Fifteen Minutes, by Karen Kingsbury, the author Time Magazine dubbed "Queen of Christian fiction" exposes the high cost of fame when star-studded dreams become reality. The drama is set amidst the glamour, glitter and glitz of Fifteen Minutes of Fame, a show patterned after American Idol 2014 and "X Factor" 2013 Although elusive temptations may lead to fame they also lead to serious compromise, one seemingly small request at a time.
The story centers around Christian worship leader and teen country singer, Zach Dylan who believes God has given him an enormous witnessing opportunity when he auditions and wins a place on the Fifteen Minutes reality show.
Back home in Kentucky, Zach’s parents, grandpa and fiancée Reese know he’s talented enough to win yet fear the experience will change him, even though his purpose isn’t to seek fame. Zach has no fear of fame since he feels sheltered by his faith in God. Instead, he intends to end the family farm’s financial crisis, pay for his sister’s expensive medical treatments and fund college for his younger brother.
Reese promises Zach her support and prayers even though she has reservations. Still her faith and confidence in God are strong and she trusts God as much with Zach as she does her pending decision about a year-long job commitment in London for herself.
Karen captures the behind the scenes action where compromises and important choices come wrapped in the guise of good intentions for judges and contestants alike that mask the real “ratings and profit” motivation. Her life-like characterizations and innovative story line and themes weave seamlessly into the narrative to reveal issues all Christians face.
Fifteen Minutes also wraps popular social media platforms like FaceBook and Twitter usage and influence into the story in the same way they impact real life. Yet the theme of God’s relentless love and grace abounds. Although the ending is unexpected it brings the narrative to a solid and satisfying conclusion. Karen again doesn't disappoint.
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Fifteen Minutes, by Karen Kingsbury, Howard Books, October 29, 2013, 384 Pages, 978-1451647051, $22.99
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