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Review: Counterfeit Comforts

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`Counterfeit Comforts` is a Woman's Christian living book written by author Robia Scott. Robia Scott began her career as a dancer and actress. She became a Christian while acting on the t.v. show `Buffy and the Vampier Slayer.`

        The title of this book suggests comforts we use in place of what comforts we really need: true peace, purpose, and passion. Robia Scott seemed to have it all, a successful career as an actress and a dancer and she was still unhappy. She knew she was missing something or Someone and Robia was open to finding the answer. A friend invited her to church and there she became a Christian. The author's style is informal and suitable for older teens and adult women.

        As the author states, there are many possible counterfeit comforts, but a few are overeating, binging, drugs, and cigarettes. First, we must deal with our feelings. As it states on page 38, `We must be willing to face our feelings head on by purposely going right into the mi…

Review: Storm

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`Storm` is a science fiction novel written by author Bonnie S. Calhoun. Bonnie Calhoun loves to write, she is the author of the Stone Braide Chronlicles. She also lives happily with her husband, a dog, and two cats. Storm is book three of three.

        The adventure begins in the very first chapter. The female protagonist Selah lands behind the AirWagon concentrating on the area of the shots. The clock is ticking and Selah's abilities are growing- along with the list of those out for her blood.(see back of book)

        I would love to go back and read the first two novels in this series, so I could better understand book three. However, this novel is full of suspense. If they don't find the Third Protocal Selah is either going to die, go crazy, or both in less than nine months.

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Review: Eden Hill

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`Eden Hill` is a historical fiction book of the 1960's written by author Bill Higgs. Bill Higgs is an avid storyteller and husband to author Liz Curtis Higgs.
        The main characters of the novel are Virgil T. Osgood, Cornelius Alexander, and Reverend Eugene Caudill.
        Virgil T. Osgood ran a simple service station, he had a wife (Mavine) and a son (Vee). And he loved fishing! He recently turned 40 and according to the magazine Mavine was reading he may not love her anymore. When actually he had loved her since they met at the ages of 10 & 8.
        Reverend Eugene Caudill was a widower, he still missed her dearly. He even gave sermons on marriage. His wife died on Thanksgiving Day.
        Cornelius Alexander is new in town and is determined to open a new high-tech, state-of-art service station. To the chagrin of Virgil.
        The radio shows listed in the novel are relevant to that era. I can remember the small town we lived in and how we listened to our…

Review: Historical Reliability of New Testament

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`The Historical Reliability of the New Testament` is an apologetics book written by author Craig L. Blomberg. The title suggests there is proof of what is written in the New Testament. The Table of Contents shows this book is written topically. There are fourteen Chapters which subdivide into six major parts: The Synoptic Gospels, The Gospel of John, Acts and Paul, The Rest of the New Testament, Canonicity and Transmission, The Problem of Miracles. These are written without the use of technical language to make for easier reading. Although I still found it somewhat difficult to follow with the parenthesis added to some sentences. This book is written in the belief that the New Testament can be trusted. I agree with this author's point of view.

        Footnotes are used to provide important information. They are extending what the text says. There is also a Name Index at the back of the book with the names listed in alphabetical order.

        This would make a great refe…

Review: The Chicken Coop Bed & Breakfast

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My spouse & I have had the privilege of enjoying stays at The Chicken Coop in Crawford, Georgia four times over the past 3 or so years. Their brochure adequately describes the physical characteristics of the facilities. But only personal experience can truly deliver the tastes, textures, and intrinsic qualities of Norman and Sonya Armours Bed and Breakfast. The beds are comfortable, the surroundings pleasant, and the food is tasty.
        Sonya never fails to provide a veritable southern style smorgasbord of chicken themed breakfast offerings. Norman's wit, wisdom, and Christian character invite intriguing, interesting conversations. We look forward eagerly to our next visit.

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Review: Bedtime Read and Rhyme Bible Stories

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Book Description Our God cares for us so much—His love is everywhere! If He sees one heart in need, His love will be right there. When Jesus finds a lamb who’s lost, He sings a happy song! “My lamb is safe now in My arms, Where all My sheep belong!” Bedtime Read and Rhyme Bible Stories offers more than 90 stories from the Old and New Testaments told in delightful, rhyming verse, along with Bedtime Prayers that help young readers grasp and apply each message. Tuck in your child with rhyming reminders of God’s great love!
        `Bedtime Read and Rhyme Bible Stories` is written for a young reader. Short paragraphs coupled with a short prayer would allow the parent to read it to an even younger child. This hardback book is well made, with beautiful color illustrations and a built-in cloth bookmark. The book is organized from Old Testament to New Testament which is suitable for the intended reader. The rhyme is the literary tool used in this book. Some examples are: " 'Let ther…

Review: Love One Another

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`The Berenstain Bears Love One Another` is written in short sentences, just right for the early reader. Every page is hardback so very young children can have their own copy. This organization is sufficient for the story. The author is Mike Berenstain whose Berenstain books are very popular.

        `Love One Another` is written in imagery to help make the story come to life. When brother asked if  they could eat the muffins it opened the door for moma bear to explain that these were made for a friend who recently had twins. `This is one way to show love`, she says. After that brother and sister bear helped around the house to show their love for their family.

        Since this book is about loving one another the reader can understand that from the cover, with hearts and a huge family hug.The primary medium is colorful drawings used in the illustrations.An element that is repeated throughout the majority of the story is brother and sister helping (ex. setting the table, hel…

Review: Earth Psalms

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`Earth Psalms: Reflections on How God Speaks Through Nature` is an anthropology written by author Francine Rivers. It is written from the point of view that God speaks through nature to humans. I agree with this point of view. There will be no excuse when we see Jesus face-to-face, nature itself reveals the glory of God (see Romans 1:20). The title, `Earth Psalms`, suggests the reading of Psalms that reflects earth.

        Francine Rivers is a "New York Times" best-selling author. However, she did not have an encounter with Jesus until later in life. She wrote `Redeeming Love` as her statement of faith.

        The table of contents reveals that the book is topically written with dazzling photographs on almost every page. This book reads like a devotional with scripture excerpts, applications, and prayers. The author's style is formal and suitable for older teens and adults. The concepts are well defined and easy to understand. Some of the areas covered are pra…

The Remnant

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`The Remnant` is a science fiction novel written by author Monte Wolverton. Monte Wolverton is an award-winning author and syndicated editorial cartoonist.  He is also an ordained minister.

        What if the Apocalypse happened and Jesus didn't come back?  The year is 2131 with a One World Government, the Federation. All religions and religious materials are banned. Christians who refuse to follow the law are sent to work camps. There is no way to hide, drones are everywhere and see everything. There is no privacy. Capitalism is the government of the day.

        I agree with the quote by Nelson Mandela. "When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in he has no choice but to become an outlaw." The main characters in this novel have escaped imprisonment and are looking for a true Christian colony.

        The central characters are: Grant Cochrin, a petroleum geologist. Grant's wife Dana, and his best friend Bryan, a fit, energetic thirty-something m…

Review: The Radical Book for Kids

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`The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith` written by Champ Thornton, written for ages 8-14. However, ages up through adult is perfect. I fell in love with this hardcover book as soon as I saw it. This book is a must have for all ages. There is so much to explore; to read and do. Simple enough for your average 8-year-old, but deep enough for an adult.

        Some of the chapters are: 'How to Understand the Bible.' 'Rules, Rules, Rules,' 'How Do We Know the Bible is True?' and' How to make your own sling. The contents lists such amazing items it's hard to pick what to do first. It would take literally hours, possibly days, to read and do everything listed.

        The book flows easily moving the reader from section-section. For example, the first four chapters list the Bible, God, and the Good News! I like the cover because it shows an illustration of a boy and a girl and what I imagine to be the Tree of Knowledge. Kn…

Review: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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`The Most Wonderful Time of the Year` is a Christian living book for Christmas written by Ace Collins. I am reviewing an ARC (Advance Reader's Copy) that is in the process of being edited. The table of contents is organized into main ideas, topically. The point of view is written by opinion and research.

        I do not necessarily like the bold script at the beginning of each chapter. It is too difficult for me to read. The print below that is much easier to read. Aside from that, this book is a blessing. Each chapter begins with scripture, a thought, a song to sing, and a gift to make for a friend (ex. cookies, a foot soak, and bath salts). The chapters are listed by day (ex. Day 1, Day 2,...) making the book a great idea for a Christmas devotional.

      Comparing this book to some devotionals I have read this is my favorite one.  The information is accurate and well developed. I recommend this book to all Christians or anyone looking for a devotional to read during t…

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Review: An Accidental Mystery

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`An Accidental Mystery at Camp Soaring Eagle` is a clean, young adult book written by author Dale McElhinney. It's a relatively short book with only 152 pages, and it moves at a steady pace. This is book one in The Camp Soaring Eagle mystery series. It begins with an in-depth map describing the whole camp area. It reminds me of what could be a Boy Scout camp.

        Dale McElhinney wrote this book especially for his son, Shaun. Hidden throughout the story are names of five famous fictional detectives. It's up to the reader to find all 5. Or, you can find the answers at the author's homepage (campsoaringeaglemysteries.com)

        There were about 5 teams staying at the camp for the summer. It seemed as if one of the teams wanted to win the competitions so bad they were willing to do anything, even endangering lives. But, was it a team or someone else? The Mohawks cheat to win and so they are blamed for everything that goes wrong. The Seneca team want to win but n…

Review: Texas Roads

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`Texas Roads` is a Christian woman's fiction novel written by author Cathy Bryant. Cathy Bryant is an Amazon best-selling author, she writes novels set in the heart of Texas. Texas Roads is her debut novel and it is presently free on Amazon Kindle. The title suggests a road somewhere in Texas.

        This was the one year anniversary of the death of female protagonist Dani's husband. Dani was stuck on a dirt road out in the country, without gas. A city girl being stuck on a country road near dark time was not good. There was nothing but trees, a few cows, an empty tank, and a cell phone without a signal.

        At the beginning of the novel, I am reminded of two sisters I know who for reasons unknown to me had a rift the size of Texas and did not speak to one another, just like Dani's mom and aunt. This made Dani wonder if God could love her.

        The male protagonist Steve Miller found Dani in her car alongside the road. He was a cowboy, with a cowboy scent.…

Review: The Raven

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`The Raven` is a thriller/suspense written by author Mike Nappa. Mike Nappa is an entertainment journalist at PopFam.com, as well as a bestselling and award-winning author. The setting of the novel is Atlanta, Ga. The Raven is book two in the Coffey & Hill series.

        The Raven is a magician who steals from rich tourists who come to watch his performance. Although he somehow gets involved with the wrong people he also adds a bit of humor by asking the detective if she will marry him. However, Raven is terrorized by a group of Ukrainian hit men.  

        Trudi and her ex-husband, Samuel, find themselves back together again. Only this time it's as detectives on a case and not husband and wife. Somewhere in Little Five Points, someone is looking to kill someone.

        This novel is a cliffhanger and some parts had me hanging by my toes. I just wanted to keep reading and not put it down. Even though I haven't had the opportunity to read the first novel in th…