By Kelly Bridgewater
Back Cover Copy:
After a century, Sherlock Holmes mysteries still fascinate readers—and this devotional will delight them with spiritual truths drawn from the pages of the classic detective stories. A Sherlock Holmes Devotional contains 60 entries drawn from the characters, stories, and events of the classic detective stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. From 221b Baker Street to Reichenbach Falls, from Irene Adler to the evil Dr. Moriarty, from the pipe to the violin, this book investigates the spiritual truths we can discern from this enigmatic fictional character—a brusque, stubborn, and arrogant man who also shows honor, trust, and self-sacrificing friendship.
I LOVE Sherlock Holmes. As a major fan of Doyle’s popular detective, I couldn’t wait to read this devotional when I saw it come across the Barbour Publishing website. I love the BBC Sherlock and the dual movies featuring Robert Downey Jr. I look forward to cute shirts, posters, and figurines all with the iconic Sherlock Holmes hat and pipe.
Devotionals, in my opinion, draw a connection between either an event or a story, in this case, a Sherlock Holmes story idea, and tie it to a Scripture piece or truth in the Bible. Priebe does exactly that. In the beginning of each chapter, she includes a quote from one of Doyle’s writings. This is followed by a reminder or a short synopsis of the Doyle’s example that Priebe wants to bring to the forefront of the reader’s mind. Finally, she draws the connection to the Bible and how we, as Christians, are supposed to live our life. To end it all, she sums up the chapter with a couple of Bible verses to tie it up nicely.
Priebe is a mother and an editor who works for Jerry B. Jenkins and has one other book published entitled: Trust, Hope, Pray: Encouragement for the Task of Waiting. Recently, she has been contracted to write her first young adult novel.
I truly enjoyed being reminded of some of Doyle’s stories. It was nostalgic and brought a smile to my face. I enjoyed the different chapters and how they handled different aspects of a believer’s faith and walk with God.
However, I was confused a number of times with trying to find the connection between the Doyle’s writings and the Bible verses. I didn’t understand the parallel. I had to return to the beginning of the chapter and reread, still scratching my head in confusion.
In short, Trisha Priebe’s A Sherlock Holmes Devotional will bring a smile to loyal and obsessed fans of Doyle’s famous detective but drawing the association between the Bible and Holmes had me thinking twice.
I received a complimentary copy of Trisha Priebe’s A Sherlock Holmes Devotional: Uncovering the Mysteries of God from Barbour Publishing through Netgalley and the opinions stated are all my own.
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How many Sherlock Holmes books have you read? What is your favorite part of the popular detective?