Friday, December 28, 2012


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Impulsive and full of zeal is exactly what young Alyce Benson is.  When she sees the tiny faces of children in need in Africa she pledges three thousand dollars to help the mission work over there.  Unfortunately, Alyce pledges her father’s money, money he is not willing to part with.  Now she has to come up with the money or look like a fool in front of the entire church congregation.  Good thing Alyce likes to drive—really fast.

I don’t think I have ever read a story set in this time about women racers, or even women drivers for that matter.  It seems that just driving around town was frowned upon by society.  Alyce manages to conceal her identity and enter several races to earn her money, but has to deceive her family along the way.  She has a heart of gold that gets her in trouble when mixed with her impulsiveness. It’s a fun story where we get to watch as our heroine does a lot of growing up.
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Are You My Servant?

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That’s the question Kien Lantec must answer in the second book of the Books Of The Infinite series.  Is he the Infinite’s servant no matter what, even when he is being asked to do something out of his comfort zone?  This military judge is about to become a prophet for his Creator, and a slightly reluctant one at that.  Meanwhile Parne’s Prophet, Ela Roeh, has seen a vision of the destruction of her home and must return to save her people.

Kien and Ela go their separate ways as they do the will of the Infinite.  Kien learns that being a prophet is not very easy and requires absolute surrender of his will.  His disobedience lands him a less than pleasant ride inside a sea monster.  Ela feels the heartbreak of learning the people she grew up with have been slowly turning from the Infinite to worship false gods.

R.J. Larson has done a wonderful job, again, of taking a “fantasy” world and using it as a way for us to feel what the prophets of the Old Testament may have felt as they did the will of their Creator.   The elation of success when people hear the Word of the LORD and do His will and the utter devastation when one sees loved ones turn from God.  This is an absolutely engaging story; I couldn’t wait to get through the story to see what would happen next, but at the same time, hated to finish it!

I am greatly looking forward to next installment, King.  I am also glad to know that I’m not the only one who wants their own Destroyer!
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Thursday, December 27, 2012

I Waited So Long For This Book

Jesus : A Theography, Leonard Sweet

I love the concept of putting all together how Jesus shows up throughout the Bible. He doesn’t just show up somewhere in the middle; He is there from before the foundations of the earth because He is God.  When I first saw this book I knew that I wanted to read it.  I haven’t read anything by either of these authors before but have heard good things about their other books.

I cannot explain what it is that surprisingly disappointed me about this book I had so longed to read.  I’m not sure if it is because the concept is not new to me having grown up in a really good church that taught Jesus as the Alpha and Omega.  Maybe it was the flowery prose that turned me off.  I just know that within a few pages I could hardly stand to read more.  There are some good parts but I’m not sure it’s worth the effort of getting through the rest.  I really wish that I had liked this book.
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Saturday, December 1, 2012


Somehow I made it through my schooling without having read Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.  Not only have I not read it but I have also managed to miss every movie version there is.  I wasn’t sure about getting the radio adaptation but I am very glad I did.  The five disk production is well done, exciting, and keeps you wanting to know what will happen next.  For those not familiar with radio productions—that does not mean it is a musical—there is no singing.  It is an adaptation of the original story.

My family has been listening to the cds as we drive around town.  I have a six, four, and three year-old children with me most of the time.  My six year-old listens most of the time and will ask what is going on in the story.  Much of it is over his head yet.  The story is violent in places, so you want to keep that in mind when listening with little ones.  All my children like when Mr. Bumble shows up.  I think they like to hear people say his name! 

It is a great story well done and something I will look forward to listening again and again.  The cds also come with a dvd with behind the scenes look at the making of the program.
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