Monday, October 10, 2011

"A Conversation with God" by Alton Gansky

     The novel, "A Conversation with God" was not at all what I expected it to be. That being said, it was still an excellent read and I found that I could not put it down. The book gives the readers a chance to get answers to many different questions from God and other educated biblical scholars. Some of the questions included in the book are:
What is Heaven like?
Who really rules this Earth God, You or Satan?
If you love us why do we suffer?
     Each answer is drawn from within the text of the Bible, and most answers provide scripture references, which are inconveniently located in the back of the text. My feelings as I read this book were pretty mixed. The theology, for the most part, was good and there are many sections that Christians could really benefit from reading. That being said, I did not like how some questions were in the point of view of God. The author does state that "no one can speak for God but God, but as I was reading the novel, it seemed like he was trying to speak for God and for other important biblical figures as well. All in all, it was a good read, and with the right mindset and idea of what the book is all about, it is a very beneficial for all Christians to read. 

I received this book for free from, for this honest review. 

Monday, August 22, 2011

"The Dragons of Chiril" by Donita K. Paul

“The Dragon’s of Chiril” by Donita K. Paul is an excellent companion novel to the DragonKeeper Chronicles. The novel was extremely entertaining; filled with adventure, loss and magic.  It follows Tipper a young emerlindian who, after the loss of her father, has had to take care of her mother and her family’s estate by selling his famous artwork. When she learns that in order to free her father, and even save the world, she has to find three of the statues, she begins a quest far more difficult, and far more life changing than she could have ever imagined. With the help of her questing companions, she journeys far and wide, meets fantastic (and intelligent dragons)  and faces many perils. Along the way she discovers that her faith as she knows it may not be all there is, and with her father’s help discovers Wulder’s grace and love. All in all, I found the novel very well written. However, I was also a little disappointed by the fact that as I was reading I found many places where I was very confused, as if something was missing or left unsaid.  That being said, it is still a great novel to read, and I recommend it to all. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

"Breath of Angel" by Karyn Henley

     The novel “Breath of Angel” by Karyn Henley was an excellent and well written novel. I found the language and imagery within the novel to be captivating and descriptive, but not to the point that the detail was overwhelming and boring. The descriptions added character to the novel as a whole and helped the imagination paint vivid scenery and pictures while reading.  I was intrigued from the very start of this novel, and found myself on a rollercoaster ride of twists and turns. The story revolves around a young priestess names Melaia, who has served at a temple since she was a tiny infant. She was extremely content with her life, and enjoyed serving the Most High at the temple. However, as the story unfolds, she finds herself in a struggle between good and evil, Angels and the Immortals, as she struggles to save a stairway to Heaven, and ultimately the whole world. As Melaia battles to save the world and find herself, she discovers who she really is and discovers a world filled with secrets, lies, and Angels. While the novel is definitely written for the young adult audience, I found it to be an excellent, entertaining and worthwhile read. I would definitely recommend this novel for any fan of fantasy, science fiction and young adult novels. It is a compelling start to what I am 
sure will be an amazing series overall.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing group for this review. 

Monday, March 28, 2011

"The Ale Boy's Feast" by Jeffrey Overstreet

The book "The Ale Boy’s Feast", by Jeffrey Overstreet, is an excellent conclusion to the Auralia’s Color series. I found the book highly entertaining, and filled with vivid imagery. I find Overstreet’s writing to be much different than most authors in his genre; his writing tends to be difficult and demanding, but in the best way. There were times when I had a hard time getting into the novel, but there were also times when putting it down was not an option, because it had become so gripping and intense. The entire series is vivid, and filled with colorful imagery which allows the readers imagination to be filled to the brim with colors, metaphors, and complex plot twists. Christians would also really enjoy this novel, because Overstreet incorporates Christianity, but he does so in a way that it becomes hidden between the pages, and careful reading is required in order to see the connections between Christianity and the world of the Expanse. This makes it possible for non-Christians and Christians alike to enjoy the novel, without being overly struck with religious aspects and worldviews. My one complaint about this novel, and the whole series in general, is that they were just a little too difficult to read, especially since it is geared towards a younger audience. However, I do highly recommend this book for those who enjoy Christian fantasy novels, in fact, I would say it is a must read for all.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.