Reader Comments & Reviews
I just wanted to share with you that the Lord has used your story to be a blessing in our Bright Lights group. Thank you for sharing it with us!
- Sarah Mally
A beautifully illustrated, powerfully written, allegorical story, Ransomed is suitable for both genders and all ages, though it may be most influential for teenage girls.The story itself is very real, without compromising any allegorical truth. Through very few words, Elizabeth Ender creates a strong concept of the characters and their relationships. Though the story takes little time to read, it will make your heart sing with gratitude to our Savior King.
- Nienna (read the rest of the review here)
It is impressive...I love it.
- Ruth G.
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! you have written a masterpiece and I was completely consumed while reading it! Honestly, I love reading this...over and over again...each time I read it I see new things that I didn't notice the first time. Thank you SOOOO much for sharing this...it is truly a beautiful story and the way you have made it your own was wonderful! The allegory was perfect in my eyes...
- Kayla N.
“Powerful…beautiful… so true.” These are the first words that came to mind the first time I read Ransomed. Although this story could be viewed as fiction, it is not. Every part of it is completely real. It is an allegory: an allegory of my life – and of yours.
Ransomed sets the mood in the very first sentence. It seems impossible to set a scene so quickly, but the author does so. Although an entire background story could be behind the opening scene, further description is not needed, for we are right there, drawn into the story. The love and care are deep and real. The contrast between the quietness and the danger is astounding – and yet it is there. The deceit of the enemy is portrayed realistically and very fittingly. Persuasiveness comes across through the dialogue. The first person point of view puts the reader into the shoes of the main character – and main character is not named, for it is me. It is you.
Love – true, deep, strong love, not mushy love as modern culture has defined it – is portrayed powerfully and grippingly. At the end of each section, short gripping sentences clinch the transition. The story flows smoothly and naturally with power in the way the sentences are fashioned. The whole thing is very well put together and very effective.
It is a challenging, thought-provoking allegory with gripping spiritual dimensions. I really enjoyed reading it and it was well worth my time! Even now, after I have read it several times, it still grips me and challenges me each time, refocusing my perspective on life and what truly matters. Read Ransomed. You will be blessed.
- Resterwen at http://writtenrest.wordpress.com/
And it was awesome. I was overcome when I first read it. The second time I read it was aloud, and I almost cried at one point. It is a short story but it packs a powerful punch. - read the rest of this review here
While the story itself is enjoyable, the characters memorable, and the plot thought-provoking, the allegory (if such a story can be called that) is strong, and truly is a beautiful picture of love. This story touched me personally in a way that not many stories do. - read the rest of this review here
I was overcome when I first read it. The second time I read it was aloud, and I almost cried at one point. It is a short story but it packs a powerful punch. - read the rest of this review here
The story of Ransomed is not new to me. It is an old story, written by the Master of Storytellers, and retold by hundreds before Elizabeth Ender.
Yet it is a story so powerful, so beautiful, so crucial to life, that it needs to be told and retold and retold again. And this may be one of my favorite retellings yet.
Like the author of Hebrews, Elizabeth writes with few words, yet speaks so much. Ransomed is tiny, but its characters are real, its love is true, its story complete. - read the rest of Hannah's review here
This story is inspiring in its beautiful words, heartening love, and abiding truth. Ransomed will take your breath away and sweep you off your feet. -read the rest of Jessica's review here
This is one of the most beautiful books I've seen or read. I fell instantly in love with the illustrations throughout. The detail in them is incredible even in black and white, and they fit the story so well.
But what really makes Ransomed a treasure is the story itself...The language is poetic, the allegory is subtly clear, and the message is lasting. I've already recommended this to friends, and plan to keep it as a "coffee table book" to pique the curiosity of even more. - read the rest of Jansina's review here
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