Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Deep Shadows by Vannetta Chapman A Review

ABOUT DEEP SHADOWS
(The Remnant Book 1)


All It Takes Is One Night to Plunge the World into Darkness

Life in Abney, Texas, is predictable and safe--until the night a massive solar flare wipes out all modern technology.

Shelby Sparks, novelist and single mom, had one goal: to provide for her diabetic son. In the wake of this global disaster, her mission hasn't changed. Only now, medication is a priceless commodity and the future resembles an apocalyptic nightmare.

Max Berkman and Shelby were once sweethearts, but he lost his chance at claiming her love years ago. When the abrupt loss of power ushers him into a leadership role, he rises to the occasion. But his highest priority--to keep Shelby and her son safe--could prove to be the biggest challenge of all.

As the brilliant northern lights give way to deep shadows, Max and Shelby's faith will be tested like never before. Only one rule remains: Find a way to survive.


In this first book in an eerily plausible dystopian series, a memorable cast of characters must navigate a familiar world thrown into chaos.


File Size: 1885 KB
Print Length: 370 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (June 28, 2016)
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B01EBNW67G

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace, including romantic suspense and Amish romance novels. Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full-time. She lives in the Texas hill country with her husband, pets, and a herd of deer. www.VannettaChapman.com





MY REVIEW
  I really loved this book. It is an intriguing novel. I love the idea of a story showing how the world be in trouble if all modern technology was wiped out.
  Just imagine your newer cars wouldn’t start, no  trucks would be coming in to restock the shelves in the stores. The gas pumps wouldn’t work because the electricity pushed the gas up to the pumps. The same with the water system.
  What if this happened and you or your family had a medical problem. You wouldn’t be able to get your medicines, or the care you need.
  Those are just some of the problems in this novel. So Shelby, her son, Which has a medical problem and there friend Max, plus other numerous friends find ways to get around all of these problems. Some of the people will work together, but there are a few who don’t care how they get the things they need, by stealing or murdering. Anything goes.
  This is a marvelous novel and I love it. Can’t wait until book 2 is out. So many things need answers in this story. Really loved it and will highly recommend it. A book you need to read in 2016!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Ashes of Eden A Review

ABOUT ASHES OF EDEN
 Choose this day whom you will serve.....
18-year old Red made some bad choices. He's done his time, but he's still paying the consequences. He's finding that having a bad reputation and being in the wrong place at the wrong time are an unfortunate combination - even when you're trying to do the right thing. Secretly selling stolen drugs in order to help his police office mother pay the mortgage starts a bloodbath between rival dealers. Lives are lost, relationships destroyed, faith is questioned. And, Red is in the center of the spotlight. Can this gritty cautionary tale end with redemption? Perhaps. But, it comes with a price.



Format: NTSC
Language: English
Studio: Lightworx Entertainment
DVD Release Date: October 13, 2015
ASIN: B00WJXX2K6



MY REVIEW
  Ashes of Eden is a good movie that can teach us lots of things.
  I must admit that the beginning was very slow. I know you have to get all of the back story, but it could have moved along quicker.
  A police officer is trying to raise her two sons alone, but is having lots of financial  troubles. Her older son, Red gets in with the wrong crowd, but wants to help his mother. So he steals drugs to sell. So his troubles get worse and worse.
  His mother tries to keep him out of trouble with the law, which is her first mistake. Then Red gets kicked out of school and lands up in trouble again. So his mother kicks him out of the house.
  He gets into trouble deeper and deeper. People are being killed and he is on the run.
  The conclusion of Ashes of Eden is really thrilling. You will be sitting on the edge of your seat. I like the ending of the movie and will recommend it for all. It saddens me to see people get involved in the drug trade or crime. Sometimes it seems there’s no way out.  I like the theme No man can serve two masters. Really good.
  One thing I didn't care for was the use of the language. I don't believe movies need swearing. This movie blocked out the swear words. I don't think that is any better than swearing. Just my opinion.


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Awakened DVD Review


ABOUT AWAKENED
Newspaper reporter Jacob Harker (Rob Boltin) loses his job, forcing he and his wife, Haley (Gwendolyn Edwards), to move into a small rental house owned by Webster Cain (Michael Monks). In the process of moving in, Jacob discovers a discarded audio recording of 60’s blues singer Carol James (Hannah Hughes). Captivated by the voice on the recording, Jacob conducts an investigation into Carol James’ life and death. Through his pursuit, Jacob becomes haunted by an evil spirit. While the spirit seductively persuades Jacob, drawing him deeper and deeper into its own malicious plot, the spirit attacks and terrorizes Haley, creating both fear and distrust in the Harker’s home. Haley sees her husband turning into someone less recognizable each day. How can a marriage survive such attack, deception, and evil? Can the faith of one help restore the condition of another?

Format: Color, NTSC
Language: English
Number of discs: 1
Rated:
 Unrated
 Not Rated
Studio: Word Films 
DVD Release Date: May 3, 2016
Run Time: 107 minutes
ASIN: B01DTMR35A




MY REVIEW
  This isn’t my favorite kind of movie to watch, but I said I would review it so I did.
  Awakened is about an evil spirit that takes over a man. All around it is an O.K. movie. Some scary scenes but not extremely so. The actors are fair and the story line is intriguing.
  The story takes place when a couple move into a smaller home, because of lack of work they have to downsize. Jacob cleans out the basement and finds an old recording of a 1960’s jazz singer. He can’t quit listening to the recording and then he starts to hear her voice.
  Jacob’s wife, Haley goes to church off and on, but Jacob doesn’t go.
  The things I didn’t like about this DVD is the part of church and things the Pastor said are to few. Most of this movie is about the haunting. I feel to fight spiritual forces you must be more grounded in the Lord and very close to Him. Since Jacob didn’t have a relationship with the Lord, I don’t see how the evil spirit left him. When the spirit left the wife said a few things, but nothing really deep. I know this is a made up movie, but I don’t find it very realistic. Fighting spiritual battles is very serious business. I don’t feel Awakening showed that.
  If you watch this I caution you not to let younger children watch. I believe this movie could have been so much better with more praying of the actors and more church teaching/preaching.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Rector: A Christian Murder Mystery (The Solo Ladies Bible Study Book 1) by Michael Hicks Thompson A Review

ABOUT THE RECTOR
The Rector: A Christian Murder Mystery (The Solo Ladies Bible Study Book 1)

If Solo, Mississippi, had any claim to fame in the 1950s, it was due to the small town’s proximity to notorious Parchman Farm Penitentiary.

When the rector of Calvary Episcopal Church dies suddenly, most locals believe he had a heart attack. Martha McRae, widow and owner of the local newspaper and boarding house, disagrees. She knows the young rector was carrying on with Martha’s friend, Mary Magden Grater, wife of the wealthy Capp Grater. Martha believes Capp had more than enough motive for murder.

Martha’s suspicions go unvoiced—in part because she hopes to shield Mary’s past from public scrutiny and in part because the new rector captures her attention. Father Cain’s brand of prosperity preaching and good works captivate everyone in town, but something about the man doesn’t sit well with Martha.

Then Cain is murdered. Everyone’s a suspect. Including Martha. When the new rector arrives, she encounters a different sort of puzzle. One that takes her into Parchman Penitentiary where she comes face to face with evil.

The Rector is a thrilling mix of mystery, suspense, and Christian allegory. Solo may be a speck on the map, but a story as large as the heavens is playing out in its boundaries

File Size: 2177 KB
Print Length: 372 pages
Publisher: Shepherd King Publishing, LLC (actual publication release date is February 7, 2016); 1 edition (February 8, 2016)
Publication Date: February 8, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B01BLWL4L4


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
MICHAEL HICKS THOMPSON was born in his mother's own bed. Raised on a farm in Mississippi, he claims to know a thing or two about small towns, strong women, and alcoholic men. And Jesus. He graduated from Ole Miss, served in the military, then received a masters degree in mass communication from the University of South Carolina. Married to Tempe Adams for forty-four years, he lives in Memphis, Tennessee. He's the father of three Christian men, grandfather of four, and mortgage holder of a home full of toys. The Rector is his sixth novel. Michael founded an advertising agency in 1977 that grew into a multi-city, multi-service marketing organization with 87 employees, which he sold in 2011. Michael has written movie scripts and novels, is a self-taught artist of religious works, a licensed offshore sailor, and scuba diver. He's traveled to Cuba twice on door-to-door evangelism mission trips, is a member of Kairos prison ministry, and member of IPC Church for 36 years.

MY REVIEW
  The Rector by Michael Hicks Thompson is a good novel. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I enjoyed it. I love thrillers that involve murder and mystery and The Rector didn't disappoint.
   You won’t believe all of the twists and turns this novel takes you on. You will believe you know who was murdered the victim and why, but you will be mistaken. Not just one person is murdered or dies in this novel, but several. The plot really gets you thinking and guessing about what really happened.          
   The characters are well developed and believable. The one who solve the murders is a woman who is in a Bible study group. She never does everything alone, she always involves the sheriff or local police.  This book is witty and funny with very serious parts. That will make you think and get involved.  I really enjoyed The Rector. It is really a great mystery that has many thrilling suspenseful moments.
     Highly recommend. Great job to the author.

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The Heart Answers by Colleen Coble~A Review~


ABOUT THE HEART ANSWERS
 Jessica knows all about men—and how they should never be trusted.

Jessica DuBois is not used to getting her hands dirty or her heart broken. When her mother remarries and takes Jessica with her to rugged Fort Bridger, Wyoming, Jessica longs for her Boston parties and the control she used to have over her life.

Then she meets Reverend Clay Cole, a man who seems only to have eyes for God and his adoring three-year-old cousin. Clay is not just immune to Jessica's charms, he challenges her selfish attitude.

When tragedy brings this unlikely pair together, they must decide: Is love truly powerful enough to heal the soul?

Rich in historical detail, The Heart Answers takes us to 1867 Wyoming, where a misplaced socialite and an independent preacher ask the deepest questions of the heart.


Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (June 14, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0529103443
ISBN-13: 978-0529103444
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at http://colleencoble.com.

MY REVIEW
  The Heart Answers by Colleen Coble is a good story of love and redemption. I’ve read many of Colleen’s books and this one isn’t my favorite.
  This is a series and I didn’t read the first two books, but didn’t have any trouble following along.
  The Reverend Clay Cole wasn’t a very good example of how to be a Christian. He didn’t believe that Jessica could become a better person and he gave up on her near the ending.
  I’ve heard others say that the first two books in this series Jessica was so evil that they had a hard time believing she would change.
  It was a good story, but didn’t care for how Jessica and Clay treated each other and how they fought so much. The only thing that kept them talking and seeing each other was Clay’s little three year old cousin.
  It was a sweet, sad, redemptive kind of story and I recommend it.


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The Inheritance by Michael Phillips~ A Review

ABOUT THE INHERITANCE
Dramatic New Series from Fan Favorite Michael Phillips

The death of the clan patriarch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whale's Reef into turmoil. Everyone assumed MacGregor Tulloch's heir to be his grand-nephew David, a local favorite, but when it is discovered that MacGregor left no will, David's grasping cousin Hardy submits his own claim to the inheritance, an estate that controls most of the island's land. And while Hardy doesn't enjoy much popular support, he has the backing of a shadowy group of North Sea oil investors. The courts have frozen the estate's assets while the competing claims are investigated, leaving many of the residents in financial limbo. The future of the island--and its traditional way of life--hangs in the balance.

Loni Ford is enjoying her rising career in a large investment firm in Washington, DC. Yet in spite of her outward success, she is privately plagued by questions of identity. Orphaned as a young child, she was raised by her paternal grandparents, and while she loves them dearly, she feels completely detached from her roots. That is until a mysterious letter arrives from a Scottish solicitor. . . .

Past and present collide in master storyteller Phillips's dramatic new saga of loss and discovery, of grasping and grace, and of the dreams of men and women everywhere.

Series: Secrets of the Shetlands (Book 1)
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 5, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764217488
ISBN-13: 978-0764217487
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Phillips is a bestselling author with more than 70 of his own titles. In addition, he has served as editor/redactor of nearly 30 more books. He is known as the man responsible for the reawakened interest in George MacDonald of the last 30 years. In addition to the MacDonald titles adapted/edited for today's reader, his publishing efforts in bringing back full-length quality facsimile editions also spawned renewed interest in MacDonald's original work. Michael and his wife, Judy, spend time each year in Scotland but make their home near Sacramento, California.


MY REVIEW
  I’ve read  many of Michael Phillips books and this was a good one. It is the beginning of a series-Secrets of the Shetlands. You get a lot of detail in the description of the characters, the scenery is greatly meticulous.
  I really love Michael Phillips writing style, but at times it can be very slow and boring. I think his description of people, places etc.. can be to long and to much detail is in it.
   I read this book to find out what happens to certain characters and what happened to the Inheritance, but by the end of the book you are still wondering. I wish more things had been settled, but being a series sometimes that doesn’t happen.
  I love to read books about  Scotland, inheritances and family and this book has it all. It’s a long book, but the chapters are short so that is nice.
  I recommend this book. Besides being very descriptive it is interesting.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Chasing Grace DVD Review

ABOUT CHASING GRACE
A tragic accident threatens to destroy a pastor’s family and sets into motion a complex betrayal between two brothers, while exposing secrets no one wants to face.

Pastor Jonathan Matheson lives in a world of black and white, yet finds a way to navigate the “grey in-between” to work to his advantage, while facing one of the most tragic moments of his life. Set in small-town America and woven inside a tale of redemption, “Chasing Grace” is a story of how one family takes on the burden of guilt in order to make sense of their loss. While pointing the finger of blame at his brother, Pastor Jonathan also chooses to hide from the truth while trying to escape his own personal demons. “Chasing Grace” is loosely based upon true events and provides a powerful story about the redeeming power of forgiveness.

Format: Color, NTSC
Language: English
Number of discs: 1
Rated:
 Unrated
 Not Rated
Studio: Word Films P&D
DVD Release Date: May 3, 2016
ASIN: B01CUJ8GUE


MY REVIEW
  Chasing Grace is a fantastic DVD. So many issues are covered in this DVD. I wanted to see Chasing Grace ever since I’ve heard of it. Really glad I got the chance to watch and review it.
   When you watch this you will see how secrets always comes out, but not always in the way you would think. Chasing Grace talks about problems like alcoholism, guilt, death, grief and redemption. Really Chasing Grace is a love story about family.
  Chasing Grace is about a young girl and a tragedy that haunts her family and friends until everyone is blaming themselves that it happened. How this family came through it and the steps they took to bring it about.
   A lot of harsh things are said, but needed saying and that in itself was a help. It amazes me how one life touches so many others. How many people are touched by one mistake.
  I really like this DVD Chasing Grace as it helps us all see that only going with God completely and giving everything over to Him will make our lives right and keep us right.
  Really fantastic DVD that makes us all think that we aren’t alone in this life and our lives touch so many others.

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