“SCARS” by Linda K. Rodante ~ a book review and giveaway (ends 11/2/22)

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What a fascinating book Linda K. Rodante has written in SCARS–gangs, overseas missions, forgiveness, pain, ministry, and prayer–all woven together beautifully. Let me share more about this book–plus, you’ll have an opportunity to enter a giveaway!

Welcome to the Blog + Review Blitz for SCARS by Linda K. Rodante, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: SCARS Series: Spiritual Warfare #4 Author: Linda K. Rodante Publisher: independently published Release Date: September 2022 Genre: Contemporary Christian Romantic Suspense

He tried to leave the past behind, but it won’t leave him…

Ex-gang member Garrett Lovett is a new creature in Christ. At least, he’s trying to be. He’s got a wholesome routine, a place on the IronWorks football team, and a pretty woman he wants to know better. But when the old gang resurfaces with the ultimatum to re-up or face consequences, Garrett has tough decisions to make. These guys know how to get to him—his addictions, his fears. When things get life-threatening, Garrett must decide if this God he’s heard about is real or not.

And if so, can he rescue Garrett and those he loves before it’s too late?

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Linda K. Rodante is a Florida transplant now living in Tennessee. She loves sweet tea, apple butter and both the mountains and the oceans. Her work with crisis pregnancy centers and anti-trafficking groups gave her a heart for women struggling in today’s society, while still respecting the role God has given men.

She writes Christian romantic suspense novels. Her books wrap sweet romance in real-life issues women face today with an edge of mystery and suspense. She desires to entertain and encourage women in their walk with the Lord. Her books can be found on Amazon She’s a past finalist of ACFW’s Genesis contest and a member of Word Weavers International.

Connect with Linda by visiting lindarodante.wordpress.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


(1) winner will receive a signed copy of WARRIOR (Spiritual Warfare Series #1) and $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight October 26, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on November 2, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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My thoughts about SCARS

Although I’m new to author Linda K. Rodante’s Spiritual Warfare Series, book #4, SCARS, provided great backstory so that I understood more about her main characters and the IronWorks ministry and church. In addition to its fantastic narrative! Protagonist Garrett Lovett lives and works on the IronWorks property. (Currently, he and his fellow dorm residents are digging up and preparing the ground for a new football field.) He is new to the church biz, as he might describe it. He’s attending services, and he enjoys the presence of God at the Friday night prayer and worship meetings. But he’s not quite sure that he could call himself a Christian. He’s got a lot of past failures as a former gang member. Forgiveness seems, in some cases, impossible to extend. And the young woman that has attracted his attention, Ryann? He’s been told that the policy is “hands-off” for the guys who are former gang members.

Ryann has her own healing to do. She lives with Sharee and John, who’ve returned recently from overseas long-term missions. They’ve got a full house (Sharee is pregnant, plus there are two busy little boys AND a remodel going on). But Ryann left a difficult situation in her own home, and needed a safe and good place to live. And while Ryann *has* noticed Garrett at IronWorks, she has painful issues from her own past that keep popping up, no matter how hard she tries to force them back down in her heart. But they are impacting her day-to-day life. And even more.

And there’s also a villain in the story. Someone is tagging, defacing, and spray-painting extremely rude words on the church building.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Colossians 3:12-13 (NIV)

I really loved Rodante’s way of telling a story. She has the ability to move her characters into your heart, even with all their struggles–and perhaps, in the process, might even show you something about yourself! I found her habit of opening each SCARS chapter with a pertinent Bible verse both inspirational and refreshing. SCARS’ characters are part of the larger story we all walk in, where God is the Writer. We may be covered with our own scars inside and out; but we can have the hope, as God’s children that those scars will be covered and healed. We’re all in process after all, aren’t we–even as Garrett, Ryann, and their friends are.

SCARS is a wonderful book. And you might just find God working on your own heart as you read it.

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

15 thoughts on ““SCARS” by Linda K. Rodante ~ a book review and giveaway (ends 11/2/22)

  1. Pingback: Welcome to the SCARS Blog + Review Blitz & Giveaway! – JustRead Publicity Tours

  2. Scars sounds like a book that I would like to read, thanks for sharing it with me!

    Thanks, FINCHNWREN, for sharing your thoughts!

    Have a spectacular day!

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