May 18, 2023
Sometimes it isn’t what they want to hear. The thing is, it is always what they need to hear.
When you transitioned from your normal life, into the victim, and onto survivor, those were massive changes to deal with.
Things change when you change the conversation you have with them.
In The Scribe Of Salem, that is how lives were changed for all the characters in the book.
Reviewed by Parul Sood for Readers’ Favorite The Scribe of Salem: Ministers of the Mystery by Kathie Costos is an enthralling debut in a series that seamlessly blends fantasy, supernatural horror, and elements of spirituality. The story follows Chris, a former war journalist grappling with PTSD from his fieldwork and a turbulent marriage that subjected him to abuse. Struggling to find purpose and often drowning his sorrows in alcohol, Chris’s life takes an unexpected turn when he reconnects with an old friend, sparking a newfound hope. As Chris engages in conversations and encounters that seem divinely guided, he begins to believe that a higher power is watching over him and urging him to seek out Mandy—a healer who has transformed his friend’s life. Fueled by this belief, Chris embarks on a quest to find Mandy, not only to document her spiritual teachings in a book but also in the hope of transforming his own life.
In The Scribe of Salem, Kathie Costos skillfully weaves a narrative that delves into Chris’s struggles and his journey toward healing and self-discovery. The author’s exploration of spirituality goes beyond conventional religious boundaries, inviting readers to contemplate the profound power of faith in oneself and in the presence of something greater. Through Chris’s meeting with Mandy, readers are taken on a captivating journey that merges supernatural horror with the themes of redemption, personal growth, and the transformative nature of spiritual experiences. The characters in The Scribe of Salem are vividly depicted and elicit empathy from readers. Chris’s emotional journey resonates deeply as he confronts his past traumas and seeks solace and meaning in a world that often feels bleak. Costos’s adept characterization brings authenticity and relatability to the story, allowing readers to connect with the protagonist on his quest for redemption.
Every single one of them had to find the courage to tell their backstory. They could offer hope because someone took the time to give it to them. It is a healing chain passed on from one to another, quietly, without seeking anything for themselves. The only thing they wanted was to pass on what was given to them.