Book Review: “Twisted Innocence” By Terri Blackstock

February 27, 2015 at 3:27 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Terri Blackstock in her new book, “Twisted Innocence book coverTwisted Innocence” Book Three in the Moonlighters Series published by Zondervan takes us into the life of Holly Cramer.

From the back cover:  Holly Cramer’s past choices have finally caught up to her, but she never expected them to endanger her baby.

Though Holly’s stumbled through most of her adult life as a party girl, she longs to live a more stable life for her daughter. Then police show up to question her about the whereabouts of Creed Kershaw, Lily’s father. She has kept his identity a secret from friends and family—she never even told him about the pregnancy. Now he’s a person of interest in a drug-related murder case.

Determined to keep him out of their lives and turn him over to police, Holly uses her private investigating skills to search for him. But her bravado backfires when he turns the tables and takes her and the baby hostage. As desperate hours tick by, Holly realizes his connection to Leonard Miller—the man who has gunned down several members of her family. Creed claims he’s innocent and that Miller is after him too. His gentleness with Lily moves her, but she can’t trust a man who has held her at gunpoint . . . even if he reminds her so much of herself.

Dangers old and new threaten Holly and her baby, and lives are demanded as sacrifices for love. Through a complex web of mistakes and regret, redemption is the one hope Holly has left to hold on to.

Shakespeare told us that, “all good things come to an end”. He most certainly was correct about this series with this book it ends here. Oh, but what an ending! It has all been leading up to this. The bad guy from the first book is back and he is looking for trouble. Holly had had a one night stand and now does not want the father to know he is the father. Plus there are all kinds of other problems going on. Ms. Blackstock has provided us a first-rate mystery. If you did not read the first two books in this series don’t worry Ms. Blackstock lets you in on what is going on. However I do recommend that you do read the previous two just for your own enjoyment. Once the action gets going Ms. Blackstock revs up the thriller quotient considerably which will have you reading and flipping pages as fast as you can.  Don’t start this book late at night because it will be very difficult to put it down or stop thinking about it.

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Book Review: “Unbound” by J. B. Simmons

February 27, 2015 at 7:03 am | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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J. B. Simmons in his new book, “Unbound book coverUnbound” Book One in the Omega Trilogy series published by J. B. Simmons introduces us to Elijah Goldsmith.

From the back cover: He must be released for a little while. But the one who sees doesn’t believe.

Elijah Goldsmith has nightmares he needs to ignore. Why would a rich kid from Manhattan dream three straight nights about a dragon and the destruction of St. Peter’s Basilica? He’s never even been to Rome.
It’s bad timing, too. He’s graduating soon and applying to be a spy in the International Security Agency. That’s where he meets Naomi. She’s the kind of girl who makes boys like Elijah want to share their secrets. Were they brought together to learn what his secrets mean? There’s more to their sparks than they think.

This is 2066, the year the world ends.

2066 is the not too distant future. I don’t want to be around for it. J. B. Simmons has given us a look at a potential future that, I think, is absolutely terrifying. Technology has cleverly disguised the components of Revelation and no one seems to recognize this. Mr. Simmons has taken the last book of The Bible, Revelation, and has given us a real page turning thriller. And of top of that it is a spy adventure. “Unbound” is not allegory. Events similar to what is depicted here are going to happen in real life. This book is going to get your blood going and capture your attention completely. Don’t bother to make popcorn because you are going to be so riveted to what is going on that you will forget all about it and there is nothing worse than cold popcorn. Action, adventure, Revelation, suspense, thriller what more can you possible ask for? I like this book and recommend it highly. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Bible Commentary: “Third Word-Family” The Days Of Lent

February 27, 2015 at 5:26 am | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.”  From that time on, this disciple took her into his home”.   (John 19:26-27 NIV)

Jesus has been nailed to the cross and is hanging there to die before the entire world.  Nearby are a few friends and His mother, “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene” (John 19:25 NIV).  John is standing nearby but, maybe, he is not standing with the women as to not intrude on her time of grief.  Her firstborn Son is dying before her eyes and her heart is breaking within her. Jesus, from His unique vantage point, can see where everybody is and, as firstborn male, is obligated to care for His widowed mother. The Jewish tradition is that the firstborn son cares for the mother if she is a widow and as we never hear about Joseph anymore it is assumed that he did, indeed, die. Jesus has supported her during His life and now that he was dying what would become of her? He sees her standing by, and knows her cares and grief’s; and he sees John standing not far off, and so he settles a new relation between his beloved mother and his beloved disciple; they are now mother and son.

Jesus is in a tremendous amount of physical pain yet He is able to look beyond His own suffering and realize the need of His mother after He is gone. Yes, she had other children but Jesus, as firstborn, has the responsibility. So He stops His dying to leave her a new son that will look out after her needs. Jesus knows that John will provide for her and from that moment on he does.

Paul tells us, “but if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God” (1 Timothy 5:4 NIV). Jesus, from the cross, is setting an example for the entire world to follow. God gave the command in Exodus to, “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12 NIV).  One of the ways we honor our parents is to provide, to the utmost of our power, for the comfort of our aged parents.

Child of God – As He was dying Jesus, from the cross, provided for His mother. God speaks to us and tells us, “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling” Psalm 27:10 NIV). No longer is Jesus concerned about the family of one person, now He is concerned about the family of all persons. “but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24 NIV). God cares for the fatherless and will be a father to them. God cares for the widow and will provide for them. And for those that have no friends or siblings God will be a brother to them. Whatever the need is for a family God can meet the longing in your heart and take care of you. After all, Jesus set an example from the cross.

Our prayer:
Father, thank you for being to me what others could not fulfill perfectly in my life. You are the  only one who can satisfy my inner needs better than anybody, because only you are perfect.  Thank you for showing me what a real father is. Help me to be the extended family for those who are lonely and to give them the kind of love that you give me.
Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

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