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Beyond Reach: The Secret Life of Samantha Mcgregor, Book Two

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Beyond Reach: The Secret Life of Samantha Mcgregor, Book Two

In
book two of the Secret Life of Samantha McGregor series,
author Melody Carlson continues the intriguing saga of 17-year-old
Samantha McGregor's God-given gift of seeing events before they
happen through dreams and daytime visions. Once again, Carlson
opens her text with a brief yet heartfelt warning to her readers.
She offers a concise primer on spiritual gifts, biblical theology
on seeking the giver of the gifts --- not the gift itself --- and
suggestions for further study.


The storyline transitions immediately from the first book’s
dramatic rescue scene. En route home from solving the case of a
missing fellow student, Samantha and her police officer friend,
Ebony, try to get some rest on the flight back, but Sam's slumber
is interrupted by a dream involving bombers who take over the
plane. Startled, both women seek out officials at the airport,
whose initial reaction is one of disdain ---- that is, until they
do a background check on the men Samantha points out and verify her
otherworldly suspicions. Exhausted from this event and the case
previously, Samantha asks God for a break from the visions and
dreams...and she gets it, only to start fretting that she has
offended God. But it isn't too long before He starts using Samantha
again, and her newest visions are both upsetting and
burdensome.


Olivia, Samantha's best friend and main confidante, is good balance
for her, and even Samantha's pastor reminds her to have some fun
too. This is easier said than done when Samantha keeps getting
pulled into real-life crimes, and Ebony enlists her aid in a closed
case of apparent suicide. Samantha tries to "get a feel" for what
really happened to this young man the night he died, but the brief
images she sees and dreams about aren't always so simple to
comprehend when there are multiple "suspects" fitting the
description of a "distraught male intending to harm himself" in
Samantha's life. Still, the teen prays and asks God for guidance.
She always recounts the dreams/visions to both Ebony and Olivia for
help in discerning what each prophetic episode truly means while
she plays secret detective attempting to interpret everyday events
with what God is communicating to her.


Samantha slowly begins to understand that God only reveals bits and
pieces at a time. Through her daily obedience and by submitting to
His plan, she will gain the information she needs. Samantha's faith
in God grows strong as she honors those inner nudgings to act
swiftly and decisively even in the midst of "normal" daily
happenings at home, school and church. Time and again, Samantha's
"gift" is put to excellent use and what she "sees" sometimes makes
the difference between life and death.


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Reviewed by Michele Howe on October 18, 2011

Beyond Reach: The Secret Life of Samantha Mcgregor, Book Two
by Melody Carlson

  • Publication Date: April 17, 2007
  • Genres: Christian, Fiction
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books
  • ISBN-10: 1590526937
  • ISBN-13: 9781590526934