Sunday, April 22, 2012
On Every Side by Karen Kingsbury
On Every Side is a story about public rights and freedom of religion. Jordan is a very angry, young, successful lawyer. The company that he works for deliberately sets out to squash any sort of public expression of Christianity. He decides that the next target should be a Jesus statue that is in a public part in a small town. You know from the get go that there is an underlying reason that he is targeting this particular town and that reason is connected to his own personal biases against Christianity. It's a matter of reading through the story to find out just what those are and how it all plays out. As often happens in a Kingsbury book some of the play by play just seems a little too good to be something that would actually ever happen. But then there is a suspension of disbelief in novels as well as an allusion to "with God all things are possible". Still, an enjoyable read and an interesting basis for a story, especially considering in the years since she wrote this book how much today's society has hidden away any sort of public testimony.