Tuesday, December 1, 2009

NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible

I recently received a book in the mail, and have enjoyed exploring it’s contents. Many of these stories are well-known to me, but the format is different—and refreshing.

The NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible is a collection of 250 stories from the Old and New Testaments in storybook format. The stories of the scripture are divided into easy to read sections--if you just want a short piece to read to yourself or as a bedtime story for little ones, you’ve got plenty to choose from.

This is a beautiful book inside and out. The cover gives it an air of a family treasure to be passed down for generations. Each piece is titled, tells the scripture reference, and has each verse numbered as you read—this information is even listed in the table of contents for your ease. This is a good way to introduce kids to the stories of the Bible, or just a good way to read parts of the Word in a different format. This doesn’t contain the full text of the Word however. So if you’re looking for a good study Bible, this isn’t what you’re looking for.

To give you a general feel for this book:
There is a table of contents in the front that lists the title of the section, the scripture reference, and the page number. There is no concordance, only a small index in the back. Of the 250 stories, only 47 are from the New Testament. In the stories of Jesus, they include scripture from more than one book (i.e. Jesus’ Birth: Matthew 2:1-18 & Luke 2:17-39). Since this is a “storybook” of scripture, some books of the Bible aren’t included or only partially used. Some of the books not included are: 1 & 2 Chronicles, Psalms, Proverbs, Galatians, Philippians, 1 & 2 Timothy.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Max Lucado, Fearless.

“Don’t be afraid,” He said. “Take courage. I am here!”
—Matthew 14:27 NLT

What are you afraid of? Every day seems to bring a new item to our already long list of fears. But how do we overcome those fears? What can we do, even if the situation is out of our control? How do we keep fear from controlling us? How do we have peace during the storm?

Max Lucado’s Fearless is a phenomenal book. He talks about so many fears, and relates all of them to stories in the Bible. I have only read a couple of his works, and have been pleased with all of them. He writes in such a way that anyone can understand it, sometimes using mental pictures to help describe things: “as gloomy as a giraffe with a neck ache” (Can anyone say “Ouch!”) or “collapsed like a sand castle in a typhoon.” He backs up his words with scripture, and even explains things to help the reader better understand. There is also a discussion guide at the end of the book that includes study of scripture, questions, and applications.

Fear is something everyone deals with, and anyone can find something to relate to in Fearless. Therefore, I highly recommend it to everyone.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Jenna Lucado, Redefining Beautiful: What God Sees When God Sees You.

I saw this book on the review list, and knew I had to read it. Talk about the right choice.

So what is Redefining Beautiful? This book for girls is about learning what beauty is from God’s perspective. Jenna changes the focus from looking in the mirror, to looking at what God, our heavenly Father, sees when He looks at us. As she talks about each girl’s personal style, it’s not about just the outside appearance; it’s about the inside, about our attitudes, our quirks, how we view others, how we view ourselves and why we view ourselves that way. Then she takes that and compares it to what is pleasing to God.

When I ordered this book, I wondered: Would Jenna be able to relate it to girls like me, the girls without earthly fathers to help us to relate to God? And I was pleased with the answer. She does a great job in relating to girls with good dads, not so good dads, and absent dads. She uses her own story, stories from the Bible, and the stories of others to give examples. She asks questions, and then gives room for answers, which really helps in applying the things she talks about in a person’s life.

This book is something I recommend every girl read, no matter her age. It says it’s for teens, and that’s great--but I’m a young adult, and this book really touched me as well.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

City of Night, book two of Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein

So I’ve recently finished City of Night. And I must say, it lived up to the expectations that began in book one.

It’s interesting to think of what would happen if Victor Frankenstein were alive in today’s world. How would we know a human from his . . . creations? And what if those creations suddenly started going wrong, malfunctioning so to speak? How would one take care of such a person and his creations? And what if Frankenstein's original creation came back to finish him?

The adventure of this book is captivating. The characters become real. And descriptions are written so that the reader can see it all.

I’m excited to see how this story ends in book three.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Prodigal Son

So I’ve never read anything by Koontz before, but have had him recommended. I never really knew where to start though. I got several opinions on that, but no one recommended the books I found at Wal*Mart: Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein. I read the back cover, and bought book one, Prodigal Son.

I finished Dekker’s Green, Liparulo’s Timescape, and then skipped Wendy Alec’s second book of The Chronicles of Brothers--I’ve waited so long for that book, I have to read the first again. But anyway, back to Frankenstein.

When I started the book, I only intended to read a few pages then go to bed. Yeah right. I read quite a few chapters, and didn't want to stop. Such a page turner!

Deucalion is my favorite character. Full of history and mystery. The whole story is intriguing, filled with great plot and characters. I love the good guys, and love to hate the bad guys.

And now I have the second book in hand. I am excited to get into it. Needless to say, Dean Koontz is now on my list of favorite authors.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Andy Andrews’ The Noticer

Jones is a Noticer, this man that wanders into a person’s life, a mysterious old man that no one really knows much about, but a man whose mindset is desperately needed in many people’s lives. He offers perspective, something we often lose sight of in life situations. He asks questions, answers your questions, gets you thinking, gives you perspective, and then lets you get about what needs to be done.

This book intrigued me by the worn suitcase on the cover. When I got my e-book copy of it, I thought “Well, this is certainly interesting” as the first page caught my curiosity. And I found myself reading through it without noticing how many pages went by at the time.

This book is full of wisdom, insight, and the key word . . . perspective. And he doesn’t give these long explanations that get you lost and confused. Whether you identify with the situations of these people right off the bat, or know that you need to remember this for later, it’s full of wisdom every person needs. I highly recommend this book.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Timescape: Mr. Liparulo, you've done it again!

Okay, Mr. Liparulo, I know we talked about these cliff-hanger endings before, but here I am--yet again--desperately wanting to know what's going to happen next! Timescape was great, but I want to read the next one . . . now!

You started this book out with a bang--well, you usually start every book that way. This one had me getting frustrated at character’s stubbornness, and I’m sure you can guess who it might be. It had me yelling “DON’T GO IN THERE” several times, and even had me slamming the book down a few times . . . at least a few times more than the first three books of this series.

The intensity and mystery is building with each book, and I’m crazy curious to know how it ends. These may be considered “juvenile” fiction, and though I’m in my twenties, I’ve come to like getting inside the Kings kids minds and watching this adventure unfold. But I don’t want to wait until Whirlwind comes out. I know I’ll just get to the end and desperately want the sixth book of the series.

Each book ending of this Dreamhouse Kings Series is like the season finale of my favorite shows . . . CSI: Miami, NCIS, Burn Notice. There’s always that cliffhanger to keep you waiting and guessing until the next season begins. I want the new season to begin the moment I finish this one!

But alas, as I have said with your books, Eric Wilson’s books, Ted Dekker’s books . . . I will wait. And I will be as eager and excited (if not more so) to read it when the time comes. Just know, I’m tapping my fingers and humming the Jeopardy theme in hopes that it will somehow make the next book get into my hands that much quicker.


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Green . . . Oh wow.

Sat, Sept 5, 2009 2:30 am
Normally I write my book lover comments blog after I’ve read the book. But at the moment, I feel the need to write my comments for Green as I read. I will not give anything away, but in keeping with my blog title, I will give my comments.

I am currently reading Ted Dekker’s Green. For those that may not know what I’m talking about, Green is book Zero of the Circle Series, the other books being Black, Red, and White. They say you can read Green first or last. At the moment, I recommend last. If my opinion on this changes while I read I’ll be sure to let you know. These books follow Thomas Hunter as he passes between two realities, and the battles in each.
Go here to check out Black, Red, White, and other books by Ted Dekker.
First let me tell you what I’ve gathered about Mr. Dekker’s writing style. Many, if not all in some round about way, of his books are connected—even if they’re not part of a series. Questions you have about one book may be answered in any of his twenty-something published books or in the books he is/will be publishing. I’ve said many times, a journey through Ted’s mind would be the most spectacular thing in finding out if even he can answer the questions I still have regarding his novels.

Now on to my comments about Green thus far:
From chapter 0--yes there is a chapter 0 and no, it’s not the prologue--there is a heaviness that gets deeper as the first few chapters progress. Maybe it’s just me. Honestly, I had to set down the book and mull on the thoughts running through my head after I finished the first three chapters. It was a mix of knowing this is going to lead to something big in the story and a bit of a challenge to me in my personal life. I hope that doesn’t go unnoticed by other readers.

Then came one of his infamous connections. It’s one that should be in the back of his readers’ minds as they’ve progressed through his books, but at the same time, it’s like “OH! You mean it’s really gonna happen?! Really?! Wow!” My exact words upon discovering this connection were “Holy snot!” I know snot is probably far from holy, but there are no words to describe this.

And already the emotion of this book is high. It’s brought tears to my eyes and heaviness to my heart, pushing more and more to the forefront of my mind a challenge to me in my personal life. I have no idea where this story is going, but I know I will have a lot of soul searching during and after I finish this book.

10:15 pm
Less than a day and only a few chapters later . . . I want to dance. Green has within its covers a story that splendidly builds up each emotion that is felt. I’ve been brought to tears, outraged, and most recently filled with joy that caused me to dance around my room. And I’m not even halfway through. Mr. Dekker, should you read this, the story in Green has captured my heart.

September 10, 2009 9:00 pm
I just finished Green. First of all, let me say, I can see this as the beginning of the Circle or the end. Or heck, read it at the beginning and the end. Yeah, that sounds like the best bet . . .
Now, let me tell you what I think of this book.

Green captured my heart early on, and kept it all throughout the story. It brought me to tears numerous times, filled me with joy, made me want to dance and shout, and even made me wonder. And most of all, it made me reflect on myself and my life. And that, my friends, is why I love great stories. The greatest of stories isn’t just a piece of fiction that takes your mind from your own world to the one within its pages. It is the story that makes you think and reflect on things in your life, that bring you to a point of decision and help you to discover truth. Those, my friends, are the greatest stories. And Green, as well as the other Circle Series books, is just such a story.

And if you would like to check out the Ebook of Black, the first WRITTEN book of the Circle Series, go here: Black Ebook and enter the Forest Guard number 5273

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Jerusalem's Undead Trilogy

It is one in the morning, and I have just finished Eric Wilson’s book, Haunt of Jackals. I will definitely read this again and again. This book is the second in the Jerusalem’s Undead Trilogy. And, like its first part, Field of Blood, this book is great.

*To read my post on Field of Blood, go here: Field of Blood *

Having recently read Field of Blood for the second time, I was itching to get Haunt of Jackals. I received it in the mail as a gift from a friend, and jumped right on in to the story. Twelve hours later, I read the last page and about screamed. One, because it’s a FANTASTIC story. Two, because I was right about the author of the journal entries. *HA!*

Eric continues weaving in the threads of history through this work, making you think and sometimes wonder. He continues to expound on the stories of Nistarim and the Collectors, as well as Gina’s own history. And we also learn more about the mysterious Cal—what an interesting tale there, though I’m sure there is more to be revealed.

This story answers many questions, but also leaves you with new questions, which I’m waiting to find the answers to in Valley of Bones.

And still yet, my only complaint: Mr. Wilson! (Gee, I just felt like Dennis the Menace) Why do I have to wait so long for the next book?!

I most definitely will wait, but who says I have to be patient about it? ;-)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

People of the Book

I’ve just finished reading a very interesting book of the historical fiction genre.

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

This book first caught my attention because of the cover. Yes, I do judge books by their covers. The cover is beautiful in it’s simplicity: Black with a gold and blue outline of a butterfly wing, the title in white across the middle of the wing.

And when I opened it, I knew this book was not a waste of time or money.

People of the Book is a fictional representation of the creation, past, and conservation of the Sarajevo Haggadah. The reader is swept into the life of a rare book expert, Hanna, as she takes on the prestigious job of conserving the Haggadah. Then as she analyses artifacts found within the pages of the book, we are given glimpses into the history, going to Sarajevo during World War II, to Vienna, to the Venice Carnivale in 1609, and to Spain in the 1400s.

The history in this book is rich, and fills every line, flowing from the lives of every character and setting. This book is emotional as well, filled with love, regret, anger, fear, and abandonment.

This book does have sexual content. It doesn’t go into great detail, though a couple passages give greater detail than the rest. So if you don’t want anything like that in a book, you may not want this one. Though I have to admit, the richness of the history is enriched because of the sexual content of some passages.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Reading Eric Wilson and My Writing

So there haven’t been any updates in a while. What have I been up to? A few things actually.

A book I read recently, and absolutely loved, is A Shred of Truth. It is the second Aramis Black book by Eric Wilson. And I sort of cheated.

I read the second one without reading the first one, The Best of Evil. I asked Eric Wilson if I could read ASoT without reading TBoE, and he said it would ruin some things in the first one, but I could.

And I definitely agree. While I can tell that some of it I will know, at the same time, I am completely looking forward to reading The Best of Evil. It’s on my list of books to purchase next.
In my writing life, I’ve actually written a few pieces. And one piece seemed to inspire a few people to write similar pieces. That piece is titled The Suffering of a Leper.

Then a couple of friends wrote pieces, and even started a site just for them. Check it out: Life to the Word. And I have a new piece on the site as well. Just click “The Scrolls” to see a list of works available for you to read.

Back to Reading:
I have picked up Field of Blood again. Read my original post on it here: Field of Blood

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Lunatic and Elyon

So I recently finished two more Dekker books. Big surprise there right? But these books are special. There was a cowriter in these books. And Kaci Hill did a great job. I was told that the first few chapters of Lunatic would seem a bit off. I disagree. I think they fit in nicely. Some of the writing in the first two chapters didn't seem to be Ted, but since I don't know who wrote what, it's hard to say if I'm right or wrong on that.

Lunatic and Elyon were great. They take place after White, from the Circle Trilogy.

When Lunatic starts, we are thrown back into the forests with our characters, and follow them as they realize the horde are now living in the forests. Where have Thomas and the others gone? We follow them as they fight the horde, become the horde, and love the horde. We are introduced to a new "species" and discover her powers, and find out what the other half of their world holds.

Darsal became my favorite character in these two books. And another character became my favorite one to hate.

My only questions:
Is there more to come?
Will all nine books about the Circle tie together in Green?
How will it all end . . . or will it end just to begin again?

And only one man can answer those questions, the author of them all, Ted Dekker.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Bookstore Excitement

So I went on a trip last weekend. While there, my friend and I went to a bookstore. It was glorious. All books were five dollars (except Bibles and reference books). The only thing that wasn't fun was that I had a budget to stick to. I've done quite a bit of traveling lately, and with more traveling planned, I had to be careful with what I spent.

ANYWAY . . .

While I was walking through this store, trying not to drool on the precious books, I was over in the teen section when I saw a man checking out Robert Liparulo's Watcher in the Woods. I stood there watching him read the back, getting excited because the moment he stopped reading, I planned on pointing out other books to him.

Now note to all, I am pretty shy in person so for me to start talking to a total stranger, it has to be about something I love. And books are pretty high on my list of loves.

So I could tell he stopped reading, and said "I've read that book. It's great. And they have the first one right here." *holds up House of Dark Shadows* He said that he read a book by Liparulo already and really liked it, so I mentioned that I saw Germ out on another table and he should check it out.

He picked up a Frank Peretti's Nightmare Academy and said he was a big fan of Peretti's. That just got me even more excited. I told him that if he liked Peretti and Liparulo, he would like Ted Dekker and Eric Wilson as well. I pointed out some Dekker books that were at that table, told him where to find some others, then we parted.

A few minutes later, my friend and I were in the super long line waiting to check out. I was watching people when I saw the same guy get in line a few people behind me. He had three books in his hands: Germ by Liparulo, and Thr3e and Adam by Dekker.

I was so excited. It didn't matter to me that I only walked out of there with two books. I have all of Dekker's, Peretti's, and Liparulo's (except Deadlock but they didn't have it). And only one of the two books I bought was fiction. Shred of Truth by Eric Wilson. I know I need the book before that one, but hey, for five bucks I say I got a good deal. And I'm working on getting his books, since the only one I had before this weekend was Field of Blood.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

BoneMan's Daughters

I have just finished the book, BoneMan’s Daughters, by Ted Dekker. And as I sit here thinking about it, I am beginning to cry. The book is about the love between a father and his daughter. And that subject alone is enough to bring me to tears. But let me move away from myself and tell you about this book.

In the post from Feb 23, I told you about Ryan, a military intelligence officer that puts his job above all else, even his family. This man goes through a torturing experience and after fleeing for his life, he decides that he must go home and reconcile with his estranged wife and daughter. His wife, Celine, has fallen into the arms of another man, and his 16 year old daughter, Bethany, has rejected him just as she felt rejected by him. All the while, the man that was convicted for the BoneMan killings is released.

All chaos breaks loose when Bethany is abducted from her bedroom. Ryan gets a call from the BoneMan and goes on a hunt for him, playing BoneMan’s game in hopes of saving his daughter and finally becoming the father he should have been. And Bethany tries to keep her life by being the perfect daughter BoneMan has been searching for.

This book brought many different emotional reactions from me. I was told beforehand that I would probably cry, and after reading the blog about why Mr. Dekker wrote this book, I expected such. I didn’t expect to feel his despair, the anger, the grief, the horror I felt as I read. Just let me explain. It made me scream, made me cry, made me cringe, and made me smile.

This book isn’t graphic in a blood and guts manner, but it did disturb me more than any book I have read. Maybe it’s because the topic of this book makes it more personal for me. Maybe it’s because I have never known someone to possess such a love as to go to those lengths to save the one he holds dear. Or if I have known such love, they haven’t had to show it in such an extreme sense. Maybe it’s because this book opens my eyes to evil that most Americans shelter themselves from. OR maybe it’s a mix of it all.

This book brought more raw emotions from me than any other book of fiction I have read. As I said, the father/daughter relationship is something that, depending on the circumstances/conversation around it, can easily draw out an emotional response in me. This book did just that.

And it has become one of my personal favorites from Mr. Dekker.

And if you read this:
Ted Dekker, you’ve moved me, touched my heart, and just through this story, you have shown me the deep love of a father that I have never personally known. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Monday, April 13, 2009


So I've been trying to write 2000 words a day this month. I've succeeded a few days, and come close most other days. Then there was the last minute trip to Alabama, and when I got back, working on the church production all this last week. I'm about 9000 words behind right now though. Thankfully this week is looking free for time.

What am I writing about? Well, it's fiction. It's about a girl, and a guy, and another guy . . . oh and another girl. Some people die. Some people live. Something happens. Someone goes somewhere. And something is brought to light.

Sound good? haha.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Watchers

This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I was not disappointed. The front cover says it’s a novel of suspense. That certainly describes Mark Andrew Olsen's The Watchers. This novel takes you from America to Africa to Israel and back again. And in this adventure, is a twenty year old named Abby Sherman.

The adventure begins with a dream. Abby dreams she is the prophetess Anna, and experiences when Anna held the baby Jesus. In order to find answers about this dream, Abby posts about it on a myspace of sorts, and soon receives thousands of responses from women that have also had or know someone who had this dream. Through the number of responses, Abby is propelled into the role of an internet celebrity. But even with so many responses, Abby is only filled with more questions. How could so many women that have no idea about each other have the same dream? What’s more, how can they all then develop this strange gift of seeing spiritual beings?

She decides to do whatever it takes to find the answers. But trying to find these answers has brought unwanted attention of people that want to stop her. Knowledge is power, and they don’t want her finding the power that lies waiting to be discovered.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Another Preview

I just had a great opportunity to read the first four chapters of Ted Dekker's soon-to-be-released novel, BoneMan's Daughters. The setup is great, as usual for Dekker. I am excited to get my hands on a copy of this book. To summerize the description of the book:

It seems that the killer is the "perfect father looking for the perfect daughter." But who can meet such high expectations? When the victim fails, each of her bones are broken and she is left to die.
Our main character is a military intelligence officer named Ryan Evans, a man that put his job first at all cost, even his family. His wife and daughter don't even consider him a part of their lives.
But then the BoneMan takes another victim, Ryan's sixteen year old daughter. As Ryan goes after this killer, the FBI begins to believe that he is the BoneMan.

I'm sure this will be another hit from Dekker, full of twists and turns we never see coming.

Here's a list of the books I have now just waiting to be read.
Fiction, the love of my life . . .
Perelandra by C.S. Lewis (about half through)
That Hideous Strength also by Lewis (last of the space trilogy)
The Watchers by Mark Andrew Olsen (about fourth of the way through)
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (cover caught my eye while shopping at Sam's Club)

Then there's my two writing books . . .
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers (I'm about half through that one)
Plot and Structure (haven't even started it yet)

Friday, February 20, 2009

I got a reply.

So our wonderful author, Robert Liparulo, replied to my letter. I will not include a word for word of his reply because it was sent to my inbox and not included here. But he did tell me why he left the ends of each of the Dreamhouse Kings books at such important moments.

First of all, and the best reason I think, is that he didn't want to "wrap the book up nicely" when the story isn't finished. And you know what? I completely agree. I don't like when the books are wrapped up nicely. It's like each one has a separate ending when it's actually a series and shouldn't end until the series does.

Another reason was that when all the books are published for this series, they will be available together much longer than the time he's leaving his readers in suspense. He is correct in that, but it does not make it any easier on us now.

Now here is my reply, which I also sent to him:

To be quite honest, the avid reader that I am, I will most definitely hang in there and wait for the next book—while impatiently tapping my foot, drumming my fingers, and listening to the wheels turning in my head as I think of what could happen to the King family next.

It is fun having cliffhangers, but for the first few hours after finishing a book, I sit and stew about why it had to end there as unanswered questions roam freely in the space between my ears. So in my stewing, I wrote you my letter.

I'm sure I am not the only reader that gets to the end and goes “Oh my gosh! I need to know what happens!” And yet, I--as a loyal reader--will wait until the next book comes out because the need to know surpasses any disgruntled mumblings that may have come out of my mouth in those first few hours after the last page.

Also, I will admit, I am glad you don’t wrap up each book nicely. It makes these books just as interesting after the end as it is during the reading of it just because of the cliffhanger.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Graphic Novels and a Letter

So I've read my two graphic novels. Chosen and Infidel. There are some changes and a few things left out, I guess to keep it from being too long. Chosen is probably my favorite. I especially love the face in the sand. Now, onto my rampage. The Letter.

Dear Mr. Liparulo,
I have just finished Gatekeepers. I read the last page, shut the book, and shook it for all it's worth. Now you're making me wait until July? How am I supposed to wait that long?

The only reason I waited so long for Gatekeepers was that I got the first two books together and figured since I got to go from book one to book two so fast, I could be patient. Then I distracted myself with books from other authors--Ted Dekker, Eric Wilson, CS Lewis.

With the ending you gave me here, I don't think I can be patient. All the books in the world will not remove my mind from the fact that I NEED to know what happens to Dae, Xander, Dad, and Keal, not to mention Toria, Jesse, and . . . I won't mention someone else because that would give away something to those who haven't yet read this book.

What am I to do? You've left me in a predicament and I see no way out.

In need of answers,

Book Lover

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Buying Books & Pre-release Preview

So I'm sort of a compulsive book buyer. I tend to buy new books before I finish the ones I have. I have yet to finish the five books I got for Christmas. I've finished one of them, and about halfway through another one. And yet, since then, I've bought six books. But to compare the read to not-yet-read ratio, I've finished one and haven't started the others yet. So that's 1 1/2:5 for the Christmas presents, and 1:6 for all the others. I have a feeling the 1:6 ratio will soon jump to 3:6 since I have two graphic novels to read.

That said, I just read the first chapter of a book not yet released. The book is Green by Ted Dekker. It goes with the Circle books. The first chapter is gripping and a great set up for whatever is about to happen. I can't wait to read the whole book.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Out of the Silent Planet

I have just finished the book Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis. The story within this book is superb. We follow an intriguing man by the name of Ransom as he is forced to leave earth and travel to Malacandra. He spends time with the inhabitants and learns the language, while also telling these inhabitants about our earth and our ways.

It’s a wonderful adventure that I recommend to anyone. I will say this, it took me a little bit to get into, but once I was hooked, I loved every word. Now I'm off to read Perelandra.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

More than a Kiss!

I have most recently finished a book coauthored by one of my favorite authors. The book is Kiss, by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy.

In this book, we follow Shauna on a journey to uncover her memory, and in the process, the truth of it all. It takes her on the adventure of a lifetime. In this adventure, we are introduced to numerous characters, all of which play some role in helping Shauna remember who she was . . . and what she was fighting for. But she also has to learn who really has her best interest at heart, and who wants her dead.

I read this book slower than usual, and I think it paid off because I got to think about each piece of the puzzle as I took the time to stop every few chapters. It got harder in the end to take a break between chapters, and I finished the last fifteen chapters rather quickly. There are things in this book that made me laugh, things that made me mad at certain characters, and things that made me go “Aww.”

This book drives in the point that you can’t just run from your past. You have to learn from it and keep yourself from making the same mistakes again.

I most definitely agree with what’s written on the back cover: “where Heart Pounding meets Heart Warming.”

Saturday, January 10, 2009


So I just purchased Kiss, the book by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy. That means all other books will move to the back burner until I'm done. I've read the first six chapters already and I'm hooked as always. Apparently it's an addiction that has no cure but more.