Harrel, Kelly. The Redeemed. 2021.
Summary from Kelly Harrel’s website
Freedom. That’s all I wanted. Freedom from baseball. Freedom from my dad. Freedom to do what I wanted. Freedom to be me. Instead, I found pain. Regret. Loss. Unfulfilled dreams. No one tells you that the highway of freedom is paved with pain. Or that on your way to rock bottom you consider choices you know will destroy you, perhaps because you’ve already destroyed yourself. Maybe what I really wanted was freedom from pain. And maybe true freedom only comes through pain. For years I blamed God. I thought He was the problem. When they told me God loved me and would never let me go, it was too hard to believe. Until it happened.
Read Kelly Harrel’s thought on The Redeemed on her blog.
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My Review of The Redeemed
The Redeemed is the long anticipated final book in the Once Lost series by Kelly Harrel. In this series we have watched as Danny spiraled downward in his life and his Christian walk. Danny deals with living on the streets, drug addiction and the death of the girl he loved. He also deals with feelings of perceived rejection and condemnation from some members of his family. The Redeemed tells the story of his journey out of the pit. It is more than Danny’s story – the whole family has undergone a change since the first past of The Deceived (the first book in the series). The Redeemed is a story of hope – people do change. The action of characters in the story shows that what we do may influence someone to turn their life around. The story shows the importance of family in helping overcome addiction. Harrel includes some graphic details of what it is like to go through detox – not for the feeble of heart.
The Redeemed and the other books in the Once Lost series, are appropriate for high schoolers. Since these young adult books do deal with some difficult topics, I would place them in a K-12 Christian school with a note for high school only.
I received a complimentary copy of The Redeemed. This is my honest review.
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