“Why should I lock my computer? This is a Christian ministry,” Rick asked me when I questioned him leaving it unlocked in a high-traffic common area.
I sometimes wonder at the false sense of security that working for a large Christian organization brings to those who are there. We work with outside vendors who may or may not know the Lord, but more to the point, there isn’t a single person there that I know who isn’t still tempted to sin. So why should we leave temptation there in plain sight? (My response to him was to ask if I should just go ahead and dress immodestly because, after all, it would be a sin for any of the men to have lustful thoughts so they wouldn’t. He was silent after that.)
I know I can get a little bit crazy about computer security. My boss has even called me the security Gestapo. Ouch! But in this fallen world, it is really important that we do our best to keep our data and passwords and everything out of the hands of those with nefarious purposes.
I have to be careful, though, that in my efforts of keeping everything secure I don’t trust in LastPass or Malwarebytes or whatever to protect me.
What sorrow awaits those who look to Egypt for help,
trusting their horses, chariots, and charioteers
and depending on the strength of human armies
instead of looking to the Lord,
the Holy One of Israel.
Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.
Anytime we rely on anything other than the help of the Lord, we are in danger of having it fail. The only safety, the only security, we have is that provided by Him.
Am I suggesting you cancel your anti-virus subscription or stop locking your doors? No way! But I am suggesting that you keep the correct perspective about where our hope truly lies.
by Angela Ruth Strong
Publication Date October 11, 2018
Genres: Action/Adventure, Suspense, Mystery, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Idaho Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Alex Pierce needs Laney Winters to help him prove neither of them is responsible for the millions of dollars that went missing after Laney arrested him for bank robbery five years ago. Besides Laney not believing he truly repented in prison, there’s the problem of the real thief trying to kill her and the police department treating her like a dirty cop. With the possibility of another crime being pinned on them, Laney finally teams up with Alex to save her life. If only she could trust him with her heart, as well.
I would like to thank Angela Ruth Strong for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Laney was astonished to find out that Alex was opening a security business in her town. The ex-con had been in prison, after all! Was he trying to lure unwitting business owners to trust him so he could then rob them blind?
With the quirky, over-the-top, laugh-out-loud humor and unexpected twists that I’ve come to expect in stories by Angela Ruth Strong, False Security led me on a merry chase with Alex and Laney as they sought to prove their innocence regarding millions of dollars that had been stolen five years earlier.
Yet, as with this author’s books, the story was not just fluff and ridiculous antics. Underneath the madcap adventure was the story of a woman who had been broken. First by a father who had been deceitful and caused her great pain. Then by a broken engagement. Despite the fact she was secure in her salvation, she didn’t feel worthy or lovable. And she had a great deal of trouble trusting, especially trusting the handsome ex-con she had sent to prison five years ago. The one who was trying to compete with her security business. (Yeah, I didn’t catch that until I started writing this review. “False Security” – security business – who could she trust? Cute!)
There are so many things to love about this. It combines the right combination of dry wit (which I adore), adventure and spiritual journeys. I appreciated the crafting of the sections that alternated between Laney and Alex’s narrations so the one part would end with one of them having a thought and the next would start with the other countering that thought in their head. I have to confess – this is one of my very favorite styles of writing. I imagine it takes much more effort than simply continuing a narrative and I appreciate authors taking the time to do this.
If you enjoy lighthearted suspense, romance with plenty of chemistry even if it isn’t filled with kisses, and changed hearts, you will love this book.