Higher Honor by S M Kirkland – My Review

Originally Posted at Bibliophile’s Retreat by Melissa Meeks

This Month CFRB is featuring Susan Kirkland and her book Higher Honor.
The Writers Cafe Press (November 2008)

This is a heartwrenching story of grace and forgiveness from the perspective of a young woman in an environment where “males rule”. Some of the males in this story resent a woman being given a position that they feel institutes authority over them in some sense and they think she is taking advantage of that perceived power. One of these characters reacts to her doing her job while still cutting him as much slack as she can with exerting the only power he feels he still has over her – in this case physical. She is forced to finish out her time under the cloud of terror and insecurity that pummels her in the aftermath of this attack. How does someone resisting God respond in these circumstances and what changes when she stops pushing Him away long enough to run to Him instead? Is she able to reflect His love and grace to those still fighting and to those who can’t bring themselves to forgive the atrocious acts they later learn the full truth behind? Keep plenty of tissues handy for this one and be prepared for a very intense read with an extremely deep message. While it took me a few chapters to really get into this book once I truly got going it was well worth the read for the underlying themes that provide an example of how Christ would want us as God’s children to reflect Him in a nearly impossible circumstance. But then God’s specialty is doing the impossible is it not? (ISBN#9781934284087, 300pp, $12.99)

Visit the author’s site, where you can preorder a copy with free shipping. If you mention the blog tour when you preorder you’ll have a chance at one of two copies of Light at the Edge of Darkness, an anthology featuring the author’s short story Fair Balance.

Read an excerpt from the book. Check out my interview with the author. Read David’s daily posts this week at the main blog.

Don’t forget to comment as the author will be choosing 3 winners for free copies of the book during the blog tour from amongst the commenters.

Last but not least visit these other CFRB members:


  1. This review did a good job of covering the bases without giving too much away. I think it’s a good book for men to read as well as women, don’t you?

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