• Jenna Van Mourik

Review: True by S. E. Clancy


You all know about my *near* obsession with Biblical fiction. Let’s face it, the genre dominates my blog! No shame in that, everybody has their favorite books, tropes, genres, character types… You name it!

Now, you also know that I struggle with the contemporary genre. Like, a lot. I know a lot of AMAZING contemporary authors, I’ve read and loved some truly inspired works of contemporary fiction, but it’s not my go to. It’s also not the genre I immediately gravitate towards, so I’m very picky when it comes to which contemporary stories I will and won’t pull off the shelves.

So why this contemporary? Well, when S.E. Clancy reached out to me on Instagram and asked me if I’d be interested in reviewing her contemporary retelling of Rahab’s story, True, I was intrigued! I’ve only ever read one other contemporary retelling of a Biblical story, and I LOVED it. Ever since I’ve been trying to figure out why more of this unique sub-genre doesn’t exist! When I heard the plot of the novella, how could I refuse? It was exactly what I was looking for!

And let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint. Even in only a hundred pages, the redemptive power of God is abundantly clear. The symbolism, the characters, the message of faith and the grace of God are found all throughout.

Like others have said, the limited number of pages is anything but a weakness for Clancy. The author gives each page – no, each paragraph – a purpose. Even though it’s a story you know, I guarantee you’ll be flipping the pages waiting to see what happens next.

Interested in exploring this genre for yourself? Pre-order True today!

Until next time,


*Disclaimer – I received a copy from the author, for the purpose of reviewing. This has in no way affected my opinions. Also, this book is a contemporary retelling of Rahab, the prostitute from the Bible whose faith in God saved her during the battle of Jericho. Readers should be advised that this book deals with and alludes to heavy topics and thematic elements that have to do with prostitution and war.

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