Book Critique -
Daughters of the Light
Chris Phillips
I am a veteran editor for friends and family as well as most of my employment positions. I make books out of my friends' writing as well as help them to smooth out what they say, how they say it and hopefully get the best expressions. I have been doing this for 20+ years. I often find myself reading a book and correcting problems I see even after the works have been professional published from big name publishers.  
By Chris Phillips
Published on 04/19/2010
Nua and her Grandfather search for the Light while all around them gathers foes and enemies disguised as friends and leaders. Divine intervention is possible and comes when needed most.

An Allegory of Divine intervention and Human connectio

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. ( ($10.00 USD SRP/Amazon $00.00 USD) Reviewer received book from the author.