Book Review: “Terminus” by Joshua Graham

April 29, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Joshua Graham in his new book, “Terminus book coverTerminus” published by Redhaven Books brings us into the lives of Nikolai and Hope Matheson.

From the back cover:    How far must an angel fall to find his destiny?

Having witnessed one too many senseless deaths, Nikolai, a disillusioned Reaper 3rd Class, resigns his commission with the Angel Forces after a tedious century of gathering souls.

Immediately, another division recruits him with the promise of a more rewarding career, and issues his initial assignments: To bring down a few very dangerous threats to the human race.  In the process, Nikolai falls in love with one of his targets-Hope Matheson, a woman who will lead thousands astray.

Caught between conflicting agendas, Nikolai chooses to “fall” from his celestial state and become mortal in order to circumvent angel law and be with her.  But for angels and humans alike, things are not always as they appear.  Still a target, the threat against Hope’s life intensifies.

Now, in order to save her, Nikolai must rally the last remnants of his failing supernatural abilities to prevent her assassination, as well as the destruction of an entire city by a nuclear terrorist strike.

But his time and power are running out…

Terminus is a perspective-altering saga that delves into ageless themes of redemption, destiny, and the eternal power of love.

Spiritual warfare exists.  There really is a battle between Angels and demons and they fight over humanity.  Humans are God’s greatest creation and He has Angels to protect them from the demonic forces that want to corrupt and destroy them.  Is “Terminus” completely Biblical when it comes to Angels?  Well, no.  But if it was then there would not be a story.  Mr. Graham is trying to present a story about depression, and unresolved issues from our past that press on our present and keep us from our future.  I think Mr. Graham has succeeded admirably.  God has His healing for anyone who needs it.  Then there is the theme of hope.  There is always hope.  It is not a coincidence that a main character is named Hope.  Leave aside any concern about Angels as “Terminus” is not a study book on Angels, what it is, however, is a roaring good story that will keep you highly interested in what is going to happen next.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pump Up Your Book.   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.”

Book Review: “Sinners And The Sea” By Rebecca Kanner

April 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Rebecca Kanner in her new book, “Sinners And The Sea book coverSinners And The Sea” published by Howard Books takes us into the life of Noah’s wife.

From the Inside Jacket Cover:   The young heroine in Sinners and the Sea is destined for greatness. Known only as “wife” in the Bible and cursed with a birthmark that many think is the brand of a demon, this unnamed woman—fated to become the mother of all generations after the great flood—lives anew through Rebecca Kanner. The author gives this virtuous woman the perfect voice to make one of the Old Testament’s stories come alive like never before.

Desperate to keep her safe, the woman’s father gives her to the righteous Noah, who weds her and takes her to the town of Sorum, a haven for outcasts. Alone in her new life, Noah’s wife gives him three sons. But living in this wicked and perverse town with an aloof husband who speaks more to God than to her takes its toll. Noah’s wife struggles to know her own identity and value. She tries to make friends with the violent and dissolute people of Sorum while raising a brood that, despite its pious upbringing, develops some sinful tendencies of its own. While Noah carries out the Lord’s commands, she tries to hide her mark and her shame as she weathers the scorn and taunts of the townspeople.

But these trials are nothing compared to what awaits her after God tells her husband that a flood is coming—and that Noah and his family must build an ark so that they alone can repopulate the world. As the floodwaters draw near, she grows in courage and honor, and when the water finally recedes, she emerges whole, displaying once and for all the indomitable strength of women. Drawing on the biblical narrative and Jewish mythology, Sinners and the Sea is a beautifully written account of the antediluvian world told in cinematic detail.

Ever wonder what life was like way back before the Flood?  I read somewhere, sorry I have forgotten where, that all religions have some reference to a world flood.  The Bible tells us that the world was full of sin and that there was only one family that could be spared destruction; Noah and his family.  We pretty much are all familiar with Noah and what he did but we have never had a story of these events told us from the point of view of his wife.  “Sinners And The Sea” has real drama in it and wonderful characters, not just Noah, his wife, his sons and their wives but the other inhabitants of the world that laughed and mocked this family before ultimately drowning.  There is also romance.  Ms. Kanner has built a back story for Mrs. Noah that is quite believable and her life with Noah is just like any married woman’s life; filled with highs and lows.  It is just hers has the most climatic moment is human history.  Rebecca Kanner has done more than give us a fictionalized retelling of Biblical events she has given us some real depth of history and faith in God.  It is a marvelous story.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books for this review.  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.”

Book Review: “The Gate” by Dann A. Stouten

April 27, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Dann A. Stouten in his new book, “The Gate book coverThe Gate” published by Revell takes us into the life of Schuyler Hunt.

From the back cover:  Every life is a story. Schuyler Hunt is about to come face-to-face with the author of his.

When a planned getaway with his wife turns into a shopping trip for the girls, Schuyler Hunt finds himself looking for something else to do. An ad for a vacation cottage catches his eye, and he sets off in search of a much-needed break. When he arrives, he finds something far different from the typical summer home experience. In fact, he may have found a little slice of heaven.

The proprietor–along with a number of unexpected and yet familiar guests–welcomes him with food, rest, and conversation, until what started out as an escape from everyday life turns into something much, much more . . .

“The Gate” is an allegory.  Earlier in my life I hated allegories because I couldn’t figure them out.  Dann Stouten has made this allegory easy so he took all the stress away.  The ad for Paradise Realty reads, “Angel’s Gate – the back door to God’s country”, and the realtor is Michael DeAngelo.  That should give you some idea of what is to come.  Each chapter is a topic that is discussed between Schuyler and the guests that come and visit him for the week that he is at the cabin.  Schuyler tells us at the beginning that things can layer up on you, like putting rocks in your knapsack.  The first rock you can handle but after a while they begin to weigh you down and other people notice.  That is the point of this book.  It is about the choices we make and how they can pile up on us and can crush us if we don’t allow God to come and help empty our knapsack.  “The Gate” is a lot of fun and relaxing as well.  Sit back in your favorite chair, have an iced tea handy and read and enjoy this book allowing God to talk to you.  You’ll be glad you did.

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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 April 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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