Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.
- We are created to Love.
- We are planned with a purpose.
- We are not all the same – and those differences are in accordance to the above purpose.
- We are not meant to be in control, and rather than being scary, this can be a freeing discovery.
Anomaly is a perfect teen read. It would make a fantastic book club book or discussion diving board for those angst-filled teen years when one is trying to figure out one’s purpose, place, and how to live with zits.
That early similarity to The Giver? It remains, lingering in the background, throughout the major action in the plot – but McGee ultimately does it better. Not only does she add depth and meaning where it was missing in the first, but she throws in a surprise twist that totally blindsided me – and will have me scanning the newly-released book lists in watch for the sequel.
If we could see that, what might it look like? What sort of spiritual battles are being waged all around us that we might never see? I feel sure that theologians have whole parties where they debate that question, but Dittemore put an even more interesting spin on it – she made the sole human owner of that special vision a teenage girl in love with the orphan charge of an angel.
Doesn’t get much more exciting – except when that handsome charge has been kidnapped by Satan, and that beautiful all-seeing girl decides to go get him back.
That’s the premise of this story, and is a wonderful read. I couldn’t put it down – I was completely drawn into the spiritual battle between demon Damien and the angels surrounding Stratus. There was an extra layer of sub-plots in this book that weren’t present in the first, showing just how skillful a writer Dittemore is and just how well-planned the entire series is.
I think this series would make a great teen book club choice. Obviously it’s more than one book, but it’s important to read all three to get the full scope of just who angels are and who we are in turn. I think that there are great debating options that arise from this plot and the potential to go back to the Bible and research just what it says about angels and their duties is huge. In-depth discussions could really spring from this book.
Throughout the entire book, Dittemore’s writing style and ideas reminded me of Ted Dekker’s Circle series. Not in any way has she incorporated his ideas, but her translation of the spiritual into a physical outcome is an idea that Dekker has used. If Dittemore keeps this up, she’ll definitely be rivaling Dekker for the top sci spots on the best seller’s lists.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Once you’ve seen, you can’t unsee. Everything changes when you’ve looked at the world through . . .Angel Eyes.
Brielle went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and the incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.
Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.
Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than Jake or Brielle has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices start.
A realm that only angels and demons-and Brielle-can perceive.
Angel Eyes is the kind of Christian book that our young adults will be excited to read. It’s action-packed, full of mystery, and not blind to the emotional drama experienced by teens every day. A reader of Angel Eyes will see that it’s okay to have doubts and questions – it’s okay not to have all the answers – and that that’s when faith steps in – and you don’t have to understand that perfectly, either.
Brielle is the perfect main character. She’s attractive, draws your sympathy, and you want to cheer her on to greatness, yet she has a problem that she can’t solve. Because she is so much like the girl next door, you can identify with her, and that makes all the difference in this story. Like Brielle, so many of us are so completely self-absorbed as teenagers that we don’t notice the spiritual aspect of our world, and that’s the beauty of this book – it opens our eyes to the possibilities that could be happening all around us.
I’m not saying that an angel’s going to toss you his halo tomorrow, but we do know that there are battles being waged for us, all around us, that we cannot see. This is my very favorite aspect of Angel Eyes: that it reminds us that our world doesn’t stop with what we can see; it only begins there.
I cannot wait for the next installment in this series. Angels, demons, secrets, mysteries, faith, relics, romance, real life? Yes, please.
I received a free copy of Angel Eyes in exchange for an honest review.
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As a youth, Shannon traveled with an award-winning performing arts team, excelling on stage and in the classroom. As a young adult, she attended Portland Bible College, continued acting, and worked with an outreach team targeting inner-city kids in the Portland-Metropolitan area.
It was in Portland that she met her husband, Matt. They were married in 2002. Soon after, they took the reins of the youth ministry at Living Way Community Church in Roseville, California where they continue to serve in that capacity. In October of 2004, their son Justus was born, followed by their daughter Jazlyn, born in 2008.
Colt McAlister, 16-year-old surfer dude extraordinaire, still can’t believe that his parents are dead. Murdered for exposing a biotechinical company’s plans to take over Earth, Colt moved in with his grandfather in Arizona and made friends with the son of the most successful alien-fighting force on the planet. He also reconnected with his lifelong friend Danielle, a computer genius, and together the trio has been tapped to attend the CHAOS military academy in the hopes of saving Earth from the alien forces struggling to take over. A friendly CHAOS agent informs Colt of a plot against his life, however, and it appears that the good guys have initiated it. With both the aliens and the humans gunning for Colt, who can he trust? Can he stay alive long enough to save the planet?
Written in the same fast-paced style as Invasion, readers will be amazed at Colt’s new revelations throughout Alienation. Beginning shortly after Invasion ended, Lewis gets new readers to the CHAOS series up to speed in the first chapter. The readers are kept on their toes throughout this intergalatic thriller as Colt struggles to battle aliens and robots alike – while learning who his true friends are.
Colt McAlister makes a wonderful hero – he’s honest, strong, and caring. His moral code appears to be developing, however, and he’s still learning where his faith and values lie. For teens who are searching for more information about God or the Bible’s take on alien life form, this book will not provide any information. For a teen who is looking for a wild ride through a fantasy world, however, Alienation delivers.
Lewis is an expert fantasy craftsman, and his comic book history comes to the fore in the CHAOS novels. By weaving together historical detail with technological advancements, Lewis makes even the shape-shifting Thule realistic. Not since the world of Harry Potter have I read a fantasy book with such complete attention to detail. I cannot wait to read the next installment in this series – but don’t take my word for it. Read other reviews here.
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The invasion was only the beginning! Jon Lewis is celebrating the next adventure in his fast-paced C.H.A.O.S. series with an explosive giveaway!
One thrill-seeker will receive:
- iPad2 with Wi-Fi
- Copies of the C.H.A.O.S. novels, Invasion and Alienation
I received a free copy of Alienation from the LitFuse Group in exchange for an honest review.
Follow these real-life stories as they take you on a journey to faraway lands and unknown faces. Travel through their challenges and see the hand of the great Storyweaver writing endings you’d never imagine!
Joel dares to ask for what he can’t have. Seraphina sacrifices what she can’t afford to give. Ibrahim looks for an answer buried out of reach. Christiana, saved by a mission, searches for her own.
These are the tales of the ones the world doesn’t see . . . the tales of the not forgotten.
In this collection of four real-life stories written for preteens, a compelling storyteller paints a picture of God’s dynamic movement in four foreign cultures, inspiring children to trust that God is weaving a story in their lives as well.
This resource will shrink the macro picture down to approachable, individual stories of real children and teach about fundamental survival issues. The stories address some of the challenging questions that kids have and weave God’s promises to orphans into each one.
The Tales of the Not Forgotten Leader’s Guide is a 6-session kids’ missions resource (sold separately) that walks adults through an easy-to-follow guide for making the abstract real and for designing an action plan to help others.
Preteens will be challenged to answer the questions:How do I pray? What can I give? Where can I go? Who will I serve?
The stories in this book are amazing. I’ve always loved reading about how God works things out in just the perfect way, as only He can, but when He shows up for children who have so little, the stories can be difficult to read. The cover of the book contains a warning under the author’s name that states that “These stories may change the way you see the world,” and it’s true. I read this book on a lazy afternoon while watching my children play with friends, and I kept thinking that they were all going to wonder why I was crying over a book on a gorgeous summer’s day. After reading these stories, it’s difficult to see the world as ‘out there’ instead of ‘next door’ and impossible not to want to help more children like these.
That’s where the leader’s guide comes in. The leader’s guide is absolutely perfect. Somehow I missed the boat and expected a video-like teaching series that could be part of a study, but what the CD actually contains is so much better. It’s not a DVD at all but a data CD that contains everything you would need to turn this book into a series of mission lessons for kids. It is a simple set of Word documents set up in a systematic hierarchy containing skits, memory verses, pictures of real kids to serve as visuals, recipes, math problems, activities to send home for families to use, and simple mission projects that the kids can do to take action within their own communities. With this guide, you won’t need to search for ice breakers, printables, or ways to involve families, because it’s all here. The research and planning has been done for you, so you can gather your children and begin. It’s truly perfect for young youth groups, homeschool groups, Sunday School classes, etc.
That’s exactly what we’re going to do. I knew after reading this book that it would be great to share these stories with my family for a few reasons: they make great lessons of God’s faithfulness, and as a homeschooling family, the format of the book is wonderful. Each story is a separate chapter, and notes are spread throughout the book disguised as postcards and stamps that define foreign words and terms and help clarify customs that we might not understand. In this way the book itself is very educational, but combined with the lessons and activities in the leader’s guide, it’s a complete class. After sharing this information with my pastor, we’re meeting today to determine how we might use this resource best within our church. I’m excited that our children will be doing this with their friends, but if that hadn’t worked out, we’d be doing it at home as a family. Guckenberger has made it that easy – and it’s that important, too.
I read many great books, and some stick in my head for a long time afterwards. Some I’m eager to share with my friends and family because I don’t want them to miss such a great read, but never before have I had plans to share a book with so many others within days of turning the last page. As the cover states, your worldview will change as you read this book, but you also can’t help but want to be a a part of someone else’s story – to have a hand in helping them see that the God of the Universe has not forgotten them.
This book will show you how.
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Beth Guckenberger and her husband, Todd, are the founders of Back2Back Ministries (based in Cincinnati, OH) which communicates a lifestyle of service by sharing the love of Christ and serving God through service to others. Back2Back Ministries connects willing workers to open hearts through international and local ministry opportunities. Their ministry is currently caring and providing for orphan children and needy people in Mexico, Nigeria, India and most recently, Haiti.
Beth travels and speaks regularly at women’s and missions conferences, as well as youth gatherings and church services. Her topics include orphan care, missions, parenting, marriage/intimacy, and faith. Her story-telling style captures audiences, and she draws from her field experience as a missionary and parent for illustrations to biblical concepts. In addition to her latest release, Tales of the Not Forgotten (Standard Publishing 2012), Beth has writtenRelentless Hope (Standard, 2011) and Reckless Faith (Zondervan, 2008).
The Guckenberger family lives and serves in Monterrey, Mexico where they have hosted thousands of guests on their ministry campus. Between biological, foster, and adopted additions to their family, Beth and Todd are raising nine children.
Learn how you can join Beth in ministry at www.bethguckenberger.com or www.back2backministries.org.
I received a free copy of Tales of the Not Forgotten from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
Every little girl wants to be a princess, and this book operates under the theory that each one is – a daughter of the King Himself. A devotional book in story format, author Carolyn Larsen tells the stories of nearly 30 women from the Bible. She begins each story with an original Mirror, mirror poem and then tells that person’s basic story, written from a first person perspective. Each chapter is two to three pages in length (in large typeface) and is followed by a Bible verse, a prayer, and three discussion questions, one of which focuses on the verse specifically. The best part is that each ‘princess’ is chosen for a different character trait, so that throughout the course of the book nearly 30 traits are explained, including those of wisdom, peacefulness, faithfulness, and bravery, just to name a few.
The last chapter of the book focuses on on Psalm 139 and the uniqueness with which God has created each one of us. Larsen explains how God has created each little girl to be special and how they, too, can be God’s princesses!
This book is pink and purple and a little girl’s dream! The artwork is colorful and glittery and though animated in many places, it draws in the viewer with the attractive and colorful pictures. There are also drawings that are meant to be of the Bible characters and the readers, as well, and the readers are depicted as little girls of many different nationalities.
I LOVE this book! It is difficult to find devotional books which interest both of my children – a girl and a boy – and incorporate Bible stories, scripture, and questions at a level which will excite them and challenge them, but this book does it all!
My children are eager to read their ‘princess story’ each evening and want to answer the questions. They are excited to learn about each princess and anxious to relate the stories to their own lives. Even my son, who is rather princess-phobic, is excited to participate.
The stories are written in language that my first-grader, though a super reader, is able to read on her own, and she is happy to do so.
What more could a mommy want than to find her children huddled together around a Bible book, so ready for Bible time that they’ll begin on their own?
If you have young children, this is a book you’ll definitely want to add to your library.
I received a free copy of Princess Stories: Real Bible Stories of God’s Princesses from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.
Author, dramatist, and actress Carolyn Larsen has more than 30 books in print, including the popular The Little Girls Bible Storybook for Mothers and Daughters. She is the founder of the performing group Flashpoints, a group of five women who use drama and creative movement to inspire. Married to her husband for nearly 28 years, they have three grown children and live in Illinois.
When my kids were toddlers, we bought them toddler Bible story books that we were super excited about. We were sure that they’d love them and would want to keep them forever.
They rarely wanted to keep them past the first week.
My First Handy Bible isn’t like the others. This book they would’ve wanted to keep.
Unlike many other Bible storybooks, there are more than just three or four pages in this book. There are lots – and the chosen stories go beyond Noah and Abraham. Each page features a different Bible story, and a summary of the story is printed on each. Your children will meet both Old and New Testament characters and will learn why each one is so important.
The variety of stories in the book is not the only characteristic that makes it stand out. The illustrations are bold and bright, with big people, strong facial features, and dark lines. They are designed especially to catch and hold a toddler’s attention.
The last feature that makes the My First Handy Bible perfect for toddlers is the strong outside covering. It has a plastic handle on hinges, making it easy to carry from place to place. While the inside pages resemble regular board book pages but are thinner, the outside cover is thick and sturdy, with a magnetic clasp that keeps the book closed when in transport.
If you’re looking for a great storybook for toddlers, this is a great option!
I received a free copy of My First Handy Bible from B&B Media in exchange for an honest review.
As Americans, as adults, as parents, we seem to spend most of our time being busy. There’s not a lot of time for being still, contemplative, or going over things we already know. I usually consider it good if I can find a bit of time for scripture and prayer in the early morning hours.
But a few years ago, during an online Bible study, I learned the value of definitions. Defining words was something I never would have considered to do during my quiet time unless I was encountering a new word, but it’s a really great way to think deeply about what a particular sentence or word is saying. Beyond the surface.
When I read scripture now I tend to focus on those singular words or phrases that jump off the page at me. Those are the words that my notes center around in my journal, that stick with me throughout the day, and that I end up praying about.
That’s why I think that the new devotional called More Than Words by Stephanie Eidson is so important. At this time of year, when so many people are talking about their ‘one word’ for the year and planning out how to live intentionally into 2014, More Than Words gives you the opportunity to prayerfully consider how each of the twenty words can be lived out. What does each word mean? Really mean, as in true definition, not a decent synonym tossed over your shoulder as you herd the kids out the door to basketball practice. If we truly considered these things on a regular basis, these words would change our lives.
That’s the goal of More Than Words. With a simple format structured around Bible study and prayer, More Than Words points you to twenty words found throughout the Bible. Though we toss these words around frequently, this book gives you the opportunity to slow down and think about them deeply.
More Than Words gives you lots of spaces to journal about each word’s definition, where it’s found in scripture, how you might apply this word to your life, and space for writing out prayer about the given word. The abundance of space means that you can write and draw to your heart’s content, and with words like ‘grace,’ ‘love,’ and ‘forgiveness,’ you’ll want to.
I received a free copy of More Than Words from Stephanie Eidson in exchange for an honest review.
Katie McGraw is getting ready for her school talent show. Which of her many talents would best be suited for the show – and will her dog Palio agree to go along with her plans? Katie’s daddy supports her every effort – funny and charming as they are. Who will win at the show – and is that what’s most important?
Little girls will love reading about the all of Katie’s talents. Although quietly confident, efforts don’t always proceed as planned, and readers will see that it’s the heart – not the final outcome – that determines a winner. Readers will relate to Katie’s diverse talents and laugh along with her struggle to find the perfect talent for the show.
With short conversations on each page and very colorful illustrations, this book can be read to the very young toddler and taught to older elementary students. This book is definitely a winner!
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A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson.