Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
From the back cover:
Ghost Town is the hottest amusement park in the country, but when Maia Peters visits, she’s not expecting to be impressed. The daughter of two world-renowned “ghost hunters,” she’s grown up around the paranormal and to her most of the park is just Hollywood special effects. Until the very last attraction.
There, in a haunted house, a face appears from the mist. The face of Jordin Cole, a girl Maia knows. A girl, Maia discovers, who has gone missing.
Convinced what she saw wasn’t a hoax and desperate to find Jordin, Maia launches into a quest for answers. Joined by Jordin’s boyfriend–a pastor’s kid with very different ideas about the paranormal–the two soon find themselves in a struggle on the edge of the spirit realm as dangerous forces try to keep the truth from emerging.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Resurrection in May by Lisa Samson is the story of May Seymour and her friend, an old man named Claudius Borne. I found this book very hard to get into. The characters didn’t grab my attention and didn’t pull me into their world. I have to be honest and say that I was so bored with this book that I didn’t quite finish it. I just couldn’t bear to. Oh well. Not every book is for every reader. I know that Lisa Samson has a huge following and I’m sure fans of hers will enjoy her latest novel.
From the back cover:
A strange and wondrous friendship ignites a fire of love in May Seymour’s life.
Lovely and winsome May Seymour graduated from college with the world at her feet…and no idea what to do with it. A spontaneous mission trip to Africa brought a great surprise—love—and a strong sense of purpose. But in loving others there, she encountered a severed tragedy that left her deeply wounded.
She comes to heal at the farm of Claudius Borne—a sweet, kind old man who understands plants and animals far better than people. And his farm becomes May’s home.
There on the farm, May renews a friendship with an old college flame named Eli whose path has taken unexpected turns too. As May tries to convince Eli to grab hold of life once again, he begins to pull May fro her sheltered existence. Like old Claudius’s farm in Spring, May begins to blossom back into life. But no resurrection ever comes without sacrifice—and this sacrifice will forever transform May.
Lisa Samson, the Christy-award winning author of Christianity Today’s Novel of the Year Quaker Summer, has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as one of the “most powerful voices in Christian fiction.” She lives in Kentucky with her husband and three kids.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
You've probably heard the many negative media reports about the evangelical church, such as:
- Christian young people are leaving the Christian faith in record numbers
- The divorce rate among Christians is as high as those of nonbelievers
- Christians today are watered down in their beliefs and actions
But are these truly accurate?
In Christians are Hate-Filled Hypocrites...and Other Lies You've Been Told, sociologist Bradley R.E. Wright shatters these popular myths, along with many others. Using the best available data, he reveals to readers why and how many of the commonly shared statistics are incomplete and inaccurate.
This book was provided for review by Bethany House.
Forgotten-Seventeen and Homeless by Melody Carlson is a glimpse into the life of an American teenager who moves to a new school district and realizes that she can be whatever/whoever she wants to be in this new town. Adele finds friends quickly with the in-crowd while at the same time finds her home life falling apart. She ends up being abandoned by her druggie mother and living in the back of a beat up old van while trying to hide this new life from her new friends. Author Melody Carlson captures teenage life like no other and does a great job pulling the reader right into the story. With realistic characters and situations, I don't know how she keeps pumping these books out! This is a must read for teen girls. Mia learns some tough lessons, including learning who her real friends are, asking for help shouldn’t be embarrassing, and the most important one of all, that honesty is always best all the while being pointed to the saving grace of Jesus by a pastor that she meets at an outreach mission. While I felt the book ended a little abruptly I still think it’s an excellent tool for teens.
Thanks, Melody, for this CLEAN READ.
Every teenage girl has a secret. And every teenage girl loves hearing someone else’s secret. But some secrets are big enough to detour, derail, or even destroy a young person’s life. Each of Melody Carlson’s Secrets novels will propel readers into a world where promises are broken, life is not fair, and challenges can make or break them, while ultimately helping readers discover that solid faith, loyal friends, and a persistent spirit will see them through.
Monday, August 9, 2010
She went looking for adventure . . . and found more than she bargained for.
Kate Evans is an adventurous and independent young woman with a pioneering spirit. When she leaves her home in Washington State to follow her dream of being an Alaskan bush pilot, she knows it will be an uphill battle. But she never expected it to be quite like this. As the lone woman in a man’s world, she finds that contending with people’s expectations is almost as treacherous as navigating the wild arctic storms.
When she crosses paths with a mysterious man living alone in the forbidding wilderness, she faces a new challenge. Can Kate break through the walls he has put up around his heart? And will fear keep her from realizing her dreams?
Touching the Clouds will draw you in with raw emotion and suspense, all against the stunning backdrop of the Alaskan wilds.
This book was proved for review by the author and Revell.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
I've read all but two of Travis Thrasher's novels (Every Breath You Take and Out of the Devil's Mouth) and one of them was a top pick from my 2009 reads (Sky Blue--simply AMAZING!) but this latest one, Solitary, shows us a different side of Travis. He's come into another level with his first venture into YA fiction and I applaud him. Solitary grabbed me from the first page and didn't stop until I reached the end (which thankfully isn't the end, this is the first in a series!) This is one scary, heart pounding ride. A little reminiscent of the popular Twilight series, there's a new boy in town and a girl that he's warned to stay away from. The two are drawn together even when they try to stay away from each other. The warnings don't stop. Things get deeper. This is where the similarities end. Thrasher takes his book an entirely different direction than the mainstream YA books. If you've got teen readers then you need to share this book with them.