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I admit it. Sometimes when I review a book that I've gotten free from Booksneeze I am a little more generous with my praise because when I say "it's good" what I really mean is "it's good for a Christian novel" or "it's good for a YA novel" or "it's good for a Christian biography". In other words, "it's good, considering this isn't exactly the kind of book I would normally read if I hadn't already agreed to do so." I'm not being dishonest, I'm just giving it the benefit of the doubt because maybe it isn't exactly the kind of book I thought it would be when I first agreed to review it and I don't want to be rude. Afterall, if I never read YA novels and then give a horrible review of one based solely on the fact that I don't read YA novels, that's not very helpful to anyone, is it?
Anyway, the point is, I'm not sure how to state how much I genuinely LOVED Called to Controversy without making it sound like I'm secretly implying "it's good for a religious biography." It is good for a religious biography because, quite frankly, I had started to think that all religious biographies were hopelessly saccharine, cloying, unwilling to address any unpleasantness and incapable of objectivity. But also, this book is "good, for a biography" but also just plain good. It is an excellent story, expertly written.
More gushing after the jump...