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The Corruptible (book review)

the corruptibleThe Corruptible by Mark Mynheir is book 2 in the Ray Quinn mystery series. PI Ray Quinn, incidentally an ex-cop from Orlando, again is in a race against time to find some missing documents. At stake is a huge amount of money that could solve his financial woes. The problem is that the person last seen with those documents is dead. And, the person who confessed to stabbing him didn’t actually kill him. So, that leaves Ray, his bum leg, and his over-eager if not over-bright employee in a bind.

Aside from pretentious adjectives and TMI at the medical examiner’s place, The Corruptible is a fast-paced mystery with a healthy dose of real life and the gospel. It’s an easy read with multiple plot twists and an unpredictable ending. If you like cynical, real-life mysteries, you’ll like Mynheir’s work.

Ready to purchase? Click here. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review, but the opinions expressed are my own.

Bethany

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Lady in Waiting

Lady in Waiting    -              By: Susan Meissner
Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner is a fascinating read. Lady Jane Grey of 16th-century England and Jane Lindsay of 21st-century Manhattan have more in common than their name and an old ring. As the former struggles with a fate and a marriage decided by others, the latter struggles with a walk-out husband and a life she didn’t plan for herself. Do the men in their lives really control their destinies? What will Jane Lindsay discover about herself in her quest to discover more about the antique ring she’s found?

Meissner does it again: she’s written yet another book that I couldn’t put down once I picked it up! She seamlessly weaves together gripping, real-life stories of women centuries apart with real-life applications for her readers. I found out, as did both Janes, that I have more control over my destiny than I sometimes feel. We all make our own choices, no matter what influences are over and around us.

Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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Flight of Shadows (book review)

  

Part speculative fiction, part sci-fi, and part political statement, Flight of Shadows by Sigmund Brouwer is the sequel to Broken Angel. Caitlyn Brown’s unique, manipulated genetics have the potential to change humanity, but she doesn’t want that kind of power or that kind of publicity. Fast paced and futuristic, the bottom line remains a theme to which we long to relate: a father who loves his daughter and wants her to live the life of freedom to which she was born.

Brouwer’s imaginative pen gives flight to many unasked questions. What if America was transformed into a city-state society like that of the ancient Greeks? What if religious extremists took over American politics? What if scientists could manipulate DNA to such extremes? Flight of Shadows is a thriller not for the faint of heart.

Get more information and purchase your copy here.

Disclaimer: WaterBrook Multnomah provided me with a free review copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

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The Pirate Queen

The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman is about neither a pirate nor a queen, yet the title is somehow fitting. To most people, Saphora had a successful life; however, she’s had enough of her husband’s philandering and decides to escape. She’s interrupted by her husband’s announcement that he has cancer—and he wants her to take care of him. Instead of a private retreat, she finds herself overrun with children, grandchildren, townspeople who teach her about the real meaning of life, and a husband who seems to have undergone a character transformation with his diagnosis.

I especially enjoyed this book because it takes place in my current state of residence. I also enjoyed reading a love story about a slightly older woman (i.e., not in her twenties) who is at a crossroads in her life; I identified with many of her struggles. We serve a God of second chances and surprising endings, as illustrated here. I highly recommend The Pirate Queen for all of my friends who have been married for a while and feel that they need to go treasure hunting somewhere other than their own back yards.

I received this book for free from the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.


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Life, In Spite of Me (review)

Wow. Powerful. Heartfelt. Gripping. Those are my reactions to Life, In Spite of Me by Kristen Anderson, as told to Tricia Goyer. I know I’m supposed to write the synopsis first, but this was such an excellent book that I couldn’t resist giving my reactions first. If you have teenagers or work with teenagers or even just know teenagers, run, don’t walk, to the nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of this book.

Deep depression, despair, and a lack of hope are usually what drive teens to commit suicide. But, what happens when suicide is attempted but not achieved? Kristen writes candidly about her transformation from a rebellious girl who made a fatal choice to a joyful young woman. She offers extraordinary hope for those who feel they have nothing to live for. Kristen also offers sensitive advice to adults who are trying to help depressed teens.

Here’s a link to download chapter one. You’ll be so hooked that you’ll have to scurry on over to the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group to buy your own copy of the book to find out what happens! If you prefer, you can view the video trailer here.

This is the part of the review when I’m supposed to announce that I have a giveaway for y’all. Here’s a true confession (haven’t had one in a while, it’s about time): I did receive an extra copy to give away, but I’m going to give it to our youth pastor at church instead. That’s ok, right?

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

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Radical (GIVEAWAY & review)

What would Jesus do? In the 80s, this question became so common place that it almost didn’t mean anything. In Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, author David Platt takes this question to a whole new level. He examines the way the disciples followed Jesus two thousand years ago and how modern-day Christians in atheistic (or anti-Christian) countries follow Jesus today. What did/does it really cost those two groups of people to live fully for Jesus Christ? What did they have to give up? Then he describes what happened when a typical suburban church decided to do what Jesus would do. He closes by challenging readers to join The Radical Experiment and transform their lives.

What I appreciated most about this book is that the author didn’t just talk about what Jesus would do, he did it. Platt begins with his own search for answers and continues with how his church responded when he challenged them to live radically. He gets down to the nitty gritty by showing how opposite the typical American lifestyle is to the way the Bible calls Christians to live. He details specific steps for readers to take in a one-year period and guarantees that their lives will be changed if they follow The Radical Experiment.

Want to read the first chapter? Click here. You can request a free copy of the companion booklet, The Radical Question, by clicking here and check out the Radical book Web site here.

GIVEAWAY: Leave me a message in the comments telling me what Jesus is worth to you. I’ll choose a random winner on Saturday. Be sure to post your contact information and to check your spam folder.

Disclosure: Multnomah provided me with a free copy of this book to review. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Love & War – a book review

If I could choose the perfect title for a book on marriage, Love & War (by John and Stasi Eldredge) would be it. If we’re honest, that’s happens in many marriages: we love each other, so we get married, but then the war begins. John and Stasi give real-life examples from their own marriage, not from “case studies.” They cut to the chase with chapters such as “More Than Just Roommates,” “How to Have a Really Good Fight,” “The Little Foxes,” (dealing with distractions and the difficult topics) and “The Chapter on Sex” (yes, that’s really its title!). Their light-hearted, yet honest, approach will keep you turning the pages to find out how they got from “Let’s get divorced” after three years of marriage to celebrating their twenty-fifth anniversary.

My favorite thing about this book is that it’s written by a married couple from their own experiences. The “her” perspective is balanced by the “his” perspective—no lectures. Practical advice for real life gives couples hope that they really can find the marriage of which they’ve dreamed. I give Love & War an enthusiastic two thumbs up!

Disclosure: WaterBrook Multnomah Press provided me with a free copy of this book to review. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”