Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Miranda Hanford, a widow with 6 children has a dilemma; she is stuck in a legalistic, cult-like church. The pastor knows secrets about her and she fears the secrets will cause her to lose her children. After an accident her brother-in-law steps in to help her out. Miranda and Jack both have secrets that they are afraid will destroy their chances at any kind of relationship.
When Sparrows Fall by Meg Mosely is a story of fear, courage, and triumph. I felt this was a really good read. At times I just got frustrated thinking how does anyone live in this kind of fear but after a while I began to understand. The book was enjoyable but somewhat predictable. There were a few surprises that I didn’t see coming. I was glad to see Miranda work through her fears and become triumphant. Unfortunately there are religions out there that try to control the people of their “churches” but thankfully this book brings out true Christian love among people and shows that Christianity is a choice given freely.
Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who really likes a good love story and an easy read. It was heartwarming and very touching.
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Monday, May 16, 2011
In The Final Summit written by Andy Andrews, David Ponder is a “traveler” who is assigned the task to lead a group of travelers in a final summit to try to save mankind. They must answer a question correctly in order to determine the fate of mankind. Will it be possible for them to do this?
I really enjoyed this book. It has some interesting historical figures and facts that I found fascinating. Although, in some parts I seemed to lose interest in the talk between the characters because I felt there was too much information that wasn’t really pertinent to the story and I found myself just wanting to get through to the point and the answer to the question.
The writer really made the characters come to life. I could picture myself sitting in the room where the summit was held. I could visualize the furniture, the people, and the ambiance of the room. I could hear the people talking and coming to life in my head. I am a very visual person so it is always a plus for me when an author can draw me into the book this way.
The book brought forth some really good self-help advice and information. Some really good points to help one cope with different situations in real life were presented. I was really disappointed in the answer to the question even though it is good advice I would never imagine it to be the answer to mankind’s problems. I feel that Jesus Christ is the one and only answer in our lives.
Overall, I would suggest this book to others with the opinion that it has some good ideas and advice but still missing the point.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
31 Days of Power: Learning to Live in Spiritual Victory by Ruth Myers and Warren Myers is a wonderful daily devotional. There is 31 days of prayers/praise verses each including scripture to back them up. I see myself referring back to these prayers regularly.
The book reminds me of the spiritual warfare that goes on around me daily. It reminded me who is actually in control. I sometimes find myself falling into a rut and feeling down. I know that it is the enemy. 31 Days of Power gives me the prayers I need for obtaining the spiritual victory that Christ has so freely given me. It also reminds me to pray for others.
The 1st part of this book is the 31 prayers meant to be a daily devotional. Part 2 of this book describes the dynamics of spiritual warfare. In Part 2 the author spells out how spiritual warfare is happening around us all of the time and also how Christ is always victorious and in control. Satan has always tried to exert his power but God is in total control and Satan has no power but what is allowed by God. God is victorious and always will be.
I would recommend this book to everyone. It is very enlightening and will help you to understand the warfare going on in our world and our lives. I read this book in one evening. I look forward to going back and doing the devotionals day by day and really reflecting on the words written and studying the scripture more in depth.
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Monday, May 2, 2011
This is the first Tim Downs book that I have read. I really enjoyed this book. If you like crime mysteries this is a book that you shouldn't miss. The story is about Dr. Nick Polchak, entomologist, he is getting ready to embark on a new chapter in his life. He is engaged to be married in just a few days to Alena when he is contacted by an old friend who wants him to come to a Vidocq meeting in a different state just days before his marriage. Alena feels like he is running from there impending marriage.
Dr Nick Polchak is a strange character who can relate better with bugs than with people. He is head strong and oblivious of the feelings of others. He can be irritating and obnoxious and he lets his work absorb him and will not stop until he finishes what he starts. Will it cost him his girlfriend and soon to be wife?
Alena is also a loner who doesn't like to be around people. She would much rather spend her time with her trained dogs. The town of Endor considers her to be a witch because she is so different. She communicates with her dogs like no one else. The dogs are perfectly trained for all kinds of work. Nick and Alena seem to be perfect for each other. But she is fed up with Nick's antics.
The book held my attention and I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot. Although some of it isn't realistic it was entertaining. I liked the surprises of the twist I didn't see it coming. There were parts that were a little unblievable but all in all the story worked together. I thought it interesting that there was a slight reference to her being a witch living in Endor (the witch of Endor) but it really didn't have anything to do with the plot. This is an easy read and I will read more of Tim Downs work. I would recommend this book to others.
I downloaded Tim Downs' book Nick of Time. A book from his Bug Man series. I received the download for free for an honest review from Booksneeze.com, publisher Thomas Nelson.