Wednesday, November 15, 2017
This is a futuristic fiction that should raise the hair on the back of your head. Linda Wood Rondeau has created a story about what could actually be the aim of some people in this world: Everybody exactly the same--no ethnicity, no religion, no choices. Children removed from the home at an early age and educated (read "indoctrinated") by the United Earth Government. People euthanized at the pleasure of corrupt politicians. Rampant pornography. Marriage outlawed. Memes created from aborted illegal pregnancies for slave-like service. What's not to hate?
The only hope for freedom seems to come from defectors in the land outside the United Earth perimeters, the outworld.
One man is rising to the highest power on earth, Edwin Rowlands. Disgustingly corrupt in every way on the inside, he exuded charm on the exterior. He's still ruled by his dead father, an equally disreputable despot. His second is an odd choice, Ahmed Fared. Ahmed is adopted brother to a humble outsider, Jacob Goodayle. Jacob is a dreamer, a Christ-follower aiming for a world of freedom and real equality, rising also to a position of power.
Rowlands intends to execute everyone who opposes him, even his intimate, Christine, if she won't follow his dictates. And he'll probably succeed if no one stops him. Assassination? Blackmail? Bribery? What will work?
Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
I received a free copy of this book from the author; however, opinions and evaluations expressed are my own.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness, The Lord will be a light to me. Micah 7:8, NKJV.
I smile on the outside, but inside I know--I flunked the course again. Ever felt that way?
Oh, we are so very human.
Not that this is a good excuse.
Nope, it's just a fact. We all mess up on a regular basis. Just when we think we've got some particular bad habit licked, something triggers yet another dive into the depths.
But don't despair--God has this. Grab His hand and rise back up again.
Sometimes I think we're not God's representatives because we are so very good, but because on occasion we fail. Keeps us humble, you see.
Again--DO NOT use this for an excuse. Instead, keep hanging onto Him. He will lift us, fit us for His service, and lead us in the way everlasting. Even psychiatrists will agree that the one who keeps trying will eventually be victorious.
So go ahead--grab that Hand that reaches out to you. Get up one more time. Try again. With Him, we can do it.
Lord, we sure do need that lift from You. Help us, we pray. We can't do it without You. Thank You for caring enough to give us one more second chance. In Jesus's precious name, Amen.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Oh, wow! This is good! Romance, intrigue, suspense--all centered around basketball. And I'm not even a huge basketball fan. I liked our high school games, though--and this is about high school basketball on steroids! No, not literally on drugs--just really hyped up. You know what I mean.
Emily Morse has her first teaching job, and she's excited. The folks on this small Maine island are excited too--well, as excited as they get about anyone new on the island. Everyone else has always been there. Not just since birth. No, for generations. They don't think she'll last long. The winters are enough to scare most folks away before the winter even ends.
Actually, the only thing that really excites the town is basketball.
But Emily falls in love with her students and then with a Bible-reading hunk. She wants to stay. Even after being informed that she will in no way fail or even give low grades to basketball players. Their teams (both boys and girls) have many times over taken the golden ball--the state championship. The basketball coach belligerently informs her, and the principal backs him up. What?
But then Emily discovers the dirty secret held by the island, the school, and the teams, and it all goes downhill from there.
You don't want to miss this one. Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
I received a free copy of the book from the author. There were no requirements for a positive review, so the opinions and evaluations are my own.
Monday, November 6, 2017
When a mass shooting such as Las Vegas or Texas occurs, we're so quick to point and blame, shifting the blame to yet another person if that answer doesn't suffice.
I'm always wanting to know why. What happened to the shooter that made him or her resort to such an awful solution to his or her anger? Were his parents to blame? Siblings? Acquaintances? Business associates? The government? What, why, where, when, how?
But I'm not so sure the real reasons will ever be known. The shooter, if he/she dies, isn't going to be able to say. If they don't, what would you like to bet they'll point the finger at someone else?
Only God can know a person's heart. Only He knows exactly where the blame should land. And only He can forgive and help us forgive. Unless, of course, you are one who is totally without blame in any way, shape, or form--perfect in every way. Then you can throw all the rocks you want.
Lord, I'm so sorry people have to endure such hurt, and sorry that hurt can result in destructive anger. Father, help us open our hands so that no pointing fingers are seen and compassion can be given. Thank You, Father. In Your Son's name, Amen.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Romantic comedy--sorta--although there are a bunch of painfully tearful scenarios here and there throughout this fast-paced novel! Very much enjoyable in either case.
Tessa Tarrington was a PK (preacher's kid), and all the rules applied: excel in every school subject; lead the pack to church; and, above all, never tarnish the family name. The problems began at the ripe old age of six when Ryland Jessup gave her a birthday present that followed her forever: days-of-the-week panties. Worse, thanks to his stutter, a new nickname: Pee-Pee Tee-Tee.
And now she had to go back to her hometown, her adult reputation equally shattered. A ghost writer for the rich and famous, she was only supposed to write what the R&F told her to, and she did that. However, they entrusted her sympathetic shoulders with far more than what was ever printed. When those deep secrets began appearing in scandal sheets, her career dove suddenly into the toilet. Fired, she fled to her father's side--after all, he needed her help after his heart attack. Plus, the local school offered her a job as a substitute teacher for an extended period.
If she'd known the first familiar face she'd see would be that of Ryland Jessup in her alma mater's hallway, she might never have accepted the job.
On Ryland's side, it was like a dream come true to see Tessa. She had been his dream girl ever since he first met her--and of course, boys being boys, he didn't know any way to treat the girl except to tease her. Tessa can only hope he's grown up--and Ryland can only hope that she'll finally return his affections.
Oh, please please please buy this book! I swear, you will love it as much as I have. Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. They did not request a positive review, and the opinions and evaluations are my own.
Friday, October 13, 2017
This is the first book I've read by Bethany Kaczmarek, and I think I've found a very talented writer. This romance is in a timely branch of the romance genre, abuse and stalking. While it's definitely uplifting, you can still feel the threads of emotions in the young women who are so terrorized by the ones who should be honoring and protecting them.
Kasia Bernolak is engaged to a young man who dominates her and has wrecked her self-esteem. He's pulled her away from God and from her family, shame tearing those precious bonds apart. She gathers up her remaining courage to break the engagement and leave the country, literally. She goes to Peru for a summer-long mission and begins to find herself and her God again--but terror haunts her dreams every night.
When she returns home and then back to college, her worst nightmares begin to happen. Blake, her now former fiance', is now her stalker. She makes a decision to go nowhere alone; three guys and her roommate take turns shepherding her from class to home to the place she helps youngsters with their homework. But will it be enough?
Apparently not always. What can she do?
Find out by getting the book from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local bookstore! Well worth the cost of the read!
I received a free copy of the book from the author. The review and evaluation are my own opinions.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Jill Eileen Smith has her own way of bringing out possible Biblical romances. In this series (The Loves of King Solomon), Jill's view of Solomon's first love just melts your heart.
Naamah is the beloved in the Song of Solomon, daughter of one of the princes subject to the Israelite king. She first meets Solomon when David is running from his son Absalom, and even at ten years old is enamored of the favorite of the king. Solomon and she exchange correspondence for a few years, but then he abruptly stops when she reaches the age of thirteen. Naamah wonders why. Finally she talks her father into taking her with him to Jerusalem.
Her adoration of Solomon has, if anything, increased, and she begs her father to offer her as a wife to Solomon. Naamah's father warns her that a king must have many wives to form alliances and establish his power, Solomon will, of course, become king--but Naamah is love-blind..They become betrothed, and a year later they marry. She's ecstatic--and so, apparently, is Solomon.
How will this young woman from thousands of years ago handle what would devastate the modern woman? Find out at Amazon or Barnes and Noble or several local bookstores!
I was given a free copy of this book by the author, but the opinions and evaluations are my own.