OUT OF PRINT - Please read Mariah's Dream, a completely rewritten and expanded version of the story.
Have you ever wondered if your life is designed? Coincidences, déjà vu, fate, God, what does it all mean? Have you ever wished you could go back and do things differently?
If you could design your own virtual world to live in, what would it look like?
In FAITH AWAKENED, Grace Bridges has painted a frightening and thoughtful vision of the future. Christianity and science fiction meet and mesh in this original tale that had me speed reading...to discover if faith is rewarded.
This is the best first novel by a New Zealand author that I have ever read.
Just how badly would we wreck things if global society is governed as though humans were the highest power? Can technology apprehend the Divine? Bridges is a literary artist, who paints her dystopian future setting with a vibrant narrative-style brush. FAITH AWAKENED is a Biblical Sci-Fi classic, and I look forward to viewing more of Grace Bridges’ futuristic works in my mind’s eye.
FAITH AWAKENED is unlike any other book I have ever read.... an intricately woven, well-written tale. Almost without realizing it, the reader is helplessly entangled in the undercurrents of the story...An excellent, touching, and spiritually enlightening read. Your own faith will be awakened as you share the experiences of Bridges’ well-defined characters, and you will remember their story for years to come.
FAITH AWAKENED does what few novels can do: taking the reader into a fantasy land via science fiction...vibrantly portraying both a world gone mad, and a world at peace. It’s hard to believe this is her first published novel...You’ll want more.
A fascinating tale of playing God over one’s own virtual life, while the real God influences the real one... or both.
Even a month after reading FAITH AWAKENED, I still find myself pondering the story. Grace has written a wonderful, unique story and I recommend it to any Christian reader who’s looking for something out of the ordinary.
FAITH AWAKENED, while pushing into the slippery waters of science fiction, is accessible and enjoyable to all kinds of readers with realistic vignettes to which readers can easily relate.
A wonderfully creative twist on Christianity... FAITH AWAKENED rekindled my interest in science fiction and I look forward to reading more books by Grace Bridges, as well as others in this genre. Did I like this book? Yes, immensely! Would I recommend it? Definitely!
“Grace Bridges has a keen eye for detail. Her descriptive prose pulls you in through and through, forcing you to continue reading. It is a feat few can pull off properly. Bridges nails it right from page one.”
Grace Bridges’ style is lyrical and graceful, and she describes disturbing images intermingled with beauty. Almost a fable, this story will remain with you long after you read it.
Christianity with a scientific twist. FAITH AWAKENED takes you on an intriguing journey into fantasy where anything is possible. A must read for science fiction lovers.
“International novelist Grace Bridges explores the duality of mind and space in her post-apocalyptic novel, FAITH AWAKENED. Taking the reader on a roller coaster of guesswork and faith, Bridges keeps readers engaged as they try to figure out the role of faith, sentience, and reality. It’s a novel that will leave you guessing till its denouement.”
“A child seeking acceptance, a slave seeking to be free, the lost finding hope in a dying world. Past, present, and future, pulling together both reality and dream-scape... Grace Bridges brings her characters to life with much feeling and emotion. A tight concise story, descriptively written... Very well done.”
The unorthodoxy of Bridges’ narrative quickly becomes addictive. A bleak, richly textured storyworld... a vivid, unusual journey... long, deep chords of redemptive renewal. FAITH AWAKENED is an invigorating step off the beaten path.
Faith Awakened is a wonderful story full of exciting twists, turns and what-if questions. Just when you think you have it figured out...guess again! I couldn’t put it down.
FAITH AWAKENED is a successful coming-of-age work of biblical speculative fiction, subtly leading the reader to ask what is important in life while using a backdrop of cataclysmic disaster...both intense and inspirational...a journey of life lessons learned, tragedies overcome, and lifelong friendships forged, written with a touch of adventure, suspense, romance and a spiritual theme in a futuristic setting.
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