Rescued: A Novel
by John Bevere
Publication Date: October 1, 2006
Publisher: Bethany House
EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT SUSPENSE…AND SOMETHING MORE…! A father trapped in a terrible underwater accident. A son desperate to do something–anything–to save him. A digital read-out ticking down toward certain death–and a fate more horrible still… For Alan Rockaway, his teenaged son Jeff, and Alan’s new bride, Jenny, it’s been little more than a fascinating tourist submarine excursion, a leisurely end to a weeklong church-couples’ cruise. Then the horrifying crash and the plunge toward the unknown…. Everything Alan has assumed about himself, about what awaits him in the future, is flipped upside down. In the ultimate rescue operation, life or death is just the beginning!
My church book club read and discussed the book Rescued by John Bevere for our November meeting. This book will give you lots to think about regarding Heaven and Hell and the way you are currently living your life. It’s not an easy read and I would not recommend it for someone who has had a loved one pass away recently. Especially if you are concerned over their salvation. It’s hard-hitting and will definitely make you think about what happens after death.
Alan Rockaway is a pastor of a mega-church in Colorado. When he takes some of his congregation on a cruise, life is grand. But when a runaway speedboat crashes into the shore, pinning Alan and his parishioners in a submarine excursion below the ocean, a battle for life and death erupts.
As the congregants are stranded, without hope for rescue, they each begin to reflect on their lives. We learn about Alan and the choices he has made in his life, despite his better judgment. Flashbacks take us on a journey through Alan’s beginnings as a pastor, his marriage and subsequent divorce and remarriage, to the present day, where he is an esteemed pastor of one of the largest churches in Colorado and he is invited on speaking engagements around the world.
As Alan ventures into the afterlife, shocking events will give the reader pause and consider their own lives. This is a difficult book to read, but a necessary one. Although there is question about some of the information introduced in the story (the question of losing one’s salvation is the main point discussed at our book club as well as a “waiting place” upon death), this book will definitely make you investigate your life and what you are doing with your time on Earth.
It should be noted that this is a fictional book. Since we don’t truly know what will happen upon death, the author obviously took some liberties with setting these scenes. But if they are anything close to accurate, it’s scary.
The writing was a bit slow for me at first, but once things started happening, the story goes very quickly.
I strongly recommend this life-changing book to everyone.