Review of Alabaster: A Beautiful Christian Fiction Novel by Chris Aslan

Alabaster is written by a new to me author, Chris Aslan. When I first began reading, I tried to pin down the setting and time period. Gradually I began to realize it. But I’m not going to give too much away in my review here because I loved the twist at the end of the story.

Review of Alabaster by Chris Aslan

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From the Book’s Description:

Maryam is stuck in an abusive marriage, living with her in-laws in a conservative, toxically religious village. A few years back, her father was given a jar of priceless perfume by a dying leper and it seemed as if their fortunes would improve, but then Maryam’s father contracted leprosy and was exiled from the village. Maryam and her siblings, Eleazar and Marta, experience the shame and ostracism this brings. The precious jar that was meant to bring them freedom has only brought destruction. But rumors abound concerning a new doctor; perhaps hope is on the horizon. . . .

Alabaster brings a first-century Middle Eastern village and its culture to life for modern-day readers.

My Thoughts

I love Alabaster. The characters are very well-developed. The story is told from Maryam’s first person viewpoint, and it’s interesting because part of the story is developed through flashbacks. These are written in past tense, and what’s happening currently is written in present tense. This was an interesting and unique writing style to me, but it really worked for this story.
The book is short and was a fairly quick read. But there’s lots of good stuff here. The story is very interesting. There are some thought-provoking points. And there’s a twist at the end that I won’t reveal. It’s an “Ah ha!” moment that solidifies what you’ve probably been wondering about the story for a while by the time you get to it.
This is one I can definitely recommend. I give it five stars and a PG13 rating for content. (It is Christian fiction, but there’s some heavy stuff here.) You can find the book on Kregel here and on Amazon here.

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