Don’t let a mistake in the past crush you

Don't let a mistake in the past crush you book review of Running written by Dave Milbrandt

We can all make a mistake, and when you are in the public eye, everyone gets to have a say about it. Am I right?  You only need to look at the front page of a newspaper for evidence. Facts, well someone’s facts – as often they are embellished with bells on – inform us, the public, that a deed from the past has been unearthed.

Humanity loves gossip. It sells newspapers, and it makes money. A fruity headline turns many a head, but how accurate is the news? Bringing up the past can ruin a person’s reputation. If someone has atoned for their misdemeanours shouldn’t we lay it to rest?  Give a second chance and look at the person today and see them in the light of a reformed character? Can we forgive and forget? Or will the person always be running from their past mistake?

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My Penny’s Worth

When I looked at the title of this book I wasn’t sure if the contents would be about running for election or running away from a past mistake. In fact, both are true which makes the story an exciting read.

Do I need to read the previous books?

I haven’t read the two other books, but that did not matter as this story can be enjoyed in its own right.

So what is the main character like?

The main character Jim Mitchell is for the underdog; he has Christian principles, tries to be fair and true to his conscience. But is this possible in politics? I liked these strong traits and warmed to Jim as his character showed flaws as well – his flippant remarks get him into trouble, and I can relate to that!

Now there’s a thing, he’s made a mistake

He has a past, and that is raked up to discredit him. Well of course it is, he is in the public eye and a juicy morsel for sharks. No one is whiter than white. But does Jim let his past mistake crush him? I can’t answer that without giving away the story. However, when Jim questions his path, Melissa his wife reminds him “You are where you are for a reason and until God makes it clear you need to leave, that’s where you need to stay.” Wise words to ponder on in our lives too.

Was there anything different that stood out?

Interspersed in the story are news articles about Jim, and I enjoyed this touch.

But it can’t just be about one person?

There are, of course, other characters who contribute to this narrative. The team behind Jim Mitchell, his wife and political advisors all played good roles and made me smile at times. The early action after the murder of the assemblywoman and consequent undercover investigation slows to centre on Jim’s political career. If you like the nuts and bolts, then you may enjoy this aspect of the book. I know very little of the American system, so it was helpful for me.

Would I like it?

Running is a book about politics, intrigue, danger, divided loyalties, ethical dilemmas and the sores of unforgiveness. If you like this mix, then give it a go.

I don’t think it would be a mistake to buy this book.

I would like to give it 4****.

Thank you, Dave Milbrandt, for writing Running.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

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About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Running by Dave Milbrandt - Don't let a mistake in the past crush you

Book Title: Running

Author: Dave Milbrandt

Genre: Christian Suspense

Release date: May 1, 2018

An assassin’s bullet sends Jim Mitchell running. When he’ll stop is anybody’s guess.

A tragedy propels Jim into a vacant state assembly seat. The new lawmaker and his wife have a baby on the way, but that doesn’t stop the people trying to keep him from a job he never wanted in the first place. Then Jim gets involved in a plan to thwart a major terror attack that could either make him a hero or get him killed.

Political intrigue and high drama accent this tale of what it costs to find one’s purpose, and what the rewards can be when you do.

Running is the third book in the Jim Mitchell series. Previous titles include Chasing Deception and Undue Pressure.

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Running by Dave Milbrandt - Don't let a mistake in the past crush youThe author of Chasing Deception and Undue Pressure, Dave Milbrandt fell in love with writing in junior high and has been a storyteller ever since. A former staff writer for a daily newspaper, the Southern California native spent five years in journalism and public relations before becoming a teacher. Having worked at several area colleges, Dave has taught high school English and Social Studies classes since 2005 and fills his evenings sharing a passion for politics with his community college students. Dave and his wife, Lynn, have been married since 1997.

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Author: Margaret Kazmierczak

For over fifty years I have laughed and cried through my life – it has been exciting, exhausting, emotional, challenging and infuriating. No one gave me a map or a ‘How to get out of stressful situations’ manual, to help me on my journey. Instead, it has been God and me, His Word and my mistakes. So let’s cut to the chase, I am a wife and mother of three almost adult children! I live in the South of England and dislike the rainy climate. Yes, it looks green but so does my face with little sunshine! With many occupations under my belt, I now spend my time writing – for my blog which includes book reviews, interviews some humorous pieces and a book called "How to Make Victoria Sponge." I also have some devotionals in a multi-author book "Heartwings Devotional. My life is hectic; I am disorganised, and God continually sorts me out. I hope my words bring you hope, comfort and laughter as I sit here in my dining room praying for inspiration and for the cat to get off my laptop!

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