Eyes on the Unseen Prize

Rated 4.67/5 based on 6 reviews
Set in the mountains of Colorado and beaches of Florida, this contemporary romance is about a woman who encounters a series of transforming spiritual experiences, chance events, and dreams, which help to strengthen her faith in Christianity. She and her boyfriend set out to spread the good news, yet are often challenged by atheists, the complacent, and their own demons. Will they overcome? More
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About S.J. Thomason

SJ Thomason lives with her two sons, chief security officer/pooch, and husband who would rather be living in a houseboat near his identical twin brother. She works as a college professor, which helps to pay the mortgage.

Over the past few decades, she has attempted to reconcile the logic and rationality of nature with the unexplained force of love within. World religions address the latter, yet none so perfectly and comprehensively as Christianity. By diving into the academic, literary, and church communities, she's found many answers to the complicated questions of life. Life's short, sometimes ugly, and there are no guarantees. If she were to be hit by a bus tomorrow (which might very well happen), she'll rest in peace knowing that a permanent record of her discoveries of the way, the truth, and the life exists for her family, friends, and anyone else interested.

To reach S.J. Thomason, feel free to email her at alwayslearning1225@gmail.com or connect on Twitter @sjthomason1225.

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Review by: fishergirl on Nov. 16, 2016 :
wow... worth the read.
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Review by: fishergirl on Nov. 16, 2016 :
wow... worth the read.
(review of free book)

Review by: Bonnie Berman Shores on Oct. 25, 2016 :
“God wanted her to be purposeful about spreading His message, whether it be in her office, in her neighborhood, or wherever He directed her to walk on this earth.” Thus ends “Eyes on the Unseen Prize”, S.J. Thomason's Christian romance.

First Peter 3:15 tells us to “...honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect”. This is certainly what Thomason has done here. Her passion for sharing the gospel is evident in every paragraph of this book.

“Eyes on the Unseen Prize” introduces us to Piper, a twenty-something who loves the Lord and isn't afraid to share her knowledge of His Word with family and friends, even when they don't want to hear it. We also meet Nick, Piper's boyfriend, and get to see their relationship grow in mutual love and respect. Nick and Piper's friends are featured prominently as well, and we're privy to many of the ups and downs in their lives, as this story takes place over several years. Some of the downs are tough to read, but we're constantly reminded that our faith is in a sovereign God Who loves us and has a plan for our lives.

My favorite quote from the book is, “This life is but a speck of sand in the eternal beach of heaven”. I have often quoted James 4:14 which says, in part, “For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes”, but I love the alternate picture of Heaven as an eternal beach.

If you are looking for an encouraging Christian book with a happy ending, look no further than “Eyes on the Unseen Prize”.
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Review by: Angela Joseph on Sep. 20, 2016 :
Review of The Unseen Prize
As a Christian, have you ever wondered if you should make the effort to witness to people who appear to be unredeemable? Or, why do bad things happen to good people? Or, is heaven real? And do Satan and hell really exist?
The Unseen Prize by Stephanie Thomason answers these questions and more as you get a glimpse of hell and heaven through the eyes of the protagonist Piper McCoy. Piper is a young devout Christian woman, passionately in love with her boyfriend Nick Obrien, who has two major faults: he drinks too much and he waits three years before he finally proposes to Piper. To further challenge Piper’s faith, her family members and the people she and Nick hang with are all atheists. As the story evolves, Piper uses her faith in God and the unusual gift of discernment He has given her to help lead her friends to Christ.
Despite being devoted Christians , Nick and Piper have their share of difficulties, which threaten to shake the foundations of Piper’s faith. In the end, God gives her a “golden key,” a magnificent vision of heaven, which helps to solidify her faith and renew her commitment to continue to spread the message of the gospel.
I highly recommend The Unseen Prize to Christian as well as non-Christian readers. For Christian readers, your faith in the transforming power of Christ will be strengthened; for non-Christians, you will realize that no matter how far away you may think you are from God, you are never past His reach.
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Review by: kburke on July 22, 2016 :
Good book, good message.
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Review by: Gail Suratt Davis on July 17, 2016 :
Stephanie Thomason's book, "Eyes on the Unseen Prize," is easy to read and is not sluggish in pace.

The story line follows the lives of Piper and Nick, both of whom are young adults just beginning their careers. Through the window of their lives we meet their friends, people at work, people on the street, and people with whom and for whom they volunteer. They are an "everyman" type that each of us can relate to. What makes them different from many people in this story and in our lives is their faith is lived out in action and word as they go through their normal days.

Just as each of us have normal regular types of days, Piper and Nick do as well. Through their lives we see examples of how we can show God's love to people and how we can give a voice to our faith to the people around us. Many Christians profess faith in Jesus Christ, but do not know to act out their faith or do not know how to speak about it to their friends when the friends are doing ungodly things and living in a way that is morally wrong. Piper and Nick show us and tell us how the Bible and Christianity are relevant for today. It is not outdated or obsolete. We remember the Word of God is alive and active, sharper than any two-edged sword. (Hebrews 4:12)

This book is for people who like young adult fiction. It is for people who want relative fiction. Eyes on the Unseen Prize is for people who want encouragement that they can live for Christ and it will make a difference; they won't be laughed at and left by their friends. Most of all, this book is for people who seek Christian fiction that is relevant for today for themselves and their friends. When you buy this book for yourself, buy one for your friend, too. You both will enjoy it and will be enlightened by it.
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