Samantha Kiser

I was raised Protestant and joined the Catholic Church in 2011, largely because the sacramental worldview seemed so much more real and significant than what I was familiar with, although I'm really still trying to figure out what it means and demands (and whether I am really willing to pay). I attended Harding University and earned a minor in English, and I'm hoping to pursue a Master's in English at UCA (University of Central Arkansas).

Book Reviews by Samantha Kiser

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The Free Frenchman

The Free Frenchmen by Piers Paul Read is worth reading. Not only is it enjoyable, but it also raises important questions about loyalty, idealism, violence, love, morality, and God--most of which, in the end, the characters cannot answer definitively. But despite this radical ambiguity, Read's novel seems hopeful--hopeful that truth, goodness, and beauty exist even if no single human reality ever fully possesses them.

Despite the cataclysmic politics--the German occupation of France--that form its backdrop, Read's novel, like most good novels, is primarily about the characters. The chief protag...

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The Quest

In many ways, The Quest is a beautiful book. It lifts the veil and allows readers to glimpse the joy, grace, and spiritual significance of mundane events, the way that God is at work beyond, or even despite, human intentions. Yet, it does this without being trite, glib, or sentimental. Despite, or perhaps because of all this, I found it a difficult book to read. Mostly, I felt like I wasn't getting it; I would probably need to read it multiple times and with more patience than I possess to fully enjoy it.

On the most superficial level, The Quest is about seven people on a pilgrimage to a ...

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