Sunday, September 16, 2012

                                        NEW RECRUIT by Jill Williamson

I was really excited to get a chance to read Jill Williamson new book.  She is the author of one of the best trilogies out there, the award winning "Blood of Kings" trilogy and also the thought provoking book "Replication."  I love the way that she writes and how she brings the characters to life in here stories.  This book is no exception and is the first in a four book series.

The book is about a teenager named Spencer who lives with his grandma and loves to play basketball.  When given the choice between going to military school or joining a Secret Missionary Spy league he joing the later even though his beliefs are not his own.  The Mission League is going on a mission trip to Russia during the summer and Spencer goes jus t to avoid military school and to get closer to a few of the girls who are also going. 

While in Russia he tries to help the local homeless with the rest of the group but stumbles on some mysterious things that he can't seem to stay out of the middle of. 

This is an awesome book and I love the topics that it deals with. I can see myself in Spencers shoes and what how he chooses to deal with the situations around him.  I love how Jill show that God can use us  in situations to draw us to him.  Spencer may not believe in God but God definetly believes in Spencer and using him and those around him.  I love the whole Missionary League and wish that I could sign up.

Thanks to Jill Williamson for providing a copy of the book to read and share my thought on.  I look forward to the rest of the books in this series and the other books that Jill has planned coming out.  Another great book from the folks at Marcher Lord Press.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

October Baby

This is a review of the book October Baby which is a novelization of the movie.  I havent had a chance to see the movie yet(but definetly will) so I will not try to compare the two.  I have read All of Eric Wilsons previous works so am very familiar with his writings and would highly recommend them.  I also love the back stories that he adds to his other novelizations it just does so much more for the story.  The only problem is if you read the book first then see the movie you wonder where the backstory is. 

The book follows a young girl who is doing a play in college and on the opening night when she gets up to perform she has a seizure.  Her parents take her to a doctor to discuss what is going on and at this point reveal that she was adopted after a failed abortion.  She then begins a journey in search of who she is and where she came from.

Eric Wilson does a great job of bringing this story to life.  The way he goes into details and descibes things helps bring the story to life.  The characters in the story are brilliantly written and devoleped in such a way that really makes you relate to them and what is going on in their lives.  You cant help but feel their hurt, their pain, and their joy as they go through their journey in the book.  I couldnt stop reading it.  The last 10-20% of the story was so moving and so vivid.  I found myself crying tears of sorrow and then tears of joy the next moment.  This is the first book in a long time that has moved me in such a way( I'm not the crying type usually).  The story and the way it was brought to life really touched me.  I dont know if it had to do with being a parent, being a person that has struggled with feeling alone,  or also struggling with conceiving a child.  IT was probably a combination of all.  I highly recommend this book which comes out in September and cant wait to go see the movie as well.  A very moving story that will bring you to tears(both of joy and sorrow)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Bone House by Stephen Lawhead

This is the second book in the "Bright Empires" series and continues the quest of those trying to find the Skin Map and what it contains. One part of the map has been found and they all continue to search for the remainder while also trying to keep the others from finding it. The story mixes fantasy, science fiction, and history all into one book and takes you on a twisting journey filled with lots of surprises. I like the series so far and it is a great escape book to make you think about other places and times. The characters in the story are great and you are drawn to certain ones. The story does get kind of slow in a couple of parts but overall a great read though. I really like the way the story has developed so far and cant wait for the next book (which sadly comes out in about a year). I really would like to think booksneeze for providing a copy of this book to give an unbiased review on.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A great finish to the homelanders series. This is the fourth and final book in the series and brings to a conclusion the story of Charlie West. Charlie West know who he is but he just cant remember the final piece to figure out who the actually terrorist are and what their plan is. Will he rember in time or will it be too late.

This book is very suspenseful and action packed. It reads quickly as there is a lot going on and the story keeps coming at you. I was very impressed with this book and the way it ended. It is a great series and a great story of standing up for what you believe in.

I received a copy of this book from Booksneeze to give an unbiased opinion on.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Love Food and Live Well by Chantel Hobbs

This is the first time that I had heard of Chantel Hobbs and found this book to be very interesting. Chantel is a very motivational writer and I love the way she goes about encouraging and showing you how to create a healthy lifestyle for yourself. I also love the fact that she has been there and lost the weight instead of someone who is skinny and only lost a few pounds trying to tell you how to lose weight. It encouraged me to see someone go and tell about their struggles and also tell you what to do about it. A great book that I would highly recommend. I will definetly be checking into some of her other books.

Also have been following Chantel's program and have lost 25 pounds so far.

I received a copy of this from Multnomah and blogging for books to give an unbiased review on.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Awesome Book!!! One Step Away by Eric Wilson

I really love the way that Eric Wilson writes and the suspense that he builds upto in his books. When I heard he was writing a new twist on the story of JOB I had to check it out. I went and bought both the Kindle and a paperback version. The difference between this story and the story of JOb is that the characters(the Vreelands) inherit a large sum of money and items instead of losing everything like Job. Th Vreelands must deal with how the money will affect their faith in God.

I found myself connecting to the family right off(espicially Bret). Bret is 33 yrs old and has been married for 11 yrs(I turn 33 this month and have also been married 11 yrs). He is a hard worker who is trying to just get by and his family is on a strict budget. They really have to stick to their budget and if it is not on there they cant slurge on something. I could really relate to this and ws instantly drawn into the story. The Vreelands inherit $6,000,000 and quickly have to adjust and figure out where their priorities in life are. Do they keep doing what they were doing before and will thei family adjust to this new lifestyle.

The story is great and the suspense that Eric Wilson add with the inheritance and the family history is awesome. I kind of had an idea of where the book might head but boy was I wrong. The way that Eric Wilson brings out the characters and the direction he takes the book was a great ride and one to be enjoyed. I loved the ending and cant wait to read more from ERic Wilson and Bay Forest books.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


I wanted to tell you guys about a new website called Grouptune. It is kind of like the daily coupon site groupon but it offers weekly deals on Christian music. Right now you can download Blutree's "God of this City" for $3.99 and it includes 2 never breleased versions of the song "God of this City." This website looks really coll and I have already downloaded 2 offers so far from the site and plan on downloading more. Check it out at