Daughters of the Light by Bobby Simmons ISBN 978-0-9788389-8-0
Review by Chris Phillips
Simmons has written a modern day allegory. There is a place for divine intervention in every day life. Nua encounters the loss, the tragedy and yet the uplifting life of a blessed person. As in all allegories there is good and there is evil that masquerades as good.
Written as the story of the life of Nua, the book follows her trials and tribulations, but contrasts well with her victories interspersed. Levitus, her paternal grandparent, raises her from a young age due to her parents’ deaths. There is obvious divine intervention in Nua’s and Levitus’ lives, even when evil seems to prevail on all sides.
Through the events are epistles, written in the style of a formal protocol, similar in form and style to the epistles in the New Testament. There are many examples of parallels between Biblical type illustrations while maintaining a Christian viewpoint without specifically aligning with any denomination or main stream religion. All of this is accomplished without being preachy or overbearing.
Simmons would benefit from a writing coach finishing his tale. The ending left this reviewer with a desire to understand better the lessons Simmons is striving to teach. There were quoted praises for the work but this reviewer felt that they left some important conclusions unexpressed.
Simmons needs an editor to distinguish between thoughts, dialog and narrative. This makes for difficulty following the action in the book. The plot is not consistent and the ending is anti-climatic.
Primarily personal friends and family of Rev. Simmons would enjoy the book. All others should seek entertainment elsewhere.
Published by Center for Self-Actualization, 2008. (www.selfactualized.org) ($10.00 USD SRP/Amazon $00.00 USD) Reviewer received book from the author.