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CSFF September Tour ~ The First Principle Day 1

~ Welcome to Day 1 of the September CSFF Blog Tour ~
This month's featured book is The First Principle

The First Principle: A Novel
By Marissa Shrock

It is a funny thing, sometimes you are just meant to read a certain book.  I was offered the opportunity to read this book two other times this year, but I didn't take it.  Though this book sounded interesting I had scheduling issues so I wasn't able to accept. I guess, the third is the charm, as some like to say.

The First Principle is about choices and obeying the law and those in authority.  What makes a law the most important principle in our lives?  Who is to say what is right?

This is a decision 15 year old Vivica Wilkins must decide for herself when she is faced with obeying the law or following her heart.  A secret that she discovered years ago may be what will decide not only her future but the future of those closest to her. But is she willing to sabotage her mother's chance to become President of the United Regions of America (North America basically) and join the rebels who are determined to turn back the clock?

Sometimes one needs to grow up almost overnight...

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Kregel Publications in conjunction with my participation in this CSFF Blog Tour and my honest review of this book.

About the book:  

In the not-too-distant future, the United Regions of America has formed. Governors hold territories instead of states, and while Washington, DC, is gone, the government has more control than ever before. For fifteen-year-old Vivica Wilkins, the daughter of a governor, this is life as usual. High school seems pretty much the same--until one day, that controlling power steps right through the door during study hall.

When Vivica speaks out to defend her pregnant friend against the harsh treatment of Population Management Officer Marina Ward, she has no idea she's sowing the seeds of a revolution in her own life. But it isn't long before she discovers her own illegal pregnancy. Now she has to decide whether to get the mandatory abortion--or follow her heart, try to keep the baby, and possibly ruin her mother's chances at becoming president.

A rebel group called the Emancipation Warriors, who are fighting to restore freedoms once held unalienable, offer her asylum. Can Vivica trust these rebels to help her or will they bring everything crashing down around her? Accepting their help may come with consequences she isn't ready to face.

Marissa Shrock's debut novel crafts a chilling story of what may be to come if we allow the economic and moral crises currently facing our country to change the foundations on which we built our independence--and of the difference one person can make when they choose to trust God's lead.

About the author:

Marissa Shrock is a middle school language arts teacher, and works with her audience every day. She's a graduate of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild courses, and is a member of the ACFW. Her articles for teens have been published in Evangel and Encounter. Visit her at

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Stop back tomorrow for Day 2 of The First Principle...
and be sure to check out all the CSFF tour stops during this 3 day tour (September 21 - 23, 2015)

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