Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Begotten by Lisa T. Bergren

Wow, what a great book! Here's my review of The Begotten, by Lisa T. Bergren.

The Begotten is a fast-paced thriller set in the fourteenth century against the backdrop of Italy and its various political ins and outs, both among the merchants and the Church clergy, bringing to mind a Christian version of The DaVinci Code.

The main characters, Daria, Gianni, and Father Piero, are brought together by Providence and by an ancient letter, possibly the missing letter of Paul spoken of in the Bible book of First Corinthians. As the three of them are thrown together amidst danger and their own discoveries of what God has in store for them, Daria’s gift of healing comes to the forefront as God, through her, heals one person after another. This naturally draws quite a bit of attention to them, and the adventure is just beginning. Stir in a Sorcerer who is evil incarnate, as well as a counterfeit healer, and you’ve got yourself a thriller. You won’t be able to guess who is friend and who is foe as the showdown at the end draws near.

Without a doubt, this is the boldest Christian novel I have read since The Screwtape Letters. The scope is epic (think Lord of the Rings), and all the numerous characters, whether good guys or bad, are well-developed, with their own goals and desires. This author isn’t afraid to make you ask yourself what you believe and whether it’s in sync with what the Bible says. Miracles abound and faith shines through the darkness of evil. I loved it! This one is not to be missed.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

A Great New Medieval Series

I'm so excited about this new medieval series by award-winning Christian historical writer, Lisa T. Bergren. I'm on the blog tour, so I'll be posting an interview with Lisa on September 10th. You won't want to miss that. And as soon as I finish reading it--which won't take long!--I'll post a review.

Lisa got the idea for the book series after reading The DaVinci Code. She loved the pacing, mystery, and suspense of that book, but hated the heresy. She asked her friends who were very knowledgeable of Scripture to suggest a good biblical mystery, and two mentioned the "previous letters" Paul referred to in 1 Corinthians. That was the beginning of her plot.

If you like mystery and suspense, or if you like medievals, you will want to check out this series. Come back in a couple days to get my review. It has already impressed me as a very powerful story.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

ACFW Authors' New Releases

August 2007 Releases
Here are some great new books to choose from, hot off the presses!

1. Abomination by Colleen Coble from Thomas Nelson. A young woman flees from a serial killer who leaves his victims at geocaching sites.

2. Family for Keeps and Sadie's Hero reissued as one book by Margaret Daley, from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. This Love Inspired Classic captures two touching stories that were favorites of readers.

3. Jacob's List by Stephanie Grace Whitson from Bethany House Publishers. Facing the challenge of their lives, the Nolans learn that their son's list is about a lot more than youthful adventure. Jacob's List: a story of reconciliation. . . against all odds.

4. In His Dreams from the Michigan Island Series by Gail Gaymer Martin from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. Two widowed in-laws meet again on Beaver Island after a few years absence and find joy in the sense of family, especially the hero's emotionally impaired pre-teen daughter, but the familiar friendship goes far beyond what they expected.

5. Massachusetts Brides by Lisa Harris from Barbour Publishing. Three old-fashioned romances bloom in the heart of New England.

6. Missionary Daddy Book 4 of A Tiny Blessings Tale by Linda Goodnight from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. A single missionary battles to adopt two boys from Africa and discovers the woman of his dreams is not who he thought she was.

7. Murder by Mushroom by Virginia Smith from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense. A potluck on the lawn of Heritage Community Church brings out the usual pests: ants and flies, gossips and murderers.

8. Off the Record by Elizabeth White from Zondervan. A hidden past with journalist Cole McGaughan could end Laurel Kincade's judicial career...Or will the truth set them free to love again?

9. The Restitution 3rd book in The Legacy of the King's Pirates series by MaryLu Tyndall from Barbour Publishing. When Lady Isabel Ashton's only son is kidnapped, she is forced to enlist the aid of the boy's father, the pirate who ruined her life and stole her virtue.

10. To Love Anew Book One of Three by Bonnie Leon from Revell. When Hannah Talbot is banished from London and transported to Australia on a prison ship she's certain God has turned his back on her.

11. Trusting Him by Brenda Minton from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. A woman learning to trust, a man longing to be trusted, and a love that takes them by surprise...

Happy reading~

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

And the Winner Is . . .

stamped with grace at She won Deborah Raney's book, Remember to Forget. Thanks to everyone who left comments. I hope you'll all keep coming back!