Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Midnight Line by Lee Child

You can tell when an author might have a few thoughts on how his character has been represented in the movie version.

Jack Reacher, in the mind of Child, is a hulking guy and not at all the size of Tom Cruise. There are repeated points of emphasis on this size thing as Reacher is nicknamed Bigfoot.

I have only read one other Jack Reacher story. I have seen both movies. The first story I read surprised me. It had been given to me as a gift and it remained on my shelf, unread, for a long time. When I finally opened it, I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn't the typical sort of book I would read but it gave me a couple days of entertainment with some crime-deduction going on.

This story is more in line with current events - dealing with the drug epidemic going on throughout the country. It isn't really action-packed or thrills-a-page sort of deal. This is a steady walk through untangling a knot that grows thicker as you go.

Child does well inside Reacher's mind and he should as he's written how many of them?

This was a good book for fans of the Jack Reacher saga. I'm not sure if it's a book for everyone, the author's name certainly lends some star power and the movies might pull in some more readers.

But I wonder, after a while, with so many books following the same character, does the reader ever get over-saturated with it? Or does it become simply that you want to go on the journey with the character even though you pretty much know how things are going to progress and end up.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Delacorte Press.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Come As You Aren't

This is a role playing game for couples.

You select Who, What, and Where cards randomly and place them inside an envelop and give it to your partner. Then you act it out.

Touted as an enhancer to relationships, this made me laugh more than anything. The options and suggestions as to who you become and what you are doing is just not fun at all.

I can appreciate the gesture and maybe, MAYBE some couples would get a kick out of this, but I would assume most will view it as a gag gift and never look at it after they open it up for the first time.

There have to be better options out there and this is most definitely not worth your money or time. Get creative using something else.

This relationship aid is not good at all.

This game was provided for review, at no cost, by Clarkson Potter.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Whisper by Mark Batterson


This guy has a way with words that makes it so comfortable to sit down and take off with whatever book he's written.

Whisper is the Batterson book on how to hear from God. Is it an audible voice? Is it more like that "inner voice" that says yes or no?

I really enjoy reading books by Batterson. He writes in a conversational way and his stories and applications are so brilliant.

You'll read about personal experiences and frustrations that, I'm willing to bet, many Christians deal with when it comes to hearing the voice of God and wanting to know what His Will is in their life.

This is like all of his other books in that it is very inspirational as well as motivational. It doesn't beat you over the head and make you feel worthless, it doesn't speak down to you as if you aren't faithful enough to get it.

It is just what you need to read to wrap your mind and attitude around how God still speaks to people today.

You'll find amazingly simple applications that are as practical as anything. You will not regret reading this book and putting it into practice.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Multnomah Publishing.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

NIV Kids' Visual Study Bible

My eight-year old cannot quit looking at this Bible.

With over 700 full-color images, information, and articles, there are so many things to grab the attention of your young kid.

It is the full NIV text of the Bible. Even though it says "Kids'" on the title, the text is not watered down to a toddler's reading level.

I think it is meant for children aged 8-12. As I said there added enough side-bar content to capture the wavering eye and reengage them with what they're reading.

I am very impressed with this and would encourage parents to take a look at this for their son or daughter.

The study aspect comes into play by having those sidebars chock full of insight and contextualizing some of the words and themes that a kid might not fully grasp with NIV terminology.

Great version for the age-group intended.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Zonderkidz Publishing.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

I remember when Dean Koontz said he wasn't a fan of writing books in a series.

That seems to have gone out the window ever since he dove into the Odd Thomas affair.

The Silent Corner begins a new series with a female lead.

Without giving much of anything away as far as plot, this book is bizarre. I know that's not some mind-blowing revelation about a Koontz book but, seriously, I kept shaking my head as I read this because it was just so odd.

The story is quite taunt. It keeps you guessing and going and wondering, "what in the world is going on"

Dean Koontz does some fantastic work and this one absolutely stacks up with some of his better offerings.

Here's the kicker: even though some of the technology used in this book is a bit out there...it is absolutely conceivable that we will see some variations in the very near future -  if it isn't already out there.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Bantam Publishing.

41 Will Come by Chuck Tate

A book revolving around the clever insight of the 40 Day church craze. You've probably seen or heard about the multiple 40 Days of whatever topic: purpose, prayer, fasting, etc...

Church Tate takes that idea to the next level and asks, "What happens on day 41?"

I love this idea. There's always the next day to look forward to. After the 40 days of whatever was going on in the biblical stories, and with your own 40 days, there will always come a day 41 and that is cause for excitement.

This is one of those Don't-Give-Up books but it is so cleverly done that you can't help but be excited about what you read.

If you're any kind of reader of the Bible, you'll probably find yourself thinking, "Oh yeah! That's true. I've never really thought about that!" while you go through Tate's book.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and encourage anyone to read it and be encouraged!

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Tyndale Publishing.

What Happens After You Die by Randy Frazee

Pastor Randy has a way of making you feel comfortable in his writing. I noticed this when we went through his Story curriculum; the way he speaks in that video series is the same way he writes in this book.

It's very comforting. And that helps when reading about these topics of death and after death.

Randy does a great job at summarizing the basic Evangelical understandings of what the Bible says about death and what happens to us after that event.

He uses the story of Lazarus and the rich man quite a bit and sometimes people may beg to differ on Pastor Randy's interpretation of how literal that story is meant to be taken, but all in all this book will bring comfort to people.

I just can't get over how comfortable this book made me feel. It was like Pastor Randy was sitting with me, having a conversation. It's clear, it's easy to understand - he doesn't use big, scary, old churchy words - It's something you can read a chapter at a time and really come away nodding your head and thinking, "my God is good".

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by, Thomas Nelson Publishing.