In Greiner’s debut novel, a Christian man must determine how to appropriately take a controversial stand concerning homosexuality.
Jacob Greene is in a tight spot. The company he works for, One World, recently issued a new policy stating their intent to specifically market products toward the homosexual community. As a Christian, Jacob objects to his company condoning a behavior he believes to be morally wrong. If he voices his objections, however, he risks losing his job, which he simply cannot afford to do. In his distress, he connects with other Christian employees at One World who share his concerns. Surprisingly, though, he fails to recognize how the unloving attitudes shared by his new “friends” stand at complete odds with his desire to convey Christ’s love—even though many readers will likely notice this fact almost immediately. The group’s words and attitudes soon extend so far past the point of standard, albeit sometimes uncomfortable, rhetoric and into the realm of blatant wickedness that one could feel tempted to suspect Greiner of occasionally flirting with hyperbole. In Jacob’s defense, though, he lacks experience in thinking through controversial issues, which could account for the limit of his sensitivity. Once he begins to seriously and spiritually seek out the right course of action, he stumbles onto it. As a direct result of an unexpected friendship, he also learns that putting a face to the controversy can make it easier to love those wrapped up in it. Although Jacob does not have any exciting “see the light” moments, he does develop as a character; in learning how to approach moral controversy, he invites Christian readers—and, perhaps, readers of all faiths—to consider their own approach. Readers steeped in secular society may not be able to relate to Jacob’s problematic journey and conclusion, however, and some of his interactions and emotions may seem contrived to those who lack a similar base of experience.
Jacob’s struggle to balance rigid principles with unyielding love is one that most Christian readers can appreciate, but the book’s presentation makes it more suitable as a trigger for introspection than entertainment.