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Master Potter
by Jill Austin
Order:  USA  Can
Destiny Image, 2003 (2003)
Paperback, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Melissa Parcel

Looking from the outside, living the Christian life can seem simple or complex, depending on the viewpoint. Jill Austin takes a familiar image and creates an allegory that will help readers to reach a deeper level in their walk with God.

Forsaken is a broken clay pitcher living in Comfort Cove. She has lived a rough life, first with an abusive alcoholic father, then as an 'entertainer' in a local establishment. After being accused of theft, she is tossed into Potter's Field, the garbage dump. The reader sees the battle between Satan and the Heavenly forces for her soul. On the edge of suicide, Forsaken cries out for help to Master Potter, a man she remembers hearing about from her grandmother. One victory for Heaven, but the battle has only just begun.

Master Potter takes Forsaken home and re-names her Beloved. She is then taken through many stages of learning how to trust, obey, and have faith even when she feels alone, tired, or bored. Readers will be able to pinpoint areas of their own faith that need to be stretched and grown, and will be able to see that God is always present, though not always visible.

Allegories such as Master Potter can help Christians to see their faith in a new and different light. The author has taken a simple concept of a potter and clay and translated it into the steps God goes through in molding believers. This fresh outlook will encourage, enlighten and bring strength. The second book in this two book series, Master Potter and the Mountain of Fire continues the story of Beloved's journey to spiritual maturity.

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