Review: The Faithful by Jonathan Weyer

October 25, 2010 Christian Fiction, Fright Fest, Horror, Paranormal Fiction, Review 3

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Brio Press (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982668708
  • Source: Author
  • Aiden is an assistant pastor at a Presbyterian church in Columbus, OH.  So many of his parishioners rely on him for his strength & faith, but lately he’s been questioning that faith.  His faith is put to the test even more when he learns his mentor is having an affair…and when he learns his ex-girlfriend, Amanda, has been killed in a ritualistic murder.

    Aiden instantly becomes part of the investigation, first as a suspect and then as a resource.  At the same time, unnatural things begin happening around town: bare foot prints appear in the snow, a parishioner begins to have prophetic dreams.

    Through his investigation with Detective Jennifer Brown, Aiden learns about a group called The Faithful, a group of ghost hunters led by Father Neal, an Episcopal priest.  When Aiden accompanies them on a residential ghost hunt one night, he gets a first hand experience with the supernatural. The spirits are attracted to Aiden, the reason unknown.

    The Faithful is the ultimate tale of good versus evil.  Weyer is a fresh new voice in this genre, coined “religious horror” and writes the perfect combination of a supernatural thriller meets Christian fiction. The storyline is compelling and unique, weaving the supernatural and religion in a completely new and original way. While it’s obvious that religion plays a key role, it is not overwhelming or engrossing.  What I particularly enjoyed about this book was, although it is described as horror, it’s not gruesome or gory, but still chills you to the bone.

    Weyer’s characters are incredibly detailed and developed, making it hard not to become invested in them. I’m impatiently awaiting more from this author. I guarantee this is a book you won’t want to miss! 

    About the Author

    Jonathan was born in 1974 in Huntingburg, Indiana. He spent two weeks every summer with his grandma who allowed him to check out stories about Bigfoot, the Mothman and ghost stories from the library. 

    Jonathan’s family moved to St. Louis, Missouri when he was in the sixth grade. After college, he went to Covenant seminary and graduated with a Masters of Divinity with honors. He is currently ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

    While pastoring two churches,one in Illinois and one in Florida, he began to write a fantasy book based on American mythology.

    After a move to Columbus, Ohio, Jonathan felt a call to campus ministry at The Ohio State University. During the transition from church ministry to campus ministry, he decided to write his second novel, The Faithful, which combined his knowledge of the church and his love for scary stories.   

     Jonathan is the founder of The Thomas Society, a ministry dedicated to answering questions from doubters, agnostics and atheists. Along with the atheists at Ohio State, he won a Multicultural Award from the university. Because of his work with atheists, the Secular Student Alliance added him to their speaker’s bureau.

    Jonathan has recently become an Editorial Contributor to TAPS Paranormal Magazine. His first article, Sacred Horror, will be in the November/December issue.

    Jonathan lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, three kids and a crazy cat

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