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Sunday, April 23, 2017

My review of Jesus Is: Find a New Way to be Human by Judah Smith

About the book:

Jesus is ____. How would you finish that sentence?

The subject is there, and so is the verb, but what comes next? Your answer could shed light on the path to becoming who you were made to be. In these pages, Judah Smith fills out that sentence again and again, each time further revealing the character of Jesus. He writes as if to a friend, illustrating the importance of Christ’s message to modern men and women. This is a book for new believers, for lifelong followers, and for the merely curious. Judah Smith shows us the Jesus that somber paintings and hymns fail to capture. With passion, humor, and conviction, he shows that Jesus is life. Jesus is grace. Jesus is your friend. Jesus is a new and better way to be human.

My review:

My sister bought me this book as a gift. I am typically not a fan of non-fiction. But I decided to give this book a try just to see how readable and interesting the subject matter would be. I also tend to be a bit skeptical when it comes to the biblical foundation of any non-fiction book. The premise and content inside the pages are built on a solid foundation of biblical Christianity. There is nothing inside the book that would cause a reader to question their faith in a bad way.

While not complex, the message is still pretty deep. It's not written for scholars, but for everyday people. The message is clear...Jesus is everything. Without him, we are nothing. But the message is delivered with humor and good illustrations/examples to help readers understand what Judah is trying to communicate. I read the book in small chunks. It's not something I would recommend reading straight through. Some of the subject matter needs digesting and some you just need to chew on for awhile. All in all I found it to be a very well-written and relevant book that made me think more about my life and how I can have a closer walk with Jesus. That's the bottom line, and the author made me thirsty for more, which is always a good thing.

Jesus is: Find a New Way to be Human was published by Thomas Nelson Publishers and released in 2013.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

My review of Three Maids for a Crown; a novel of The Grey Sisters by Ella March Chase


About the book:

In the second novel from Ella March Chase, we meet sixteen-year-old Jane Grey, a quiet and obedient young lady destined to become the shortest reigning English monarch. Her beautiful middle sister Katherine Grey charms all the right people--until loyalties shift. And finally Lady Mary Grey, a dwarf with a twisted spine whose goal is simply to protect people she loves--but at a terrible cost.

In an age in which begetting sons was all that mattered and queens rose and fell on the sex of their child, these three girls with royal Tudor blood lived under the dangerous whims of parents with a passion for gambling. The stakes they would wager: their daughters' lives against rampant ambition.

My review:

I enjoyed this author's writing style and perspective. Normally I would read books like this in a day, or two at the most, but I've been pretty busy lately so I haven't had much time to read. That said, I would definitely recommend this book. I have always found the reluctance of Jane Grey to be appointed queen and being forced to marry at fifteen a bit of a travesty. Women had no rights and were used as pawns back then. And being of royal blood makes the issue that much worse, especially if people wanted you to help their family take over the kingdom. This story was told over time through the perspectives of the three sisters. They all experienced grief and loss. They were all used by their parents to further the family's ambition and power. None were truly valued for themselves. 

At any rate, I found the story tragically beautiful. The love stories of the two remaining Grey sisters, of Lady Mary and Lady Katherine, was emotionally moving. I felt their pain and the denial of true love by the crown. They had to marry in secret and hope to be forgiven, but Elizabeth was not a forgiving queen, at least from the perspective of the "sisters of royal blood". She always saw them as a threat and kept them imprisoned or in her service. I loved how Lady Mary Grey pitied Queen Elizabeth whose fear put her in a prison of her own making. Good story and worth the read for the take-away value alone. It made me think about the meaning of true love and commitment to family. I am glad I picked up a copy. 

Three Maids for a Crown was published by Broadway Books and released in 2011.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Radio Interview 2/21 at 7PM Eastern Standard Time

Check out my latest radio interview.
This one is for the Write Stuff radio program.
We'll be talking about some of my edgier books.
Here is a link!

I am also offering a promo on Amazon kindle!
Never Without Hope is free 2/21 and 2/22 only!

It's one of my best-selling books and once people read the first book they tend to read all four in the series. So go ahead and give it a try. If you don't like it then delete it - hey, at least it was free. But if you're like most reviewers, you will love it!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Playing at recording something myself

I listened to a sample on Audible and then read somewhere that you can do it yourself. So this is my novice attempt at reading and recording the opening scene of one of my books. It's not the entire scene, just part of one. I thought it was okay. What do you think?

Homemade records of me reading like Audible

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sorry you haven't heard from me in awhile

I used to read a lot and it seems like every book I start lately I never finish. So today I am posting because I just re-released two books that didn't sell for whatever reason like I had hope for so when I got the rights back I decided to rework them and offer promotions. So here are my two re-released, re-titled and revised novels. They are The Finish Line (Out of Time, book 1) and Love in Surprise, Arizona. They are both sexy and inspirational. I know, what a combination. But they are not sweet love stories like people are used to reading (rated G books) they are more like real life, which is gritty and flawed. So I hope you check them out. I will post them with their pics here below, but the buy links are also above in the narrative.

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