Not Guilty is the story of a young girl, Carrie Shepherd, who is raped and becomes pregnant. This story is set in the 1970’s, but its message is not obsolete. The theme running through the book deals with perception and judgment by others, mainly Christians. Many Christians are quick to jump to gossip and draw conclusions without knowing the entire story. That theme applies to much more than just an unknown rape. It could apply to many situations in everyone’s life.
Because of the plot of this book, it is recommended for late teens to adults. The book does include discussion questions for each of the chapters. These would be great to use in a book club or Bible study group.
I did enjoy the story, but there were a lot of characters to keep up with. Fortunately, the epilogue is a list of characters and a brief description of what happened to them after the book ended. Scripture is used throughout the book and gives the reader a godly view of how to behave or react in some situations.
While the reactions of some of the characters to the rape may have seemed a little passive and some of the dialogue a little unbelievable, this is a good story. It could have used a more thorough editing to correct some mistakes and make the story flow from one author to the other.Clik on the cover to purchase the book through Amazon.
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