Sunday, October 31, 2010

Almost Heaven

Almost Heaven
Chris Fabry
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN +78-1-4143-1957-5

There are books that we enjoy. And books that we read for fun. For pleasure. For information. For inspiration.

And then... there are books destined to change our lives. Books that reach deep down inside of us and change our very core. That touch our heart. That touch our soul. And we are never the same.

Such can easily be said about Almost Heaven.

First, just setting the story in my home state touched a chord in me. So few books are set accurately in the Mountain State! They often portray our simple country people as stupid and ignorant.

But Billy Allman is an exception! Fabry's character is a simple man. A simple man who loves the Lord with all his heart and soul!

Billy Allman could have been my neighbor. Or the man across town. Fabry is so in tune with the people of this state that I could easily put faces with each of his characters!

Billy's story moves from the terrors of his childhood through his struggles as a young man. Heartache and grief like none other, and yet like everyone we have ever known. Fabry gives us a peek into this very special, yet ordinary life, and how it touched  those around him.

Billy gives his all to the Lord. Not in money, which he never had, but with his heart and soul. He loves people and offers himself up time and time again.

Is it any wonder that I picked this book up and couldn't put it down until I had finished it?

Almost Heaven gives us a unique insight into the role of the guardian angel as well. Malachi, the warrior angel, is sent to be guardian over Billy. During the one time he is ordered away from his charge, a tragic occurrence happens that forever changes the young boy, Billy.

You'll laugh through the humor found in this book. And you'll cry. Alot. [Keep a box of tissues close by!]

But most important of all, you will find messages of the love of our Lord and Saviour interspersed throughout the entire book. Always giving us hope. Reminding us that no matter what it is, God can forgive and put the past behind us. Always shedding the light of His love for us upon us.

I can give this book nothing less than five stars

and my thumbs up award.

I highly recommend this book for every household, and find it suitable for teens and older.

****DISCLOSURE: I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers for review.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Brotherhood of Darkness

Brotherhood of Darkness
By Dr. Stanley Monteith
Copyright 2000
Hearthstone Publishing
ISBN 978-1-57558-063-0

To state I began reading this book with trepidation is putting it lightly.

Fantastical. Even maniacal. These are words that could easily describe this text.

Yet, when one looks at works, such as well-known author, Dan Brown, and others, one is sorely tempted to believe that the words written within Brotherhood of Darkness are not only factual, but the gospel truth.

As the "New World Order" plays out before us daily on the American stage of the political arena, one can easily believe that there is a force at work that is stronger than anything we could ever have imagined. A well layed out plan by a force so dark as to call itself the "light".

Christians will easily recognize this evil, and the doubters will soon come to believe.

Monteith spells out how Masons, Rosicrucions, Knights Templar, Illuminati, and so many other groups have formed the world as we know it today. Always there. Always working in the background.

Always, always building that Nordic "One World Order".

How our very government is controlled by those forces today!

Brotherhood of Darkness is a must read for every American, every Christian, and every concerned citizen of the free world.

While this is not a "fun" read, I give this my five star award
and my

thumbs up!

***Disclosure: This book was a purchase through WND Bookstore.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Someone to Blame

Someone to Blame
C.S. Lakin
copyright 2010
Zondervan Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-310-32739-4

I am going to be frank. Very frank.

Someone to Blame was not starting out to be a book where I was enjoying myself.

The first 9 or 10 chapters seemed too disjointed. There were multiple story lines going on. None of them seemed to have anything in common with the other!

Then wham! Bam!

Lakin brings them all together and the melody fuses with the song. A mighty story is built and told! One that you won't soon forget.

A family endures a tragedy like none other. One son dies. The other dies shortly thereafter. And a family not only grieves, but is riddled with guilt and pain.

A move. And a new community.

Multiple stories of heartache, grief, loneliness and murder are woven together.

In the end... forgiveness, love, and faith are all renewed.

Terri Blackstock writes of Someone to Blame, "As convicting as it is moving..." and nothing could be more correct!

I give this book my five stars
and my

thumbs up award!

You can also read more about the book, and purchase a copy direct from the Zondervan website here.

Be sure to get a copy today. This is one story that will be with you for a long time to come!

****Disclosure: Zondervan provided me with a copy of this book for review.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Where Hearts Are Free

Where Hearts Are Free
Golden Keyes Parsons
Copyright 2010
Thomas Nelson
ISBN 978-1-59554-628-9

Bridgette is a young, diminutive girl from a proper, wealthy colonial American family. Her parents desire a good match for her husband, and are determined to see her wed.

Bridgette has other ideas.

The young servant who once lived an elite French life knows a secret. But his indenture has been ended early and he has left to return to his family in the Schuylkill Valley.

Brutality, love, murder, and passion all come together to form a story that will stay with you for a long time.
Yet, hidden throughout, is a strength that is beyond human, a faith that goes unexplained to the secular mind, a peace that passes all understanding.

A country where one can be free from tyranny, a place where religious freedom abounds, a home Where Hearts are Free.

I give this book my five stars rating

and my Thumbs Up Award.

****Disclosure: Thomas Nelson provided a copy of this book for review through their Book Review program, BookSneeze.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Currently Reading...

Where Hearts Are Free
by Golden Keyes Parsons
Thomas Nelson, Inc.~2010
ISBN 978-1-59554-628-9

Be watching for the review of this Darkness in Light novel by an exceptional author!

Trouble The Water

Trouble The Water
by Nicole Seitz
Thomas Nelson Publishing - 2007
ISBN: 978-1-5954-400-1

Author Nicole Seitz...
...writes with such beautiful passion as she tells us the story of Honor, who comes to find real peace in the final days before her passing. But it's the lives she touches along the way, Duchess, Blondell, and her sister Alice, that will never be the same.

This is a story of losing a faith, and finding it once more. Of suicide, passion, hate, remorse, guilt, perversities, and love.

But mostly, of learning to let go and forgive yourself. Releasing the past and finding your new self.

Seitz brings a rich story to great crescendo's, and doesn't let us fall!

Set in the rich South Carolina Gullah community, this is a must read!

I give this one five stars and my Thumbs Up award!

***Disclosure: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher.