Laura Hayden’s book, Red, White and Blue, continues the story of Emily Benton and Kate Rosen and their rise to the height of political power in America.
Kate’s character gives some insight into the balance of being “in the world but not of it.” Her faith is real. Her struggles are real. Her goal is real - honor God with her life. Striving for integrity in an arena where integrity may be hard to find requires Kate to rely on God’s standards, not live up to man-made expectations.
Kate calls on godly mentors around her to help her through times of trials, both personally and professionally, realizing that “The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure” (James 3:17). She boldly but humbly displays her faith in everyday situations and in front of the most powerful people in America. Kate learns of her own good reputation and gains a measure of encouragement from it. These are the constant choices we each have - do we make the right ones? Do they honor Christ?
Ultimately, Kate is faced with a truly life-changing choice between God’s true honor and man’s fleeting glory; between staying to influence the powers that be and leaving them to their own devices. The courageous decision is made in the very last moments of the book.
Red, White and Blue gently confronts the reader with the choices we make on a daily basis. With history-making political changes in real-life America, this book’s release is timely.
-- Crystal Tuckness, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Emily Benton is ready to take her place in the Oval Office, but her closest adviser, Kate Rosen, is plagued with doubts. As a person of faith, Kate owes her allegiance to a power higher than a mere political machine. And though Emily has shown some regret over past choices she’s made, Kate fears that her best friend will still be corrupted by her quest for power. Soon Kate is torn between helping Emily stay at the top—or bringing her down before she can remake America in her own image.
When scandal brings the presidency to the brink of disaster, Kate must weigh the bonds of loyalty and duty, ambition and submission, and choose to stand and fight . . . or walk away.