Friday, October 9, 2009

Green by Ted Dekker

Recently, I read a book for Thomas Nelson Publishing and was asked to give a review of it.  I received the book for free in exchange for the review.  If you are looking for a book that has non-stop action and lots of detail, then Green by Ted Dekker is the book you want to read.  If you like being caught up in a story that leads you from one reality to another, then Green is for you.  I just finished this 392 paged novel where Thomas Hunter is once again faced with saving his world from distruction.  Only this time, he must save the dream world which has now become his home.  This is the fourth and final book in the Circle series which contains the titles Black, White, and Red.  At the front of the book, author Ted Dekker gives his readers a message that states you can either end the series with this book or start it with this book.  Since it had been a couple of years since I finished the previous books, I figured I'd see if this would be true.  While at the beginning, there are names and events that were fuzzy to me, for the most part, the reading was easy.  The book fills you in on details that are essential while not fully going into those stories once again; however, if you don't like plot spoilers, you may just want to start with Black.

Green begins with Thomas in his dream world where he now lives forever.  He and his people have lived a life waiting for Elyon (God) to return while enduring attacks from the group of people called the Horde.  These Horde chose to reject Elyon and worship the dark sovereignty of Teelah.  They also seek to destroy Elyon's people.  After many years of waiting for the return of Elyon, many begin doubting the promises his return.  Led by Thomas' son, Samuel, they begin to take matters into their own hands and join forces with enemies in order to take out the Horde whom they were instructed to love, not kill.  Thomas must find a way to restore faith unto his people.  As with other Ted Dekker novels, this book was one wild ride.  Each scene and chapter leaves you wondering what is going to happen next.   Each character is well developed and plays their own part in the twists and turns of events.  Overall this is a wonderfully told story that takes you from a reader looking into a fictional world to pondering if our world is not falling down the same path.  If you like intense and suspenseful action, then I highly recommend this book to you.  Until next time....

Monday, September 14, 2009

Voices of the Faithful, Book 2

I recently read the book Voices of the Faithful book 2. The cover is the first thing that grabbed my attention. The old weathered page look gives you an idea that you are about to look into the lives of very important people and take very important journies. Voices... is a compilation of daily devotions written by missionaries throughout the world. The book starts with January 1 and continues each day of the year. Each day contains a daily verse which is followed by a short story or anecdote that gives just a little insight to the lives of these precious individuals who take the Gospel to the nations. The devotion then ends with a prayer directive for the day.

Voices of the Faithful Book2 is easy to read and understand. I am using it as a Bedtime Bible Reading with my 8 yr old daughter. The verses and stories are not complicated and keep her interested. I like that each month focuses on a theme. This has helped when using this with my daughter. It has given us building blocks. I would recommend this book for family Bible study times. This will help educate our children on the trials and triumphs people go through as they teach others about Jesus.

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