An Agnostic Reviews Christian Fiction: Resistance by Jaye L. Knight


Hey, y'all!

Many of you who've read this blog for a while know I'm agnostic - meaning I don't know if a god exists or not. But part of me being agnostic has always been exploring religion, both to see if it might resonate with me and out of curiosity. I've started branching out my reading tastes into Christian fiction recently since it's something I see a lot of my Christian blogger friends recommending and reviewing.

So today, I'm going to be doing a Christian fiction review from the point of an agnostic - on the book Resistance by Jaye L. Knight.




“Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”
Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape.
Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair lives every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God.
Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.

I'm going to start this review by saying I would never usually read this sort of book. I'm a pansexual agnostic, and this is Christian fiction - which puts me squarely outside the target demographic. But so many of my lovely blogging friends read and love Christian fiction, so I finally decided to give the genre a try. Being a fantasy lover, this book seemed like a good place to start.

I walked in skeptical, but I was pleasantly surprised and came out itching for the next book. The writing kept me turning the pages and had moments of brilliant imagery. The characters aren't the kind of people I'd befriend in real life (if Kyrin views a woman's right to choose as "repugnant," I doubt she'd be thrilled about me kissing girls), but I really enjoyed reading about them! Despite our philosophical differences, Kyrin was a unique and interesting heroine. Jace is a bit tropey, but I think he'll get better as the series goes on. I also liked Sam, Anne, Kaden, Liam - well, pretty much everyone. Even Davira. (Hello, gorgeous.)

So why only four stars?

Simply because I'm very picky with my five-star ratings. If you're interested in this book, go for it! For me, it just lasted the stand-out sparkle I require for a five stars. I won't remember this book down the road. It hasn't made an impact on me. (I think that goes back to me being agnostic, however - if you're Christian, you could definitely get a ton out of this book!)

But what if I'm not Christian? you say. 

You might still enjoy it! The Christian quality of the Elôm religion isn't central to the plot. You could substitute any religion for it, and the progression of events would remain the same. To me, that makes Resistance more of a story about religious persecution and freedom than a story about Christianity. And even though I'm agnostic, I still believe religious freedom is incredibly important. (Obviously.) I also go to Christian school, so I'm used to the kind of religious fervor portrayed here. For those reasons, the Christian themes in this book didn't bother me. If you're patient with it, I think this is a story people of most religions could read and enjoy. After all, every religion has suffered some form of persecution throughout the ages. And being outcast because you're different is something we all can relate to.



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Let's chat! What genres are your comfort zone, and how often do you read out of them? Have you ever tried Christian fiction? Comment below, and have an awesome day. <3

Namarië,
Ellie

4 comments:

  1. It was super interesting reading what you thought about that book, I've never read it, but it sounds good! I love how you said anyone can relate to Christian literature! I never neglect reading a book just because it's secular (non-Christian), it should go both ways!
    Thanks for this post!!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely + thoughtful comment!

      - Ellie

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  2. I just want to say I think its super cool that you're so open minded. many agnostics really dont care anything for religion, and likewise, many religious people don't care for books without religion. so the fact that you are so willing to read books that disagree with you shows so much character and maturity and I love that about you.

    I've never heard of this before. Im a Christian, and I actually really dont care for most Christian fiction. its boring to me. that being said, I also dont like fantasy at all, so it might be while this book isnt on my radar. lol.

    Im glad you enjoyed it! it was a great review.

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    1. Ahh, thank you!

      I'll be reviewing a historical fiction Christian novel soon, so maybe that will be a bit more up your alley?

      Thanks!

      - Ellie

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