Book Review: Touching The Clouds by Bonnie Leon

July 16, 2010 at 7:33 am | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Bonnie Leon in her new book, “Touching The Clouds” Book One in the Alaskan Skies series published by Revell brings us flying high over the wilds of Alaska in 1935.

Kate Evans is a woman on a mission; to find herself.  She rejects her fiancee on what would have been their wedding day, packs up and goes to Alaska to be a bush pilot.  Most of the male pilots give her a hard time except for Mike Conlin.  After a while a relationship starts to develop.  Then there is also the the rugged and good-looking Paul Anderson that lives along one of her wilderness routes; can a relationship develop there as well?

In August of 1920 women gained the right to vote.  In July of 1937 aviator Emelia Earhart went missing from her historic plane flight so the time was right for a feisty woman who can take to the skies and hold her own against any man.  Ms. Leon starts the book with death and ends the book with life.  She weaves a story of personal growth and discovery against a huge canvass:  Alaska.  This is an interesting story filled with lots of excitement and romance as well as history.  I liked it a lot.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell.   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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

“Available July 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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Book Review: David and Goliath by Bryan Hathaway

July 13, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Bryan Hathaway in his new book, “David and Goliath” Book One in The Guardian Angel Chronicles series published by Wine Press Publishing gives us a an intriguing glimpse into what happens when we are touched by God.

David Liberty is a man of seventy-five whose body has failed so he lives in an old age home where he cannot move or talk.  He possesses the desire to express his emotions to his family and to the staff but his body will not allow him to so he sits in silence waiting to die.  However a woman named Joelle, who claims to be his physical therapist comes to visit him and she has the surprising ability to read his thoughts and respond to them.  She then comes for another visit and it is now clear that Joelle is more than a physical therapist but an angel sent by God with a message for David.  David is to be given a second chance and if he is able to redeem others back to the Lord by his actions, for faith without actions is dead, then he will be judged rightly.  He is given a new body, one of thirty years old and David cannot be recognized by anyone as being David and, one more thing, he cannot speak.  He will have to accomplish everything he has been sent to do by his actions.

Mr. Hathaway is a clever writer who came up with a very interesting concept and ran with it.  I like this book and the truths that it contains.  First off, God knows who we are, what we have done and what we are doing and God is the God of the second chance.  David is given a second chance to go and redeem others to the love of God by God which means we all have a mission or a calling to accomplish and God takes that very seriously.  Isn’t it great that David’s last name is Liberty?  It goes to show what God not only does for us but through us to others.  Now me, I like the name of the angel:  Joelle.  That name speaks to me of joy.  Why?  Because the angels are in the presence of the Lord where joy is so therefore they are joyful and she does bring joy to David.  Maybe I am reaching you will have to read the book to determine for yourself.

Is this an easy assignment for David?  No, of course not.  Joelle tells him clearly, “once satan identifies you…” so the forces of heaven and hell are mobilized once David is given his second chance.

As I said I like this book it has such marvelous themes, redemption, forgiveness, healing, relationships and family that are treated so well.  This is just the first book in the series and I am really looking forward to more by Mr. Hathaway.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Glass Road PR and Wine Press Publishing.   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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Movie Review: Billy: The Early Years

July 8, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Posted in The Movies | Leave a comment

Billy:  The Early Years is a 2008 biographical film from Director Robby Benson.  The film recounts the story of the world renown evangelist, Billy Graham, creating a portrayal of Billy’s life from the mid 1930’s to 1949 when Billy Graham finds himself speaking in his famous Los Angeles Crusade.

Armie Hammer portrays the young Billy Graham and the story of his life is told by an elderly Charles Templeton, played marvelously by Martin Landau, on his deathbed.   A reporter has come to interview Templeton to see if there is any scandal on Billy Graham and Templeton tells his story.  The film follows all the high points on Billy Grahams life:  His acceptance of Jesus at a tent meeting and his going away to college to learn to be an Evangelist.  Of course, he eventually meets Ruth Bell who will become his wife.  There are other moments recounted in the film that show Mr. Graham leading to his crusade in Los Angeles.

However, the film is really about the differences between Templeton and Graham.  Charles Templeton was an evangelist who helped create Youth For Christ International and hired Billy Graham as their first evangelist.  The two become fast friends however the film shows Templeton being worn down by the sights of the war, the concentration camps and death, disease and suffering.  These lead him to have doubts about The Lord which lead him to walk away from his church and his ministry and become an agnostic.  As Templeton’s life is in a downward spiral Graham’s life is building upward and, it is possible, that God takes the evangelistic ministry that Templeton had and turns it over to Billy Graham.

The film is marvelously directed by Robby Benson who keeps the story moving along seamlessly.  All the information is provided to the viewer without giving the answers.  It is up to the viewer to decide just what happened and discuss the events with other viewers.  Everyone has their roles down perfectly however it all focuses on Billy Graham and his role is done perfectly by Armie Hammer.  You believe that this man is going to grow into the Evangelist that we all have come to know and love.  This is a must see movie that will uplift you and give you a better feeling about destiny.

Phase Four Films  has released the movie on DVD and also provided us with extras like the behind the scenes making of the movie.  It is a great movie to watch and I highly recommend it

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