Thursday, September 28, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
him. At least, I was before I came to Christ.
One night, I read a book “The Late Great Planet Earth” by Hal Lindsey which got me to thinking along lines of eternity. And then I read Born Again, by Chuck Colson. He mentions that he had clawed his way to the top of the world, and it had all come crashing down. He says that he never accomplished in the White House, what he had been able to accomplish in Christian ministry – changing people’s lives. I began to realize that he was right and that only what we did for Christ would last into eternity. I heeded the call of God.
It is tempting to begin writing for “success”, but it will only come when the work is done for the Lord. That’s why I love writing for the CBA. It helps to keep me focused.
As for Colton’s relationship with Mary, stay tuned.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
It is the first novel written by James David Jordan.To quote James, "I was tired of Hollywood and the popular press treating adultry like a harmless frolic, while Something That Lasts is a positive, hopeful book, it also paints a realistic picture of the devastating impact that adultery has on families and children."
The main character of the novel is David Parst, a gifted preacher with a knack for marketing. His innovations propelled his little church to regional prominence. At the age of 42, he had been named one of the fifty most influential leaders in the area.
Everybody had something to say about this man, including Ted Balik, who rose during a Sunday evening service and pointed a finger. "The Bible says, 'Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly...That's why I'm here tonight to rebuke the biggest sinner of all: our own preacher!"
And with a temptation in a moment of weakness, that single bad choice, David Parst leaves a trail of ruined lives, a scandalized community, and his wife, Sarah, and son, Jack, destroyed.
Shattered and separated, the Parsts embark on a quest to regain their faith, their hope and their family.
Jordan uses a very interesting tool in this book. The background of baseball and its rules serve as a metaphor for the fundamental principles of faith. The family's enjoyment of the game...and their pursuit of something that lasts...leads them to discover that faith is all they ultimately need.
Something That Lasts is available through Amazon.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
The first SFF book I can remember reading was The Runaway Robot by Lester Del Rey. That led me to the old Winston series with young adult books by various authors. The only other books that look similar that was in the library was the Tom Swift, Jr. series. One of my best friends and I devoured them. A new series started appearing at the local newstand. It featured covers by Gray Morrow that jumped out and grabbed you. The series was translated from the original German-Perry Rhodan. With 3 new books each month, this kept us busy. After that we "graduated" to the SFF section at the area department stores. Among those that were our favorites were...
Isaac Asimov-the Foundation series, Robot series(which were linked together in a later book)
Frank Herbert-Dune series.
Poul Anderson-Dominic Flandry, Van Rijn, et. al.
Gordon Dickson-Dorsai series.
Roger Zelazny-Amber series, Doorways in the Sand, etc.
In the last 10 years, I drifted away from SFF and into Christian fiction and non-fiction. Part of the reason that I quit reading SFF was because I could not find any in the Christian fiction section. Edenstar Books and Games is one of the newer sites that help solve that problem. We need to lift them up in prayer so that they can continue their ministry.
What authors/books have led you to this blog tour?
Please visit the following blog tour(blog tourists?) sites learn more.
Jackie Castle; Valerie Comer; Bryan Davis; Beth Goddard; Leathel Grody; Elliot Hanowski; Katie Hart; Sherrie Hibbs; Sharon Hinck; Jason Joyner; Tina Kulesa; Kevin Lucia; Rachel Marks; Shannon McNear; Rebecca LuElla Miller; Cheryl Russel; Mirtika Schultz ; Stuart Stockton; Steve Trower; Speculative Faith;Joleen Howell
Aye, join in on the fun by checkin' out the followin' sites.
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Monday, September 18, 2006
Friday, September 15, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
From my bookshelf comes this thriller from 2005. It is the first book by Davis Bunn that I have read.
This is a book length parable. Before we accept Jesus, our lives are full of sin. When we become "born again" we get to start over. Our previous life was foolish and filled with the mistakes we made. A new leaf is turned over. We begin the new life that Jesus has for us. Davis Bunn has written a modern parable that reflects this change in life.
Dying may be the chance of a lifetime. A man wakes up in a jail cell, bleeding from his head, and can't remember anything. Not even his name.
Slowly his memory returns. His name is Val Haines. The world thinks he is dead. Framed for murder and embezzlement, he is goes on the run. Val discovers that he was not a very nice guy. His arch rival managed to steel his wife and daughter, his job, and made it look like Val was a crook. With only a few personal belongings and a large amount of cash, Val has a decision to make. Does he try to get his life back or make a new life for himself? The tension mounts as his rival finds out that Val survived the explosion that was meant to kill him. He starts hunting down Val, knowing that he is the only one who can expose the truth.
Davis Bunn crafted an exciting thriller that will keep you on edge until the final scene.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Some of the older books that I will be posting reviews of...
Prophet by Frank Peretti
The Visitation by Frank Peretti
The Lazarus Trap by Davis Bunn
The Revolt by S. Wise Bauer
Wormwood by G. P. Taylor
Blinded by Darkness(this one is a novella) by Tony Burton
New books that will be reviewed include...
The Election by Jerome Teel
Like Dandelion Wind by Karen Kingsbury
Violet Dawn by Brandilyn Collins
Seventy Times Seven by Brandt Dodson
Violette Between by Alison Strobel
Coldwater Revival by Nancy Jo Jenkins
Blind Dates can be Murder by Mindy Starns Clark
Dark Hour by Ginger Garrett
The Last Ten Percent by Michelle Mickinney Hammond
The Cubicle Next Door by Siri L. Mitchell
Something That Lasts by James David Jordan
I thank God for the support I have received from the various contacts I made through the internet. All the authors have been very helpful. Both the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and FIRST have been great. I look forward to working with them in the future.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Friday, September 01, 2006
“Ouch!” He whipped his pencil in front of her face once, like a club, and then cracked it on her forehead. He pulled the pencil back, ready to strike her again, crouching against the back of the couch like a cornered weasel.
“You could have put my eye out!” the freckled girl hissed.
His mom called him over. “Come sit by me, honey, and stop making so much noise.” She patted his hair down in the back and smiled at him. She wore lots of eyeliner and widened her eyes to make even sitting in a waiting room seem like an adventure. “You’re such a big man, now,” she had said this morning as she combed his hair and helped him put on his best shirt. She was humming “Getting to Know You” even though her voice quivered just a little. She had put a lot of extra perfume and sprays on this morning. She smelled like the women’s aisle in a drugstore.
Once the little girl’s mom finished with the receptionist and returned to the sofa, the little girl started crying with one soft, unending whine.
Finally, she threw it down with disgust and looked at her watch again. “I’m going outside to smoke a cigarette, honey,” she said, oblivious to the stares of the mother and daughter across the room. She stood up, adjusted her dress with an efficient tug, and stepped outside the office. They gaped at her departure with their mouths open, like two goldfish.
The little boy’s lips moved as he carefully scrutinized the words beneath the picture of the man camping out. His eyes got wider. He traced a word with his finger. He almost forgot where he was. “I want to be like this guy,” he whispered.
She grabbed his hand, but he grabbed the arm of the sofa with his other hand. The arm of the sofa had padding on the top, but a metal support on the side. It was just right for grabbing. She pulled and his knuckles whitened. “Come on, sweetie, don’t be silly.” She smiled at the man and the other mother. She was petite and could not get her son to loosen his grip. He was small for an eleven-year-old, but his grasp was almost as strong as his mother’s. She reached to loosen his grip with her hand, but he simply grabbed the arm of the sofa with his other hand.