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Book: Liberty: Romance Out of a Clear, Blue Sky, Book 1
Author: Kenneth Scott Sumerford
Publisher: Credo Christus Press, 2018
Language level: 2
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Recommended for ages 16-90, but I would say adults only
Rating: *** 3 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Sumerford, Kenneth Scott. Liberty: Romance Out of a Clear, Blue Sky Book 1 (published in 2018 by Credo Christus Press). Liberty Adair, a 28 year old woman living in Denton, TX, is recovering from her broken marriage to an adulterous preacher husband who was unfaithful to her with several different women. She is a Christian but has questions about God, science, and her future. One day she unexpectedly meets a college professor named Dr. Ernest Siegfried who is good-looking and available but an atheist who believes that modern science has replaced belief in God. He is successful until he has a heart attack at age 39. Liberty and Ernest struggle to find the answers by using science, the Bible, probabilities, and logic. Together they embark on a journey to discover the truth about their rocky future together, the evolution of life, intelligent design, and mysteries of the Divine. Can she be sure of what is real and what are outdated religious beliefs? Does DNA prove intelligent design by the Creator? How does God interface with humans? Author Kenneth Sumerford originally wrote Liberty: Out of a Clear, Blue Sky in 2017. In 2018 the book was republished in two volumes with Liberty: Romance Out of a Clear, Blue Sky as Book 1.
The story, which is about romance, evolution, intelligent design, philosophy, politics, and more, presents a basically conservative political viewpoint, with pro-second amendment and anti-homosexual agenda arguments. As to language, besides some common euphemisms (e.g., heck) and childish slang (e.g., butt), Liberty uses the term “bastard” once but immediately apologizes for it. There is no cursing or profanity. Bible believers will appreciate the fact that evidence for intelligent design is woven into the romantic plot. However, some would probably like to know that the general approach seems to be old earth creationism, with references like “the first four days or four epochs of creation.” Also, it is frequently mentioned that nearly everyone in the story drinks wine and other alcoholic beverages—a lot, and the “paranormal” is evidently equated with the supernatural. The book is said to be “recommended for ages 16 to 90.” However, there is a great deal of emphasis on sexuality and Ernest’s promiscuity, with several liaisons of Ernest, both before he met Liberty, as told in flashbacks, and even after they started dating, being depicted.
For example, one of Ernest’s early girlfriends named Susan was identified as being “hot in bed.” When another former girlfriend named Wilda visits, she and Ernest “played on the bed and made love for almost an hour.” A few days later the same two “lovers enjoyed the emotions and slow-paced sex for almost an hour.” The descriptions are not necessarily vulgar or obscene, but some of them are rather frank and detailed. In fact, on one occasion, after Ernest and Liberty go back to her house following a date, “They were back on the love couch in about two minutes. They began a set of hugs and passionate kisses. Their hands were roaming like playful puppies running through the new white snow. Ten minutes later, they were down to their underwear. Ernest had tossed away his pants, shirt and shoes; Liberty peeled off her black dress and was down to bra and hip-hugger, red panties.” Thankfully, when Ernest suggests taking it into the bedroom, Liberty resists the temptation and tells Ernest to leave. But as he puts his clothes back on, he gloats that they made it to “second base” and expresses the hope that in a few weeks they “can go to third.” Perhaps there may be a satisfactory resolution to all this in Book 2. The ending certainly does leave the reader hanging. “That same day Liberty was thinking about being married to Ernest but there were some obstacles to overcome during the next few months.” If you are an adult and this kind of thing floats your boat, you may have at it. However, I would not be comfortable suggesting this to a sixteen year old, or any teenager for that matter.