Title: No Other
Author: Shawna Williams
Publication Date: 2010
Shawna has written a beautiful story of sin, redemption, and healing. She has set it around a shameful setting for our country, Crystal City. Jakob’s family members were among many of German descent sent to these interment camps. Jakob’s experience is one of coming to terms with his heritage. Shawna has masterfully drawn Jakob and the other characters and the reader feels deeply for each of them.
Shawna’s book deals with sin and repentance in a very real way. She shows the ripple effect of sin. None of us are immune. She shows us how others are affected in a powerful way by the choices we make. We are not to blame for other’s sin, but we do have a very real responsibility to protect others from temptation in whatever form that might take.
The Bible is seemlessly woven into the storyline. Jakob and Meri must learn to look to God alone, just as each of us must. Shawna uses direct quotes from Scripture in the thoughts and dialogue to create a faith-filled story that is not preachy at all.
No Other both surprised and delighted me and I look forward to the sequel.