Reading for Me

The Books I Have Read…..Just for Me

#35: The Trial (Robert Whitlow)

on August 16, 2013

After some heavy reading, I picked up a copy of The Trial that had been lying around for some time. I have enjoyed the other books by Robert Whitlow that I’ve read. I had no idea that this novel would make such a profound impact on me.

The novel centers around Mac McClain, a lawyer who lost his wife and two sons in a tragic accident several years ago. Mac has now been appointed as counsel for Pete Thomason. Pete is accused of murdering his girlfriend and attempting to cover it up by driving her car over a cliff. The major problem with Pete’s defense is that he has no memory of the events leading up to the accident and can offer no explanation for what occurred. All in all, the legal thriller is fascinating and well written.

What grabbed my heart, however, were the spiritual journeys going on behind the scenes. Mac is deeply depressed as the novel opens and contemplates suicide. Pete scoffs at religion until he meets a jailhouse preacher who leads Pete to Christ. Most notably, however, is a prayer group hosted by the local Presbyterian church. The descriptions of their intercessory prayers vividly portray the powerful impact of prayer in spiritual warfare. I especially appreciated the variety of prayer times that were described. Some were quiet and solemn; others were a rush of words brought on by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. With references to small visions and gentle directions within a person’s spirit, The Trial packs a punch and reminds us that God is constantly at work around us and is concerned about the things that concern us.

I’m looking forward to tracking down the movie inspired by the novel.  Here’s the preview if you want to check it out.


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