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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Merlin’s Nightmare by Robert Treskillard (Book Review)

Merlin’s Nightmare (Merlin Spiral Series, Book 3)

by Robert Treskillard

(I received this book for review purposes.)

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Genre- Juvenile Fiction / General

Publisher- Blink (Zondervan)

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of Pages- 432

Age Group- Young Adult and Adult 

Description of Book- paperback, $9.99, ISBN: 978-0-310-73509-0

In Merlin’s Nightmare, by Robert Treskillard, Merlin has been running and hiding from his enemies for some time now and he would like to stay home and grow old with his family.  Arthur is now eighteen and he is eager to be on the battlefield.  He does not know that he is the High King, because everybody close to him has kept him safe throughout the years. 

Now it is the time that Merlin is going to have to stop hiding himself and Arthur.  They are going to have fight to keep their country safe.  The Saxenow are coming from the south, Picti from the north, and something else from the west. 

Morgana, Merlin’s sister, is about to let herself known to all and unleash werewolves to destroy everyone.  What will happen?  Will Merlin be brave enough to face his fears?  Will Arthur be crowned king?

About the Author- Robert Treskillard currently lives in Missouri with his wife and youngest child.  He has a BA in Biblical; Theological Studies.  He is a software developer, graphic artist, and bladesmith.

My thoughts-

Merlin’s Nightmare, by Robert Treskillard, was an exciting conclusion to the Merlin Spiral Series.  There were a lot of exciting extras in this book  The subject matter was exciting too, Merlin and Arthur, two of my favorite subjects.

I liked the pronunciation guide, and the glossary.  It is always important to know as much as you can about the setting and those two items helped me understand and visualize everything that was happening.  There were also maps in the front of the book that I used to follow where the people were living and fighting.  I thought the beginning of the book was interesting, because he used people and subject matter to highlight what had happened in the other books.  I liked that, because I like to read a synopsis of what happened in the other books in a series. 

I was glad to read that Merlin was finally able to accept that God had sent him to do an important task.  God often tells us what we need to do in our lives.  We need to make sure that we are listening to him and following him.  It took Merlin many years to do what God was asking of him.  I hope that it does not take me that long to listen to God.

I really liked this book and it was a good conclusion to the series.  I am looking forward to reading the next series, Pendragon Spiral.  It will continue Merlin’s story.  I know that many grownups and teens would like to read this book.

Informational and Purchasing Links-

Merlin’s Nightmarehttp://www.amazon.com/Merlins-Nightmare-Merlin-Spiral-Treskillard/dp/0310735092/

Author Website - http://www.KingArthur.org.uk

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Disclosure of Material Connection- I received a free copy of Merlin’s Nightmare, by Robert Treskillard, to review from Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour and Blink (Zondervan).  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  I am part of CSFF Blog TourAll links were current when posted.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Starting at the Finish Line by John B. Wallace (Book Review)

Starting at the Finish Line

By John B. Wallace

(I received this book for review purposes.)

Genre- Religion /Christian / Nonfiction / General

Published by- Pomona House Publishing, LLC

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 202

Age Group- Adult

Description of Book- paperback, ISBN 978-0-9914622-0-9, $14.99

Starting at the Finish Line, by John B. Wallace, is about describing what it is like for the Mormons and how they need to look more closely at the Bible learn about how salvation given by Christ.  Wallace defends the Bible, give solutions, and discusses how a person is born again.

About the Author- Dr. John B. Wallace is a practicing dentist in California and is active in his church.  He was active in the Mormon church for twenty years.

My thoughts- I thought Starting at the Finish Line, by John B. Wallace was an interesting book, because I learned both about the Mormons and more about how some view Christianity. 

I think this would a wonderful resource for someone who is thinking of leaving the Mormon faith.  Wallace did a wonderful job of showing what the Mormons believe, how some of their concepts are wrong, and what the Bible truly says and how Christianity works.  I learn that I sometimes think as the Mormons do, that I have to have good works and not just the gift of salvation that Jesus provided to me by his death on the cross. 

I liked how Wallace quoted the Book of Mormon.  I really enjoyed being able to read my version on the Kindle, to know what was discussed around those particular verses.  It would have been nice to have a bibliography in the back of the book, so that I could try to find the books that were quoted.

I really recommend this book to those who are thinking of leaving the Mormon faith or those who desire to learn more about the Mormons and how talk to them about the Christian faith.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Starting at the Finish Line, by John B. Wallace, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Warden and the Wolf King (Book Four of The Wingfeather Saga) by Andrew Peterson

The Warden and the Wolf King

(Book Four of The Wingfeather Saga)

by Andrew Peterson

(I received this book for review purposes.)

 The Warden and the Wolf King

Genre- Fiction / Fantasy / Young Adult

Publisher- Rabbit Room Press

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 524

Age Group- Young Adult

Description of book- hardback, $22.99, ISBN: 978-0-9889632-5-2

In the final book, The Warden and the King, of The Wingfeather Saga, by Andrew Peterson, the Jewels of Anniera are hard at work trying to save the people of Ban Rona.  The Jewels are Janner, Kalmar, and Leeli, children who are the heirs to the crown.  Janner is the Throne Warden, Kalmar the King, and Leeli is the Song Maiden. 

Life is very difficult for them and the people they are with.  Gnag the Nameless and the Fangs of Dang are about to attack and they now have Bat Fangs. 

Unexpected help will come for Janner, Kalmar, and Leeli in the form of other children and the sea dragons and more.  Will their help be enough to save the people from being Fangs.

About the Author:  Andrew Peterson currently lives in Nashville with his wife and children.  He has written On the Edge of the the Dark Sea of Darkness, North! Or Be Eaten, and The Monster in the Hollows.  He is also a singer and songwriter.

My thoughts: The Warden and the Wolf King, by Andrew Peterson was an excellent ending to the exciting Wingfeather Saga.  I had not heard of or read any of the other books, before I signed up to review this book.  As soon as I knew I was going to be reviewing this book I checked out the other books in the series from my local library.  While it is not necessary to read the other books before you read this one, I would recommend it.  There are references to things that happened in the other books, so it would be good to know what could be missed.

I do wish that Peterson had put a synopsis of the other books at the beginning of this one.  I needed a reminder of what all the important characters had been doing up to the beginning of this book.

I enjoyed reading more about Janner, Kalmar, and Leeli.  I was impressed with all that they accomplished even though they were young children.  If I was Leeli’s age I don’t think I could stay up all night playing music to keep everybody’s spirits up while they were fighting the Fangs and Bat Fangs.  Kalmar had a lot of courage, because he was still determined to be the king even though he had been turned into a Fang.  I was proudest though of Janner, because he really became determined to become the Throne Warden and take care of Janner.  You will have to read the book to see what I mean, I do not want to spoil anything.

I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of this book.

Informational and Purchasing Links:

Participants’ links:

Keanan Brand Beckie Burnham Pauline Creeden Vicky DealSharingAunt Carol Gehringer Victor Gentile Ryan Heart Bruce Hennigan Jason Joyner Carol Keen Krystine Kercher Shannon McDermott Meagan @ Blooming with Books Rebecca LuElla Miller Nissa Nathan Reimer Chawna Schroeder Jojo Sutis Rachel Starr Thomson Shane Werlinger Phyllis Wheeler

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received a free copy of The Warden and the Wolf King, by Andrew Peterson, to review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  I am part of CSFF Blog TourAll links were current when posted.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

God’s Story by Brian Cosby (Review)

God’s Story: A Student’s Guide to Church History

By Brian Cosby

(I received this book for review purposes.)

God's Story: A Student's Guide to Church History Book CoverGenre- Religion /Christian / Nonfiction / Church

Published by- Christian Focus Publications

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 144

Age Group- Young Adult (14-16)

Description of Book- paperback, ISBN 978-1-78191-320-8, $9.99

Have you been looking for a book about church history or has someone you know? 

God’s Story, by Brian Cosby, is an easy to read, yet complete book about Christian Church history.  This book includes questions at the end of the chapters and an overview of church history.  The church history is from the beginning of the Old Testament to today. 

Some of the subjects included are:

  • church in the dark ages.
  • the reformations.
  • how the Bible has been abandoned today
  • fundamentalism and evangelicalism.

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About the Author- Brian Cosby is from Tennessee and is Pastor of Wayside Presbyterian Church.  He has written a number of books.

My thoughts- I know a little something about about church history, but God’s Story, by Brian Cosby, filled in any information I was missing.  I learned more about creeds, Apostolic Fathers, the Reformations, and who has abandoned the Bible and what happened because of that.

I liked this book, because Cosby made this book factual.  He did not include his opinions.  I never works when an author decides to add his own opinions into a book that was not made for them.  I also liked how he included questions at the end of each chapter, so the reader could review and study what was read.  End-of-chapter questions are something that I find especially important when I read a nonfiction book.  

I really liked this book and I think it would be perfect for young adults or adults who want a basic history of the church.  I highly recommend it.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received God’s Story, by Brian Cosby, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Dreamtreaders by Wayne Thomas Batson (Review)

Dreamtreaders

by Wayne Thomas Batson

(I received this book for review purposes.)

 

Genre- Juvenile / Action & Adventure / General

Publisher- Thomas Nelson

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 296

Age Group- Older Juvenile

Description of book- Paperback, $9.99, ISBN: 978-1-4003-2366-1

Wayne Thomas Batson has written another interesting book.  Archer Keaton is only fourteen, but he is only one of three people in the world who is a dreamtreader.  His job is to protect people from the Nightmare Lord.  The Nightmare Lord gives people all over the world bad dreams.  Life is not going so well for him in the real world or in the dream world.  His friends are spending time with the new guy and he cannot find the other dreamtreaders.

What will he do? 

My thoughts:

I thought this book was interesting, because Archer was only fourteen and was one of only three people who was designated to protect the earth from the Nightmare Lord.  I do not think I would have had a young teen to help protect the world.  They just are not developed enough mentally.  It shows too, because he does not know everything he needs to and the end of the book shows that.

I thought Thomas Batson did a good job of character development and plot.  I felt like I was there with Archer each step of the way.  My favorite part of the book was on pages 49 and 50 when Master Gabriel and Archer were discussing anchors.  Master Gabriel said that we all need anchors in our lives.  If we don’t have anchors we drift from the truth.  And our world is drifting from our anchors. 

The thoughts in this book are very important for all of us, especially the younger generation.  This is certainly a book they should read.  Please find a copy for them today.

Informational and Purchasing Links:

Participants’ links:

Beckie Burnham Jeff Chapman Pauline Creeden Vicky DealSharingAunt Carol Gehringer Victor Gentile Rebekah Gyger Christopher Hopper Jason Joyner Carol Keen Jennette Mbewe Shannon McDermott Meagan @ Blooming with Books Rebecca LuElla Miller Nissa Nathan Reimer Chawna Schroeder Jojo Sutis Steve Trower Shane Werlinger Phyllis Wheeler

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received a free copy of Dreamtreaders, by Wayne Thomas Batson, to review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  I am part of CSFF Blog TourAll links were current when posted.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Growing Up God’s Way for Boys by Dr. Chris Richards and Dr. Liz Jones (Review)

 Growing Up God’s Way for Boys

By Dr. Chris Richards and Dr. Liz Jones

(I received this book for review purposes.)

Growing Up God's Way for Boys Book Cover Genre- Christian / Nonfiction

Published by- EP Books

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 80

Age Group- 10-14 year-old boys

Description of Book- paperback, ISBN 978-0852349991, $12.99

Dr. Richards and Dr. Jones have written a fully illustrated book which will help teach young men what puberty and marriage is about from a Biblical point-of-view.  The Bible is a constant reference point and there will be no doubt in the young man’s mind how a Biblical life should be lived.

Some of the topics are:

  • Marriage
  • Puberty and how it starts
  • Physical Intimacy

About the Authors- Dr. Chris Richards is married and has four children.  He is a Consultant Pediatrician and a deacon.

Dr. Liz Jones is married with three married daughters.  She is a retired Community Pediatrician. 

My thoughts- I thought Growing Up God’s Way for Boys, Dr. Chris Richards and Dr. Liz Jones was very interesting. 

I have a son who is almost eleven and I think this book would be good for him to read.  I need to read it again and study it to make sure he would be the best age for it.  I will have him read it and discuss it with his father, because I think that is a good subject to discuss between father and son. 

There are parts of this book that I thought might be important to wait until he is older, like 14, and that would be the changes in girls and physical intimacy.  I personally feel that a lot of innocence will be lost if he knows more about girls at a young age than is pertinent. 

I think this book was well written and illustrated.  I would recommend it to all parents of young men. 

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Growing Up God’s Way for Boys, by Dr. Chris Richards and Dr. Liz Jones, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Growing Up God’s Way for Girls by Dr. Chris Richards and Dr. Liz Jones (Review)

 Growing Up God’s Way for Girls

By Dr. Chris Richards and Dr. Liz Jones

(I received this book for review purposes.)

girlsGenre- Christian / Nonfiction

Published by- EP Books

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 80

Age Group- 10-14 year-old girls

Description of Book- paperback, ISBN 978-1783970001, $12.99

Dr. Richards and Dr. Jones have written a fully illustrated book which will help teach young girls what puberty and marriage is.  The Bible is a constant reference point and there will be no doubt how a Biblical life should be lived.

Some of the topics are:

  • Marriage
  • Puberty and how it starts
  • Physical Intimacy

About the Authors- Dr. Chris Richards is married and has four children.  He is a Consultant Pediatrician and a deacon.

Dr. Liz Jones is married with three married daughters.  She is a retired Community Pediatrician. 

My thoughts- I thought Growing Up God’s Way for Girls, Dr. Chris Richards and Dr. Liz Jones was very interesting. 

When I was young my mother gave me a book to read about puberty, but it did not have any of the Biblical aspects that this book did.  I have a daughter, so this will be the book that I will show her and read with her.  It is important to know how your body will be changing and especially the physical intimacy with her husband. 

There are parts of this book that I thought might be important to wait until she is older, like 14, and that would be the changes in the boys and physical intimacy.  I personally feel that a lot of innocence will be lost if she knows more about boys at a young age than is pertinent. 

I think this book was well written and illustrated.  I would recommend it to all parents of young girls. 

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Growing Up God’s Way for Girls, by Dr. Chris Richards and Dr. Liz Jones, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.
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