Wednesday, November 28, 2012

When A Heart Stops by Lynette Eason

     For those of you out there who are Romantic Suspense readers this is a book you should be looking at.
     It concerns a medical examiner who is being followed and people around her are dying. Her name is Serena Hopkins. It is suspenseful.
    It is not quite a medical suspense. It is more of a Christian Suspense novel. She is helped to find the killer by a FBI agent who used to be her childhood crush. So you can expect some romance to be involved.
     Eason uses multiple viewpoints and we also find ourselves following in the thoughts of the killer. She uses the technique of starting each chapter with  reference to time. So suspense is maintained. She does a good job .
       She uses short paragaphs and tightly worded sentences. She is in control of her genre.
      She has you on the edge of your seat as the story unfolds.
       I recommend this book to all suspense novel readers who are looking for a good story.
       This is number two in the series Deadly Reunions. It is copyrighted 2012 so there should be some more to come. If the rest are as good as this one we should have a good series.

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Fantasy Fallacy by Shannon Ethridge

Great Book!
         This is a response to that book series that is out called “Fifty Shades Of Grey” It has the subtitle “Exploring the Deeper Meaning Behind Sexual Thoughts”
It is common for human beings to have fantasies from time to time. There is no stopping the process. But it can be modified and controlled. And it is an area that Christians have to step lightly in.
Ethridge points out there are three levels of fantasy. There is the autoerotic, the erotic, and the illicit.. When a person is married the first two can be okay . The last one is never okay because the last one involves  demining behavior. It is explained better in the book than I can explain it.
God has made all of us sexual creatures and there is nothing wrong in proper sexual expression. Part of the proper expression of sex may be in our fantasy life if it is properly directed. Books such as fifty Shades of Grey is not one of those.
Ethridge is a life coach and a Christian. She spends seven chapters putting down the issue in a no holds barred manner.
I was glad to review this even though  there were places that made me a bit uncomfortable. It is not at all comfortable to be confronted with your fantasy in print. This book caused me to squirm a bit but in a good way. The information was presented in a nonjudgmental manner having at the same time a convicting tone.
This is a book that Christians have needed. I would recommend it for Church Counselors and pastors.
 I received this book complementary from BookSneeze as part of their book review on-line  program. I was not required to give a positive review. The views expressed are those of the reviewer and not those of the publisher.     

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sent by Hilary Alan

          Have you ever wondered what it would be like to follow God’s command to follow Him.? Did you ever sit down and think about what the cost would be to you and your family? Hilary Alan and her husband with their two children experienced just that.
          If we are Christians we have an obligation to live a different life. We all have gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit when we fist become Christians. and  God has a claim on our lives.
          “God is working in your life even if you don’t realize it.” Alan writes.
          This story is told in 241 pages following the Alan family from the comfort of the United States to a Muslim country in Asia for three years. They took Jesus’ invite to “Follow Me”  literally
          This book interested me and allowed me to see the costs and the thrills of serving God as He speaks through the Bible. It held my attention as Alan writes in an episodic manner about the challenges of going to a new culture and adapting your life style to become part of the mission field you are in. It is not watered down. The disappointments and challenges of serving in another country are detailed . The people she met and daily rubbed shoulders with makes an interesting missions story.
          I highly recommend this book for discussion groups in church who are interested in real life stories of missions being done today.
          This book was sent to me free from WaterBrook Multinomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are mine and don’t reflect those of the publisher.