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Friday, July 22, 2016

My review of Because Whispers Matter by J. M. Swierski


About the book:

Be careful. Remember the last time you trusted.

Caitlyn became ensnared by silken threads of adoration and charm, the tools Justin used to pull her into his trap of obsessive desire.

Justin's obsession takes the relationship to a devastating break point and Caitlyn finds herself fighting for peace, healing, and strength to move forward.

Now, Justin has returned and Caitlyn must find the strength to secure the future of her choosing.

My review:

This story was unique in the way it was delivered. I found myself compelled to continue reading until I got to the end. While toward the middle of the book I could sense where the story was headed, in the beginning it was hard to tell. I liked the way the author tied the heroine's reactions to one of her past relationships that negatively impacted her view of herself to how that damaged view tore her confidence down and caused her a lot of stress and anxiety.

There were several messages that were pretty clear... strength comes from confronting fear. Not dealing with negative relationships doesn't make them go away. Cowering only gives the abuser more power. Separating from the negative relationship is critical to restoring emotional health. Another message was that there are good men in this world and to measure them by past dysfunctional relationships could ruin what would otherwise be a mutually satisfying relationship is not fair to anyone. And three, security and confidence makes a woman attractive to a decent man and insecurity draws dangerous people to victimize the insecure person. Last, you can always use the painful situations in your past to help others.

While some of the author's writing skills could use some fine-tuning, overall this was an interesting read and a good debut novel. Some parts of the story were pretty intense and I could tell the author had quite a bit of insight into those conflicts, which made the writing stronger. I would highly recommend it for people who desire insight into the mind of someone who has been manipulated and suffered by allowing herself to be emotionally controlled someone else. It also shows how helping others while working through  issues can empower the helper. Also, the title seems to imply that the whispers that matter are the ones in your head that cause self-doubt. At least that was my take on it. Check it out for yourself.

The e-book is only $2.99. Here is a LINK to the book on Amazon.


Sunday, July 03, 2016

To the first person who posts a comment, I will give a free copy of my latest release!

Since I modify all comments you may be the first person to post and not know it until I approve all comments, so what have you got to lose? And if you refer a friend via your blog or facebook and they add it to their shelf on Goodreads, I will give them a copy too.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Three day giveaway!

Sorry I haven't posted a review lately but I was getting ready for my latest release. Enter for a chance to win a copy on Amazon. One copy given away each day for three days! Then it's over.

 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

My review of Apostle Paul and the Earliest Churches (DVD by B&N Production)


About the DVD:

This Christian documentary film contains an archaeological treasury: mosaics, frescoes, statues, amphitheaters, agoras, temples and more. The historical, religious, and archaeological background of each Anatolian region in which Paul preached the gospel is explained. Yet Apostle Paul is more than an archaeological or historical survey; this production's reenactment of the miracles Paul performed, the difficulties Paul encountered, and the persecution Paul faced beckons the viewer to experience with the Apostle himself the birth of the Christian church. The film's archaeological emphasis is enhanced by 3D animated maps and footage of Antioch on the Orontes, Pisidian Antioch, Ephesus, Tarsus, and other cities important to Paul's ministry. Significant artifacts from a variety of Turkish museums are also discussed.

My review:

The DVD was a little different from what I expected when I first opened the package. The story was told by narration. The man's voice reminded me of someone talking about the migration of the Wildebeest on NatGeo. The tone was a bit stilted and not very conversational. There was no acting, unless you consider people walking in the desert or riding on horseback acting. I did like seeing all the ruins and the ancient maps and cities. This would be a good video to show kids in school about the life of Paul if you wanted it to be part of your lesson. It gives an overview of his life and travels and did incorporate some scripture along the way. For a documentary it wasn't bad. I would recommended it for Sunday School teachers and home school parents.


Thank you to FishFlix.com for providing a review copy of Apostle Paul and the Earliest Churches DVD.  You can get this and hundreds of other Christian Movies at FishFlix.com.
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