As our girls reached their preteen and teen years, it became increasingly
difficult to find appropriate reading material for them that they
could enjoy in their free time. They read lots of classics for
school assignments. However, when it came to leisure reading, the
challenge and search felt comparable to the quest for modestly
fitting blue jeans.
Bound by Guilt is the moving story of Roxi Gold, a stowaway
teen in search of a home. The desire to be accepted and cared for
leads Roxi into the company of those that are less than honorable.
Before she knows what is happening, she finds herself an accessory
to theft and murder. Can she escape? Maybe, but she realizes that
she will never escape her conscience. Will going forward to the
authorities ease the guilt? Or will she be forever Bound by
Upon first glance, I was concerned about bringing into my girls'
minds elements that we shield them from by not watching the nightly
news. After all, doesn't Scripture command us to focus on what
is good and noble? Much to my amazement, the idea of placing judgment
based on first impressions was a theme within the book. This was
just one of a multitude of lessons to be learned through the story
of Roxi Gold.
Bound by Guilt illustrates how easily a small venture
into sin can quickly snowball into much larger things. When you
combine this natural progression with strong peer influence, it
is like putting your foot on the gas pedal and hitting the floorboards.
Our girls saw very vividly through this book how easily things
can get out of hand and leave you wondering if there is any way
out. I would much rather have them learn this lesson through the
thickening plot of a storyline than their own life experiences.
As with most credible Christian reads, Bound by Guilt concludes
with a strong message of redemption and the power of forgiveness.
Does this make the ending predictable? I prefer to view it as the
perfect illustration of God's love for mankind. Can you get any
better than that?
Bound by Guilt is spellbinding, packed with good theology,
and a great Christian alternative for your preteen or teen to many
of the secular choices at your public library.