In Robbie Cheuvront and Erik Reed’s Christian adventure novel, The Guardian, a young college student finds herself in possession of an ancient biblical scroll and under obligation to guard it for the rest of her life. Although this is a daunting task for someone who has lived a life outside of the church, the girl nevertheless accepts the calling. However, she is not alone. Anna Riley, this new guardian of the scroll, is surrounded on her journey to unlock the scroll’s secrets by well-meaning people who unwittingly cause harm, dangerous adversaries who want the scroll for their own purposes, and friends who have sworn to God to protect both the scroll and the one who guards it.
Bequeathed to Anna by her grandfather, a man who had dedicated his life to the role of guardian, the scroll is believed to be the one God gave John the Disciple in the book of Revelation. It was then passed down and protected through the numerous generations of John’s descendants. Anna is a direct descendent. It is said that the scroll contains more information about John’s vision regarding the end times—information not included in the Bible. The moment Anna accepts the task of protecting the scroll, she slaps a red target on her back. The artifact is being hunted by the Roman Catholic Church; but, the force behind this relentless search is the Prince of Darkness himself.
Solomon writes in the book of Proverbs, “Do not forsake your friend…Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.” This is a lesson Anna learns when she is deserted by her family, yet defended and protected by loyal friends. Among those friends is a potential romantic interest, Jason Lang. Together, they strive to uncover the riddle contained in the scroll.
Religious doctrine is not discussed or defended in the novel. However, numerous controversial beliefs are apparent throughout the story. A conviction in the complete sovereignty of God—that He determines everything that comes to pass—along with the idea of an addition to the existing Bible (with the words of the scroll) make this a novel that not all audiences will be comfortable with.
I would recommend this novel to those who enjoy the stories of Indiana Jones and Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code, only this time told with a twist. – Lucinda Sweazey, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
A young woman thrust into a world of power and corruption...
The sold-out follower of Christ who vows to defend her...
And the scroll that links them both together...
Anna Riley has just stumbled across a family secret--her ancestors have been keepers of an ancient scroll that God gave to John the Disciple. And now it's hers. But Anna will soon discover that being the keeper of the Scroll comes at a price, for there are those inside the Church who would have the scroll and its secrets at any cost. Sucked into a world of corruption and deceit, Anna is thrust into a journey that leads her half way around the world. And the only person she can trust is a stranger named Jason Lang who, she's told, was appointed by God to help her with the task.
As Anna and Jason race against the clock, Anna's own journey of faith may very well be the thing that unlocks the scroll's secrets. And her decisions will determine whether the man she's grown to love will live or die, as a mystery that's eluded the world since the time of Adam and Eve is finally revealed.