In “BoneMan’s Daughters”, Ted Dekker again weaves a masterful tale of intrigue and suspense. The BoneMan, a sadistic killer roams free, looking for true love in a daughter, and killing those girls who do not match up with his standards. However, the way he finds it is quite different than he is expecting. Ryan Evans has an apathetic family life, until his world is forever changed on the battlefield. When his daughter becomes BoneMan’s next victim however…he must make an important choice. This book is one of Ted’s finest works, and he intertwines the stories of evil, sin, repentance, and most of all, true love, in order to create an unforgettable book that should be a part of any serious reader’s library.
My most recent review was on “Word of Promise – The Gift of Psalms”. This book, put out by Thomas Nelson, is a great study book, and a good supplement for one’s daily Bible reading. Contained in the book are 50 of the best loved psalms, followed by a one-page devotional on the opposing page that ties in with the psalm text, not dissimilar to the “Our Daily Bread” devotional booklets. Inside the book, Lori Jones gives great insight into the meanings and messages behind the psalms. As an extra addition to this 101 page book, the “Word of Promise” Dramatic Audio Theater presentations are included on three discs, with well-known actors reading the text. The term “Dramatic Audio” is slightly misleading…it is not a radio theatre, it is a Dramatic Reading by a wide variety of different people. Artists include well known figures such as Sean Astin, Richard Dreyfuss, Jesse Mccartney, Joan Allen, Marcia Gay Harden, and more. These readings are very well done, and add excitement and passion into the psalms that are read. All in all, this book is an excellent read, and will bring the psalms to life as you have never read…or heard them before.
I recently finished reviewing “For these tough times – reaching toward heaven for hope & healing” by Max Lucado…and was pleasantly surprised. When the book showed up in the mail, I was shocked at how small it was…only 79 pages, large font, and a very small nearly pocket-sized book. However Max packs a lot into this very small book that will provide insight and healing for those reading it. He answers such profound questions such as “Where is God?” “How can He allow good things to happen to bad people?”, and “Why should I have hope?” On page 2 of the book, in the introduction, he writes:
“God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are they even like ours. We aren’t even in the same neighborhood. We’re thinking, Preserve the body; he’s thinking, Save the soul…’I'm going to live before I die,’ we resolve. ‘Die so you can live,’ he instructs. We love what rusts. He loves what endures. We rejoice at our successes. He rejoices at our confessions. We show our children the Nike star with the million-dollar smile and say, ‘Be like Mike.’ God points to the crucified carpenter with bloody lips and a torn side and says, ‘Be like Christ.’”
Although this book is definitely a short, quick read, and could be longer, it packs a large punch for it’s size. It is well worth the read, but make sure you read it with an open heart to whatever God might be saying to you through it.
House of Dark Shadows is the harrowing tale of a would-be dream house gone wrong, in book #1 in “The Dreamhouse Kings” series. The King family moves away from home, to a new house in a small town in California…but David and Xander King have a bad feeling about it. It would seem to be the perfect setting…an old Victorian style house nestled away in the forest. The house is filthy on the inside…dirty dishes still reside in the sinks, grimy windows, items left sitting around…and a footprint in the dust, but their parents are certain that with a little cleaning, it will be their dream house. However, things still don’t feel right…sounds come from the wrong direction, strange noises happen, and they keep thinking they see a man inside the houses. While exploring the house, David accidentally gets shut into a small linen closet…and finds himself in their school, located several miles away. Xander repeats this trick successfully…and things get stranger from there. The linen closet is a portal, which opens to a locker inside their new school. The other things that occur are beyond imaginable. Their dream house slowly becomes a house of horrors. Every door could lead to a portal of some sort…that could take one anywhere…even into the past.
Then, right as the kings consider leaving…something happens.
Robert Liparulo does an excellent job of writing this fiction novel that will have readers hungry for his next book in the series. This makes an excellent young adult fiction novel, with a storyline that will grip the reader throughout the story.
I’ve finished my story!!!
It’s almost exactly 4 pages long in Microsoft Word…so about the right size to be a children’s book (considering you only use about 2 blocks of rhyme, which is 8 lines, per page), plus a big picture.
I won’t post it here yet…because I’m trying to find someone to illustrate.
If any of you are good at illustrating, send me an email at MESabre316@gmail.com
I would LIKE to TRY and publish this, if I can get it illustrated. Take a look at the illustration style I
put a link to in my previous post, and see if you can do it, or something fairly similar.
I’m in the middle of writing a kids story…similar to what Bill Peet does. It’s (hopefully) going to be a cute story, but with a good Christian moral behind it. I got the idea yesterday at work, and typed up quite a bit, in between customers.
Now all I have to do is find someone who can illustrate well…because I can’t. If any of you is good…let me know! I like the Bill Peet style illustrations, too.
Here’s the first three “rhyme blocks”, just as a teaser, and so you can see what style I’m doing it in.
There once was a Knight named Sir Joshua Thayre
Whose favorite horse was an old brown-grey mare
He rode around town every day it is said,
And once every night, before going to bed.
He once was the most famous knight in the land
But those days had passed, just like hourglass sand
His armor felt light, despite what it weighed
Well polished and bright, like the day it was made.
He polished and washed it at least once a year
“In case”, he would say “if there’s enemies near!”
But year after year there was peace in the town,
No enemies seen, not for miles around.
I’ll keep you updated on progress.
OK, now for my thoughts from our Bible Study that us guys had on the Latah VBA!
Basically, most of the week was spent talking on the Joy of the Lord. It’s an amazing topic! The two
main passage that we used was “James 1:2-13″:
2 ¶ My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
9 Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation,
10 but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away.
11 For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.
12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
So here, James is talking about the Joy of the Lord. We are to be joyful in EVERYTHING, no matter if life
is good, or if life is bad. Specifically, we applied this to work/jobs, mainly of the volunteer or non-paid type.
Many of us go around grumbling that we have to do a certain chore, yet we are told to count EVERYTHING as joy.
But how can we do this? James gives us the answer in verse 5: “Ask of God”. One of the main reasons we
had this topic is because when we do our VBA’s, we have a lot of work projects that we do. We have a day off
(for fun), then a day with work projects, then the next day off, etc. Every other day.
So the conclusion we came to is this: it is an EXCELLENT daily routine, to as SOON as you wake up (before
you even read your Bible), and pray to God that He would FILL you with His joy. Pray that he would
fill you to overflowing, so that there would be no room for any type of sin to enter in. This includes anything,
discontent, strife, grumbling, lust, slander, backbiting, disobedience, bad attitudes, etc. So I have
been praying every morning for the joy of the Lord, and guess what??? IT WORKS! Last year, I didn’t have a very
good attitude about some of our work projects. This year, I was actually HAPPY to do them! The main difference? I prayed that the Lord would give me His joy, and to realize that I was working for Him. The work I was doing was directly benefiting His kingdom, and I was storing up for myself treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.
So obviously I can’t completely replicate the Bible study…it was WAY better than just that, but hopefully I’ve got
you thinking! Hopefully you will try the Lord in this, and find it to be true.
The other thing I wanted to share was from my daily Bible reading. It was in 2 Kings 6 and 7.
I was struck while reading it, on how it applies to modern Christians today. In 2 Kings 6, the Arameans were
coming to attack Israel. Elisha and his servant were inside the city, looking down on the army. The servant
reminds me of modern Christians today…he was afraid, and didn’t trust properly in the Lord.
15 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”
16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
This is an AMAZING passage. I was deeply encouraged when reading this. To think, God surrounds us with protection on every side, and yet we still doubt His presence and power. We are SURROUNDED by hosts of angels, and God has control over everything.
The other thing I wanted to note, was in chapter 7, of the same book.
1 ¶ Then Elisha said, “Hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the LORD: ‘Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.’”
2 So an officer on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God and said, “Look, if the LORD would open the
floodgates of heaven, could this thing be?”
This also depicts much of the lack of faith that modern day Christians have. They put too little stock in what God can do! They reduce God to someone they flee to in time of DESPERATE need, but only as a soft blanket-type God, that will
comfort them. They do not really believe that they will be helped. What they fail to realize is that God is completely omnipotent, that is, all powerful. This also ties in with “ask and you shall receive”. I don’t take this to mean that if I pray “Oh dear God, please give me a Porsche or a Ferrari” that I will find one sitting at my doorstep the next day, but rather if I make my prayer requests as Jesus would, they will be granted. Wisdom, knowledge, strength, aid. Things like this we never believe God will really give, yet He is willing and ready to help us. The one condition? That we ask in (keyword here) FAITH. This ties back in with James 1:6-7.
6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
7 FOR LET NOT THAT MAN SUPPOSE THAT HE WILL RECEIVE ANYTHING FROM THE LORD;
God clearly says that if we do not ask in faith, we WILL NOT receive. This is something I am now encouraged to do.
Questions? Comments? Rebuttals? Rebukes?
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