Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.
Prov 3: 13-18
Bennett has a wife, two kids, the perfect job--and the perfect affair. When he
is caught and it all comes crashing down, Jack is left with no one to turn to.
No friends. No family, except his recovering drug addict of a sister.
a Sunday morning drive, he sees a homeless man locked out of a church service,
banging on the door. He stops and offers the guy a cup of coffee. He asks the
man his name, and the guy says Yeshua. As
not stupid. This isn't the real Jesus. But with nowhere else to turn, Jack
forms an unlikely friendship--one that will test his idea of truth, faith,
love, and forgiveness. And Jack is completely unprepared for the real-life
twists his story is going to take.
From the outset, this book intrigued me because of the
writing style; it was different, and the author pulled it off well most of the
time. The story is written as if it’s a letter to a fellow patron of the coffee
shop where Jack is penning his tale, a method I’ve never read in another novel.
Though I’m sure it isn’t a new concept, it certainly isn’t common, which most
people in the business will tell you to stay away from at all costs. Clements
does a great job, with only a few sections that seem to go off on unrelated
tangents. The only other criticism I have of the writing is that there are moments
when Yeshua gets on a high horse and starts preaching, and it comes off as the
author preaching a message he wants to get across rather than as a character
truly interacting with another. Otherwise, the writing is crisp, and moves the
plot along nicely.
The idea of Jesus himself appearing to Bennett was
fascinating, and I had mixed feelings about it throughout. But by the end of the novel, my concerns were
resolved, and I could look back over the journey of reading this book and
honestly say I enjoyed it thoroughly. I also loved that these characters were
outside of the traditional characters you typically find in Christian fiction,
without being controversial just for the sake of pushing the limits. I found
all of these characters to be realistic in nearly all their interactions and
dialogue. And I absolutely loved the ending, but I don’t want to spoil it for
Overall, I’d give Every
Bush is Burning 4 stars, and I would definitely recommend it to others. I
would also recommend it for readers 18 or older (personal taste) for the
occasional language and sexual references.