Murder in the Church
By Chris Schimel
Crossbooks Publishing, 1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403
978-1462714216, $ 13.99, 2012, 188 Pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
“Murder in the Church” tells the soul searching story of the tragedy of one man’s poor choices and how this impacted, his future, his family, and his church. Pastor Chris Schimel finds himself deeply intertwined in the lives of the family of one of his parishioners which involves a life threatening spiritual battle. The book is based on a true story of the events that lead to nine days of confusion, fear, and heartbreak.
Each of the nine chapters of the book relates the time line of the incidents as they happened on each of the nine days leading to the dramatic conclusion on day nine. Back story gives the reader insight into the lives the key individuals involved. Life changing lessons are summarized in a final chapter highlighting ways that will help the reader escape the hardships and consequences that accompany wrong decisions.
Schimel is a gifted story teller. In his writing he engages his reader with strong character and plot development. He uses engaging dialog and the elements of conflict and resolution to build a sense of urgency and suspense. Chris evidences an understanding of ministry, a genuine compassion for his church family, the impact of evil, and the grace of a loving, merciful God.
In “Murder in the Church” Chris Schimel captures the essence of bond of love that results in healing and forgiveness in the body of believers.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.