Monday, March 31, 2008

Behold Your Mother by Heidi Hess Saxton

"Behold Your Mother" is a collection of beautiful meditations on the lives of Mary and Jesus with a special emphasis on Mary's role as mother of us all. Even those who are new to a relationship with our heavenly mother will be drawn in by Heidi's charming personal stories and eloquent prose. This book is both a lesson in Marian spirituality and a simple prayer book, but mostly it is a love poem from a faithful daughter to her mama. A treasure.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Reflections from Shadow: A Novel by Malcolm Watts

ISBN 1-4120-1419-0

Reflections from Shadow is an edgy coming of age novel of the 60's with some paranomral aspects related to WW II. Jared, the protagonist, has grown up having dreams of Nazi's and prisoners and has a large birthmark on his face. While backpacking in Europe in 1969 he visits Dachau concentration camp museum outside Munich Germany. He is transported to 1943 and can see what is happening in the camp. He learns a secret about himself that explains his "mark" his dreams, and threatens his survival.

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CSFF Presents: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

I've joined the Christian Sci-Fi Fantasy Review Blog. I don't do a lot of reviews, but I will post something once a month. Follow the links below for actual reviews.

Playwright Peterson (Behold the Lamb of God) spins a whimsical fantasy novel that will appeal to both adult and YA readers. When the three Igiby siblings find a mysterious map, they embark on an adventure to discover family secrets about the father they never knew and a hidden treasure that many have long desired to find. Leeli, the youngest, can sing with a beauty that captivates dragons; Tink, the middle sibling, has the makings of a king; and Janner, the eldest, possesses a bravery that will protect them all. But the children's curiosity get the entire Igiby family into trouble with the Fangs of Dang—frightening, scaly-skinned, lizard creatures that drip venom—who have ruled the land of Scree since the Great War. Soon, the Igibys are scrambling for their lives. Peterson's style is lighthearted and funny, but following the Igibys' story requires patience and attention to detail and character so as not to get lost. The sheer amount of names, places, creatures and history Peterson invents will frustrate some readers—it is so complicated that he inserts explanatory historical footnotes throughout (though many are amusing).

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Plymouth Colony II by Sharolyn Wells

Earth is gone—destroyed by a group of lizard-like aliens called the Novari. Before they send their meteor ships to destroy Earth, another group of humanoid aliens arrive—the Kelkani. They will save some of Earth’s young people. Are they doing it for themselves or is the group of Elitists doing it for their own reasons?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Wildcat's Victory by Christopher Hoare

Follow Gisel Matah and the thunder of hooves as she strikes back at the Imperial armies that threaten all she has worked for. She must defy every established world power to bring justice to common peasants and workers in societies now ruled by greedy aristocrats. Her covert activities require her to protect her fledgling Radical movement from both friends and enemies.

Risking her life and her love, Gisel negotiates even greater hazards in a wide ranging adventure. Her partner, Yohan Felger, becomes a problem when the Baron has him smuggle a steam engine to the Empire. Gisel knows of the subterfuge but cannot admit it, while Yohan is almost torn apart by the need to deceive her. Faced with removing the pressure on Yohan as he moves his contraband engine, she accepts the offer of General Lord Ricart, an ex-lover, to command a cavalry unit in battle. Her reckless courage is needed to carry out missions against two Imperial armies.

The fight finds her opposed by ever increasing odds until in the final confrontation she must outwit two enemies who vie to dominate Iskander. New friends, allies, and enemies as well as all the old ones fill the pages when Gisel Matah sets out to gain "The Wildcat's Victory".

Monday, March 17, 2008

Interview with Raquel Soto

What inspired you to write this book?

I was reading Steven Scott's book, The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon's Secrets to Success, Wealth, and Happiness in early 2007. I'm not sure how many of your readers know his story, but it goes something like this: Steven had lost like 10 jobs in five years. Desperate to figure out what he was doing wrong, he asked his friend Gary Smalley (yes, THAT Gary Smalley) for advise. Gary's advice: read the book of Proverbs everyday for five years (since today is the 17th, read chapter 17, tomorrow the 18th, and so on and so forth). He encouraged Steven if he did that, he would be a millionaire by the end of the five years. It took Steven three. During the course of his journey and reading Proverbs, he found why some things worked out for him and why some things didn't. It began to open his eyes to those secrets he was missing. It changed his whole life and he became a better person because of it.

I got to the end of the book and thought, 'Where's the rest?' It was a wonderful read. I didn't know what I was thinking while I was reading it. I kept looking forward to a reading plan on how to implement his suggestion.

While this was a great book, I needed something more. I'm one of those get-motivated-for-about-two-weeks kind of person. If you give me a system, something easy I can follow, I can work it and get good at it. If you just tell me: 'Exercise three times a week,' I'm going to look back at you and say, 'But how and what?' I tried reading it (Proverbs) on my own but it just wasn't sinking in the way I wanted it to. Then, in prayer one day, I got the idea for the book for myself since I couldn't find an accompanying workbook for Steven's book. A few days later, I felt impressed that if I wanted and needed this for myself, others might need it to.

What challenges did you have writing it?

One challenge was in not reusing a power verse. Some of the ones I wanted to use I didn't even get the chance to write on. None of the verses are repeated in the 365 days. Some of them I could have expanded over a few pages, but I wanted to remain consistent. Every day corresponds to the day of the month. Since today is March 17th, you would go to the March 17th page and the power verse of the day would come from the 17th chapter of Proverbs. I was able to overcome this challenge by using a grid I created in Excel. This way, I could see what I wrote on for all the days marked the 17th without 'reusing' a power verse.

The more difficult challenge was just finishing it. I guess it was finished faster than many books. I started in March of 2007 and finished in November. Nine months seemed long to me. But sometimes that's how long it takes to birth something.

What's your favorite verse/chapter/section and why?

If I had to pick something, I would pick the journaling section. Every page ends with a question applying the power verse to your daily life and how you can implement it. I love that idea because it causes you to really think about what you read and creates a connection between the power verse and the reader. Why read something that is suppose to change your life then forget it the next day? That's why the journaling section on each page is important. It helps to solidify what you just read into your subconscious so that you can dig it out later when you need it.

What's next for you?
There is a series of books I will be writing that has to do with taking you from the minimum to maximum in any area of your life. I’m so passionate about people doing what they were created to do. If everyone would learn how to free themselves up so that they can fulfill those dreams that seem so far out of reach, they and everyone around them would be so much happier. God purposefully puts these out-of-reach dreams in us so that we could partner with Him to make them come to pass. That’s the exciting part for me: helping someone realize they aren’t crazy and that they can do it because God is for them, not against them.

Sometimes all an eagle needs is a little push, and I'm good at that part.

The 1 Minute Guide to Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Raquel Soto

Inspired by Steven K. Scott's book, The Richest Man Who Ever Lived, The 1 Minute Guide to Health, Wealth, and Happiness creates a simple system to implement the wisdom he used to become a millionaire in three years. Find out for yourself why people are saying Raquel's writing is powerful and life-changing. You to can change the course of your destiny, one minute at a time.

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Monday, March 10, 2008

REVIEW: Juana Meets Gabriel, the Small Business Angel by Daphne Nowell

Juana doesn't want the future suggested in her fairy tales; rather than having a handsome prince to fulfill her every wish, she wants to make her own dreams come true. The Business Angel Gabriel comes and gives her some basic information about learning about businesses. She starts a dog grooming business, and in the end, gets both the satisfaction of a job well done on her own--and the handsome prince she meets when he brings his dog to her for grooming.

Written by Daphne Nowell, the book is illustrated by her mother Esther Nowell. Her artwork is very clean and eye catching. I especially love Juana's face.

I liked the premise of this book and I cheered when I read "she wanted to be proud of doing great things on her own. She wanted to be happy even when there were no handsome princes around." Certainly that’s the message most of us mothers want our daughters to learn. I also appreciated how, once she had achieved independent happiness, she got to have her prince as well. As a happily married woman who left a career as an Air Force officer to have children and begin freelance writing, I applaud the idea of being able to have both. Frankly, I see that as reality should be.

I was disappointed with a three things, however:
* Juana, who doesn't believe in fairy tales, nonetheless calls on "the universe" to help her, because "Well, it's common knowledge that when you ask the universe how to do something, you will quickly get answers." (Quote from book) The angel comes not from God or even heaven, but "the Universe." Religious implications aside, it's a confusing mix of metaphors.

* With all the fabulous opportunities available (and I won't say "to women" because we should be past that now), Nowell's angel suggests service-oriented blue-collar work--dog grooming, check cashing store, coin laundry and day spa--as small businesses Juana might start. These are important businesses, but I would have liked to see a more balanced mix, with some technical/computer fields--web design, computer repair, even accounting or electrical repair. The book is to encourage girls to break female stereotypes, after all. (It might have been nice for Gabriel to suggest getting a college degree, too.)

* I had a hard time determining Juana's age--was she a young girl? Was she grown up in the end? (She looks the same throughout--even to her dress.) That made it hard for me to put Gabriel's advice to her in a proper context. "Learn about these businesses by...taking classes and ...volunteering to work (at a business) for free" is beyond the abilities of the suggested age group, 4- to 9-year-olds. However, if Juana is old enough to take this advice and "soon open" her own business, she probably should have already known to "read books (about businesses) and (research) on the Internet."

My daughter is 12 now, so I gave the book to my neighbor to read with her 7-year old daughter. The mother thought the whole "universe" concept in confusing when combined with angels and was not impressed with the choice of careers. She loved the ending, however. The daughter did not like Gabriel in a business suit, though she liked the dogs. She described the book as "Juana grows up and gets a job." Neither considered this a book to they would have picked up on their own or recommended to friends.

This book is message-heavy and plot-light, so while I wouldn't consider this a bedtime-story book, I think Juana Meets Gabriel has a place in a classroom setting. Elementary school teachers and girls' club leaders for younger ages might consider using this book as a way to introduce the idea of careers and begin discussion.

See No Evil, My Pretty Lady by Miss Mae

New maid Dorcy Edwards spurns her wealthy employer's attempts to seduce her. When he becomes a victim of the person the newspapers call "Jack the Ripper", estranged son Gareth Davenport returns to London to handle his father's affairs. Dorcy puzzles over what the brooding, handsome heir might be hiding behind his eye patch and black leather gloves. As circumstances unfold to expose the killer, Dorcy's plunged into a nightmare, convinced Gareth is none other than the infamous murderer. But is Dorcy's life what Gareth seeks? Or nothing more easily broken than her heart?

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Monday, March 03, 2008

CFRB Presents: The Void by Mark Mynheir

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agent Robbie Sanchez devotes her life to crime prevention, and it shows: She has no personal life and doesn't know the meaning of a day off. After all, someone has to be around to clean up the mess crime leaves behind. So when Officer Brad Worthington is brutally murdered, Agent Sanchez is called to the scene along with Brad's best friend, Detective Eric Casey. The two turn to Lifetex, the genetics lab near the scene, hoping their elaborate security system might have captured the crime outside. But what is going on inside the lab is far worse: a renegade scientist is cloning humans! As Robbie and Eric pursue clues---and a growing attraction---they are caught in a deadly battle as the clones begin to act on their own volition. But this battle threatens to claim more than human life; the clones are vying for human souls.

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