True Light by Terri Blackstock


The darkness deepens in a world without power.

But, daring to defend a young outcast, one family strikes a light.

In the face of a crisis that sweeps an entire high-tech planet back to the age before electricity, the Brannings face a choice. Will they hoard their possessions to survive – or trust God to provide as they offer their resources to others?

Number one bestselling suspense author Terri Blackstock weaves a masterful what-if series in which global catastrophe reveals the darkness in human hearts – and lights the way to restoration for a self-centered world.

Now eight months into a global blackout, the residents of Oak Hollow are coping with the deep winter nights. But the struggle to survive can bring out the worst in a person—or a community.


Terri Blackstock’s books have sold six million copies worldwide. Her suspense novels often debut at number one on the Christian fiction best-seller lists, and True Light, published last year, was number one of all Christian books—fiction and non-fiction. Known for her “Up All Night Fiction,” Blackstock has had twenty-five years of success as a novelist.

In 1994 Blackstock was writing for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening drew her into the Christian market. Since that time, she’s written over thirty Christian titles, in addition to the thirty-two she had in the secular market. Her most recent books are the four in her acclaimed Restoration Series, which includes Last Light, Night Light, True Light and Dawn’s Light. She is also known for her popular Newpointe 911 and Cape Refuge Series.


As I said in my February 13th Verse of the Week post, I’ve had a few bad days with my fibromyalgia. In fact, it’s been a full month. But I have been able to do a little reading and I’ve actually been working on my book a little. When you’re flat on your back, the only way to look is up. With His leading, I’ve been able to work out a few plot points that really had me. But one of the last things I’ve been trying to figure out is how to write a really good novel that is Christian. 

I think the Lord put this book into my hands for that purpose. The characters in Terri’s book are truly Christian. It permeates every move they make and so the “Christianity subplot” does not come across as contrived. In other words, the book doesn’t preach to you even though the characters quote Scripture.

But there are other reasons to read this book, especially in this time where people are losing homes, cars, jobs. There’s a scientific term that’s been used a lot lately in business meetings: paradigm shift. As Wikipedia says, it’s:

a radical change in personal beliefs, complex systems or organizations, replacing the former way of thinking or organizing with a radically different way of thinking or organizing[.]

That’s what this book illustrates. It’s shows what would happen to our society if we suddenly lost all technology. There’d be no phones, computers, energy resources (besides the sun & wind), clean water supplies … even the money we keep in institutions would be unavailable to us. We would be involuntarily “off the grid.”

So, what do you think would happen? Yes, you’d see the best and the worst of people. It’s a scary proposition. But Blackstock does give us hope in this world she’s created and it’s the Branning family. Although they were shallow before the “pulses” (in this book, pulses from a nearby star have caused the disruption), the trials and troubles have strengthened their faith. Don’t misunderstand, they’re believable, not perfect. But as the suspense builds in this book, you know you can count on them and their daughter’s friend Mark.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves great suspense, romance, and mystery.  Click here to read an excerpt.


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