The latest book in the Reverend Curtis Black Series, number 13, was quite a treat to read. This was my first foray into reading a book in Lawson Roby’s most popular series and I was not disappointed. Even though it is part of a well established series, Lawson Roby does an excellent job of luring you into the characters lives with just enough of the history that you may have missed in earlier books to help tie the whole story together.
Fiction drama at its best, reading this book was like watching a reality show. The preachers in the story have either deplorable pasts or selfish motives or both. Church and religion is a big business that can be manipulated by those who are not truly called by God and this tale shows how easily the wrong people can use the church for their own gain. A thread of hope is subtly weaved throughout the story as applicable scriptures serve to provide stability to the madness. As the story progresses, it is evident that the misbehavior will hinder the characters from receiving the blessings they truly seek.
Lawson Roby also managed to tackle a serious issue of mental health. She deftly catalogs the embarrassment and denial those who suffer from mental health issues go through. Reading the character’s rationalization for not seeking help for her issues and trying to deal with all of it herself was sobering and enlightening. The storyline highlighted the benefits of seeking treatment early and often and not letting the fear of what others will say or think hinder getting that treatment.
An interesting story and easy read, A Sinful Calling will entertain you from beginning to end.