Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Vanishing Sculptor by Donita K. Paul

As you may know, I mostly read historical romance, but I agreed to participate in this blog tour because my daughter LOVES Donita K. Paul's books. This one is no exception. So if you'd like to be entered in the drawing for this book, please leave a comment.

In the 5-book Dragon Keeper series, a world of dragons and alternative creatures mirrors our own world. The author has created another new world in her new series, which begins with The Vanishing Sculptor. My daughter says the funniest characters from the Dragon Keeper series are in this new book. And she loved it. Here is a summary.

Donita K. Paul’s 250,000-plus-selling DragonKeeper Chronicles series has attracted a wide spectrum of dedicated fans–and they’re sure to fall in love with the new characters and adventures in her latest superbly-crafted novel for all ages. It’s a mind-boggling fantasy that inhabits the same world as the DragonKeeper Chronicles, but in a different country and an earlier time, where the people know little of Wulder and nothing of Paladin.

In The Vanishing Sculptor, readers will meet Tipper, a young emerlindian who’s responsible for the upkeep of her family’s estate during her sculptor father’s absence. Tipper soon discovers that her actions have unbalanced the whole foundation of her world, and she must act quickly to undo the calamitous threat. But how can she save her father and her world on her own? The task is too huge for one person, so she gathers the help of some unlikely companions–including the nearly five-foot tall parrot Beccaroon–and eventually witnesses the loving care and miraculous resources of Wulder. Through Tipper’s breathtaking story, readers will discover the beauty of knowing and serving God.

Leave a comment if you'd like to win a copy!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Winner of Never the Bride

And the winner is ... Susan Mires! Congratulations, Susan! I'll get the book out to you soon!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Father's Day Books

The Disappearance God: Dangerous Beliefs in the New Spiritual Openness by R. Albert Mohler Jr. is a truly important book.

I just picked it up a few hours ago and finished it this afternoon. It was that compelling.

Have you considered how much your worldview has been influenced by the world? Have you considered how our culture influences what your pastor/preacher/minister preaches from the pulpit? Have you considered whether that has skewed the truth, the absolute, Biblical truth, in your own mind?

As Christians, we all want to have a Biblical worldview, to be set apart from the world and the world's beliefs. But how well are we succeeding? For instance, the author of this book brings up the issue of hell. The world says a loving God would never send someone to hell. If there is a hell, then God must be cruel. But aren't we judging God by completely human standards? And not just human standards, but post-modernism, which says to punish someone in a retributive way is wrong. But in the words of this author, p. 38:

"Our responsibility is to present the truth of the Christian faith with boldness, clarity, and courage--and defending the biblical doctrine in these times will require all three of these virtues. Hell is an assured reality, just as it is presented so clearly in the Bible. To run from this truth, to reduce the sting of sin and the threat of hell, is to pervert the gospel and to feed on lies. Hell is not up for a vote or open for revision. Will we surrender this truth to modern skeptics?"

Another slippery slope for Christians is the issue of church discipline. "The disappearance of church discipline has weakened the church and compromised Christian witness." p. 133.

On p. 139 he quotes the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 5: "...I wrote you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler--not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves."

He speaks of how the new "openness" and "tolerance" is actually just the opposite. "... a central reality of our emerging culture is the closing of the postmodern mind. Something is happening to the worldview, the mentality, and the consciousness of this age.... Tolerance is perverted into a radical secularism that is anything but tolerant. There is little openness to truth, and growing hostility to truth claims. Indeed, the postmodern mind has a fanatical, if selective, dedication to moral relativism, and an understanding that truth has no objective or absolute basis whatsoever." p. 166

"Openness becomes closedness. Freedom becomes bondage, and tolerance becomes intolerance." p. 170. Have you ever heard a more accurate assessment of popular thinking today?

"The closing of the postmodern mind is not a pretty sight, nor is it friendly to human rights and human dignity.... Sweden, for example, already has imprisoned a Pentecostal pastor, Ake Green, for preaching a sermon in which he spoke of the sinfulness of homosexuality.... Across much of Western Europe there is legislation in which it can be considered a crime to speak of the sinfulness of any sexual lifestyle, and of homosexuality in particular." pp. 170-171.

"...In the Netherlands, the largest medical school in the country just reported that 31 percent of pediatricians have admitted to killing babies, and 45 percent of neonatologists have admitted to euthanizing infants--even without informing the parents that that is what happened to their child.... Then along comes the Christian to say, 'We have a message about the dignity and sanctity of life,' and he is told to be quiet." pp.171-172.

"In this time of shifting and sifting and shaking, we are going to be tested, and we are going to find out what we are made of.... But there is one kingdom that cannot be shaken, and that is the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ." p. 181. Amen!

If there ever was a person who hated controversy, who despised the thought of hurting someone else's feelings or causing conflict, it's me. But how can we as Christians sit back and say nothing? I will not. How can I, when I see the destruction wrought by evil thinking and evil policies being carried out even here? Our children aren't allowed to speak the name of Jesus in school, yet Christian students who believe homosexuality is a sin are being labeled "bullies" and worse. Now is the time for us to let our voice be heard. Now is the time to be courageous and to hold out the truth as the only bondage-breaking, liberating hope of every single person on this planet.

Our culture thinks of Christians as "dangerous." Even our own American government has labeled us "dangerous." Why? Because we believe the Bible as the infallible truth of God, and we strive to live by it. That's "dangerous" to them.

Lord, let it be so.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Never the Bride by McKay and Gutteridge

I'm giving away a copy of this book, so be sure and leave a comment if you'd like to be in the drawing!

Here's a quick summary:
Jessie Stone has spent thirty-five years fantasizing about marriage proposals, wedding dresses, and falling in love. She’s been a bridesmaid eleven times, waved dozens of couples off to sunny honeymoons, and shopped in more department stores for half-price fondue pots than she cares to remember.

But shopping in the love-of-her-life department hasn't been quite as productive. The man she thought she would marry cheated on her. The crush she has on her best friend Blake is at very best…well, crushing. And speed dating has only churned out memorable horror stories.

So when God shows up one day, in the flesh, and becomes a walking, talking part of her life, Jessie is skeptical. What will it take to convince her that God has a better love story than one of the thousands she’s cooked up in her journals? Will she trust Him with her pen when it appears her dreams of being the bride are forever lost?

A romantic comedy with a spiritual twist, Never the Bride is what it means to lose control—and getting more than any woman could ever imagine.

And the winner of Promise for Breanna is


Wow, this blog must be lucky for you, Ashley! But I have another giveaway, everyone, so don't despair!

Monday, June 08, 2009

Legendary hero John Stranger is back

Honestly, I haven't read much of anything lately, except some books on the history of Huntsville, Alabama! I doubt you'd want me to review those, even though they are very interesting.

So I've decided to give away a book, A Promise for Breanna by Al Lacy.

I haven't actually read any of these books about John Stranger, but I understand they have quite a following. Here's what the back cover says:

The man who broke Breanna's heart is back. But this time, he's after her life.

For certified medical nurse Breanna Baylor, the course of true love never did run smoothly. First, the coldly deceptive Frank Miller jilted her to marry another, destroying her faith in all men. Then, unable to give her heart again, Breanna foolishly sent away her one true love, legendary hero John Stranger.

Now, years later, Breanna unexpectedly crosses paths with--and draws the unbridled wrath of--her former fiance, a man accused of cold-blooded murder. Will the brutal fugitive succeed in taking her life? Or does the future still hold a promise for Breanna?

Leave a comment if you'd like to win this book.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

June's New Releases!

Before we take a look at June's brand new releases, I must announce a winner for Enduring Justice by Amy Wallace. And the winner is ... ~Ley!

And now, without further ado, here are the new releases.

1. A Case of the Heart byBeth Shriver from The Wild Rose Press. An overzealous social worker develops a relationship with a cop while they keep her client safe from involvement in a drug ring.

2. A Dream to Call My Own, Brides of Gallatin County Book 3 , by Tracie Peterson from from Bethany House Publishers. Love and adventure still hearts in the rugged Montana frontier, while a killer threatens the peace and happiness of an entire community.

3. A Soldier’s Reunion,byhttp://www.cherylwyatt.com">Cheryl Wyatt from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. A reunion romance between a U.S. Air Force Pararescue Jumper (PJ) and a pediatrician and first love from his past who fears their careers will push them apart again.

4. A Family for Tory/A Mother for Cindy byhttp://www.margaretdaley.com"> Margaret Daley from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Classics. Two stories that illustrate what happens when children decide to matchmake and bring two people together.

5. Above all Things, by http://www.deborahraney.com ">Deborah Raney from Steeple Hill. Evette must decide if she can be a mother to her husband's 6-year-old mixed race child. A baby neither of them knew existed until a fateful phone call.

6. Child Finder, by Mike Angley from TotalRecall Publications, Inc. An Air Force Special Agent discovers he has a psychic gift that enables him to find missing children, but the government's exploitation of his skills leads to murder!

7. Critical Care, Mercy Hospital Series Book #1 by "color:green;" href=http://www.candacecalvert.com”> Candace Calvert from Zondervan. When a nurse initiates disaster counseling, the process re-opens her own emotional wounds--as God prepares her heart for a love that was nowhere in her plans.

8. His Forever Love, by http://www.missytippins.com">Missy Tippins from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. Can former high school buddies find love while fighting over "custody" of his grandmother?

9. Love Finds You in Revenge, Ohio, by http://www.lisaharriswrites.com ">Lisa Harris from Summerside Press. Morgan finds herself torn between saving her sister's heart and losing hers to the man who jilted her seven years ago.

10. Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida , by http://www.debbymayne.com ">Debby Mayne from Summerside Press. The attraction between Amanda and Jerry is overshadowed by their sense of responsibility.

11. Love’s Pursuit, by http://www.sirimitchel.com"> Siri Mitchel from Bethany House Publishers. Susannah Phillips obeys the rules. But when love interferes, she faces a choice: Follow the rules or follow her heart.

12. Nosey in Nebraska, by http://www.maryconnealy.com">Mary Connealy from Barbour Publishing. Murder, Romance, Comedy and a really big mouse.

13. Snow Melts in Spring Seasons of the Tallgrass Series by http://www.deborahvogts.com ">Deborah Vogts from Zondervan Publishing. Mattie Evans, a young veterinarian in rural Kansas saves a horse inured in a terrible accident but finds herself tending the wounded relationship between a prodigal son and his ailing father.

14. Sunset Beach, The Beach House Series by http://www.trishperry.com">Trish Perry from Harvest House Publishers. Sonny Miller invites her mother and estranged aunt to a week at the beach, not telling one about the other; but they bring a few surprises of their own.

15. The Night Watchman, The Ray Quinn Series Book One by http://www.copwriter.com">Mark Mynheir from Multnomah/Waterbrook. When the case of a lifetime is thrust upon him, retried homicide detective Ray Quinn must decide rather he’ll succumb to his depression and pain or use the God-given gifts he still has left to catch a killer. Crawling from the wreckage of his former life, Ray struggles to find healing and purpose as he tracks a madman.

16. Witness to Murder by http://www.jillelizabethnelson.com ">Jill Elizabeth Nelson from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense. When a TV reporter witnesses a murder--she thinks--only unearthing the sinister secrets of her painful past can save her from becoming the next victim.