Karen Kingsbury brings a tale of entertainment that exposes the high price of fame in her latest parable Fifteen Minutes. The protagonist Zack Dylan, son, brother,worship leader is gifted with an incredible voice and great writing abilities. Zack, a believer in Jesus Christ is content in the life that he has led in Kentucky working on a horse farm that has been in his family for over a hundred years and loving his girlfriend Reese Weatherly. But the contentment and peace that he has begins to slip away as the call to fame is filling his imagination through the reality show fifteen Minutes. Zack tells himself, Reese, his family that his intentions are noble. He will go to Fifteen Minutes and glorify God as he wins the singing competition. He leaves home pledging his love for God, family and Reese. However the pull to compromise is too great even for Zack and he very subtly starts to change until he finally betrays all that he believes ultimately breaking Reese’s heart.
As Zack climbs to the top of popularity on Fifteen Minutes he leaves behind every value that he has lived with since his childhood. But God has redemptively placed people around him who sees the nature of Christ in him and at pivotal times those persons reaches out to him. Chief among them is Chandra Olson a superstar and a judge on Fifteen Minutes who has lost everything as she bowed her knee to the idol of entertainment. Though her walk with God is tenuous God still sues her as a voice of reconciliation bringing Zack back to his heavenly Father.
This parable moved me as I saw the subtle plan of the enemy to pervert creativity exposed. Karen is one of my favorite creative Scribes and I am so glad that she has left Zondervan. This is the first book of Karen’s that I have purchase since I learned that Zondervan is owned by the company that publishes the Satan Bible.
My intercession for every creative artist who has turned away from the God who gave them the creative gifts that has captured the world is that you too discover the God who loves you and return to Him before it is too late. One of the passages that Karen uses throughout all of the books that I have read written by her is Jeremiah 29:11 “I know the plans that I have for you saith the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you; to give you a future and a hope.” As you find yourself leaving the plans of God to pursue the plans of your enemy please know before it is too late that only God loves you. The fans, the fame and the fortune that you seek is fleeting and the price is too high. Return to God before it’s too late. He loves you and His arms are open to receive you. Your God did not bless you with the abilities and gifts that you possess to sell them to the highest bidder but to reflect His glory through you. Fifteen minutes of fame is not worth losing your soul for all eternity.