The author mentions David Platt’s “Radical.” In my review of Platt’s book, I refer to it as “the second most influential book I ever read.” When I realized it had inspired Webb, I felt bad that I couldn’t give “Sunrise…” a more enthusiastic review.
I do believe, when we come to Christ, we become new creatures. However, I have yet to meet a new Christian who got everything right from the get-go.
And while I believe wholeheartedly that God answers prayer, He doesn’t always fix things so quickly and completely.
Even before Jackson’s conversion, the parent/child relationships seemed too sugary sweet to me. The daughters’ rebellious actions and coping mechanisms never seemed to authentically jeopardize the family relationships or their academic success.
While Mary Lynn, the mom, considered a drastic response to her husband’s conversion, all the changes it meant for the girls didn’t seem to ruffle their feathers in the least.
When I was in high school, I wrote a short story of a teen’s conversion. Everything got better immediately between her and her mom, and one of my classmates referred to it as a fairy tale. “Sunrise…” reminded me of that short story.
In this world we will have tribulations. Jesus came to divide families, demanding we serve Him even when our family resents it and rebels. I’m concerned that “Sunrise…” gives an unrealistic view of what it means to come to faith.