Monday, June 17, 2024

DARKNESS CALLS THE TIGER by Janyre Tromp, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney


"You don't have to let the darkness call the tiger raging inside you."

Deep in the heart of Burma's Himalayan mountains a battle encroaches; innocent village communities are being caught in the crossfire between two warring factions, destined to be brutally ravaged, if not completely destroyed. Would the supreme God of the white missionary come to their rescue? . . . or are their cries for help falling on deaf ears . . . it is a question that many struggle to answer.

Kailyn Moran, the missionary's daughter, forges a reputation for herself at an early age after coming face to face with a tiger and living to tell the story. After her beloved village is ransacked and innocents are murdered before her very eyes, Kai transforms herself into an agent of anger and revenge, becoming the elusive "sharaw", trusting no one, not even the man who longs to breach the walls around her heart, Ryan McDonough; "the Bear of Burma", who is consumed with guilt after leaving her unprotected . . . once upon a time.

" . . . trusting life to be good in the light ain't nothing. But if you have to trust in the dark, well now, that is faith."

Underneath this glimpse into the Asian theater during World War II are characters dressed in a kaleidoscope of passions, struggling to understand what it means to trust in an Almighty God, their bodies, minds, and spirits bearing visible and invisible scars of hatred and confusion, living in fear of embracing hope, much less an eternal rhapsody of love. Longing for permission to unload impossibly heavy burdens, (reminding me a bit of Pilgrim's Progress) their story follows them up tortuous hills and down exhausting valleys into a place that God had prepared for them before the foundation of the world.

"The sky is painted for you, my little tiger. Whenever you see the sky, remember you are loved no matter what and no matter when."

Excellent book! 

*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.

BackCover Blurb:

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Imperial Japan devours the southern portion of Burma, intent on taking over mainland Asia. Unaware of the coming darkness, Kailyn Moran drifts in her role as the only daughter of a widowed missionary.

As whispers of war snake through the Kachin mountains, Kai's father is convinced God will protect the mission. He entrusts the village to her and the kind yet inexperienced new missionary, Ryan McDonough, while he makes routine visits to neighboring villages.

War descends like a tempest upon the mountain peaks, and an unbreakable bond forms between Kailyn and Ryan as they unite to provide solace to both villagers and the flood of refugees. Despite their tireless efforts, a brutal enemy shatters almost everything they love, pushing Kailyn to embark on a path of unrestrained vengeance.

Afraid he's losing the woman he loves, Ryan fights to protect Kai from the deadly consequences of her choices. But in the face of destruction, can he convince her of the power and freedom of forgiveness? 

Kregel Publishing, May, 2024
Available in digital ebook, paperback, and library binding


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