel that the mistakes that you have made are so grave that God cannot forgive you? If your answer is yes, this book is suitable for you. This book has an interesting plot. I finished reading it in less than twenty-four hours. I enjoyed reading this book.

 

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Review by happyreader+book — The Narrow Gate

by happyreader+book » 04 Jan 2021, 20:56

The Narrow Gate- By John Servant

The book is a work of fiction dealing with God’s forgiveness and the things in life that have true value. The story starts with an intriguing beginning. It actually starts at the end of former Senator Joe J’s life. John Kelley is asked by his boss, Frank, to write an article about the former senator for the Sunday news magazine of the newspaper. John goes to the hospital and visits Senator Joe’s hospital room. He meets an old nun, Sister Francis, praying near the Senator’s bedside. From this point time goes backwards and we learn more about the Senator. He graduates from Harvard and becomes a lawyer. He joins a prestigious law firm in New York City, but soon becomes dissatisfied. He moves to upstate New York and becomes a very efficient prosecutor. He marries and has a son and he is very happy. He is asked to go into politics and decides that he can do good things to benefit people, but it is at this point that he begins to make what he considers minimal compromises with the logic that he can fix the wrong things later. This takes him on a downward spiral that affects everything in his life, including his family. There are major events which cause him to rethink his life. Sister Francis stays in the background of his life and enters when needed.

I chose this book because it was categorized as a Christian book and when I read the description it peeked my interest. I am not Catholic but was brought up in a Christian home. The Narrow Gate reflects many of my personal beliefs. I enjoyed the fact that there was absolutely no profanity. John Servant also backed up his story with the Bible verse references. The verses and references are taken from the American Standard Bible, revised edition. When reading the book it was very easy to see where the main character of the book, Joe was headed. I left out a lot of the details in the plot description because I felt that I would give away some very important details that give the book its impact. The book shows what will happen when someone becomes consumed by money and power.

I found it very easy to see what was happening to the main character and that began to irritate me. I wanted to step into the story and rescue him from his mistakes. If I stop to think about it, maybe being irritated is not even a bad thing because it makes the reader pay attention. The book also shows God’s gracious forgiveness when we repent and allow God to gently change our thought process and the direction of our lives. When all of that happens the book also shows how a life can be blessed.

The book was not very long but it had a very powerful message. It did not preach but told its story through the plot. It keeps the reader involved, engaged and thinking. I would rate this book with three out of four stars. The reason for that is the double edged sword of feeling frustrated at watching the main character sink to his lowest point. The best and most uplifting part is when Senator Joe realizes where his life is headed. There is both sadness and a sense of peace and inspirational acceptance at the end of the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a book with positive messages that over shadow the necessary sad parts. The book ends with an appropriate ending for all of the characters. One of the things with which I could find satisfaction and truth in is that there is more joy in giving than receiving.

 

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Review by Claire Vaal — The Arrow That Flies By Day

by Claire Vaal » 05 Jan 2021, 15:38

The Arrow That Flies By Day is a Christian novel about a guy named John Thaddeus. John is a former Marine who is looking for a way to distract him from the scary memories during war, preferably playing for the NFL. During his time serving in the Marines, he found out his mom had died. His father had passed before he left, so he didn’t have any family when he came home. He did have Sister Francis, a nun, who was his old principal. She had supported him through so much. John wanted to play football all the way through high school, but an injury kept him from doing that. When his dad was alive, he taught him how to be a kicker. John had worked on strengthening his leg all of his life. Now is his time to shine. Can a walk-in who hasn’t played college football really play for the NFL though? This inspiring, heart-wrenching, and touching book is one that no one should turn down.

There were many things about this book that I loved. The overall message, the plot, and how the author developed the main character were definitely some positive aspects to this book. The overall message really stood out to me. Determination, faith, and prayer were some things that were mentioned. It really went into depth with all of those, and I think the author, John Servant, really did a good job with that. The plot was also very intriguing. I don’t really like football books, but this wasn’t just about football. It was full of interesting stories about John Thaddeus, and I never wanted to put the book down. The main character and how he was developed was also very well done. It talked about many of his struggles, along with his successes and determination in becoming a football player. But more importantly, it talked about his faith in God.

I personally didn’t have many things I disliked about this book, but I do wish the book was longer. It is a very short book; it’s less than 100 pages. Because this was such an amazing book, I wish I had more to read. Other than that, I thought this book was almost perfect.

My rating for this book is 4 out of 4 stars. I really couldn’t find many things I disliked about this novel. I don’t want to rate it a three because if I can barely find 1 negative, I think it should get a perfect score. It was a very enjoyable book to read, and it made me want to read all the time. Also, it only had a couple of errors, and both were minor.

I highly recommend you read this book. It is a Christian novel, so keep that in mind before you read it. If you like books that go into depth about faith, prayer, and makes you think, this book is for you. This book really puts things in perspective, and it has many lessons in it. Although I haven’t read many Christian novels, this one is for sure in my top two. If you’re not sure if you would like it, I would tell you to at least give it a chance!

 

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Review by kennaswim — The Arrow That Flies By Day

by kennaswim » 08 Jan 2021, 19:08

The Arrow That Flies By Day written by John Servant is actually more of a short story, but a wonderful read nonetheless. The main character, John Thaddeus, is an ex-Marine. After he had many close calls on the battlefield, John decides to take his dreams to the field of an NFL football team as a kicker. In addition to his service and his dream of being a professional football player, John talks about how his faith saved him through his hard childhood, time in Afghanistan, and the new path he has chosen to follow.
There are many good things about this book, but I personally think that the best part of it was the characters; the characters are part of what makes the book so great. For starters, Servant did an excellent job making John out to be this person that so many people want to be friends with. Because of his service he learned a thing or two about what it’s like to have to work hard, but he also learned that many need to just let things roll off their back. That leads me to another character, Harvey. Harvey is the team captain of the team that John is hoping to join. Harvey is a very self-centered person who is not respectful to , but demands it from others. Between John and Harvey, a movie comes to mind about how they act and that movie oddly enough is “Mean Girls”. John and Harvey are characters that many people could see competing in high school. Because of this view, the book is opened up to many teen readers.
While there are many praises to this book, I have one complaint; the ending. I don’t want to spoil it, so I won’t go into it too much, but it just wasn’t the ending so many readers are hoping for. Servant did a fantastic job at getting readers excited about an ending that many readers suspect, yet that ending is not included. Quite frankly, the ending was pretty boring and I was somewhat disappointed in it. However, that is the only negative that has with the entire story.
My overall rating of the book is a 3 out of 4 stars. While there were no errors, vaugler language, or erotic scenes, I still did not give the book a perfect score. My reason for that is becasue as I said before, I was disappointed at the ending. The ending was not what was expected and that left me feeling a little sad about things. That being said, I felt that this deserved nothing less of three stars. I thought that the book was well written and I really enjoyed the story. It was very inspirational and allows everyone who reads it to think about their life and their choices and how we should all be living our lives to the fullest.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to become more acquainted with Catholic or Christian religion. The main character talks about how God saved his life and how he would love to give thanks to God. If you are someone who is not a religious person or does not belong to the religion talked about in the book, then I would probably steer clear of this read. However, if you are someone who wants to be inspired to be more in touch with their religion or who is already a big believer in God, then I would strongly suggest this book. In terms of age, I think that this book is a good read for anyone fourteen years or older. It really was a well written book that can be enjoyed by many.

 

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Review by Zee_Zee — The Narrow Gate by John Servant

by Zee_Zee » 05 Jan 2021, 16:43

There’s a story in the Bible of a prodigal son who leaves his father’s house to squander his share of the family inheritance. It’s a story that illustrates the cycle of redemption. It speaks of God’s undying love for his people, which remains fervent regardless of what humans do.

In The Narrow Gate, John Servant tells a story that is similar to the biblical prodigal son’s tale. Joe Jay, a young and upright prosecutor, attracts a political party’s attention with his reputation as a hard-nosed litigator. They approach him with an offer to make him their political candidate. However, the proposal has several strings attached, which Joe doesn’t know.

In his quest for more political power, he disregards the advice of his former principal, Sister Francis, and begins to cheat on his wife. His promiscuity puts his marriage in jeopardy. Joe and his political party eventually loses, which causes him to take a little time away from politics. However, that didn’t stop him from fighting to climb higher on the political ladder. When he eventually becomes a senator, disaster strikes. What does fate hold for his political career? Will he ultimately find his way back to fix his life’s wreckage? Follow this highly emotional tale to find answers to these questions and more.

From the first page of the book, I got hooked. I anticipated that I’d love the story, and I was not disappointed! I loved the way the author began the story. He provided enough information that formed the building blocks for the things that unfolded. I liked that the story started from the end and rolled backward. It felt like I was watching a movie written and directed by Christopher Nolan.

The author did an excellent job with the book’s characterization. I loved that the author gave most of the characters a presence. For instance, Sister Francis wasn’t the main character, but I felt her presence throughout the book. I could tell when she was about to enter the scene. Joe Jay’s character was also relatable. Though the story revolved around him, other characters found expression throughout the story. The relationship between the characters was well defined and realistic. The book’s characterization was my favorite aspect of the book.

There are several lessons to learn from The Narrow Gate. It’s a story of love, loss, lust for power, salvation, and restitution. It illustrates the beauty of God’s love and truth. It also shows that every action has its consequences, whether good or bad.

I found only two errors in the entire book, so I reckon it was professionally edited. I enjoyed the story; I found nothing to dislike about the book. Therefore, I’d give it 4 out of 4 stars. It was indeed an exciting read, and I strongly recommend it to lovers of Christian literature.

 

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Review by Unako M — The Arrow That Flies By Day

by Unako M » 24 Jan 2021, 05:00

John Thaddeus is a humble marine veteran who embarks on a journey to fulfill his purpose of being a football kicker for the Raptors after coming back from his service in Afghanistan. Tall, slender, somewhat mysterious but with a welcoming smile, it is hard to tell if this young veteran would have a chance to make the team. Showing much dedication and a remarkable set of skills, he unexpectedly impresses the coaches and gets his fellow potential players of the team on their toes. In The Arrow That Flies By Day, the author, John Servant, paints the picture of the young veteran’s journey as he overcomes challenges that he faces, choosing always to focus his energy on his personal, spiritual growth.

What I love in this short, easy-to-read book is that it packs in it a lot of encouragement and inspiration through the life and viewpoint of this young veteran. Obstacle after obstacle, he chooses to view challenges as opportunities to grow instead of letting them deter him from his God-given dream. He is bold in his faith and although he experiences doubt from time to time, he never lets go of his faith. The character’s reactions to his problems are written from a realistic point of view, which makes it easy for the reader to take it to heart and willingly apply those same principles in their own life. John Thaddeus can be seen as an example of how we should treat others, even when they are cruel to us, no matter how hard it may be.

The story at some parts, however, seemed a little rushed. The challenges that came with the young veteran’s love interest were short-lived and thus seemed somewhat unnecessary to mention, especially considering the point in the book in which the love interest started. The pace of this part of the story seemed fast, sudden, and almost out of the blue. On one hand, it would be understandable that the story of a young man on a journey would involve falling in love, but on the other, a part of it felt unrealistic and inharmonious to the rest of the story.

Overall, the principle of the story is beautifully articulated through this young man’s experiences and more importantly, how he responds to them. I therefore rate The Arrow That Flies By Day a solid 3 out of 4 stars. Amazingly well-edited, it is interesting and encouraging as the author captures the reader in the down-to-earth yet bold nature of his main character. Other than some parts feeling rushed and not needed, the climax is gripping and the unexpected plot twist definitely left me surprised and is truly a unique way of encouraging and inspiring readers.

This book would be greatly recommended for readers who need a light, inspirational and encouraging read as a lot of Bible verses are mentioned in a manner that can be applied to the reader’s own life. Even for those who are not avid Bible-readers, this book packs a lot of principles and encouragement for any individual who may be going through tribulations.

 

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Review by Koyna — The Narrow Gate by John Servant

by Koyna » 10 Jan 2021, 11:43

Senator Joe Jay went through a big scandal and had to resign. Joe Jay is hospitalized and near death. John Kelly, an award-winning reporter was given the task to write about Joe Jay. In his mind, Joe was a “has-been”, and his story didn’t have much to offer. However, upon entering the hospital room he saw an old nun in a black habit, kneeling on the floor, and praying to the rosary. His Irish intuition told him that there was more merit in the story than he anticipated.

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” The Narrow Gates by John Servant expresses this message in the most impactful and emotionally engaging way. For most of the story, my feelings fluctuated from sadness to complete hopelessness. Towards the end, the cold, dark clouds of my feelings parted and brought in warm sunshine and satisfaction.

Sister Francis’ character is almost angel-like. She questions herself if she had somehow failed Joe as a teacher? This dilemma is quite valid. If a person does wrong, who is to blame? Is it only that person or do parents and teachers also share the blame? Additionally, she is the only one standing beside Joe during the scandal. She was also the one who guided Joe through the narrow gates. So who is the real saint – Joe who transforms and helps people, or Sister Francis who taught him how to be a better person.

There were some conversations between Sister Francis and John – which at times appeared preachy. These learnings were, however, amply demonstrated and reinforced through the life story of Joe.

I will rate this book a 4 out of 4 stars. It is a beautifully weaved story. It is short, only 124 pages, yet brought out a powerful message of atonement. Moreover, it was a clean read. The book did not feature any explicit sexual or offensive language. There were a few mentions of romantic interest and death, and these enriched the story.

I would encourage young adults to read this book. Using the medium of the story, the author has discussed the consequences of being too ambitious, and yet how every mistake can be forgiven if we start walking on the right path. It is an inspirational Christian and catholic contemporary literary fiction. I feel people inclined towards religion, especially Christianity, would deeply connect with the book.

 

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Review by slowpoke123 — The Arrow That Flies By Day

by slowpoke123 » 16 Jan 2021, 05:59

The Arrow That Flies By Day by John Servant is a Christian fiction about a man named John Thaddeus. John was a Marine who had just came back from his last mission in Afghanistan where he saw and experience the horror of the battlefield. With his parents both dead, his old principal during high school, Sister Francis, had taken the responsibility as his new guardian. She is a nun who not only serves the church but also chose to dedicate her life to Christ and to saving young fellows who may get lost in their life.

During the first day of training camp for the selection of the New Jersey’s Raptors, John had casually wandered in the practice field. He approached the head coach and there he told the guy his interest in applying as a kicker for the team. Despite admitting he was not able to go to college to play football, John was given a chance to show what he can do and it did not disappoint the coaches. John was accepted but the journey is not easy and often times he will find himself with many obstacles, some of which in the form of self-doubt and certain individuals who often criticize his background and past. How will John be able to overcome the struggles as he reaches for his dream as an NFL player? This amazing and inspiring book will make us realize that nothing is impossible for a person with a will to keep going.

This book had a lot of things that I liked. The plot is very interesting and John’s character is simply amazing. Although I was never a football fan, the story just seems alright and great with the sport in it. I actually find it very relatable in terms of the struggles of John starting especially on the part of losing a family member that eventually affects your plan for the future. I admire his thinking and personality on not letting other people’s opinions define yourself. The story went into depth on how faith and prayers can help strengthen ourselves when facing a problem, and I think the author did great in emphasizing these.

There is really nothing I can find to dislike about this book apart from wishing the story to be longer. The words and beliefs of Christianity were conveyed and portrayed very well by the characters. Even the antagonists, Harvey, caught my attention as he seems to represent the people in real life who has nothing to believe in, which I personally have experience meeting a few before. His thoughts on how to live in this world seem to be the same as those people who do not look back to reflect on their past and only think of the present.

My rating for this book is 4 out of 4 stars. I can’t make myself rate it a three mainly because I find the ending as very fitting and satisfying. The book is also professionally edited, as I couldn’t find any errors. I would highly recommend every one of any age to read this book. It is Christian fiction, so be sure to keep that in mind before reading it. Readers who like in-depth about faith, prayer, and God, this book is the right one for you. It was a pleasure to read this book and I very much enjoyed it until the last page.

 

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Review by captd1961 — The Arrow That Flies By Day

by captd1961 » 13 Jan 2021, 10:44

The Arrow That Flies By Day, by the author, John Servant, is the faith-based story of John Thaddeus. John Thaddeus is a former Marine who has faced multiple obstacles throughout his turbulent life. He endured a troubled childhood with an alcoholic father, active duty service as a Marine in Afghanistan, and the physical and mental repercussions of both. With the persistent strength that John has found from his faith, his unbreakable relationship with a spirited nun by the name of Sister Frances, and his adapt and overcome Marine training, he makes the decision to try out for the New Jersey Raptor NFL football team as a walk-on placekicker. The story follows John’s trials, tribulations, and triumphs, on and off the field as he navigates his life as a man of faith.

The character of Sister Frances is a breath of fresh air. From start to finish, she is the glue that holds the story together with a feisty determination forged from her religious beliefs and her refusal to accept no for an answer. The author does a great job of bringing her physical and spiritual presence to life. This allows the reader to picture her 5’4″ presence as a force to be reckoned with. I felt that the history of John and Sister Frances’s relationship was fully developed, poignant, and a testament to the difference that one person can make in another person’s life.

I would have liked to have seen the author delve more into the character of Susan LaCava, John’s romantic interest. I was not able to visualize Susan’s physical presence or personality, and therefore I could not form an emotional tie with her character. Also, I would have enjoyed more of a follow up story line with the characters of John’s teammates, the defensive end, Harvey Brown, and the punter, Phil Ryan. I feel that a conclusion to their stories would have made the story more fulfilling.

Overall, I considered The Arrow That Flies By Day a good read. At times, it felt as if the story was being rushed. More description may have drawn me in a little further and given me more of an emotional stake in the outcome. However, the inspirational message was a consistent thread that ran from end to end and made the reading enjoyable. I would rate this book 3 out of 4 stars.

I would recommend The Arrow That Flies By Day for readers looking for a quick, uplifting, faith-based way to pass an afternoon.

 

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Review by Jeff Kanda — The Arrow That Flies By Day

by Jeff Kanda » 16 Jan 2021, 06:25

The Arrow That Flies By The Day by John Servant is a novel that describes the life of John Thaddeus. John was a marine who after being injured in war when he was in Afghanistan, decides to play for the NFL in New Jersey Raptor’s practice field as a kicker. He arrived at the practice field by walking from a very far place. This was the first notable sign that John was a very determined person.

The first person John meets is Eugene Eckley, the assistant coach. At first, Eugene was not willing to take John as a kicker for the team but after knowing that he had walked from a far place to reach New Jersey and be a player for the team, he thinks John should give it a try. With time, John prooves that he is worth playing for the team because he has strong legs and can kick accurately. His exemplary skills lead to the team winning in some matches. Gradually, some players and the coaches start loving John. Sister Francis, a nun, is the closest person to John since he has no immediate family.

Narrated from the third person’s point of view, the book is both interesting and inspiring. I liked the vivid description of events by the author. The inclusion of biblical verses in the book is worth mentioning. I loved the biblical verses because they were really inspiring. There were a few motivational quotes that I also liked in this great novel.

The book is short, it has only five chapters. However, the overall message in the few pages are very touching to the reader. I believe that after reading the book, a reader will greatly benefit because of the many teachings the book has. I was disappointed when the protagonist in the novel (John) died because I was not expecting his death at all. Perhaps if the story could end when John was a successful kicker after playing in several matches, the story could be better.

I did not find any typographical error in the book book and therefore, I believe the book was professionally edited. The novel lacks vulgar words and erotic scenes. Because of this, adults as well as children can read the book. I recommend it to anyone who want to get inspired and view life in a better perspective. I give the book a rate of four out of four stars, it is worth that rate!

 

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Review by Belladonna_cnr — Always Before Me

by Belladonna_cnr » 15 Jan 2021, 21:06

Always Before Me by John Servant is an inspirational novel which elaborates about the challenges and even injustices a person may face in his or her lifetime, and the many ways they can affect a person’s life and faith in God. Even though it is a fictitious novel, it is based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the religious foundations and customs of the Catholic Church.

Always Before Me highlights the story of three men and the life changing events they have faced in a prison. The Author described them individually as a ‘saint’, a ‘sinner’ and a ‘man’. The ‘saint’ was a Priest who was wrongfully imprisoned due to a false accusation and act of betrayal. Even though initially he was greatly discouraged, he had become a great influence and inspiration to many in the prison despite the opposition he had faced.The ‘sinner’ was one of the employees in the prison who also had faced false accusations in his life and oftentimes doubted his faith thinking that it was too late for God to change his life.The ‘man’ was another employee at the prison who was the Chaplain after many failed attempts of finding employment after losing a teaching job due to a false accusation from a female student.

There were a couple things I liked about this book. Firstly, the Author stated that it was a story of three men. My first impression was that their stories would have been separate and distinct from one another. However, their life stories were all connected in many ways along with the stories of many separate secondary characters in the novel. Secondly, I love the Author’s use of unique phrasal verbs I never thought existed. One example was the term ‘curry favor’ which meant to get someone to like you. I know curry to be a delicious spice or a type of meal and I did not know that such a phrasal verb existed until I searched for that in the dictionary.

There was however one thing I did not like and it is that of the narrated story of the ‘sinner’. The novel mostly had the life stories of the ‘saint’ and the ‘man’, and not much of the ‘sinner’. The ‘sinner’s’ story was somewhat lost in the novel,putting his story alongside the many secondary characters whether briefly or moderately narrated. I think more should have been written in the novel about him in order for him to be recognised as one of the primary characters, that is, 1 of the 3 men.

I give this novel 3 out of 4 stars as it narrates the inspirational and connected lives of people, and their reactions and responses when faced with challenges. There were a few grammatical errors but they did not affect my enjoyment of reading this book.

I highly recommend this book to anyone as it is more or less a story of how life can put you in places and positions where it is least expected . We all face challenges in our lifetime and this is a good inspirational book to read about such things and ways to cope and live with them.

 

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Review by CYSON DOROPH — The Narrow Gate by John Servant

by CYSON DOROPH » 27 Jan 2021, 05:22

Frank Barry, as an editor of a Sunday news magazine for a major metropolitan newspaper, has a job of assigning articles to reporters. And as such, he summoned John Kelly to his office. This particular article was about Senator Joe J. a big liberal back in the day, who had a lot of connections. He was an early pro-choice, pro-gay rights champion but resigned about ten years ago from the senate due to a big scandal he went through, but now people view him as a hero and saint. Unfortunately, he is now dying in an upstate hospital. As John is going on about his work, he discovers other facts about Joe. For example, the old politician was in a more critical condition than John had imagined, that is to say, Joe had lost much weight and was clearly close to death. But something else caught the corner of John’s eye. An old nun was kneeling in the corner of the room slowly praying in a soft voice.

Each of the events is not given a definite date, that is to say, the day, month and year in numbers or words being mentioned at the same time one after the other in the same paragraph or sentence, but in some instances a day or month is stated singly, for example, …to visit him on a Thursday afternoon in January…, et cetera. The author also talks to us about the length of time within which certain happenings took place, for example, …two years behind him thanks…, et cetera. The periods are mentioned as well such as morning, afternoon, et cetera. The physical setup of the environment where every scene took place is greatly emphasized by the author. The traits, physique and physiognomy, especially those of Frank and John, are well discussed. The plot is interesting but its sense of delight increases as one keeps on reading this story. Given the fact that I only noticed a few mistakes, I must say that a great deal of effort was geared towards editing. Hence, I rate the story of this book, The Narrow Gate by John Servant, 3 out of 4 stars.

The author is keen on letting us know why each character behaves in a particular way, for example, smoking and drinking by Frank are due to the fact that he seems to have found a sense of consolation in them. John not living up to the demands of his earlier achievement partly contributes to Frank’s behaviours towards him, I think. John, having won a prize, thinks that he should be treated in a certain way, or there are certain assignments he must or must not execute. Though in a vegetative state, and with doubts and questions about his reputation, Senator Joe had lived up to his expectations. This is partially explained by the presence of the old nun who is currently praying for him, while overlooking all of his mistakes and readily defending him. I did not like Frank’s smoking and drinking habits but I loved his character. Because of Frank’s character, John got himself a good article assignment. I also loved the nun’s words because they helped John understand that he was in no place to pass judgement on others. John’s calmness in handling aggravating situations and ready to learn character are a thing of beauty as well.

As I was reading the storyline of this book, I was also coming to a number of conclusions. This was in regard to every character, their traits and how each has been leading his or her life as per the information relayed to us by the author. Frank is a man who loves both his family and job but there maybe some inconsistencies going on in his personal life. These inconsistencies contribute to how he behaves. These are behaviours which he has just taken on recently. This showed me that everything taking place in any given person’s life has a root cause. John, a senior reporter, always puts all of his efforts into a news story when it is captivating, insightful and laced with a great deal of moral lessons. Henceforth I ought to be enthusiastic about everything I choose to do. Sister Francis, the old nun and a friend of the senator, seems to be Joe’s trusted confidant. Standing by those who need our help, especially when they are our close friends, while not passing judgement on them, is a trait that I learnt about the nun. The senator who turned from being an associate into a reputable prosecutor was a pawn used by the local political party in Buffalo to get to glory land. With that taken into consideration, I learnt that one should not always be too trusting in others, even though they seem to be inviting success to one’s life , because one is not always in the know of their true intentions. In my opinion, The Narrow Gate is a small opening that leads to what one yearns for despite the results, for example, that of Senator Joe was in becoming a prosecutor, the nun’s prayers bringing about the senator’s personal salvation, et cetera.

I recommend this tale to persons who love stories laced around journalism and law studies. This is because there are tips on how one can go about one’s life with the aim of avoiding a number of mishaps that may come one’s way, especially if one is pursuing a career in one of those fields, and those who love reading in general.

 

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Review by Petruschka1 — Always Before Me by John Servant

by Petruschka1 » 03 Feb 2021, 10:42

The following review is about John Servant’s Always before me (A story of mercy and salvation). The book tells about two Catholic priests, who are sent to prison for crimes they have never committed. In prison they find their true calling by advising, teaching and preaching for and with the prison community. Father Paul is convicted for keeping his vow of obedience, instead of following common law. He adheres to the secrecy of the confessional, despite contrary advise, and spends many years in prison, administering to the prisoners. Father Anthony is also admitted to prison on wrong charges. He is supported by the older and more experienced Father Paul, and finally finds his true vocation of teaching in the prison service. Both priests not only rediscover God and are strengthened in their own faith, but they also help many others to return to God.

There are many positive aspects of Always before me. The most important one for me is, the discovery of one’s true vocation by obedience and perseverance. I also liked the inclusion of the many prayers given by Father Paul for the prison community. The book also includes quotations from the Bible, to support the audience in meeting Jesus. Other positive aspects are the description of the setting and the main characters. The reader is drawn into the prison setting. He gets to know the protagonists and antagonists, learns about their fears and hopes and partakes in their fate.

The only negative aspect of this publication are its punctuation errors. Many commas are missing in the text. This can make for difficult reading, and take credit from an otherwise informative and enjoyable read.

I rate Always before me by John Servant “3 out of 4 stars” . Normally I would give this book the highest rating, as I enjoyed reading it very much. But the punctuation errors did distract me, while I was reading. On the other hand, it is a very interesting story, which makes the reader reflect on and consider his own faith and path in life. The book also contains a lot of dialogue and sermons, which keep the story flowing.

As I am a Catholic myself, the book appealed to me. I would recommend it to any reader, wishing to learn more about religion and their own path and meaning in life. It certainly re-acquainted me with my own religion. Always before me is not just about religion and faith, it also addresses many worldly and humanitarian issues, for example the conditions in prisons. I look forward to reading other books by John Servant.

 

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Review by Fadzai29 — Always Before Me by John Servant

by Fadzai29 » 23 Feb 2021, 11:35

Always before me is a story about faith written about John Servant.Father Paul a man who feared God and he was never moved by the standards of this world.Father Anthony a man of great faith ,who adhered to the laws of God.Matt was a friend to the two Catholic priests ,he had experienced the same situation as Father Anthony.Father Paul who was arrested for deciding to abide by the principles of his faith,he was never moved because he believed that his sufferings are similar to what his saviour Christ Jesus went through.

Father Anthony was brought to minister at the prison due to a false accusation.Knowing he had the same situation with Father Anthony ,Matt was drown close to him.As Father Richard is narrating the life of the servants of God to John Daly a nephew to Father Anthony ,who had come to only collect the worldly possession of his uncle .Will John receive salvation through hearing the stories from Father Richard?

What i like the most about this book is the teachings of the word of God,my faith was strengthened as i was reading the book.I learnt that we can have our own aspirations but it is God who accomplishes his purposes for our lives in his own way and i should let the will of God take course and put all my trust in him.The book taught me that our future is not determined by our past ,God is willing to forgive us. Always before me gives hope to children of God ,as they suffer the tribulations of this world they should hold on to God.This was a perfect book with great teaching about faith ,there is nothing i disliked from the book.

I give this book a rating of 4 out of 4 stars, the author took enough time to prepare as he was writing this book .The teachings are supported by scriptures and the storyline is not difficult to follow.Always before me has the relevant teaching you need as a child of God.

I enoyed reading this book.I recommend this book to anyone who is going through trials of this world as they will get the assuarance that God loves them and has a reason and purpose for whatever they are going through . I also highly recommend the book to those who know they are sinners and think they no longer have a chance to read this book.I did not take note of any grammatical errors when i was reading the book.

 

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Review by Mikeasmara12 — Always Before Me by John Servant

by Mikeasmara12 » 23 Feb 2021, 05:51

It is a book that narrates a journey that every true Christian believer goes. The trials and tribulations that face the believer to grow, unexpected small events that change to life’s journey , unexplained drift in life that is interpreted as God’s will that completely changes everything. The story starts with visitation of young gentleman to prison in the cast of his uncle, a catholic priest who is wrongfully accused sexually abusing a female penitent during a confession. The book narrates back the life story of Fr.Paul and his last years in prison in detail. There is also another priest as a character in the book who is Fr. Anthony who is also deny accusation of molesting young boys and to protect the reputation of the church the bishop denied any assistance in the legal prosecution and he was assigned in the prison as a Chaplain. Father Paul is much older and wiser than Father Anthony and guides him to gracefully accept his post in the prison and let go his dream to be academician.

I believe the prison life is not explained as it should be. There should be much more trials to Father Paul and also the positive impact of Father Paul on his fellow inmate could be explained more and more examples could be added to show how he is silent preaching and his masses changed the lives and personal behavior of the most despaired souls.
From my point of view, being a Christian is what is depicted in this book. There is no rainbows or sunshine always, there is no angelic voice or vision to keep a believer all the way to the heaven. But there are times of tribulation that determines those who are true believers and rewards who are patient in those times.at the beginning of Christian life it may seem easy and paved road but when the world alienates, despises, condemns wrongfully the believer. The book explains clearly the hardships that every true Christian faces and how true believer should bear the cross.

I rate the book Always before me by John Servant to 3 out of 4.
I think the book is appropriate for both Christian and non- Christian or non- religious readers. For the non- religious readers it gives a lesson that during a hardships, it is better if we stay calm and focus on what is positive .The Christians have a lot to learn from the character Fr.Paul his dedication, love and faith to Christ and also tolerance to the evil even he was wrongfully convicted as a criminal he did not object it he accepted it gracefully by completely submitting to God’s will.

 

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Review by KatieKay-22 — Always Before Me by John Servant

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[Following is a volunteer review of “Always Before Me” by John Servant.]

In Always Before Me, John Servant explores a variety of individuals in varied situations through a common ground. Throughout the whole book, we focus on three main characters: Father Paul, Father Anthony, and Matt. Each of these individuals face time in prison and between being guilty and being falsely accused, each character explores their relationship with Christianity. As the book title evokes, each complication always before the characters is dealt with in different manors, but with the same faith-based intentions. With each character facing a multitude of trials to achieve the end goal of salvation, Servant explores the harsh reality of everyday individuals. All three men are accused of sexual misconduct and represent different pathways to healing through religion.

While being accused of sexual misconduct and having the accusation left as a stain on one’s reputation is a concerning matter within the world, it is not a common one. Yet, Servant makes this book more than relatable. With the common themes of dealing with failure, damned dreams, and lost hope, the average reader can understand each character and their thought process. Along with the ability to connect to the characters, Servant opens up ways to deal with our loss, expand our understanding, and kindle with God.

What I liked about Always Before Me, is that the story is not just provided through fictional characters, but is supported by the characters’ sermons. These sermons are heavily based on the Bible and provided to embrace the healing needed for the stories given scenarios. These sermons were well thought out, short, and necessary for the growth on how to deal with overcoming hurdles.

This book is already intended for a Christian audience; however, I would heavily recommend this book to anyone curious about the religion or maybe new to Catholicism. Servant has a way of exploring sought-out topics and explaining the Catholic view through simple and accurate methods. There are even moments where he will expand the definition or context, such as when he provides further detail as to what a rosary does and how to use it.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. As the characters are facing similar accusations I was surprised at the authenticity each individual had. In a storyline such as this, it would be easy to give in to repetition or becoming mundane. However, the whole time I was reading I was becoming enlightened with new outlooks and religious morals. Servant has a way to draw in the reader. Always Before Me is professionally edited.

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Review by Fadzai29 — Always Before Me by John Servant

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[Following is a volunteer review of “Always Before Me” by John Servant.]

Always before me is a story about faith written about John Servant.Father Paul a man who feared God and he was never moved by the standards of this world.Father Anthony a man of great faith ,who adhered to the laws of God.Matt was a friend to the two Catholic priests ,he had experienced the same situation as Father Anthony.Father Paul who was arrested for deciding to abide by the principles of his faith,he was never moved because he believed that his sufferings are similar to what his saviour Christ Jesus went through.

Father Anthony was brought to minister at the prison due to a false accusation.Knowing he had the same situation with Father Anthony ,Matt was drown close to him.As Father Richard is narrating the life of the servants of God to John Daly a nephew to Father Anthony ,who had come to only collect the worldly possession of his uncle .Will John receive salvation through hearing the stories from Father Richard?

What i like the most about this book is the teachings of the word of God,my faith was strengthened as i was reading the book.I learnt that we can have our own aspirations but it is God who accomplishes his purposes for our lives in his own way and i should let the will of God take course and put all my trust in him.The book taught me that our future is not determined by our past ,God is willing to forgive us. Always before me gives hope to children of God ,as they suffer the tribulations of this world they should hold on to God.This was a perfect book with great teaching about faith ,there is nothing i disliked from the book.

I give this book a rating of 4 out of 4 stars, the author took enough time to prepare as he was writing this book .The teachings are supported by scriptures and the storyline is not difficult to follow.Always before me has the relevant teaching you need as a child of God.

I enoyed reading this book.I recommend this book to anyone who is going through trials of this world as they will get the assuarance that God loves them and has a reason and purpose for whatever they are going through . I also highly recommend the book to those who know they are sinners and think they no longer have a chance to read this book.I did not take note of any grammatical errors when i was reading the book.

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Review by Mikeasmara12 — Always Before Me by John Servant

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[Following is a volunteer review of “Always Before Me” by John Servant.]

It is a book that narrates a journey that every true Christian believer goes. The trials and tribulations that face the believer to grow, unexpected small events that change to life’s journey , unexplained drift in life that is interpreted as God’s will that completely changes everything. The story starts with visitation of young gentleman to prison in the cast of his uncle, a catholic priest who is wrongfully accused sexually abusing a female penitent during a confession. The book narrates back the life story of Fr.Paul and his last years in prison in detail. There is also another priest as a character in the book who is Fr. Anthony who is also deny accusation of molesting young boys and to protect the reputation of the church the bishop denied any assistance in the legal prosecution and he was assigned in the prison as a Chaplain. Father Paul is much older and wiser than Father Anthony and guides him to gracefully accept his post in the prison and let go his dream to be academician.

I believe the prison life is not explained as it should be. There should be much more trials to Father Paul and also the positive impact of Father Paul on his fellow inmate could be explained more and more examples could be added to show how he is silent preaching and his masses changed the lives and personal behavior of the most despaired souls.
From my point of view, being a Christian is what is depicted in this book. There is no rainbows or sunshine always, there is no angelic voice or vision to keep a believer all the way to the heaven. But there are times of tribulation that determines those who are true believers and rewards who are patient in those times.at the beginning of Christian life it may seem easy and paved road but when the world alienates, despises, condemns wrongfully the believer. The book explains clearly the hardships that every true Christian faces and how true believer should bear the cross.

I rate the book Always before me by John Servant to 3 out of 4.
I think the book is appropriate for both Christian and non- Christian or non- religious readers. For the non- religious readers it gives a lesson that during a hardships, it is better if we stay calm and focus on what is positive .The Christians have a lot to learn from the character Fr.Paul his dedication, love and faith to Christ and also tolerance to the evil even he was wrongfully convicted as a criminal he did not object it he accepted it gracefully by completely submitting to God’s will.

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Review by Rosy12 — Always Before Me by John Servant

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Come to me those who carry heavily laden, God will give you rest. God is slow to anger, harden not your heart. Always Before Me, a book, written by John Servant is a story of mercy and salvation. John gives accounts of the lives of men before they met when their paths collided and then there is everything after.

Chapter one begins with a sad scenario. One man is lying dead in a casket, and the other has been stabbed, unfortunately, no doctor was to come. John Servant diverts the reader’s thoughts to talk about father Anthony and father Paul life history. Father Anthony is a teacher, a crime it is said he committed has robbed him of his career and his life is not the same again. Father Paul is carrying someone else cross, being in prison for a crime he knows nothing of.

Other than diminishing his reputation, father Paul’s life in prison brought out the best in him. He lived an exemplary life following the teachings of Jesus Christ. It is in prison that this book’s plot progress further. Always Before Me has a didactic theme, the major theme being prayer, forgiveness, compassion, crime and God’s love for mankind. In prayer, we see the mystery of healing. Paul is so compassionate that he forgave those who wronged him even to the point of his death.

John tells us, readers, to pray without ceasing. He mentions that the Holy Mary mother of God will intercede for us if we offer our petitions to her. This is done through the rosary. Praying the rosary guide Christians to commemorate the life of Jesus and her mother Mary. The mysteries of the rosary are joyful, sorrowful mysteries, glorious mysteries and luminous mysteries. Jesus Christ tribulations on earth formed the sorrowful mysteries. Father Paul agreed to live a life like Jesus following His deeds. The author using the parable of the sower in the Bible seeks us, readers, to live according to the teaching of God, have faith and never give up on God even when persecuted or betrayed.

The message of salvation and mercy is clear. I am delighted to review this book in a season when the Catholic faithful is on the lent season. This is a season to seek forgiveness and ask for God’s mercy, to lead a life that is pleasing to Him. I did not like the character of Blood, his rudeness is cruel. This is a glorious book and gets 4 out of 4 stars . Missionaries, the Clergy and readers who like reading religious books will find John’s book suitable for them.

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Review by Brainiac140 — Always Before Me by John Servant

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Have you ever been wrongly accused and because of circumstances, you doubted the existence of God? The book, Always Before Me by John Servant teaches you how to strengthen your faith in God in times of tribulation. It sends a strong message of reassurance for people who have lost faith or are having trouble keeping their faith in God.

Father Anthony, who was assigned the role of a prison Chaplain thought that he couldn’t effectively serve God and man in his assigned position. His mindset changed when he had the pleasure of meeting Father Paul, who was serving a 20 year jail term for upholding his faith and for a crime he didn’t commit. Despite the trials and tribulations, both men never stopped doing the work of God. Circumstances meant to weaken their faith only made it stronger. Father Paul and Father Anthony went through several challenging encounters. There were also a few tragic experiences that taught several lessons. Grab a copy of this book and journey with Father Anthony and Father Paul as they navigate through this harsh world while upholding their faith in God.

Just when I was doubtful and felt my faith wavering, I encounter a book that strengthens it more than it was. The author’s main purpose of writing this book wasn’t defeated as I’m a witness to the impact the book has. I got to know that God has a reason for everything that happens. The book was very captivating, my attention was taken away from everything thing else as I read. Reading a Christian book to me has always felt straightforward or sometimes just heartwarming, but Always Before Me was one exceptional book that had suspense in it. At first, I wondered why God would allow his beloved to face such challenges, but the life of Father Paul made me know that as Christians God wants the best for us in life. The author must also be a man who upholds his faith very high. Although this book focuses more on the Catholic side, it relates with every other Christian denomination .

I found absolutely nothing to dislike about this book. The plot is very realistic. Matt’s part of the story also made the book more interesting. How his faith, which was dead was made alive by Father Anthony was just awesome. My favorite character in this book was Father Paul. I see him as an embodiment of Christianity. He didn’t just preach about the word of God, his life also reflected what he preached of. He demonstrated patience and held on to his faith at all times.

The book was professionally edited as I only found a few errors. I’m rating this book 4 out of 4 stars due to positive reasons mentioned in both paragraphs 3 and 4. I love how the book ended. It was realistic and it makes a reader reflect on his/her life on earth. I recommend this book to Christians looking to strengthen their faith.

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Review by Gyongyver Farkas — The Narrow Gate

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[Following is a volunteer review of “The Narrow Gate” by John Servant.]

The Narrow Gate[/i] by John Servant is a kind of Christian book which teaches people to follow Christ and the teachings of the Bible, the teachings of Apostle Paul, and gives us a good example of the life of a very successful political figure, Senator Joe. The book is a fiction novel, all the characters, situations in the book, names, places, dialogues are the product of the author’s imagination, they are fictitious.

The book is embedded in a frame, an assignment given to a reporter named John Kelly to write an article about this former Senator Joe. The former senator is now in hospital on his deathbed. The reporter is not very happy about his assignment but still goes to the hospital to visit him, makes some searches on Google about him, and accepts the task. While visiting him in hospital, he finds there a nun, praying at the rosary for this former senator, which incites the curiosity of the reporter, who becomes really interested in the life of Senator Joe and does research in his life. The whole novel revolves around the life of the senator, how he reached the top of worldly political fame, how he fell from political power, and how he changed his ways of life, his focus, and how he saved his life while he lost it.

His story resembles very much the story of the prodigal son, who returns to his father, who receives him back with a great feast. The story has two guidelines to follow, the guidelines on how to be successful in the world, in politics, in money, and how to be successful in the eyes of the Father God. These two ways do not go parallel, hand in hand, because many times to achieve worldly success means a loss for eternal life. Joe was a man who had everything needed to achieve political and worldly success, good manners, education, good looks, loyalty to the party, intelligence, ambition, and so on. Going up on the social and political ladder at the same time means that a person must make moral compromises to please other people and political figures to be advanced.

The book teaches at the same time that small, innocent-looking moral compromises lead to a big fall, and it is not possible to satisfy both the world and God at the same time. He had natural charisma, he understood he should be loyal to his party and closed his eyes any time when his conscience told him he should not act in a certain way or should not do this and that.

Sister Francis is a true Christian nun, who taught Senator Joe, later taught the senator’s son, and she can perceive everything when somebody is not loyal anymore to Christ and to God’s teachings. She acts as the senator’s conscience. She sees the hidden sins and when are people departing from the ways of God. Her role in the novel is a key role in showing the way back to God. She is very happy, as she reached to be a person who can show the way to Christ not only to the senator after he lost everything, his son, his wife left him and he lost his political power at the same time. Sister Francis shows that many time hardships and difficulties in life are often God’s ways to lead people to choose the narrow path which leads to eternal life with God.

I like the way how Sister Francis’s prayers and life made the senator completely change his way of life after he lost everything, his son, his wife, and his power as a political leader. He became first a worldly success-seeker person, then a God-centered person, open to all kinds of good deeds. Sister Francis became a model person not only for the former senator but also for reporter John Kelly, who also became interested in the narrow path which leads to eternal life.

It was a pleasure for me to read this book, as it showed very well the psychology of people drunken from worldly success and greedy for money and fame, and how compromises considered small compromises lead to slow, first invisible but sure moral downfall, which later becomes visible and lead to big losses.

I liked the way the book gave a picture of political life, social relationships, family matters, questions of fidelity and betrayal, and so on. I also liked the insight the book gave into the life of a Catholic nun in the person of Sister Francis.

The book has a clear Christian teaching, based on the Bible, but I can recommend it to everybody interested in good deeds and a good life centered on charity and religion. I rate this fiction book 4 out of 4 stars, for its content and for its readable, teachable and enjoyable nature.

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Review by _hime — The Narrow Gate by John Servant

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The Narrow Gate by John Servant is a story of a successful politician and the awful truth behind his success story. The book tells you that how a person can go beyond his human aspects, moral qualities, and family affection for only his self-gain. This is also a story of a person who finds peace by trusting in God and returns his passage to God.

The story starts with a reporter named John Kelly, who was tasked with covering the story of the once-famous Senator, Joe Jay. Despite his reluctance, John goes to the hospital to interview Joe, who is on his deathbed. There he encountered a praying nun named Sister Francis. He asked her some basic questions and left from there. Now here appears the main story.

Joe Jay belonged to a poor and troubled family. He could not pay off for the tuition. So he finished his high school with the support of Sister Francis. Sister Francis was the principal of Joe’s high school. She was an extremely generous person and helped many people. Joe later attended law school and became a lawyer. After becoming a lawyer, one day Kevin Coley, the head of a local political party, offered Joe a job as a district attorney. He accepted the proposal. Thus he hoped in politics. Only becoming district attorney did not bring him peace. He tried his best to be more successful. In the intoxication of success, he had lost his all human qualities. But he didn’t care. He was on his path to achievement. He then became a senator. But it cost him a lot. He lost his family for his own success. He lost all the moral qualities which he held once.

Joe didn’t care about his son either. He did not notice that his son was drug addicted. He became involved in corruption and extra-marital affairs. Sister Francis had noticed everything from the beginning. She warned Joe. But Joe was beyond his conscience. He didn’t stop, neither he listened. But at some point his greed for success was the reason that his downfall occurred. He lost his family and all of his powers. Then came sister Francis to save him. She brought him back to the path of religion. Joe finds himself by believing in God. He devoted his life to other people and to God.

The author introduced the characters nicely and established the relationship between them. I also liked the fact that the story is very simple but has a powerful impact. A troubled soul can find its way to home by reading this book. That is why I like this book. Though there is only one principal character, but I think Sister Francis played a vital role in this story. So I gave her character no less importance than the major character. I really recommend this book.

The only thing I didn’t like about the book is that I think there should have been more story about reporter John Kelly. Not too much. It would be nice to have some information about his background at the beginning. I was very disappointed because the first scene was so short. But the author later explained its deep meaning with his expertise. So I am not counting this as a negative aspect.

I am rating this book 3 out of 4. I didn’t give it a 4 stars because of the reason I explained before. I didn’t find any error. So it seems the book is professionally edited. However, there are a suicidal case and some mild sexual related topic. So I don’t recommend this book for children.

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Review by Bradley D — The Narrow Gate by John Servant

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The Narrow Gate by John Servant is the Christian fiction story of the once famous senator Joe Jay. In this story, the author has shown how people can go down for their temporal life. The story of this book is about if life gives a man a second chance. John Kelly, an award-winning reporter, was asked to cover a story about the life of once-famous senator Joe Jay, who was then fighting to the death. When John went to the hospital, he saw a nun praying next to him. It was at this moment that the story of Joe’s past began.

Coming from a poor and troubled family, Joe Jay somehow finished his education with the help of his high school principal, Sister Francis. After becoming a lawyer, a local party offered Joe a position as a district attorney. Joe couldn’t help but accept the offer. From then on, Joe’s journey as a politician began. Soon he was moving towards one success after another. But the more successful he was as a politician, the more he went down as a man. The darkness of politics was swallowing him up. His success was so important to him that he did not even care about his family. Sister Francis warned him about his wrong decisions. But of course, he didn’t listen to anyone. However, Joe soon realized his mistakes. What would he do now? How would he come back from this track? Would life give him a second chance?

After reading this book, I felt it was not a story but a reality. I had been able to relate each of the characters of this story to real life. That is why my interest in the book increased. I like the way the author has shown people how to get better through Sister Francis’s character. Although Joe is the primary character in this story, I think Sister Francis’s character is an ideal human character. After reading the book, I found hope, which encouraged me to improve myself more. I like this thing the most. This book teaches people to think about each work’s effect, which I believe to be useful.

I am rating this book 4 out 4 stars. I think it’s hard to find the critical aspects of the book. In this book, the author has presented both the good and bad parts of every decision in life. I also did not find any offensive language in this book. So, I gave the book 4 stars.

Those who have made many mistakes in life but want to get back on track should read this book at least once. I would recommend those who are going to start a new chapter of life to read this book once before. However, there is a suicidal case. Sensitive readers should know about this matter. I think the book is truly helpful for finding yourself, improving yourself, and being aware of your work results.
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Review by prernarajput123 — Always Before Me

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Always Before Me by John Servant is a story of mercy and salvation. In this book the author tried to give answers to various human queries like do we believe in creationism, is redemption possible late in life, why troubles always knock the door of good people, how to surrender to god and ask for forgiveness and many more.

The story revolves around three characters two of them are priests namely Father Paul and Father Anthony and the third one named Matt. Father Paul is a man of disciplines and beliefs, he is the servant of god,he walks on the path laid by the god(Jesus), he worships everyday and has his full faith on Jesus, Joseph and Mary. Somehow he got caught up in the dispute with the sheriffs and because of his sacred oath of confession and discipline he ended up in jail. There he is joined by Father Anthony and Matt both are accused for their respective crimes. To find out whether they are truly guilty or falsely accused you have to grab the book and read it.

Somehow the stories of all three characters are interconnected. Initially Father Paul feels the prison environment is not for him but despite of his fate he never doubted or loose his faith in god instead he daily prayed his rosary. After a while the warden of the prison allowed Father Paul to hold masses and preach sermon. He enlightened the convicts that they are not to late for redemption, that they could come forward and ask for forgiveness and the god will show mercy on them. He recited the sayings of the Bible and encouraged the convict to redeem themselves. He guided them no matter that your sins or failure is always before you, you have to continue on the righteous path. All these sermons has positive affects on the convicts but as we know good things never last for long and Father Paul met a dreadful end which is not expected but despite of that father Paul didn’t loose his faith on the holy god. All these incidents deeply affected Father Anthony, he used to admire Father Paul. Father Anthony however helped Matt to redeem himself and encouraged him that it’s never to late to ask forgiveness from god. At the end Matt was alone in the prison, Father Anthony has done so unexpected act out of love, care and his faith towards the god that leaves the readers awestruck.

The thing I liked most about the book is that the author has written it in a very systematic way and without any confusion he managed to put a story within a story which holds the grip of the audience. I liked the way author through the Bible teachings gave some insightful answers to the most common human questions. This book has only 90-100 pages so I was able to read it in one sitting and it’s worth it because it is truly gripping.

The book is professionally edited thus I couldn’t find any errors. There is nothing to dislike about the book despite in the end I am the one who is enlightened and learned something new-that no matter in what form the failure hits you or how many times it hits you never loose your faith on god,your hard work and your good deeds. I know it sound a little hard to preach but it’s true and at the end the success awaits you. On the basis of all the aforementioned points I will rate this book 3 out of 4.

I recommend this book mainly to the people within the age of 15-40 years because especially adulthood is very demanding mentally as well as physically. This book can somehow help them to cope up with their life challenges. Rest everyone can give this book a try it’s worth reading.
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Review by Clement4 — The Arrow That Flies By Day

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The Arrow That Flies By Day is a stand-alone Christian novel written by John Servant. The story revolves around John, as the protagonist. John is an ex-marine who recently started playing football on a professional level. He lost his dad as a young child and later lost his mom while serving in the Marine. Sister Francis sees it as her duty to cater for him both spiritually and physically.

John who had always wanted to be a football player thought his dreams were unrealistic when his dad died. Fate took him to the Marines to prepare him for what lies ahead. While in the course of service he learns a lot that both develops him spiritually and physically. After serving as a Marine, he decides to give football one last shot. Though his trials to join the Raptors wasn’t easy, he later got in. He falls in love with a girl, Sarah, it happened so quick. If he is to marry Sarah, he has to tell her what happened to him while serving in the Marines. What could it be that he is finding it difficult to say? Grab a copy of this book to find out.

The book from the beginning to the end kept me in suspense. I liked the idea that the author didn’t use a clergy as the protagonist. The level of faith exhibited by John should be what every Christian should look to emulate. He turned everything that happened to him as a more reason to give God glory. His strong faith made God always stand by him. I never really found a Christian novel fun to read but the author proved me wrong with his masterpiece. Sister Francis also amazed me with her compassionate life. She was an embodiment of Christianity.

I thought the author made a mistake after reading about John’s last tragedy, but as I read on I found out that whatever happens to us is all mapped out by God in his plans. The author’s use of Biblical passages gave me something to ponder on. The author also did a very nice job in the way he narrated those football matches, it created a vivid picture in my mind. I think this novel would be excellent for a movie adaptation. I think the sole purpose of writing this book wasn’t lost, it strengthened my weak faith.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It was exceptionally well edited. The author’s choice of simple words is commendable. Though the novel was brief, it passed its message to the readers. I recommend this novel to lovers of Christian book.
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Review by Hunter_T — The Arrow That Flies By Day

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John Thaddeus has experienced many challenges up to this point in life: losing the ability to play football, the passing of his parents, getting wounded in combat, and returning to life in the States again. Now he wants to play football professionally as a kicker, to add to the list. However, he does not have any college experience like the rest of the players trying out. This prevents him from having much of a chance until the team’s kicker gets injured, and they are desperate for a replacement.

John is able to overcome so much with the help of Sister Francis. She met John years ago and became as a mother to him. She was also his principal during high school, as well as a nun. Sister had faced many challenges including being diagnosed with leukemia. Because God healed her, she lives her life to help as many people as possible. John is always sharing his life with Sister because she has experienced many similar challenges. She gave him a rosary that he took with him in the Marines. It became very dear to him and strengthened his faith in God. As the author describes John, “He was a Marine who had faith, and that would be an unbeatable combination.” Sister helps guide John as he aspires to be an NFL kicker.

Through Sister’s influence and guidance, John is able to help others on the team and in the community. While he is doing many positive things, there is still opposition because of his faith. John finds a way to keep serving others even when they are opposed to his way of life. He later runs into an old friend from high school, Susan. They fall in love, but he is afraid of sharing certain details of his life with her. Through all the relationships and challenges faced, John finds that kicking is only a small fragment of his life’s purpose.

There are several things I liked about The Arrow That Flies by Day by John Servant. For one, it was edited fairly well. I can count on one hand the times I had to stop to make note of an error. This was a breath of fresh air. It was also short but contained an important life message within its pages. I enjoyed the book as well because it caused me to learn more about the Catholic faith. It involved real-life challenges and didn’t give the reader a typical happy ending, which was nice to see. Lastly, I enjoyed the character of Sister Francis. She was paramount to the entire plot and made such an enormous impact in her service to others.

While there are many things to like about the book, I have one minor critique to add. John only has experience kicking briefly in high school, but he is somehow able to make kicks from 70 yards without a problem. Throughout the history of the NFL, the longest kick ever is 64 yards. I felt this was stretching reality a bit. However, it may just bother me, being the sports fan that I am.

I give this work by Servant 3 out of 4 stars. It was a short read, but I felt like I got a lot out of it. It contains a meaningful message of putting faith in God and living out a true purpose in serving others. I appreciated the editing too, as I mentioned earlier. I only detract a star because of my knowledge of football, and the improbability of some of the kicks John successfully makes in the story.

I recommend this book to most readers. It might be of more interest to those with a Christian/Catholic faith. It falls under the Christian fiction genre but can have numerous real-life applications. Anyone that has faced challenges in life might find this book encouraging. Unless you are completely turned off by religion or elements of faith, I think you should give this book a chance.

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Review by Monique Grobler — Always Before Me

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Always Before Me is plainly and simply put just as the sub title reads, “A story of mercy and salvation”. The story revolves around Father Paul and the many struggles and temptations he faces because of his strict vows as a Catholic priest. Specifically the vow of maintaining the seal of the confessional. His unwillingness to conform to worldly expectations, albeit at no small price, sends Father Paul down a road of spiritual growth and the lives of the people he encounters along the way are changed as a result.

I loved the way the book was written. The ease in which it read made me feel like I was an invisible onlooker in every room and moment watching how these characters lives played out, while a calm and comforting voice narrated as I read. The story took me to a place of self inspection and re evaluation of my own life and priorities and that is something I really value in a book.

There was some irony in the story that stood out to me. There are two instances in the book where Father Paul is put in a situation where he must choose to stand by his beliefs or conform to what the world wants him to do. In my opinion he chose very differently the second time. However both of Father Paul’s decisions cost him dearly. He was after all only human but serving a supernatural higher power. His faith carried him through all that he endured and changed other’s hearts along the way. But this story is not only about the good in people. It touches on the evil in the world too because let’s face it, without one the other would not exist.

I noted only two small errors where a single word or letter had been accidentally left out but otherwise I feel that the book was professionally edited. There was nothing I disliked about the story although I was left wanting more detail which is a testament to the intrigue of the Author, John Servant’s story. I wanted the book to last longer. I needed more information about the lives of the characters and felt like that was all that the book was missing. This is also the only reason why I did not rate the book higher.

I give this book a rating of 3 out of 4 and recommend it to anyone who may be struggling with their faith and also to those, religious or not who love to read thought provoking stories about the human condition.

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John Servant in his book wrote a great story about the serious criminal offense and the understanding from Catholic Faith representant his position in US law.
As I was excited about the dialogues between characters I pictured/processed the scenes in my imagination – all sounds profoundly serious with the right implications from the background.

Always before me is about the understanding from the priest his position and having a strong belief in Jesus Christ and being a great God servant. Priest following the rules and laws in Catholic Church and using the best knowledge and wisdom he gave the right task for the sinner trying to solve the problem. Unfortunately for two hard cops that were not enough they were both aggressive in their investigation and decided to shut anyone who was not helping or who was refusing to help to find justice.

Always before me is specifically a good book for those who are having an interest in law and its implication. Also is great for Catholic people they can engage in the story followed characters and give them their feelings. I felt sorry for the whole situation because as I understand the punishment from the priest was very strong and his whole life had changed after that one confession from the murder.

There is a good description of the scene reflecting the climate and what the reader can expect next from the author.
There is a good description abut the tension between priest their relationship.
There is a great fragment from Bible showing the understanding about the faith in Jesus Christ, priest interpretation and evaluation what they what to say by that to the God listeners.
There are also moment from the prison when the priest was learning something from the prisoner’s lives, their story, and where it could go. There are many open questions about faith giving space to think, and your own vision. You could early see what the author wanted to present – some pieces from Bible for your own interpretation. I see those fragments are giving you a grasp of knowledge you can expect from reading the Bible. The author put these fragments from Bible showing you what you can expect and how those lines are fitting into the world he created.
I will give 3 out of 4 stars.
It shows the unknown space between different sets of rules that priests follow and laws that were executed by the police representative to find justice. Sad understanding for the character – I felt sorry for him as he was just too lucky enough in the hierarchy he belongs to. At the end of the book, the reader can find prayers they can use it. Book has good characters and situation presentation.

In the book, you can see the fragments from the life the Father had in prison that he wanted and also read the inspirations from Bible and read the meaning behind it.

Father Anthony had many problems, being accused and threatened. The book is showing what life can bring basically for anyone strongly focusing on faith aspects and how unexpectedly life can bring a life-changing surprise turn life upside down and put serious consequences.

Book has a strongly religious context. Good for Catholic believers but also for anyone interested in the author’s imagination or visions. I will recommend those positions to anyone who already knows the author and want to read more about his different positions.

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