Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Kindle Giveaway! Quilts of Love | MASTERPIECE MARRIAGE

Don’t miss the newest Quilts of Love book, Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Welborn. December’s QOL release celebrates the ebb and flow of marriage. Enter to win a Kindle HDX!
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Last day it's free! "Getting to NO: How to Break a Stubborn Habit" by pastor Erwin Lutzer

Getting to No: How to Break a Stubborn Habit - eBook

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Dynamite middle school fiction: "You Can't Sit with Us" by Nancy Rue





The "Tribelet" returns in fine form in the second book of Nancy Rue's "Mean Girl Makeover" series - all except for Ginger Hollingberry, who has newly arrived in sixth grade at Gold Country Middle School. Her loud mouth, greasy red hair, and hand-me-down clothes attracted all the wrong kind of attention, but things recently improved for Ginger after joining forces with the Tribelet, including Tori, Ophelia, Mitch, and Winnie. All of them are determined to stand by each other no matter what! But then bullying takes on a whole new form when mean-spirited Kylie and her friends move their bullying from out in the open to the realms of cyberspace. As painful rumours spread over social media, Ginger wonders if she will ever feel safe at school again.

With one out of four students experiencing bullying at school, Nancy Rue has created a series that everyone should read! "You Can't Sit with Us" is an excellent follow-up to the first book in the series (So Not Okay), and Ginger is a character that will quickly tug at your heart strings and have you wishing you could reach through the pages and rescue her from those vicious teen girls! It would be hard to imagine that teens can actually act the way they do in this story - but I've experienced bullying myself and can attest to the fact that young people can be incredibly mean to each other. Nancy Rue does an incredible job of moving Ginger from a place of being a vulnerable victim, to discovering the incredible beauty and worth that God has placed inside of her. Her transformation is wonderful to behold and so realistically depicted that the story reads like real life. I only wish that every bullied child had a group of amazing teens and adults surrounding them like Ginger does - schools would be a vastly different place! Children who read this book will not only be completely entertained by this gripping story, but they will learn valuable tools about how to deal with bullying they themselves may experience.

Both my wife and I battled tears reading this book! Grab a copy for your kids - and make sure you read it yourself. 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and the Booklook Blogging program for the purposes of the unbiased review.




about the author....

Nancy Rue is the author of 122 books, including 11 novels for adults, 17 for teens, and 61 for tween readers, as well as 2 parenting books, 33 non-fiction books for tweens and teens, and the features for the FaithGirlz Bible. Her Lily Series, published by Zondervan, has sold well over one million copies.




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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Surely Julie Klassen's best book yet! "The Secret of Pembrooke Park"

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about the book....


Abigail Foster is the practical daughter. She fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry, and the one man she thought might marry her seems to have fallen for her younger, prettier sister.

Facing financial ruin, Abigail and her father search for more affordable lodgings, until a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for eighteen years. The Fosters journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left: tea cups encrusted with dry tea, moth-eaten clothes in wardrobes, a doll's house left mid-play...

The handsome local curate welcomes them, but though he and his family seem acquainted with the manor's past, the only information they offer is a stern warning: Beware trespassers drawn by rumors that Pembrooke Park contains a secret room filled with treasure.

This catches Abigail's attention. Hoping to restore her family's finances--and her dowry--Abigail looks for this supposed treasure. But eerie sounds at night and footprints in the dust reveal she isn't the only one secretly searching the house.

Then Abigail begins receiving anonymous letters, containing clues about the hidden room and startling discoveries about the past.

As old friends and new foes come calling at Pembrooke Park, secrets come to light. Will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks...or very real danger?


my review...


I knew within only a few pages that I was in for a real treat with "The Secret of Pembrooke Park". The writing is incredible, and I simply couldn't put the book down as the mystery built and the secrets began to be revealed. Julie Klassen has done a remarkable job of capturing the historical flavour of the Regency time period, revealing the snobbery between the classes, the emphasis placed on girls marrying well, the societal expectations of propriety. The characters are full of life and the story is carried along by their witty dialogue. Readers are sure to love the capable Abigail, who presents as having a deep strength - which she does have! - and yet who has a very vulnerable side as well, viewing herself through critical eyes that fail to see the inner and outer beauty she has to offer the world. I love the role she plays in this story, helping to reveal the truth of the tragedy of what happened in the past at Pembrooke Park, and serving to move people from darkness to light. This book has a beautiful theme of reconciliation, both between people and our gracious God, and also between each other.  And I felt that this story had just the right touch of romance, with a love story that readers of all types will enjoy as they watch it unfold across the pages. I'm sure that readers will be rooting for their favourite characters and that not everyone will agree on just who should be falling in love with whom in this story! The ending, of course, is all one could hope for in a good book. I hated to see the final page arrive!

I am not exaggerating when I say that this is Klassen's best book to date. The intrigue and suspense, the wonderful historical details, and the likable characters will be sure to leave a smile on your face. 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.


about the author....

Julie KlassenJulie Klassen loves all things Jane--Jane Eyreand Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She has won three Christy Awards in the Historical Romance category for The Silent Governess (2010), The Girl in the Gatehouse (2011), and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall (2012). Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. Learn more about Julie and her books at http://julieklassen.com/.










Free ebook: "The Rose Legacy" by Kristen Heitzmann


Free for download today is "The Rose Legacy" by Kristen Heitzmann. Here's the link:


Friday, December 26, 2014

Rachel Hauck Fires Up the Romance with “A Brush with Love” Kindle Giveaway!

"Fire" up the romance in the new year with Rachel Hauck's newest book, A Brush with Love, by entering her Kindle Fire giveaway! And be sure to catch a sneak peek of the soon-to-be-released How to Catch a Prince!

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Free ebook today: "A Perilous Proposal" by Michael Phillips

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

T'was the night before Christmas...and I was in trouble!



T'was the Night before Christmas
And I lay in fear
I'd forgotten a gift
For my wife 'gain this year

My heart beat so fast
I didn't know what to do
I'd messed up! I was doomed!
My name would be poo!

I slipped from the bed
And crept to the hall,
Creaked open the door
Tripped over a ball.

My head hit the door,
Or maybe the frame.
I bounced once or twice
And fell down in shame.

My wife heard the noise,
and all of the clatter,
And came to the hall to see
What was the matter.

"I'm fine!" I insisted
"Go back to bed!"
But she sat on the floor and
Cradled my head.

I heaved a great sigh.
What else could I do?
I told my dear lovely wife
That my name was poo.

"Not true!" she insisted.
"I just need you!
Not diamonds or furs,
Or a canoe.

Not a new purse or
Even a shawl,
Or even a gift card to 
Spend at the mall."

She gazed in my eyes and
kissed my poor head.
Took hold of my hand,
Led me back to the bed.

I lay there and prayed and
Thanked God above,
For my wonderful wife and her
Marvelous love.

And next year, I thought,
I'd fill her with glee
And get her a nice framed
picture of me!


** Please note, this poem clearly bears no resemblance to reality. I ALWAYS get my wife a lovely gift, like a brand new iron, or maybe a beautiful vacuum.....





















Free again today: "Love's Reckoning" by Laura Frantz

Love's Reckoning, Ballantyne Legacy Series #1 -eBook

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A fun read: Regina Jennings "A Most Inconvenient Marriage"

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about the book....


Abigail Stuart Thought She was Jeremiah Calhoun's Widow.

But Jeremiah Calhoun Is Very Handsome, Very Alive, and Very Perplexed.

Most Inconvenient Indeed.

With few options of her own, nurse Abigail Stuart agrees to marry her patient, a gravely wounded soldier calling himself Jeremiah Calhoun. They arrange a quick ceremony before he dies, giving Abigail the rights to his Ozark farm and giving Jeremiah the peace of knowing someone will care for his ailing sister after he's gone--a practical solution for both of them.

After the war, Abigail fulfills her side of the bargain--until the real Jeremiah Calhoun shows up, injured but definitely alive, and wastes no time in challenging Abigail's story. Abigail is flummoxed. After months of claiming to be his widow, how can she explain that she's never seen this Jeremiah Calhoun before? How can she convince him that she isn't trying to steal his farm? And will she find a way to stay, even though this practical arrangement has turned into a most inconvenient marriage?


about the book...


Regina Jennings is gifted at writing novels that are simply fun to read, with witty dialogue, unique plots, and characters who will have you smiling as you watch their antics unfold on the pages. "A Most Inconvenient Marriage" is no exception, as it had me laughing out loud in a few places (can you say skunks anyone?) and wishing I could meet the spunky Abigail in real life.

Now of course when you read a book like this you need to lower your expectations about plausibility a wee bit - but you will have such a good time reading the book you won't mind at all! The book is full of surprises, with unexpected twists not only in the relationships between the different characters, but also with some suspenseful moments as well involving some suspicious folk who sneak onto the scene.  The writing is spot on, and I loved that Jennings was able to bring a bit of history to life in a fascinating way, while weaving in some spiritual themes as well. Readers definitely won't feel like they are being hit over the head with the gospel, but rather will appreciate how Abigail naturally grows in her faith and finds a new realness to her relationship with God.

I strongly recommend this book for readers who enjoy a good historical read, especially if you are looking for a bit of humour, some scenes of suspense, and a fun romance. 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.


about the author....

Regina JenningsRegina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang,along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children. Visit her website at www.reginajennings.com.










FABULOUS free fiction ebook: "Cast A Road Before Me" by Brandilyn Collins


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Monday, December 22, 2014

Free excellent ebook from Karen Kingsbury: "Even Now" (US ONLY)


Free for download today from Amazon.com for my US readers is Kingsbury's "Even Now":


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Simply wonderful! "It Will Be Okay" by Lysa TerKeurst





Little Seed and Little Fox have a lot in common, feeling afraid of all sorts of things...storms and long, black shadows, or leaving their cozy nest and facing a changing world. They soon become the best of friends and do everything together until one day Little Seed is planted in the dark, messy dirt. Will Little Fox ever see Little Seed again? Will everything really be okay?

With a heart warming story, lovely illustrations, and truths that you are going to want your children to embrace, "It Will Be Okay" is sure to become a favourite around your house! As I sat reading this story with the children, I marvelled not only at how the book was holding their attention, but at how easily they were able to grasp the spiritual truths in the story. They quickly saw the parallel between what Little Seed and Little Fox were struggling with and my children's own fears that they can hold onto at times. And they saw how God is like the Farmer in the story, with a good plan that he is unfolding. The story is written in easy to understand language and the action filled illustrations will have your children poring over the pages and exclaiming over the wonderful treasures hidden in the pictures. I myself couldn't help but smile as Little Fox was looking for Little Seed in all sorts of interesting places, including the dog's ear! I especially liked the list of Scripture at the beginning of the book containing some of God's most precious promises. It is truly worthwhile to get your children working on memorizing them...and you may want to join right in hiding these verses in your heart!

I am quite certain that both parents and children are going to be blessed by this wonderful book, which reminds us all that God is always watching over us...even when we don't know he is there! 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and the Booklook Blogging program for the purposes of the unbiased review.


Free Christmas fiction ebook today: "The Christmas Shoppe" by Melody Carlson

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A perfect book to cozy up to on a stormy winter day: Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund

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about the book....


What Is the Secret That Could Shipwreck Both of Their Lives?

All Emma Chambers ever wanted was a home, but when her steamboat sinks just outside Presque Isle, she's left destitute and with no place to stay.

An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper arrives in town. He's just lost his wife and is having a difficult time caring for his child. So a traveling preacher gets the idea that the keeper and Emma might be the answer to each other's dilemma. After a hasty marriage, she finds herself heading to the lighthouse with this handsome but quiet stranger. Nothing in her aimless life, though, has prepared her for parenting a rambunctious toddler, as well as managing a household.

Emma soon suspects Patrick may be hiding something from her, and then she hears a disturbing rumor about the circumstances surrounding his late wife's death. It seems as if her wish for a home and family of her own could end up leading her once more into turbulent waters.

about the book...


Imagine marrying someone after knowing them only a few hours! And yet this highly intriguing premise seems entirely plausible back in the era that "Love Expected" takes place in (1859). The author has woven together a highly satisfying story that peers into the fascinating history of lighthouse keepers on Lake Michigan, weaving in mystery with a tale of love (and pirates!) Hedlund has created compelling characters, ones with depth and emotion that will leave you so longing for good to come into their lives that you will feel like they are real! I enjoyed the twists and turns within the plot, as secrets are uncovered with unexpected consequences and truth comes to light in surprising ways. The story serves as a warning of what can happen when we attempt to hide the truth and aren't honest with those who love us. But the story also celebrates that God forgives us for our past, that true forgiveness doesn't leave us burdened down by the sins we've committed, but that we can walk in freedom from our sin, made new by what Jesus has done for us.

Readers who love to sink into a good historical novel will enjoy this one. And those who love a book that breathes with romance will also enjoy the sweet relationship that develops in the midst of the characters learning that God has made them for more than they can imagine. Isn't God good that way? I strongly recommend this story and award it 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.


about the author....

Jody HedlundJody Hedlund is the bestselling author of seven novels, including Captured by Love, A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and The Preacher's Bride, winner of the 2011 Award of Excellence. She received a bachelor's degree from Taylor University and a master's from the University of Wisconsin, both in social work. She lives in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. She can be found online at www.jodyhedlund.com.









Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Promise by Beth Wiseman (ON SALE for $2.99 on Amazon!!)

The Promise



Years ago, Mallory had a chance to save her cousin's life by donating her kidney, but the opportunity was denied to her and she has regretted it ever since. Now she's determined to make up for her loss by again taking action to save a life, even though it means she must end her long-term relationship with Tate, a man who has loved Mallory for years. As Mallory travels to Pakistan to marry another man in-name-only and rescue a young woman by doing so, she embarks on a journey far more dangerous than she ever could have imagined.

The Promise was a truly thought-provoking book, and I found myself pausing numerous times to reflect on the fact that it's based on a true story. Did she really do this? Is it possible? Numerous times I found myself thinking on how I would handle it if my daughter or love of my life  did something like Mallory, flying off to Pakistan with little thought for her safety, determined to save a life no matter the cost. Quite honestly, there were moments that I thought that Mallory was foolish for what she did. And yet I also saw how God chose to take her well-meant intentions and truly use them in an unexpected way to bring good. And that it what I take away from this story, that God is bigger than our plans and our mistakes! I will admit to being a bit disappointed by the actions of some of the characters. For example, in some ways Tate Webber presents as a really strong Christian, a man of prayer whose faith drives him to do give up his owns wants and dreams for others. Sounds like a hero to me! And yet it's pretty clear from the story, at least in the beginning, that he is wanting to get Mallory into bed. I'm not sure if Beth Wiseman is simply depicted this character as true to form, based on a real person. But it was difficult for me to reconcile this desire to sleep with Mallory before they have married, something completely at odds with the Bible, with a man supposedly wanting to at the same time lead Mallory to Jesus. Also, while I appreciated the respect that the book shows towards both Christianity and Islam, showing the good and bad of both, I hoped for the book to make a stronger stance about that fact that only Jesus, as son of God, can lead us to salvation.

I give this book a mild recommendation, acknowledging that it is well written and is a story worth reading, both as a warning to women who may be tempted to act like Mallory did, and also as a book that will have you thinking about what you believe and why - which is always a good thing! 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher via the Booklook Bloggers review program, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A vital book for our times: "Storm" by Jim Cymbala (with Jennifer Schuchmann)




Anyone could catch the newest headlines and quickly conclude that the church in many nations is in the "midst of a powerful storm", surrounded by a culture that wants nothing to do with Biblical Christianity.  Although Cymbala primarily writes of the threat to the church in America, the same threat exists for us Canadians as well, with recent polls showing that most Canadians - and most Canadian Christians - are rarely even reading their Bibles anymore! Cymbala and Schuchmann present a call for Christians to live a life grounded in prayer, in God's Word, and in the power of God's spirit, rising up to push back the darkness surrounding us today.

I greatly enjoyed Cymbala's prior soul-stirring books, and "Storm" was no exception. Cymbala doesn't hold back in his critique of the church, pinpointing the temptation of many churches today to focus on the latest and greatest methods and fads of building their churches, at the expense of allowing God's Spirit and power to change us. I love that no single denomination or church is targeted, for Cymbala notes "It's a "we're the body of Christ and we desperately need the Spirit's help right now" thing". As I read through the book, I myself was convicted by the words I was reading, because I know how easy it is to get consumed by the things of this world and neglect my prayer life as a result. Yet this book isn't one that will just convict you, but is one that will also encourage and uplift you as well. I loved the stories woven into the chapters, the real life examples of Christians who focus on God and allow the Holy Spirit to transform them - and the world around them. It is truly exciting to see what God has in store for his people - if only we will listen to his call upon our lives!

Jim Cymbala continues to challenge me with his writings, calling me to a deeper, richer prayer life centered on the hope of God's power transforming our hearts, our church, and our nations. I give this book a solid recommendation and a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and the Booklook Blogging program, for the purposes of this unbiased review.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A compelling read: My review of "Keepers of the Covenant" by Lynn Austin

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about the book....



In Their Darkest Hour, Where Would Hope Be Found?

In one life-changing moment, the lives of the exiles in Babylon are thrown into despair when a decree from the king's palace calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire in less than one year.

Ezra, a quiet but brilliant scholar, soon finds himself called upon to become the leader of his people. Forced to rally an army when all his training has been in the Torah, he struggles to bring hope in a time of utter despair, when dreams of the future--of family and love--seem impossible.

In Keepers of the Covenant, acclaimed novelist Lynn Austin weaves together the struggles and stories of both Jews and Gentiles, creating a tapestry of faith and doubt, love and loss. Here, the Old Testament comes to life, demonstrating the everlasting hope displayed in God's unwavering love for His people.  


my review....


The second novel in "The Restoration Chronicles" series is a truly compelling read, bringing the historical figures in the Bible to life in a new way. The novel follows a number of different characters on their difficult journeys, weaving the various plot lines together into a unified whole. You will live and breathe alongside these characters as they face what seems to be certain death, as with Ezra or Devorah, or despair over the mistreatment they suffer at the hands of those who should love them, as with Amina. What I've come to appreciate about Austin's Biblical fiction is that it is all too easy to skim over a story in the Old Testament and not have a true understanding of what the people in the Bible experienced, but this novel and others she's written definitely change that! For example, I've never really thought about the thoughts and feelings of the average Jew who lived through Esther's time, and viewing that event through these character's eyes gave me a much deeper appreciation for what God did. Austin has done a wonderful job at capturing the mindset and culture of the day, exposing the racism and the oppression that the people suffered, the depth of the division between the Jews and the people they lived among. I loved getting to know all the different characters, and seeing them grow in courage and in purpose in their lives. Their stories portrayed God's grace and his provision in a powerful way. I can truly say that I will be reading this book again in the future as it made me think deeply about God's nature and how both his mercy and judgment are portrayed in the Old Testament.

I greatly enjoyed "Keepers of the Covenant" and award it 4.5 out of 5 stars. I look forward to the third book in the series!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.



 about the author....



Lynn Austin
Lynn Austin has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide. She is an eight-time Christy Award winner and an inaugural inductee into the Christy Award Hall of Fame, as well as a popular speaker at retreats, conventions, women's groups, and book clubs. She lives with her husband in Michigan. Learn more at www.lynnaustin.org.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Free ebook today: "We're Just Friends" & Other Dating Lies

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Movie GIVEAWAY and review of the remarkable DVD "Susie's Hope" (based on a true story)

Check out my review of "Susie's Hope" 

AND

be sure to enter the giveaway at the end!




about the movie....

Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as they lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.




my review....

Anytime I see a movie advertised as being based on a true story, I'm instantly interested in giving it a go. And boy, am I glad that I sat down to watch "Susie's Hope", a story that had me wanting to close my eyes in places as the movie played across the screen! I think many of us have had moments in our childhoods where we had an awful moment involving an animal, and the scene where Donna is attacked by a pitbull was difficult for me to watch as I imagined myself being in her place. And yet that made the story all the more poignant as Donna moves towards a place of healing and forgiveness. Not only that, but she finds the courage to then pour herself into caring for a poor pitbull puppy, and also face down the injustice of the unbelievable cruelty that the dog suffered. Now, don't come into this movie expecting big Hollywood razzle dazzle. Yet I thought the acting was well-done, the movie flowed along at a good clip, and I was absolutely inspired by Donna's life and what she went through. I think anyone who watches this film, regardless of their own spiritual journey, will be amazed at how she find's purpose in her experience, how she realizes God saved her life for a reason, to change the world around her. Truly, this is one remarkable story!

"Susie's Hope" brings to life the importance of the issue of animal cruelty, set in a gripping story that will leave you thinking long after the closing credits. I award this movie a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

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Free ebook: "Christmas at Pebble Creek" Vannetta Chapman

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Truly my favourite Ted Dekker book so far: "A.D. 30"

A.D. 30


about the book....



A sweeping epic set in the harsh deserts of Arabia and ancient Palestine.


A war that rages between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart.


The harrowing journey of the woman at the center of it all.


Step back in time to the year of our Lord...A.D. 30.


The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father's warriors--Saba who speaks more with is sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars. Their journey will be fraught with terrible danger. If they can survive the vast forbidding sands of a desert that is deadly to most, they will reach a brutal world subjugated by kings and emperors. There Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews. 

But Maviah's path leads her unexpectedly to another man. An enigmatic teacher who speaks of a way in this life which offers greater power than any kingdom. His name is Yeshua, and his words turn everything known on its head. Though following him may present even greater danger, his may be the only way for Maviah to save her people--and herself.


my review....


A.D. 30 is an unbelievable tale, one that transported me back to the days of Jesus and swept me up, wholly and completely, into the world of Maviah. The language is poetic, and the drama is nothing short of epic. Ted Dekker has given a completely new twist to the genre of "Biblical fiction", and I'm pretty sure that I fell in love with Jesus all over again as I watched him interact with the characters of this story. I have found that quite often fictional books about Jesus feature characters who are part of his inner circle, but Dekker offers up something different here, with a character who is not even Jewish, but hails from the desert sands of Arabia. Maviah is absolutely fascinating, a character portrayed with utter realism, as she struggles to find the strength and the courage to survive after facing a horrible loss. Her journey towards Jesus is a beautiful one to behold, as she learns that he loves her deeply, though she believes herself to be the lowest of the low. Though she is not Jewish and has no reason to trust him, she is captivated by the love in his eyes and the beauty of his smile. I loved the scenes where Maviah has a total showdown with evil, and... well, I dare not say more as I don't want to give any part of the story away|! I really enjoyed all the different characters, from Maviah to her two sidekicks, Saba and Judah, and even found the villains of the story to be etched upon the page with a sense of realness. Dekker has succeeded at bringing history to life, and I hated to see the story end.

Dekker has succeeded at writing a novel that is truly beautifully written. I can honestly say that this is my favourite Ted Dekker book to date. I am greatly looking forward to the next book in the series, A.D.33! 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group Canada, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

 about the author....

Dekker, Ted (1526019)

TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels with a total of more than 3 million books in print. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil. - See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/authors/ted-dekker/#about






Monday, December 1, 2014