Castles in the Sand, Carolyn A. Greene’s contemporary Christian novel, is readable and believable.
During its heroine Teresa’s (Tessa’s) freshman year at Bible college, she becomes involved in CSM (Contemporary Spirituality Mysticism) through a required class. As an orphan being fostered by a strong Christian couple, having refused their presentation of the Gospel, and having experienced personal loss, Tessa is particularly vulnerable to CSM’s promise of a direct experience of God.
Tessa’s brush with demonic spirits, and the Adversary’s human agents, reminded me of Frank Peretti’s supernatural novels, but Castles in the Sand isn’t an imitation and is more Biblically sound. Greene based her story on the experiences of young people involved in CSM, which is being preached, taught, published, and promoted everywhere. Young people who are hungry for a relationship with the Lord that is based upon experience rather than Biblical faith are being lured away from the truths of God’s Word in order to obtain what is only a delusion. Greene’s novel has helped those who have been ensnared by CSM and has become a tool for those who want to help them break free through a Biblical understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a true relationship with Him.
One of the characters in the novel is the 16th century Catholic mystic Teresa of Avila, and the novel moves between occasional scenes from her difficult and instructive life and that of the young college student by the same name. Another strong character is Katy, Tessa’s Christian roommate, who helps in her rescue and her understanding of the Gospel, and becomes her closest friend. Tessa becomes “a new creation” in Christ and meets a godly young man worthy of her trust and affection.
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